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Joe B. Hewitt: Background Information

Ministry

Founding pastor of Richardson East Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas.
Vocational Evangelist and elections consultant for four years.
Pastor of First Baptist Church of Fate, Texas
Founding pastor of Princeton Park Baptist Church, Rowlett, Texas. Retired in 2001.
Certified by North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, as expert on Cults.

Denominational Affairs

I have been active in denominational affairs, attending every Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) except two, 1979-2001, and in the Dallas Baptist Association (DBA) and Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). I served as president of the Dallas Pastors’ Conference. I served three years as chairman of the DBA’s Evangelism Committee, which coordinates association-wide evangelistic efforts and missions. I led the association’s mission partnerships with Russia, New York, and Idaho.

I previously served as chairman of the Media and Public Relations Committee, and  Organized a state-wide Media and PR Workshop for pastors and church leaders, held in Dallas in March, 1994.

My church received the Texas Baptist Communications Award for 1995. I also served as chairman of the Interfaith Witness Committee, whose function was to help churches bring the gospel to people enmeshed in cults and false religions. I was named “Interfaith Witness Associate of the Year” by the North American Mission Board of the SBC and the BGCT for 1999.

Missions Work

I served as a temporary missionary in Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Oregon, Idaho, New York, and pastored a church in England for a month in an exchange with the pastor of the English church. I served as volunteer chaplain and coordinator of jail ministries for the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years. I also served two days a month as volunteer chaplain at Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett for 10 years.

Writing Experience

At age 27 I started working as a reporter for the Lima (Ohio) News, and progressed to the police beat, courthouse beat, copy editor, and then national and international news editor and “slot man” (editor who coordinates other editors on the city desk. I returned to Texas and bought two weeklies, The Throckmorton Tribune and The Springtown Review.
After being called into the ministry and while attending seminary, I was editor and publisher of the Richardson Digest weekly.

I pastored churches in the Dallas area for 39 years and retired in 2001. Throughout those years, however, I never stopped writing. My work ranged from travel articles for newspapers and a weekly opinion column to Bible study curriculum and teacher commentaries for Lifeway, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
I wrote a nonfiction book on personal experience that has sold 45,000 copies, entitled, I Was Raised a Jehovah's Witness, (Accent Books, Denver, 1979; Kregel Publishing, Grand Rapids, 1997) It has also been translated into Chinese and is published in Taiwan by the China Sunday School Association.

I wrote for ENCOUNTER!, the youth devotional guide, and Open Windows, the 1.1 million-circulation adult devotional guide, and "Life and Work" teachers' commentary curriculum for youth, all published by Lifeway Christian Resources, publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as commentaries for adult Sunday school teachers.

I ghost-wrote a book on Bible prophecy for a radio preacher, for 10 years wrote columns for the Rockwall Success, and Rowlett Lakeshore Times, local newspapers. My magazine articles have been published in Mature Living, The Baptist Standard, and Leadership Magazine (published by the Baptist General Convention of Texas), Faith for the Family, Reproduction Methods, and the Christian Crusader. Photographs have been published by Associated Press, United Press International, Popular Mechanics, and several detective magazines (from the days when I was police reporter.).

My travel articles and pictures have been published in The Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle's Sunday Magazine. Guest editorials have been published in The Dallas Morning News and Spirit of 76, publication of Fort Worth, Texas, Mensa.

I published additional books on the Jehovah's Witnesses cult in both English and Spanish, three novels, and a book on trivia.

For six years I served as editor of the Christian Crusader, a magazine published by Texas Alcohol Narcotics Education, (TANE) which I served as public relations director. In that capacity I also wrote and produced radio and television public service spots, some of which were voiced by Dale Rogers and Steve Allen.

Travel

I have traveled extensively throughout all 50 of the United States; Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, and have visited Cypress, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Greece, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, and several Caribbean islands. I made three trips to Russia, including Nyabrisk and Muravlenko, Siberia, about 1,650 miles E-NE of Moscow at 64 degrees N. latitude; Cheliyabinsk and Ekaterinburg and surrounding areas in the Eastern Urals; and Moscow.

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