Recorder report names editor search committee
BR staff
November 17, 2010

Recorder report names editor search committee

Recorder report names editor search committee
BR staff
November 17, 2010

Incoming board chair Gerald

Hodges named a five-member committee that will be responsible for finding a new

editor during the Biblical Recorder’s report to messengers Nov. 9.

Hodges, pastor of Westwood

Baptist Church in Roxboro, quoting from the book Rescuing Ambition by Dave

Harvey, said the ambition that pleases God is focused on God, and is confident

that “even in falling short of His goals we still stand in His redeeming


“As an agency we have as our

aim and ambition that this publication will glorify God, build up the churches

and edify our king,” Hodges said.

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Gerald Hodges, incoming chairman of the Biblical Recorder’s board of trustees shares the names of the search committee for the new editor. Hodges is pastor of Westwood Baptist Church in Roxboro.

Although the Biblical

Recorder has been a part of North Carolina Baptist life for 177 years Hodges

admitted he has been among those who at one time thought it irrelevant. It was

“too far down the pile on my desk, too moderate, too dated in format,” he said.

“I was wrong,” he said. “The

Recorder is an important source of information” and he wants to see that

perception changed.

The Biblical Recorder board

“understands where we are as a Convention and understands where we’re headed,”

he said.

Hodges asked for “prayerful

support as we seek to build God’s Kingdom through the Biblical Recorder.”

He commended those who

remain on staff after the resignation of Editor Norman Jameson Oct. 21.

Assistant Managing Editor Dianna Cagle, Office Manager Alison Zogby and

Circulation Manager Amie Moore are “absolutely committed to serving North

Carolina Baptists and absolutely committed to working out God’s call in their

lives as they work at the Recorder,” he said.

Hodges said the search

committee will consist of himself, incoming director Jo Andrews, a member of

Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro; and board members Robert Hefner, a staff

member at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville; Richard Hicks, interim

pastor at East Lumberton Baptist Church, and Don Warren, a member of Parkwood

Baptist Church in Gastonia.

“We’re completely aware that it’s difficult,” Hodges said.

“But we are absolutely confident of God’s sovereign hand in and over these


In a phone conversation Nov.

15, Hodges said the hope is for the search committee to meet in early December

“before the holidays get cranked up.”

At that time they will formalize a job

description as well as a timeline for having a new editor in place.

Jameson will continue as

editor through Dec. 31. Nominations will be accepted at Biblical Recorder, P.O.

Box 18808, Raleigh, NC 29619-8808. Attn: Search Committee.

Phone calls to

Hodges’ office at (336) 599-1982; e-mail: [email protected] with subject: Biblical

Recorder Search Committee.

Emergency surgery

Jameson, who had surgery Nov. 10, is at his home in

Raleigh recovering. His severe abdominal pain was caused from adhesions and

scar tissue built up where his appendix was removed 30 years ago. Doctors operated

later that day.