The Merger

GOOD news becomes GREAT news

In October 2013, the governing boards of The Religious Herald and Associated Baptist Press (ABPnews) unanimously approved a merger of the two independent news organizations.

This historic agreement emerged from a shared conviction that we could best serve Baptist Christians and churches in the Mid-Atlantic region and around the world by collaborating rather than competing for readers and resources. The merger builds on our respective strengths while consolidating and streamlining core operations, eliminating duplications, and achieving economies of scale. It also equips us to embrace the challenges of dramatic changes in Baptist life, in religious journalism and in communication technologies.

The merger is good news for everyone who believes that a free press is essential to the health and vitality of the Baptist witness to the gospel. It offers a way to preserve and perpetuate the rich legacy of an influential, 185-year-old Baptist newspaper while also strengthening our capacity to provide timely, compelling content across multiple media platforms.

On December 31, 2013, The Religious Herald will officially cease publication as a bi-weekly print and electronic newsjournal. Beginning January 1, 2014, it will find new life and new expressions through the merger with ABPnews.

The information faithful subscribers have valued — reliable news stories, compelling features, thoughtful analysis, and engaging commentary — will enjoy greater visibility as part of a national platform via the integrated ABPnews/Religious Herald website and social media tools.

Many of the stories about mission and ministry endeavors of Baptist churches in Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia and Maryland have broader appeal to Christians across the country. These articles will be incorporated into the daily news flow on the national website. Regionally-centered information, from ministry transitions to regional events to news about Baptist universities, seminaries and theology schools, also will continue to have a prominent place.

In addition, every person who contributes to The Herald Legacy Initiative will receive the Herald, a new, bi-monthly magazine provided as a benefit of membership in the annual fund.

The bottom line: by integrating the content and core audiences of our two news organizations, we believe good news will become great news for you and other Baptist Christians around the globe.

Click here to learn more about The Herald Legacy Initiative.

The Religious Herald and ABPnews

Our Mission
Serving Christ by providing credible and compelling information about matters of faith

Our Vision
To be the leading source of news and commentary for Baptist Christians worldwide

Our Identity
We are Baptist in heritage, ecumenical in spirit and global in reach.

Meet Our New Team

The merger agreement adopts the model of ABPnews as a virtual organization. We do not own or lease office space. Our staff members will be located in at least five states. The goal is to minimize overhead costs while concentrating our resources on the primary tasks of gathering, reporting, editing and publishing news and opinion content every business day.

David Wilkinson, Executive Director and Publisher
Waco, TX

Robert Dilday, Editor-in-Chief
Richmond, VA

Lindsay Bergstrom, Director of Creative Services
Jacksonville, FL

Bob Allen, News Editor
Smyrna, TN

Jeff Brumley, Assistant Editor
Jacksonville, FL

_____________, Staff Writer
Location to be determined.

Barbara Francis, Business Manager/Advertising Director
Richmond, VA

Natalie Aho, Interactive Communication Specialist (part-time)
Oxford, NC

________________, Development Assistant (part-time)
Waco, TX