J.C. Derrick

J.C. is WORLD Radio’s managing editor. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012 and eventually becoming WORLD’s Washington Bureau chief. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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J.D. Greear elected new Southern Baptist leader

by J.C. Derrick
Posted 6/12/18, 05:51 pm

DALLAS—Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas overwhelmingly elected J.D. Greear as the group’s next president on Tuesday. Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, N.C., took 69 percent of the vote on the first ballot. Former seminary head Ken Hemphill had 31 percent.

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Appointment calendar

Politics | Sen. Chuck Schumer makes a surprise choice for a religious freedom commission headed for big changes next month
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 4/26/18, 04:07 pm

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has quietly appointed the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to a religious freedom commission a month after the governor of West Virginia fired her from a state post.

The congressional record shows Schumer appointed Gayle C. Manchin to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on April 19. She has no known prior experience working on international or religious freedom issues. 

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Seeking common ground in higher education

Higher Education | Big issues confront Christian colleges and universities as leaders converge this week in Dallas
by J.C. Derrick & Tom Pfingsten
Posted 1/29/18, 01:10 pm

Last July, Brigham Young University convened its Annual Religious Freedom Review featuring attorneys, advocates, and marquee names like Sen. Jeff Flake, the Republican from Arizona.

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