From Zion to Atlanta: Memoirs – By Walker L. Knight
Walker L. Knight (1924-2019) served God in religious journalism with Baptists for five decades. As a Baptist journalist, he calmly articulated a message of missions ministry that focused on grace, compassion, inclusion and reconciliation.
When he saw racism and other troubling issues at play in Baptist life, he addressed them. “I felt journalists’ lights should be shed on these,” he said. “It wouldn’t be done through preaching, but through reporting.”
Walker set a new standard for denominational journalism by repeatedly devoting entire editions of Home Missions magazine, a publication of the Southern Baptist Convention's Home Missions Board, to specific issues that impacted the context for missions.
He continually held up a mirror to Baptists, forcing them to face issues that shaped society and impacted the church, and he advanced civil rights without belligerence, embodying a ministry of seeking justice through journalism.
Walker L. Knight
Knight (1924- 2019) was publisher emeritus of Nurturing Faith Journal. In 1950, he began serving on staff at the Baptist Standard and later served as editor of Home Missions, a magazine published by the the Southern Baptist Convention’s Home Mission Board. In 1983, he founded SBC Today, which was renamed Baptists Today in 1991 and then Nurturing Faith in 2016. Knight was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia, for 60 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Nell.