Christian Index Staff
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
Myriah Snyder, associate editor
Myriah Snyder originally joined The Index as content editor in October 2018 before moving into the role of associate editor in July 2020.
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. Snyder earned her Master of Arts in Christian Studies from her alma mater in June 2020.
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.
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). Most recently, she was awarded the 2020 Frank Burkhalter Award for Exceptional Achievement in Religious Newswriting by the Baptist Communicators Association for her article “Unholy Tour attendees hear survivors recount ‘second chances.’”
She is a member of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, where she teaches ESL in their International Learning Center, teaches Mission Friends, and is part of their social media 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.
Linda Wilkins, content editor
Linda Wilkins has worked with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board since 2015 and serves as content strategist. A graduate of Baylor University with a focus on journalism and religion, she enjoys the opportunity to write, edit, and curate content for the organization’s digital platforms and print publications.