Baptist News Global
Baptist News Global is a reader-supported, independent news organization providing original and curated news, opinion and analysis about matters of faith. BNG covers the people, events and ideas that are shaping American culture and Baptist life. We do so from a perspective that is Baptist in heritage and ecumenical in spirit.
Baptist News Global is the product of an historic merger in January 2014 of two respected news organizations: 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.
As you browse our website, you may find articles that refer to ABPnews/Herald, ABPnews, or the Religious Herald, a reflection of the transition process associated with the merger. We chose to leave such references unaltered for historical accuracy.
To interpret Christianity and culture through compelling journalism that informs and motivates people to make a difference in the world.
To be the leading source of news and commentary for Baptist Christians worldwide.
Baptist News Global is Baptist in heritage, ecumenical in spirit and global in reach.
Our tagline — Conversations that matter — expresses our brand promise. Our content invites readers into meaningful conversation about important issues for the Christian community.
We pledge to offer our readers:
• free and responsible journalism that encourages accountability and transparency in Baptist life;
• inspiring stories about the ways churches and individuals are making a difference in the world;
• practical ideas about how to live faithfully at the intersections of life and faith;
• meaningful conversation illumined by truthful and accurate information;
• multiple ways to connect with others in the Baptist network and the larger Christian community;
• a diversity of viewpoints that help shed light rather than heat on the challenging moral and social issues of our day;
• reflections and ideas from a new generation of Baptists including emerging leaders who bring energy and vitality to the Baptist movement; and
• a voice for the voiceless, including the poor, the disadvantaged and the marginalized people in our world.
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 you, 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.
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 seven full-time staff members, plus a part-time interactive communications specialist and part-time development consultant.
David Wilkinson, Executive Director & Publisher, Winston-Salem, NC
Bob Allen, News Editor, Smyrna, TN
Jeff Brumley, Assistant Editor, Jacksonville, FL
Barbara Francis, Business Manager/Advertising Director, Richmond, VA
Kathryn Ashworth, Assistant to the Executive Director & Publisher, Winston-Salem, NC
Natalie Aho, Interactive Communication Specialist (contracted), Oxford, NC
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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.
Our awards program 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.