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R. Mitch Randall is the executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, and the executive editor of He is a native Oklahoman who appeared in the 2009 documentary, “Different Books, Common Word.” He served as pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Oklahoma, from 2006 to 2017, and before that pastored churches in Nickerson, Kansas; North Richland Hills, Texas; and Bedford, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern State University, a master of divinity with biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He has served on many committees and boards for various Baptist and civic organizations, including service as the 2012-13 chair of the board of directors for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. He later served as the 2016-17 co-chair of the Religious Liberty Council. [Download hi-res photo (2.01MB)]

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,” “Gospel Without Borders,” “Different Books, Common Word” for ABC-TV stations, and most recently “The Disturbances.” 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, Georgia, and then as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead, North Carolina. [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 the director of pastoral care at McKendree Village in Hermitage, Tennessee, and will become the pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church in Nashville on March 1, 2018. 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, Illinois.

Brian Kaylor is a contributing editor for, in addition to serving as editor and president of Word & Way and as associate director of Churchnet. Raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, 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 numerous books on religion and politics, and recipient of various awards for news and editorial writing.
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(1953 – 2017)
BCE Founder Robert Parham Remembered as Entrepreneurial Ethicist
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Robert M. Parham (1953 – 2017) 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 the co-producer/director of several documentaries, including the award-winning “Beneath the Skin,” “Different Books, Common Word,” “Gospel Without Borders,” “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)]