RALEIGH, N.C. (BP)–Norman Jameson, executive leader for public relations and resource development for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, is the search committee’s choice to become editor of the Biblical Recorder, the North Carolina Baptist state newspaper.
The search committee met in Raleigh for a final round of interviews on May 24 and voted unanimously to recommend Jameson for the position. Their recommendation must be approved by the Recorder’s Board of Directors, who scheduled a called meeting for June 7.
Joe Babb, chairman of the search committee and the Recorder board, said the committee believes Jameson is well qualified and will serve North Carolina Baptists well as editor.
“We’re pleased that he will be part of the Biblical Recorder team,” Babb said. “We feel that his knowledge of Baptist life in North Carolina is well rounded and equal to the task.”
A Baptist communicator with 25 years experience in Baptist life from local to national organizations, Jameson, 54, was raised in a small Wisconsin farming community and is a product of Baptist outreach.
His first Baptist experience came when he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston after being drafted into the Army in 1972 and he rode a church van to Baptist Temple in San Antonio, Texas.
“They loved me into the arms of faith,” said Jameson, who has been a Baptist ever since.
Jameson volunteered for a year at Templo Bautista, a Spanish Baptist mission in Espanola, N.M., after completing his tour of duty.
Jameson began his undergraduate work at Luther College and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University. He worked on the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph before being named feature editor of Baptist Press in 1977.
In 1982, impatient with “writing about what others were doing,” Jameson went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to prepare for ministry in anything from the pastorate to international missions. He felt led, however, to stay in communications and finished his degree while working as associate editor of the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger.
Jameson went to North Carolina in 1987 as communications director for Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, a position he held for 12 years. Editing “Charity and Children” was one of his responsibilities.
He later worked as a public relations and resource development consultant, with clients from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans. One of those clients was the North Carolina convention, which ultimately asked him to design and lead a public relations office.
Jameson has earned numerous writing awards from the Baptist Communicators Association and the Religious Public Relations Council. He was ordained in 1999 by First Baptist Church in High Point, N.C.
“Simply, I feel prepared for — but humbled by — this call by the search committee to join a line of Biblical Recorder editors who have distinguished themselves with insightful observance, reporting and commentary on Baptist life nationally throughout the Recorder’s history,” Jameson said.
“As a person who came to faith through the outreach of Southern Baptist churchmen who cared enough for me as a faceless stranger to extend open arms and lead me to Jesus, I am forever in love with this group of believers,” he said. “North Carolina Baptists have an enormous opportunity to positively impact the kingdom of God, and I relish the opportunity to chronicle the years and events ahead.”
Jameson and his wife Sue Ellen have three adult children and are members of Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh.