The Baptist Center for Ethics has hired veteran journalist Bob Allen as managing editor of, an Internet-based service of the independent, non-profit agency based in Nashville, Tenn.

Allen, 47, most recently worked nine years as news editor of Associated Baptist Press, until the news service eliminated his job last year due to lack of funding.

Before that, he worked eight years for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, first as associate editor and then for five years as editor of the two-state convention’s news journal.

“ has already emerged as an influential voice for news and perspective, but it is still a well-kept secret to many,” Allen said. “I would like to see it become a primary source of information for Baptists around the world.”

“There isn’t another Baptist organization today I’d rather be associated with,” he added.

A native of Marion, Ill., Allen has a journalism degree from Southern Illinois University and in 1985 earned the master-of-divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

He married the former Vicki Johnston of Little Rock, Ark., in 1982. They have two children: Patrick, 17, and Amy, 13.

He has won awards for news, feature and editorial writing.

Allen succeeds Cliff Vaughn, BCE’s associate director for Vaughn will work part time as a culture editor, writing and coordinating movie, TV and Web site reviews, as well as commenting on culture and media.

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