Scott Barkley, editor
Scott Barkley joined The Index as production editor on Jan. 2, 2004. In early 2018 his title was changed to web content editor and associate editor to reflect The Index’s move to an all-digital platform. Last spring Scott was named editor of The Christian Index.
A native of Centre, Alabama, Scott graduated from Jacksonville (Ala.) State University with a degree in secondary education, concentration in English and History. He also served in various leadership roles in JSU’s Baptist Campus Ministries, including president, and participated in short-term missions as well as a summer missionary to Colorado and Wyoming.
While in college Scott wrote as a sports correspondent for The Gadsden Times in Gadsden, Alabama, his hometown paper The Cherokee County Herald, and to JSU’s student newspaper, The Chanticleer. He has received numerous awards for his feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association.
Upon graduation Scott and his wife, Amy, established a collegiate ministry in Cheyenne, Wyoming as US/C-2 missionaries through the North American Mission Board.
In 2001 the couple moved to Cartersville, where they had accepted elementary and high school teaching positions, respectively. While teaching, Scott was also a freelance writer for The Christian Index, The Alabama Baptist, and The Cartersville Daily Tribune. He has also written for the Cartersville Patch, Johns Creek Patch, and GEORGIA Magazine, serving as a member of the latter’s advisory board.
An adoptive family, Scott and his wife are the parents of daughters Rylee and Charlotte and sons Jackson and Bryce. They are members of Cartersville First Baptist Church, where Scott is a deacon and volunteers in the children’s ministry. Amy is currently a teacher for Cartersville City Schools.
Birthdate: November 3
Hobbies: Spending time with family, reading, sports.
Telephone: (770) 936-5599
Joe Westbury, managing editor
Joe Westbury has served as managing editor of The Christian Index since August 2003. Prior to assuming that role he had served for five years as associate editor of the paper.
As managing editor he shares administrative roles with the editor as well as serving as senior writer, focusing on news and features and reporting on in-depth issues of interest to Georgia Baptists.
Joe, a career journalist with the Southern Baptist Convention for 38 years, has served in a variety of writing positions since he graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN in 1974. He served twice as public relations director for his alma mater, as well as serving as a religion editor and news reporter for The Jackson Sun.
Joe later served as editor of World Mission Journal published by the former Brotherhood Commission in Memphis, and as associate director of the news department of the former Home Mission Board. He later served as associate editor of MissionsUSA, the flagship magazine for the Atlanta-based agency, a forerunner of the North American Mission Board. Prior to joining The Index he produced missions education materials for the HMB as well as for NAMB.
He has covered stories on Southern Baptist missionaries and volunteers in 45 states and 10 nations. Joe, a native of Orlando, FL, is a recipient of several writing and photography awards from the Baptist Communicators Association. He is a former president of the professional organization and currently serves as treasurer.
He and his wife, Jan, are parents of teenage daughters Charlotte, a student at the University of North Georgia at Dahlonega, and Elena, a student at Parkview High School. They live in Lilburn and are active members of Mountain Park First Baptist Church in Stone Mountain where Joe serves as a deacon.
Birthdate: October 15
Hobbies: Travel, reading, walking, gardening, and anything that involves red and green chile and New Mexico.
Telephone: (770) 936-5596
Myriah Snyder, content editor
Myriah Snyder joined The Index as content editor in October 2018. A native of Murray, Ky., Myriah has garnered the bulk of her Baptist communications experience in her home state. As a student at University of the Cumberlands, she served as news writer and copy editor for the student newspaper, The Patriot, on the way to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in English in December 2014.
Other journalism experience came during her time attending Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Ky., where she worked as managing editor for The Mid-Continent Review and student editor of Cougar Connect. In that time she also served as a creative writing essay competition judge and freelance proofreader.
Prior to joining The Index, Myriah served Kentucky Baptists as assistant editor and news writer of The Western Recorder, news journal of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Thus, Snyder now holds the distinction of working at Southern Baptists’ two oldest newspapers between The Index (founded in 1822) and The Western Recorder (1825).
While attending Walnut Street Baptist in Louisville, Snyder taught Sunday School and assisted in the children’s ministry as well as served on the worship team.
Birthdate: November 26
Hobbies: Reading biographies or Christian fiction, writing, connecting with friends over coffee, “spoiling her nieces,” and walking her Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, Pepper.