The Southern Baptist TEXAN is the official newspaper of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

With a circulation of more than 46,000, the award-winning Southern Baptist TEXAN newsjournal reaches pastors, church staff members and laypeople across Texas and beyond. The TEXAN is a 16-24-page, four-color tabloid published every month dedicated to quality news affecting the lives of Southern Baptists in Texas and worldwide.
The Christian Newsjournal of the SBTC. Est. 2001

Current Events. Relevant Topics. Gospel Stories.


Gary Ledbetter


Jane Rodgers

Managing Editor

Jayson Larson

Digital Editor

Gayla Holt

Circulation Manager

Russell Lightner


SBTC Staff

Nathan Lorick

Executive Director

Jim Richards

Executive Director Emeritus

Lance Crowell

Digital Ministries & Communications Senior Strategy

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OUr History
Beginning September 1999, a new publication, the Southern Baptist TEXAN, became the convention’s official newspaper. The TEXAN was a four-color monthly magazine prepared by the staff and designed, printed, and mailed by MG Press in Lubbock.
The Southern Baptist TEXAN began the transition to a new tabloid newspaper format in February 2002. Editor Gary Ledbetter noted that the new format improved the timeliness of the publication while allowing more space for news at a similar cost. The convention also launched a redesigned website at sbtexas.com that same month. The new design allowed easier access to information and promotion related to convention ministries.
Later that year, the Southern Baptist TEXAN announced that the 2013 publication schedule would include 12 print editions mailed by the postal service and 22 digital magazines that allowed for publication of more current news. The digital magazines were emailed to church leaders and subscribers, a number about 20 percent the size of the print mailing list. Increased production costs, particularly the cost of mailing, were cited as the reasons for the change. Mailing costs had increased by more than 40 percent in the previous five years.


Letters to the editor should be limited to 250 words and should refrain from personal attacks. Submit by email to Gayla Holt or mail to PO Box 1988, Grapevine, Texas 76099-1988.
Individual subscriptions to the physical copy of the TEXAN are free of charge within Texas. A $10 per year donation is requested for out-of-state subscriptions. Email name or address changes to Gayla Holt.