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Turner, Horn named to LifeWay communications staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Two gifted communicators active in Southern Baptist work are joining the corporate communications staff of LifeWay Christian Resources Jan. 1, according to Rob Phillips, LifeWay’s director of communications.

Chris Turner will be LifeWay’s new media relations manager, serving as a spokesperson for LifeWay and directing the company’s outreach to Southern Baptist, evangelical Christian and secular news outlets.

Sara Horn will assume writing and Web news responsibilities in a corporate writer’s position.

Both Turner and Horn are long-time Southern Baptists who are active in the denomination’s work and well-known throughout the convention for their communications skills.

Turner, 37, currently is serving as LifeWay’s missionary in residence. He and his wife Michelle also are completing an assignment as the International Mission Board’s (IMB) overseas correspondents for the Americas. Headquartered in Panama, the couple has covered stories from the Rio Grande to the South Pole, writing award-winning pieces about missionaries, peoples and cultures for IMB’s “The Commission” magazine and other Southern Baptist publications.

A native of Millington, Tenn., Turner graduated in 1989 from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas with a degree in communications. He then completed his master’s degree in communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. Before working for the IMB, Turner spent four years as the sports editor for the Millington Star. The Turners moved to Panama mission in December 1999. They have an infant daughter, Madison.

Horn, 25, has served since January 2000 as news and media relations director for Union University in Jackson, Tenn. She has helped raise the profile of this Tennessee Baptist Convention institution through creative internal and external communications, including national media coverage. She is an active member of the Baptist Communicators Association and a contributor to Baptist Press. She will receive her bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in communications from Union in May 2003.

In addition to her service at Union, Horn holds experience in Christian radio with on-air production, promotions and sales. Horn is a native of Zachary, La. She and her husband, Cliff, have an infant son, Caleb.

“Chris and Sara are uniquely gifted communicators who have committed their skills to the Lord,” said Phillips. “They will help us better reach out to our fellow Southern Baptists, as well as other evangelical Christians and unbelievers by communicating how LifeWay products and ministries offer biblical solutions for life.”
(BP) photos posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo titles: CHRIS TURNER and SARA HORN.

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