Doug Baker, public relations director for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina since November 2007, will become executive editor of the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger Aug. 1.
Baker, who also is executive director of the Council on Christian Life and Public Affairs, said he appreciates the Messenger’s “historic nature.”
“The historic nature of this paper is an opportunity to serve the churches of a great state convention,” Baker said. “Historically, this paper has guided Southern Baptists in their public witness and brought forth key theological ideals to help shape the future of Oklahoma Baptists and through them the entire denomination.”
Baker named historic figures with Oklahoma roots including B.B. McKinney, John Bisangno, Herschel Hobbs and W.A. Criswell.
Baker’s appointment as editor includes responsibility as communications team leader for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
“We could not be more pleased to have Doug Baker join our leadership team,” said Anthony Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. “He is a Christian gentleman who brings a depth of experience that positions him well to take the Baptist Messenger and communications to a new level.”
Baker, 40, brings experience in key policy and communications roles at several government levels, including corporate relations for the U.S. Naval Academy. He also was associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va.