EDITOR’S NOTE — Every once in a while a fellow team member comes along who fits uniquely into your life with a variety of roles. Linda Harrison is one of those. She became my cheerleader from day one, and while her area of responsibility required the utmost of integrity and attention, she also found time to know each of us personally. We all knew if we needed a friend, or even motherly figure, to go to battle with us, she would be there. You’ll read below the special bond she and I share, and it truly boosts my confidence to know she is in my corner and proud of the work our team is doing. Linda also has modeled an incredible love for her eight grandchildren. She is one amazing Winna. —Jennifer Davis Rash
By Linda Harrison
Director of Human Resources
In my 10 ½ years with The Alabama Baptist, I’ve been blessed to be a part of many wonderful aspects of the media ministry. Along with helping manage the business and human resources side of the work, I also participated in several special projects and ministry efforts.
Some of my most special memories are attached to the 175th anniversary celebration of TAB Media and assisting with publishing the book of TAB Media’s history.
The TAB Media team has covered countless important stories, but the coverage associated with the April 27, 2011, tornadoes that devastated our state, along with the April 2012 (one-year later) and April 2021 (10 years later) special editions, will always be at the top for me.
The coverage in each of those issues of The Alabama Baptist showcased so beautifully how Alabama Baptists came together as God designed.
Still, the thing that warms my heart the most is the coming expansion of TAB Media.
When other state papers started a digital-only format or stopped publishing altogether, I felt God saying to me that TAB Media could fill the void and stand in the gap.
It was so clear to me how our team could provide Baptists in other states with the news they needed, the news their state papers could no longer provide. Then, I discovered that I was not the only one He had shared this dream with. God had also given it to then managing editor Jennifer Rash. So it quickly became our shared dream.
If you know Jennifer, then you know that her determination and tenacity are boundless. Everything she does is done with excellence, and so I can retire as we are launching The Baptist Paper and know it is in good hands.
I am so proud of her and of TAB Media for launching this new, God-inspired, publication, while also continuing the 178-year tradition of publishing The Alabama Baptist each week. My dream — our dream — is now a reality. I hope you will check it out. You will be just as proud as I am.
Blessed to have been a part of the formulation of the dream, I leave the execution to Jennifer and the rest of my very capable co-workers (now, my family) at TAB Media.
As of this week, I am officially a retired member of the TAB Media team, but I will continue to promote how vital this ministry is to Southern Baptist life.
It has been my privilege to serve you as our readers and Alabama Baptists as a whole.
I will miss you all and will look forward to reading about all the great things taking place for years to come — and I know I can find those stories in The Alabama Baptist and The Baptist Paper.