OKLAHOMA CITY – Pathway Editor Don Hinkle was unanimously voted president-elect of the Baptist Association of State Publications (BASP) by Southern Baptist Convention state newspaper editors at their annual conference here Feb. 11-13. Cameron Crabtree, editor of The Northwest Baptist, Portland, Ore., is president until February 2014 when the editors next meet. Hinkle, 58, will begin his service at the conclusion of that meeting, serving a one-year term.
Hinkle has been a journalist for more than 35 years, working as a reporter/editor in the U.S. Air Force and later as a reporter for three daily newspapers: The Daily Press in Newport News, Va., The Tennessean in Nashville, and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. He also was editor of The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tenn. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., and two masters degrees, one in Christian Education and Leadership and the other in theology. He has completed other studies at the WORLD magazine Journalism Institute in Charlotte, N.C., the Acton Institute for Religious Liberty, Grand Rapids, Mich., and was commissioned a Centurion by the late Chuck Colson at BreakPoint Ministries in Landsdowne, Md.
He is the only person to serve as editor of The Pathway, launched in June 2002. Hinkle is director of public policy for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He and his wife, Bernadette, live in Jefferson City and are members of Concord Baptist Church.