LAFAYETTE, La. (BP) — Kelly Boggs, editor of the Louisiana Baptist Message, announced Nov. 11 he has accepted a position as a development director at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, his alma mater in Belton, Texas.
Boggs made the announcement during the annual meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, Nov. 10-11 in Lafayette.
Boggs also told Baptist Press that, in conjunction with his move, he will end his 14-year relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service. His weekly First-Person column, which has addressed a cultural issue in the weekly news cycle, has appeared in BP on Fridays since November 2000.
Boggs has been editor of the Baptist Message, the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s newsjournal, since January 2006. He also has served as director of the office of public affairs for the Louisiana convention the past two years.
Earlier, Boggs was pastor of churches in McMinnville, Ore., and in Leander, Copperas Cove and Burnet, Texas.
He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a native of Georgetown, Texas.
“It’s been an honor to write for Baptist Press,” said Boggs, who plans to continue submitting columns periodically. “For 14 years, I’ve tried to write something that would cause people to think biblically about the controversial issues of the day.
“In our own spheres of influence, it’s important for each of us to be able to communicate, with grace, where we stand,” Boggs said.
Roger S. (Sing) Oldham, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church in Martin, Tenn., and current vice president for convention communications and relations with the SBC Executive Committee, said, “As a pastor, I looked forward to reading Kelly’s articles each week in Baptist Press. I routinely found something timely that I could use as a sermon illustration or in witnessing conversations with people in the community. He has a keen intellect and is an effective communicator.
“It was special privilege to get to know Kelly when I came to my role with the Executive Committee,” Oldham added. “Many Baptist Press readers look forward to his weekly columns and, along with us at Baptist Press, will greatly miss him.”