EC announces communications staff additions
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee (EC) has expanded its communications team with the hiring of Tess Schoonhoven in late 2019 and Jon Wilke and Kyle Cochran this month.
Jon D. Wilke will serve as media relations director at the EC. In this role, Wilke will work with members of the media to share the news, vision and mission of the SBC. Over the past 17 years, Wilke has used his experience and skills as a former U.S. Marine Corps and Army correspondent, community newspaper reporter, spokesperson, and media producer to help Christian ministries communicate their Kingdom work. Wilke has worked with Faith Comes By Hearing and Voice of the Martyrs, led LifeWay Christian Resources' media relations efforts for several years and worked as a national radio show and TV producer and executive.
Tess Schoonhoven joins the EC as a fulltime staff writer, where she will report on breaking news and cover relevant cultural topics for both Baptist Press and SBC Life. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications including Facts & Trends, Leader's Edge Magazine and Pursuit Magazine.
Kyle Cochran will serve as director of digital content for the EC. Raised in Raleigh, N.C., and a 2012 graduate of North Carolina State University, Cochran will use his passion and skills in digital and social media to further the SBC's communications efforts online.
Cochran has been married to Caitlyn since 2014, and they have a 10-month-old son, Theo. Kyle is currently a member of The Summit Church in Raleigh and will be part of Proclamation Church, a new church plant in Nashville, upon his relocation.