Hudson Baggett, editor of The Alabama Baptist from 1966 to 1994, and those who loved and supported his ministry as a state Baptist paper editor are helping make the new national publication — The Baptist Paper — possible more than 25 years after his death.
A special fund established in Baggett’s name is financing the first three years of internships connected to the newly launched publication, which is a sister publication to The Alabama Baptist.
“Our father cultivated this kind of regional vision of Baptist life and work during his editorship, and this new application is more than appropriate (for how to use the funds),” wrote Baggett’s son Mark, who served several years as managing editor of The Alabama Baptist.
“What is clear to our family is that TAB Media is so forward-looking and responsive in crafting the message of John 8:32 for new generations. We are very appreciative of the many, many ways that Jennifer (Rash, current editor) and her predecessor Bob Terry have honored my father’s legacy.”
Baggett and Terry (editor of The Alabama Baptist from 1995 to 2018 and editor of Missouri’s Word & Way for 20 years prior to that) were two of six native Alabamians serving as editors in the early 1980s.
Shown with Terry (right) and Baggett (second from right) are (left to right) James Langley, Capitol Baptist in Washington, D.C.; Jack Brymer, Florida Baptist Witness (and managing editor of The Alabama Baptist prior to becoming editor in Florida); and Jack Harwell, Christian Index in Georgia. Not shown is Ellis Bush, Penn-Jersey Baptist.