OKLAHOMA CITY — After more than a quarter-century of service to The Christian Chronicle, Dale Brown stepped down as chairman of the newspaper’s board of trustees at the spring board meeting April 20.
Brown, a member of the Golf Course Road church in Midland, Texas, will continue to serve as part of the 19-member board, which provides policy governance for the publication. He was a founding member of the Chronicle’s National Council in 1983 and served as chairman of the council beginning in 2002. Brown played key roles in establishing the newspaper’s endowment fund and reorganizing the council into a board of trustees, said Lynn McMillon, the Chronicle’s editor, president and CEO. In 2004 Brown became the board’s first chairman.
“Dale’s leadership, encouragement and example are deeply appreciated and will be long remembered,” McMillon said.
Deon Fair, a member of the Richardson East church in Richardson, Texas, succeeds Brown as chairman.
Fair is a native of South Africa. His parents were converted in 1958 by missionary Tex Williams, who lived next door to the family in Pietermaritzburg, in the country’s KwaZulu-Natal province.
Fair’s father, Ian, began preaching and in 1965 moved the family to Abilene, Texas, to earn a degree from Abilene Christian University. Three years later he joined Williams and several other families to evangelize among the Zulu people of South Africa. The team helped establish a preacher-training school and turned the work over to Zulu church leaders.
In 1974 the Fairs immigrated to Texas. Ian Fair is a professor emeritus at ACU.
Deon Fair is a retired partner of Accenture, a consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. He serves on the boards of ACU, Missions Resource Network, Genesis Networks and the Heritage Christian College Foundation.
He joined the Chronicle’s board in 2003 at Brown’s request.
“I was a casual reader of the Chronicle and respected its positive reporting of news,” Fair said. “I was aware of the paper’s history and felt I wanted to be a part of making it even more useful as a positive advocate for the exciting work of God within Churches of Christ.”
Fair described Brown as a respected Christian leader who continues to provide invaluable service to the newspaper.
“The Chronicle has achieved financial equilibrium, has improved its look and feel and has continued to reach new highs in journalistic excellence,” Fair said, “I believe Dale’s leadership has been instrumental in setting a tone of excellent, even-handed leadership. He has helped the paper confirm its role as an arbiter of good and bad news in the life of our churches in a very constructive manner.”