Steve DeVane, managing editor of the Biblical Recorder since January 1997, has resigned to pursue other interests.
DeVane, who collaborated with Eddie Hammett and Randy Pierce on the book Making Shifts without Making Waves to be released in October, is a journalist of long standing, certified personal coach and active churchman. He is a graduate of Campbell University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“Steve’s experience, wit, diligence and insight have been an asset to the Recorder and for North Carolina Baptists for almost 13 years,” said Norman Jameson, Biblical Recorder editor. “Steve served faithfully, speaking his mind in private and presenting the facts for the public”
DeVane, hired at the Recorder by editor Gene Puckett, served also with Puckett’s successor Tony Cartledge before Cartledge retired to teach at Campbell University.
DeVane reported for several eastern North Carolina newspapers before joining the Recorder, most recently for the Fayetteville Observer. He started his Baptist reporting career during an era of denominational turmoil.
“When I came to the Biblical Recorder I had been covering the military for the Fayetteville Observer,” DeVane said. “Some of my colleagues jokingly told me then that it wouldn’t be much different since Baptists were always fighting. While there have been plenty of controversies, there have also been many joyful events and I did my best to help the Recorder report on both with integrity and insight.
“I am blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to be the Recorder’s managing editor. During my tenure I always sought to live up to the Baptist journalist’s adage to “tell the truth and trust the people.”
DeVane, who kept living in the Dunn area throughout his time at the Recorder, had nearly a one-hour commute each way. He figures he spent more than seven months behind the wheel, driving to and from work. While he didn’t always enjoy the drive, he said, “I almost always enjoyed the work.”
“I continue to hold the Recorder staff in high regard and pray that God will continue to bless them and their ministry,” DeVane said. “I pray the Recorder will continue to uphold the high ideals of a free press for Baptists in North Carolina and around the world.”
In addition to helping promote the new book Making Shifts Without Making Waves, DeVane will concentrate on his coaching practice, a nutrition and wellness business and other writing interests.
“Steve will be an asset wherever he applies himself in the future,” said Jameson.