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Meet Mitch Randall

Randall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern State University, a Master of Divinity with biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

He is an Oklahoma native who served previously as pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Oklahoma, from 2006 to 2017, and before that served churches in Nickerson, Kansas; North Richland Hills, Texas; and Bedford, Texas. He appeared in the 2009 documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

"Mitch Randall brings experience, energy and vision to the leadership position of BCE," said Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. "Picking up a strong legacy, he will forge a new bright future for BCE."

Randall is committed to upholding Baptist traditions while building ecumenical relationships with other Christians and other people of faith.

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Articles by Mitch Randall

Crown of thorns casting heart shadow on Bible pages

A Holy Week Prelude: Searching for the Helpers

By Mitch Randall | April 2, 2020

As we find ourselves in perilous times, we also find ourselves seeking hope. As Holy Week quickly approaches, good faith people can connect with the Jesus story more this year than any before. Look for the helpers – then and now.

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Lessons from Robert ‘Bob’ Stephenson

By Mitch Randall | March 26, 2020

Robert ‘Bob’ Stephenson passed away on March 20. A man with a great sense of justice and decency, Bob sought to keep Baptist institutions free and detested fundamentalism. Free and faithful Baptists owe him a debt of gratitude.

Hot Wheels on poster layout of a drive-in church

Drive-In Church Fosters Community During Quarantine

By Mitch Randall | March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 virus has been forcing churches to adapt their regular routines. For one Virginia Baptist church, the solution to meeting as a congregation was as close as their parking lot. Set up a drive-in church on Sunday.

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Look Back | The Looming Storm: Taking Climate Change Seriously

By Mitch Randall | March 20, 2020

The weather is changing globally. People of faith must take climate change seriously, especially since we are stewards of God’s creation. How we treat the world often offers evidence to the kind of theology we believe and practice.

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COVID-19: While Darkness Descends, Our Songs Bring Light

By Mitch Randall | March 16, 2020

Darkness descended upon the world as the COVID-19 virus reached a pandemic state. In hard-hit Italy, however, people joined their voices to sing songs of solidarity, finding community and faith. In the US, we are finding our song.

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The COVID-19 Virus and Come-to-Jesus Meeting

By Mitch Randall | March 12, 2020

Canceling worship services, gatherings and conferences may seem dire in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but churches and other faith groups must face the reality of the possible consequences of ignoring warnings from scientists.

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Cliff Vaughn Celebrates 20 Years at Baptist Center for Ethics

By Mitch Randall | March 5, 2020

Associate director, culture editor, managing editor and now media producer, Cliff Vaughn has held many roles during his 20 years at Baptist Center for Ethics. His wisdom and insight always promote civility and the common good.

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Are You Prepared to Give Up All Hope for Lent?

By Mitch Randall | February 27, 2020

The 40 days of Lent place Christians on a journey of self-denial. However, the larger lesson of Lent might be we are called to abandon worldly hopes in order to embrace God’s hopes. Are you ready to give up all hope?

Chapel at Logsdon Seminary in Texas

Is Something in the Texas Wind?

By Mitch Randall | February 19, 2020

While the tireless work of Texas Baptists to fend off conservative fundamentalists paid off for decades, it seems the Texas winds have changed. Conservative Baptists are inching closer to acting like the fundamentalists of old.

John Pierce, Mitch Randall and Autumn Lockett

4 Service Offerings Will Be at Heart of Good Faith Media

By Mitch Randall | February 13, 2020

When EthicsDaily and Nurturing Faith unite to form the faith-based media company Good Faith Media, our mission will be to offer reflection and resources at the intersection of culture and faith through an inclusive Christian lens.