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Brian Kaylor, Word&Way president & editor-in-chief, leads A Public Witness. A Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in political communication, he is the author or co-author of five books on religion and politics. His latest book, co-written by A Public Witness contributor Beau Underwood, is Baptizing America: How Mainline Protestants Helped Build Christian Nationalism.

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President & Editor-in-Chief of Word&Way. Baptist minister with Ph.D. in political communication.
An award-winning e-newsletter from Word&Way covering faith, culture, & politics.
I'm a pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a senior editor with Word&Way, and a doctoral student in public affairs at Mizzou.
digital editor at Word&Way / phd from the Missouri School of Journalism + University of Chicago Divinity School alumn / member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) / Kansas City cyclist