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(1953 - 2017)
BCE Founder Robert Parham Remembered as Entrepreneurial Ethicist
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Robert M. Parham was the founder and executive director. Reared in Nigeria as the child of missionaries, he received a doctorate from Baylor University, the master's of divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor's in foreign service from Georgetown University. He was the author of Walk Right: A Christian Guide for Proactive Discipleship, Loving Neighbors Across Time: A Christian Guide to Protecting the Earth and What Shall We Do in a Hungry World? He was a regular contributor to the Washington Post's "On Faith" Web page. His columns appeared in daily newspapers such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dallas Morning News, Orlando Sentinel and Tennessean. In addition to appearing on Fox News, CNN Talk Back Live, MSNBC News Chat, ABC World News Tonight and NPR's Morning Edition, he interfaced with reporters across the country. He was the co-producer/director of several documentaries, including the award-winning "Beneath the Skin," "Different Books, Common Word," which aired on more than 130 ABC-TV stations in early 2010, "Sacred Texts, Social Duty," "Gospel Without Borders," which was distributed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Through the Door," and "The Disturbances," a film originating from his memories of the 1966 genocide in Nigeria. He served on the Commission on Religious Freedom, the Commission on Social and Environmental Justice, and the Commission on Christian Ethics of the Baptist World Alliance, the world's largest Baptist body. [Download hi-res photo (5.60MB)]

Cliff Vaughn is media producer for Raised on a farm in Alabama, he has a doctorate in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University, a master's in communications from Auburn University and a bachelor's in history from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He produces, writes, directs and edits's documentaries, including the award-winning "Beneath the Skin," "Sacred Texts, Social Duty," and "Different Books, Common Word," which aired on more than 130 ABC-TV stations. He is also an adjunct instructor in media studies at Belmont University. [Download hi-res photo (4.51MB)]
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Zach Dawes is managing editor for He is a native of Austin, Texas. He holds a master's of divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary and a bachelor's in history from Baylor University. Before joining the staff, he served as the education and outreach minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Moultrie, Ga., and then as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead, N.C. [Download hi-res photo (5.3MB)]

Joel Emerson is Web editor for In addition to more than a decade of experience designing and maintaining Web sites for churches and non-profits, he is ordained as both a Baptist and Lutheran pastor. He currently serves as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, Tenn. He holds a bachelor's in commercial music from Belmont University, a master's in Christian education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry from Graduate Theological Foundation.
Michael Leathers is copy editor for He has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and communications professional. He has been recognized by the Baptist Communicators Association for feature writing, news reporting and interpretive reporting. A member of The Dramatists Guild of America, he is the founder of, an online script resource for churches. He earned a bachelor of arts in communications from Judson University in Elgin, Ill.

Brian Kaylor is a contributing editor for Raised in Jefferson City, Mo., he has a doctorate and masters in communication from the University of Missouri, and a B.A. in communication and Christian ministry from Southwest Baptist University. He is the author of For God's Sake, Shut Up! He is also an assistant professor in Communication Studies at James Madison University and the editorial assistant for the Baptist General Convention of Missouri. He has won awards for news and editorial writing.
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