Tim Yarbrough

YarbroughTim Yarbrough has served as editor/executive director of the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) since January 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising from Murray (Ky.) State University, and a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Prior to coming to the ABN, Yarbrough was director of church relations and Acts 1:8 Challenge coordinator at the North American Mission Board (2002-2010) and director of communications at the Missouri Baptist Convention (1995-2002).

Yarbrough has led or participated in dozens of mission trips to a number of countries and was a member of the team that organized the first World Changers mission projects for Southern Baptist students in 1990. He began denominational ministry in 1989 when he joined the staff of the Southern Baptist Brotherhood Commission after eight years in secular journalism. He is an accredited public relations practitioner with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and past president and active current member of the Baptist Communicators Association (BCA).

Yarbrough and his wife, Pamela, have two children.

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Jessica Vanderpool

VanderpoolJessica Vanderpool is the senior assistant editor at the Arkansas Baptist News. She is a 2009 graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and psychology with a minor in Spanish. She began serving as assistant editor at the Arkansas Baptist News in January 2010.

Prior to serving at the Arkansas Baptist News, Jessica held an internship at the Stephenville Empire-Tribune in Stephenville, Texas, where she grew up with her parents and younger brother. She now lives in Little Rock.

Jessica has traveled for school, missions and vacation to more than 10 countries. In her free time, Jessica enjoys writing, being artistic, talking with friends and watching TV.

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Becky Hardwick

HardwickBecky Hardwick has been with the ABN for 20 years as business manager. She is an active member of Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock. She serves on various committees, sings in the choir and teaches a ladies Sunday School class. She is married to John Hardwick, has two daughters and two amazing grandchildren. 

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Caleb Yarbrough

YarbroughCaleb Yarbrough is an assistant editor at the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN). He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Georgia (Athens, Ga.) with degrees in advertising and history. Yarbrough loves folk, blues and bluegrass music, reading, traveling and sport. He is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons and Bob Dylan.

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