Statement from the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention

A former pastor of an Arizona church that is a member of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention was arrested in early January 2021 concerning multiple counts related to child sexual abuse. Mario Rodriguez-Ramirez, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Arcadia Park, was dismissed by the church as its pastor in September 2020.

At the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, our hearts go out to the victim and the families involved in this horrific situation.  We stand with them.  We are committed to preventing abuse and support the authorities in their investigation.