Meet the Baptist Standard Staff

Eric Black

Eric Black

Executive Director / Publisher and Editor

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Eric came to the Baptist Standard with a background in local-church ministry, both in the pastorate and youth ministry, as well as collegiate ministry and Christian education. He was licensed to the gospel ministry by Hoffmantown Baptist Church in Albuquerque, N.M., and ordained by Acton Baptist Church in Granbury. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. He was pastor of First Baptist Church in Covington from 2010 until 2018. Previously, he was associate pastor for youth ministries at First Baptist Church in Galax, Va., and as a self-supporting missionary was associate director of GraceLife Baptist Student Union at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In addition to his service in the pastorate, he was a resident fellow at the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute from 2008 to 2018, teaching the Gateway course and philosophy of Christian education. He and his wife, Dalese, have two children, Allen and Caroline.



Ken Camp

Managing Editor

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Ken grew up in Greenville, Texas, and graduated from East Texas State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before joining the Baptist Standard staff in 2004, he worked more than 19 years with the Baptist General Convention of Texas communications office, including seven years as news director and one year as interim communications director. He has won the Baptist Communicators Association’s Frank Burkhalter Award for news writing twice, received the Religion Communicators Council’s DeRose/Hinkhouse “best of class” writing award and been recognized for his writing by the Associated Church Press. He and his wife, Diane, have three sons, Daniel, Matthew and Nathan, and daughters-in-law, Lindsey and Devon. The Camps are members of South Garland Baptist Church in Garland, Texas.

Kayla Peltoma

Finance Director

Kayla grew up in Plainview, Texas. She attended Wayland Baptist University and graduated from Texas Tech University. Before joining the Baptist Standard staff in 2007, she polished her accounting skills with jobs in banking, real estate and managed wealth. Kayla is responsible for budget preparation, investments, financial reports and internal control of all assets. Her father, Danny Andrews, served on the board of Baptist Standard Publishing from 1979 to 1988 and then again from 1990 to 1998. She is married to Craig Peltoma. The Peltomas attend ParkwayHills Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.

Julie Sorrels

Marketing Manager

Julie grew up in Abilene, Texas. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University. Prior to joining Baptist Standard Publishing in 2011, she worked at GuideStone Financial Resources in customer relations and marketing. She has been recognized by the Associated Church Press for her work in social media and marketing. Julie is a Stephen Minister and member of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.


Isa Torres

Hispanic Beat Reporter

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Isa joined the Baptist Standard staff Aug. 1, 2017, to report on predominantly Hispanic congregations affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Isa was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. He earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from Texas Tech University and worked as a reporting intern at the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. He earned a master of divinity degree from Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, with a focus on missions and world Christianity, and he was a Baptist General Convention of Texas seminary fellow in 2015. He served three summers with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s collegiate congregational internship program, working with churches in Texas, Montana and Connecticut. He also worked as a spiritual life minister at Carpenter’s Church in Lubbock and as an assistant case manager with the Carpenter’s Housing First inner-city ministry.