This combination of head, hands and heart has served Virginia Baptists well through the years. In addition to his responsibilities as associate editor which include the production of the paper, Dilday makes an essential contribution as a staff writer. His stories are known for their clarity of expression and economy of words.
He not only knows all the details of how to produce the paper but he remembers the more salient details of why things have been done as they have for the past two decades. I don't know what I would do without him.
Dilday earned a M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary during the era when his father, Russell, was seminary president. A graduate of Baylor University, Robert has studied journalism at the University of Arkansas and the University of Texas at Arlington
Prior to joining the Religious Herald on September 15, 1986, Dilday served as a news writer for the Arkansas Baptist News (state Baptist Paper), as assistant to the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. and as associate editor of The Christian Index, the state Baptist paper of Georgia.
Dilday balances his Religious Herald work with other commitments. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Richmond where he has served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Currently he is involved in the youth program and sings in both the church choir and in a group called One Accord, which will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City the day after Thanksgiving. Dilday is also an ardent parental supporter of the Douglas Freeman High School band, of which his son, Andrew, is a member. Another son, Harrison, is serving in the U.S. Navy.