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Lee Weeks to join NAMB staff as communication specialist

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–The North American Mission Board has hired Lee Weeks as interagency communication specialist. Weeks served the past four years as a writer and editor in the news and information office of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary while he earned a master of divinity degree, which he received May 20.

“We’re thankful to the Lord that Lee has committed his gifts, experiences and passion to helping us communicate to Southern Baptists the urgency of reaching North America for Christ,” said Martin King, director of NAMB’s convention relations team. “His primary responsibility will be to supply inspiring stories about NAMB’s missionaries and ministries to our mission partners at other SBC agencies, state conventions and churches.” King said Weeks would also write for Baptist Press, the official news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Weeks, 30, is a native of Fayetteville, N.C. In addition to his master’s degree, he holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina.

He has served as a reporter for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and the Fayetteville Observer-Times. At Southeastern Seminary, Weeks wrote and edited various publications including Outlook magazine and The Olive Press and supplied news and feature stories to Baptist Press.

Weeks, who is also a licensed minister, said he is excited about “using the skills and experiences God has given me to challenge and inspire people to reach their community with the life-changing message of the gospel.”

“I appreciate so much the excellent theological foundation and experience Southern Baptists provided me at Southeastern Seminary,” Weeks said. “I look forward to joining the North American Mission Board team in equipping and mobilizing Southern Baptists to be on mission for God.”

Weeks will begin his new responsibilities June 1. He and his wife, Dawn, a clinical pharmacist, plan to move to the Atlanta area later this summer.

In another staffing change at an SBC entity, Tim Ellsworth, director of news and information at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., has resigned to join the staff of the Southern Illinoisan daily newspaper based in Carbondale, Ill. Ellsworth worked at the seminary from Aug. 2, 1999, to May 12 of this year. Newswriting duties at the seminary now will be shared by Michael Faust and Jeff Robinson, who also are students at the seminary.

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