National Religious Broadcasters name Criswell College leader as CEO. Criswell College President Jerry Johnson has been named president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters, effective Nov. 1. The Washington-based NRB is an international association of Christian communicators whose organizations represent millions of viewers, listeners and readers worldwide via radio, television and the Internet. The NRB board unanimously elected Johnson to succeed Frank Wright, a Presbyterian who is stepping down after a decade at the organization’s helm. Johnson has served as president of Criswell College in Dallas since 2010 and from 2004 to 2008. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from the college in 1986. He earned a master’s degree in historical and theological studies from Denver Seminary and a doctorate in Christian ethics from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
ABP board approves merger. Associated Baptist Press directors voted Sept. 30 to merge with the Religious Herald, a Virginia Baptist newspaper published since 1828. Details of the merger plan, by mutual agreement marked confidential until acted upon by both governing boards, were discussed in executive session. Both organizations agreed in principle to combine operations in April. Vote by the Religious Herald trustees on the merger plan is scheduled Oct. 7. Associated Baptist Press was founded in 1990 as the nation’s first independent news service for Baptists. Since 2006 the Herald and ABP have shared content through New Voice Media, a partnership that also includes the Baptist Standard and Missouri’s Word & Way.