Staff Directory

Jeff Herring: Executive Editor, editor@baptisttrumpet.com

Executive Editor

Jeff joined the Baptist Trumpet staff in May of 2019 as Assistant Editor. He previously served for over 20 years as a full-time associate pastor in Arkansas. He was unanimously elected to serve as Executive Editor on Nov. 5, 2020, at the BMA of Ark. meeting at Central Baptist College.

He and his wife, Kristin, have three children: Abigail and Autumn, who are students at Central Baptist College; and Austin, who is a student at Baptist Prep.

Jeff is a graduate of Central Baptist College with a BA in Religious Education and BMA Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion. He is an ordained minister and active on many levels at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway.

Jeff and Kristin love to cook and have people over to their home. He also loves to travel and has had the opportunity to travel on educational trips to Europe including trips to London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome and Athens. He has also been on mission trips to Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, Peru and multiple times to the Philippines. He hopes to one day be able to travel to the Holy Land with his family.

“God will always lead us where He wants us to go. Sometimes the doors He opens are not what we expect, but you must be obedient just the same. I am excited to serve the state of Arkansas as the Executive Editor and will do my best to help make the Baptist Trumpet successful as we seek to spread the word to the people of the BMA effectively.”

Allan Eakin: Associate Editor,  associateeditor@baptisttrumpet.com

Associate Editor

Allan joined the Baptist Trumpet staff on Oct. 5, 2020. He works in all aspects of the Trumpet ministry, including advertising, circulation management, billing, payroll and updating the Trumpet website.

Allan also serves as pastor at Celebration Baptist Church in Haskell. He has served previous churches in many staff roles including: Youth Pastor, Education and Outreach Director, and Assistant Pastor.

Diane Spriggs: Editor Emeritus, r.diane.spriggs@gmail.com

Editor Emeritus

Diane joined the Baptist Trumpet staff Jan. 2, 1980 as a “temporary, part-time typesetter” and was named editor/business manager by the BMA of Arkansas on Nov. 3, 2005. “I had no idea what an adventure awaited me when God brought me to the Trumpet so many years ago,” said Diane. “I am truly blessed to serve my Lord in the best job a girl can have in the BMA!”

She was saved in October 1959 at Park Place Baptist Church, and is now a member of Oak Park Baptist Church in Little Rock, where she is part of the sanctuary choir and the Pairs & Spares Sunday School class.

On April 14, 1967, Diane married “the love of her life,” Pat, and they have two children and two children-in-love: Robert Patrick “Bobby” & Jennifer (Mollette) Spriggs of Sherwood, and Trina Michelle & Keith Medlock of Cabot. The “lights of her life” are her grandchildren: Baleigh Ann Spriggs, Hunter Wayne Medlock and Savana Michelle Medlock.

Diane retired on Nov. 5, 2020 after serving almost 41 years on the Trumpet staff, the last 15 as editor. As the first official action of new Executive Editor Jeff Herring, she was named Editor Emeritus to honor her time with the ministry she truly loves and will continue to serve in any way she can. She is available to speak at women’s conferences, district meetings, churches, etc.