This year has brought several changes to the Biblical Recorder. These changes were shared during its report to North Carolina Baptist messengers Nov. 8.
K. Allan Blume was elected to the position of editor/president in April. This year the paper has launched a new logo, new design for print and website brnow.org.
“A year ago, I asked you to pray … that God would lead the search team for the board of directors to find the person he had for us to call as the editor/president of the Biblical Recorder,” said Gerald Hodges, chairman of the Biblical Recorder’s Board of Directors.
“And I’m thankful to Him for your prayers and His guidance in that process.
“[Allan Blume] really needs no introduction,” Hodges said.
“[He] has served as a pastor in this state for 34 years. He has served this convention for many of those years. He and Pam have a heart for God’s glory in this convention and this state and around the world.”
Before beginning his new role, Blume was pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone for 16 years. Blume has served as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Board of Directors and served as chairman of the Convention’s Vision Fulfillment Committee prior to being named editor.
“Certainly our God is a God of great surprises,” said Blume, as he began his report.
Gerald Hodges, right, chairman of the Biblical Recorder Board of Directors, prays for K. Allan Blume and his wife, Pam.
“I never imagined I’d be standing here in this role and addressing you about this ministry, but I want to thank you. It is a privilege to serve as your editor.”
Blume introduced the staff. Shawn Hendricks, a former senior writer for IMB, is the Recorder’s newest staff member.
He began work Oct. 24 as managing editor. Hendricks joins Dianna Cagle, assistant managing editor; Alison McKinney, business and advertising manager, and Daphne Woodall, circulation manager.
“We are here to serve you,” Blume said.
Blume shared the Recorder’s three goals: to be biblical, committed to the Great Commission and glorify God.
“We want to tell the great stories of North Carolina ministries that are making a kingdom impact for the glory of God,” he said. “We want to support and encourage these great ministries and tell these stories.”
Blume reported subscriptions are on the rise, and he thanked North Carolina Baptists for their support.
“Pastors and church leaders … you’re making that possible,” he said. “The Biblical Recorder cannot grow without your help and your leadership.”
“Thank you for encouraging your people to subscribe, and ask them to keep visiting our website and to pass the word to others.”
Blume also announced the Recorder will feature articles by Roman Gabriel III, a former professional football player. Gabriel’s story was featured in the Oct. 1 issue. He will write stories focused on how God is working through athletics.
Gabriel was later on hand at the Recorder’s booth to draw the winners of several items that were given away by the publication.
The prizes included: three Holman study Bibles, two digital Fuji cameras, a Kindle Fire and an iPad. Robert Ivey, Freedom Biker Church in Fayetteville; Jan Freeman, Williamston Memorial Baptist Church in Williamston; and Vickie Bowden, Mint Hill Baptist Church of Charlotte, won Bibles. Sue Hatfield, Mount Vernon Baptist Church of Boone; and Pam Jirgal, Lakeview Baptist Church of Monroe, won cameras. Kelly Bullard, Temple Baptist Church of Fayetteville, won the Kindle; and Kenn Hucks, Sardis Baptist Church of Indian Trail, won the iPad.
Also, during the meeting, new Biblical Recorder board of directors were approved. The new members include: Kevin Atchley, Elizabeth Baptist Church of Shelby; Chris Byrne, New Friendship Baptist Church of Winston-Salem; Cindi Stevens, Cross Culture Church of Raleigh; and Peggy Bass Weiss, Rocky Hock Baptist Church of Edenton.