Baptist News Global
Baptist News Global is an autonomous, nonprofit news organization that offers news, features and commentary every business day for a global audience of Baptists and other Christians at BaptistNews.com and its companion site, the BaptistNews Perspectives.
Baptist News Global as a brand was born Oct. 13, 2014. But the brand genesis was a merger Jan. 1, 2014 of Associated Baptist Press, founded in 1990 as the only independent news service created by and for Baptists, and The Religious Herald, founded in 1828 as the voice of Baptists in Virginia and, in recent years, the Mid-Atlantic.
That merger resulted in an organization known temporarily as ABPnews/Herald. An extensive rebranding process resulted in the name Baptist News Global, adopted by the board of directors. The new brand communicates the vision and scope of the news organization while also positioned Baptist News Global to explore additional mergers and alliances.
As you browse our website, you will discover news and opinion articles that refer to ABPnews or to The Religious Herald, and more recently to ABPnews/Herald. We have chosen to leave such references unaltered for historical accuracy.
Our tagline — Conversations that matter — expresses our unique brand promise. You won’t find here the latest celebrity wardrobe malfunction or NFL court case. We cover news and newsmakers of global, and even eternal, importance in our churches, in our communities, and in our lives.
To serve Christ by providing credible and compelling information about matters of faith
To be the leading source of news and commentary for Baptist Christians worldwide
Baptist News Global is Baptist in heritage, global in reach and ecumenical in spirit.
Inform ▪ Inspire ▪ Engage
These three action verbs constitute our “marching orders” in pursuit of our mission and vision.
They help us make decisions about the news we report, the feature stories we write, the columnists we enlist, the commentary articles we publish and the related services we provide. They are criteria by which we measure our effectiveness.
These imperatives testify to our tenacious belief in the transformative power of story. We believe compelling stories about Baptist Christians and churches are part of the larger story of the good news of Jesus Christ. These stories also connect Christ’s followers, whether they live in the same town and attend the same church or they live on separate continents and worship in very different ways.
Our Core Values
We believe a free and responsible press is an essential corollary to historic Baptist principles of religious freedom, freedom of conscience, the priesthood of all believers, and the autonomy of the local church.
As journalists, we are writing the first draft of history. And history proves every time that a free and faithful people remains free only with unfettered access to information -- free from censorship and coercion – that helps them make informed decisions about how they will live their lives in relationship to God and to each other.
We believe truth is the cornerstone upon which the democratic process is built, both in religious and civil relationships. We believe in democracy, because we believe it best honors the competency of every soul before God.
We affirm following Jesus as a call to shared discipleship and believe that free and faithful faith communities function best when all members have access to reliable information.
Therefore, we believe our first commitment must be to our readers, whose right to know the truth is paramount, both for relating to God and to others.
Our ministry will be built upon freedom, fairness and objectivity, by which we guard our integrity and autonomy. Our work will reflect the highest standards of journalistic excellence and Christian integrity.
The unique ministry of Baptist News Global is made possible by individuals, churches and other organizations that believe a free and unfettered source of information is essential to the integrity of the Christian witness and to the vitality of the Baptist movement. As a reader-supported, nonprofit news organization, Baptist News Global relies upon contributions for 90 percent of its annual Operating Budget.
Our primary funding sources are the following:
• Major gifts from individuals
• Church Champions – congregations that include Baptist News Global in their annual ministry budgets
• Baptist organizations – ministry partners that include Baptist News Global in their budgets or giving plans, including the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and CBF of North Carolina.
• Earnings from endowment funds
Learn more about ways you can support our ministry. All gifts to Baptist News Global are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
The work of Baptist News Global is performed by six full-time staff members, plus a part-time interactive communications specialist and part-time development assistant.
David Wilkinson, Executive Director & Publisher, Waco, TX
Robert Dilday, Editor in Chief, Richmond, VA
Bob Allen, News Editor, Smyrna, TN
Jeff Brumley, Assistant Editor, Jacksonville, FL
Lindsay Bergstrom, Creative Services Director, Jacksonville, FL
Barbara Francis, Business Manager/Advertising Director, Richmond, VA
Ann Richardson, Development Assistant, Waco, TX
Natalie Aho, Interactive Communication Specialist (contracted), Oxford, NC
We also have semester interns.
Contact information for the BNG team.
Baptist News Global is governed and guided by an autonomous, volunteer Board of Directors composed of laypersons and clergy who represent a cross-section of mainstream Baptist life.
Learn about our current board members
Baptist News Global functions as a virtual organization. We do not own or lease office space. Our lean structure and regionally located personnel allow us to concentrate our resources on the primary task of gathering, reporting, editing and distributing news and opinion for Baptists and other Christians.
Baptist News Global is an independent news organization. With oversight from, and accountability to, our Board of Directors, the staff of Baptist News Global diligently protects the freedom and autonomy to make editorial decisions without censorship, coercion or undue influence from any individual or group.
At the same time, we do not operate in isolation. We are grateful to be part of a dynamic and diverse Baptist network of organizations and resource providers that share similar visions, values and commitment to our Baptist heritage. We have provided a list of websites as an information resource for our readers.
Our awards program, an initiative of our Board of Directors, recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to Baptist life, to Baptist values, to religious journalism and to the mission and vision of Baptist News Global. Recipients are chosen by the Board of Directors. Read about our awards.
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