Reverend Don Hinkle is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He has been a journalist for more than 40 years beginning as a reporter for WDBL Radio outside of Nashville. He spent 10 years in the Air Force, serving as a journalist and newspaper editor at three bases and during deployment to the Republic of South Korea. In 1980 he won the Thomas Jefferson Award as the top News Writer for the Department of Defense. His newspaper also won the Thomas Jefferson Award as the best newspaper in the Department of Defense.
He has worked as a reporter for the Newport News (Virginia) Daily Press, The (Nashville) Tennessean, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal and as editor of the Columbia (Tennessee) Daily Herald. He is the founding editor of The Pathway, the official newspaper serving the 1,800 churches affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention. Since its launch in 2002, The Pathway’s readership has grown to more than 60,000. He is also the director of public policy for the 600,000-member Missouri Baptist Convention, the state’s largest non-Catholic denomination.
Don holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia, and two master’s degrees – one in Christian education and the other in theology – from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has completed post-graduate studies at the WORLD Journalism Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, and The Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is presently a Colson Fellow with the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview in Lansdowne, Maryland.
Don lives in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he is a member of Concord Baptist Church.