The board of trustees for The Baptist Courier has named Jeff Robinson as the next editor and president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s news magazine.
Robinson will begin his new role March 1. He previously has served as an adjunct professor and director of news and information at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he served as senior editor for The Gospel Coalition for six years.
Robinson said, “I plan to spend a lot of time with pastors and church people, getting to know them and getting to know the state. I am thankful I have staff members here who already know the state and who can inform me.”
He shared his strategy to The Courier trustees in four words: inform, instruct, edify and glorify (God). One thing he said would be new at The Courier was instruction.
“I want us to be encouraging pastors and laypeople alike with instruction through articles, podcasts, Courier publishing and many other means, whatever means are appropriate in sort of a teaching wing – I think that is one wrinkle that may be a little bit new,” he said.
Before joining Southern Seminary, Robinson spent nearly 20 years as a sportswriter in Athens, Georgia, and as managing editor of the newspaper in Andrews, North Carolina.
Robinson is a graduate of the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communication from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism, and is a graduate of Southern Seminary with a master of divinity and a doctor of philosophy in historical theology with a specialty in Baptist history.
In 1998, Robinson sensed a call to ministry and “fell in love with studying the Scriptures and teaching the Word of God. Both my parents were devout Southern Baptist churchmen, and I was raised in church,” he said.
In 2000, he moved to Louisville to study at Southern Seminary. The rest of Robinson’s ministry was spent in Louisville, except for four years when he moved to Birmingham, Alabama, to serve in a pastoral role at Philadelphia Baptist Church. He has served as the pastor of New City Church in Louisville and Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.
He and his wife, Lisa, have four children.