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Editor for the Western Recorder speaks at University of the Cumberlands


Amy Roberts performs special music at Convocation.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands was pleased to have Dr. Todd Deaton, editor for the Western Recorder, address faculty and students on Monday, October 5th, in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on Campus.

Following special music by Cumberlands junior, Amy Roberts, Deaton read from Philippians 2: 12-13, “12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure,” speaking of how we are to serve God and stand for him, despite the odds against us.


Dr. Todd Deaton speaks at Monday’s Convocation service.

Deaton spoke also of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Daniel. Deaton said the purpose of the Western Recorder newspaper was to, “Shine like stars in the world.” Deaton spoke of the Philippians and how they shone like stars; also the three men from the story of Daniel shone like stars in God’s faith. “This is how devoted followers of Christ may become the greatest of leaders,” Deaton stated, “No matter what…stand up for good, stand for God’s word.”

Deaton has had more than 20 years of denominational service, beginning his service as editor of the Western Recorder in January 2009. He previously served as managing editor of the Baptist Courier in South Carolina for 13 years, and he also has been associate editor of the Biblical Recorder in North Carolina.

Deaton holds an undergraduate degree in English from Furman University in Greenville S.C.; a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville; and a doctorate in education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. A former intern/staff writer at the Western Recorder during his seminary years, Deaton also has been an intern with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) and at the Baptist Courier. He and his wife Michelle have two children, Laura, 16, and Caleb, 12.