Recognized leaders applaud the publications accomplishments

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, right, presents Anthony L. Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, with an official citation (above) declaring May 15, 2012, “Baptist Messenger Day” in Oklahoma. Gov. Mary Fallin also signed the joint declaration. (Photo by: Brian Hobbs)

OKLAHOMA CITY—On May 15, the Baptist Messenger, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s statewide newspaper, reached a milestone few publications do. The Baptist Messenger officially turned 100 years old.

“We are so grateful for all of the people involved in the preparation, production and promotion of the Baptist Messenger over these 10 decades,” said Editor Brian Hobbs. “They leave us with a strong legacy and great footing for the future. We pray God continues to bless the Baptist Messenger in the years to come.”

Hobbs is the 11th editor in the publication’s history and was elected to serve in 2011. The Baptist Messenger, which is the official news publication for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, has a print circulation of nearly 60,000 and a digital version as well.

Notable leaders, such as U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, financial expert Dave Ramsey and a whole host of leaders within the Southern Baptist Convention extended statements of congratulations to the Baptist Messenger  on its 100th Anniversary.

Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said on Twitter on May 15, “Congratulations to the Baptist Messenger of Oklahoma on the paper’s 100th birthday today. A century of service to Baptists.”

Oklahoma’s Gov. Mary Fallin and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb jointly declared May 15, 2012, “Baptist Messenger Day” in Oklahoma through an official citation.

Editor Brian Hobbs (standing) reads aloud words of endorsements from government and religious leaders at the Baptist Messenger’s May 15 Anniversary event. (Photo by: Hillary Glaze)

In conjuction with its 100th Anniversary, the Baptist Messenger is hosting a series of celebration events that are open to the public. One was held on May 15 at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City, where numerous former staff turned out for the celebration. Popular Baptist Messenger columnist Walker Moore, who is president and founder of Awe Star Ministries, spoke at the event. Moore is also speaking at several “homecoming” events scheduled across the state in the next few months.

The Messenger recently completed a series on the paper’s history “10 decades in 10 weeks,” featuring highlights and history from each decade. In addition, the Messenger will publish a 100thanniversary edition magazine in time for release at the BGCO annual meeting in November.

Former Messenger Editor Glenn Brown, current associate editor Dana Williamson and former associate editor Bob Mathews give insights on the Messenger’s first 100 years during a panel discussion during the 100th anniversary celebration. (Photo by: Hillary Glaze)