Jennifer Rash

Jennifer Davis Rash,
Editor-in-Chief

Jennifer Davis Rash serves as editor-in-chief of The Baptist Paper.

Jennifer has had the vision for The Baptist Paper for nearly a decade. She saw the need for a denominational publication that reached across state lines and connected Baptists across the country, and in 2021 she took that vision and made it a reality. 

Jennifer has served in denominational communications her entire career, starting with a two-year stint with the International Mission Board and Caribbean Christian Publications right out of college. In January 1996, Jennifer joined The Alabama Baptist as a news writer and worked her way up to managing editor then executive editor before being named editor-elect in 2015 and then the first female editor of a major Baptist newspaper beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Throughout the years she has helped lead the editorial team to win more than 250 national awards.

Jennifer has also served in a variety of national and local leadership roles in Baptist life. She served as president of Baptist Communicators Association and vice president of Associated Church Press, two national organizations for professional Christian communicators, and in various positions with Religion Communicators Council, Evangelical Press Association and Alabama Press Association. She is past president of the Association of State Baptist Publications.

A native of Phil Campbell, Alabama, Jennifer earned her associate’s degree from Northwest Community College, her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Alabama and her master of theological studies from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham. She also received an honorary doctorate from Judson College in Marion, Alabama.

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Carrie Brown McWhorter,
Content Editor

Carrie has served in denominational communications since 1995. From 1998 to 2018 she taught English at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Carrie graduated from the University of Alabama in 1993 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and a minor in Spanish. She received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1995 and a master’s degree in English from the University of West Georgia in 2003. Carrie and her husband, Owen, live in Fruithurst, Alabama. They have one son, Avery, and one daughter, Stella. They are members at Beulah Baptist Church, Muscadine. To contact Carrie, click here.

Margaret Colson

Margaret Colson,
Special Assignments Editor

Margaret is an award-winning communications professional. Her passion is to tell the stories of how God is at work in the world. Throughout her career, Margaret has written for the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources, The Alabama Baptist and numerous state Baptist newspapers. Margaret also serves as executive director of two denominational communications organizations: Baptist Communicators Association and Association of State Baptist Publications. She earned a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In December 2020, she completed a doctor of ministry at NOBTS with a focus on crisis communications. Margaret and her husband, Keith, live in Marietta, Georgia, where they are members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. To contact Margaret, click here.

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Grace Thornton,
Special Assignments Editor

Grace has served in denominational communications since 2003, both domestically and abroad. Grace earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Mississippi College and has done some graduate study at the University of Alabama and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She’s the author of two books, “I Don’t Wait Anymore” and “Unshakable Pursuit.” Grace also co-authored “The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 Years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptists.” She is a member of The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham. To read more about her and the way she sees God move in daily life, visit
gracefortheroad.com. To contact Grace, click here.

Lauren C. Grim

Lauren C. Grim,
Creative Services Manager

Lauren has been a graphic designer for denominational publications since 2006. She has been employed by The Alabama Baptist since Aug. 10, 2004, becoming its creative services manager in January 2019. A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Lauren received a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design at Mississippi College. She has earned 16 hours in theological studies at Beeson Divinity School. She and her husband, Myles, live in Hernando, Mississippi. They have a daughter, Alana, and a son, Mason, and are members of Hernando Baptist Church. To contact Lauren Grim, click here.

Dianna Cagle

Dianna Cagle,
Production Manager

Dianna has served in denominational communications for 19 years. She was assistant editor for the Biblical Recorder, North Carolina’s Baptist news journal for more than 14 years. She has been a page designer/copy editor for several newspapers: The Union-Recorder (Milledgeville, Ga.); The Decatur DAILY (Decatur, Ala.) and the Birmingham Post-Herald, where she was wire editor and assistant copy desk manager. She has worked in every department at some point: features, sports, editorial and news. She served as a US/C-2 missionary with the North American Mission Board in church and community ministries. Dianna earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Alabama. She has a master’s of divinity degree in biblical counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.  To contact Dianna, click here.

James Hammack

James Hammack,
Digital Services Manager

James has extensive experience in web development and design. He is originally from the Tuscaloosa area of Alabama and earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Auburn University at Montgomery. James and his wife, Alicia, have a son, Jace, and daughters, Ellie Bre and Abigail. They live in Prattville, Alabama, and are members of Sovereign Grace Church. To contact James, click here.

Sarah Gill

Sarah Gill,
Digital Services Associate

Sarah has experience in church software training and customer technology support. She is originally from Albertville, Alabama, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape design and horticulture from Auburn University. Sarah and her husband, Bryan, have a son, Charles, and a daughter, Perri. They live in Homewood, Alabama, and are members of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills. To contact Sarah, click here.

Melanie McKinney

Melanie McKinney,
Advertising Manager

Melanie has worked in advertising departments for 20 years. Prior to that, she was an administrative assistant at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, for nine years. She has a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University. Melanie is married to Terry McKinney. Together they have five children and five grandchildren. They are members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham. To contact Melanie, click here.