Nashville attorney has spent lifetime helping entities preserve stewardship integrity
By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
FRANKLIN — Mention the name Jim Guenther to any Southern Baptist who sits on the pew of an average Southern Baptist church across the nation and you will probably get a blank look.
Few people know the name of the Nashville attorney who has spent the better part of seven decades protecting the interests of Southern Baptists. And, what’s more, he prefers it that way. “Southern Baptists don’t need to remember me. Our work is primarily done in the wings,” he said.
Guenther laughs about an encounter he had at an annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention more than 30 years ago. He was standing in line for food behind a couple and the lady asked if he was a minister. Guenther replied that he was a lawyer.
The lady asked why a lawyer was attending the annual meeting and he replied that he was the attorney for the SBC. He remembers that she turned to her husband and said, “What has the convention come to that it has to have a lawyer?” [Read more…]