Mo. Baptist leader resigns over 'immoral behavior' -

Mo. Baptist leader resigns over 'immoral behavior'

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Missouri Baptist Convention says its executive director has resigned due to what it describes as "immoral behavior with a woman."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Rev. David Tolliver had led the 600,000-member state arm of the Southern Baptist Convention since February 2009.

The organization said in a news release Friday that his departure is immediate.

The release said that one of the organization's leaders, Jay Hughes, will fill in as executive director until a permanent replacement is named.

No additional details were provided, and the Missouri Baptist Convention was closed Sunday. There was no immediate response to e-mail messages that The Associated Press sent to two of the organization's officials.

Tolliver also didn't return a phone call from the AP.

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