Joe B. HewittCountry: United States
BiographyJOE B. HEWITT, BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Writing and Editorial Background
Hewitt worked as a reporter for the Lima (Ohio) News, including police beat and courthouse beat. On one occasion he went "underground" and did an expose' on vice and crime. He served as international news editor and slot man for the Lima News; then later he was editor and publisher of the weekly Richardson, Texas, Digest; and owned and published the Throckmorton, Texas, Tribune, and Springtown, Texas, Review, both weeklies.
Hewitt wrote a non-fiction book on personal experience that has sold 50,000 copies, entitled I Was Raised a Jehovah's Witness, (Accent Books, Denver, Colo., 1979). It has also been translated into Chinese and was published in Taiwan. An updated and revised edition in English was published by Kregel Publishing, Grand Rapids, in 1997. He published a 4th Edition in 2014.
Hewitt’s Other writing experience included ghost-writing a book on Bible prophecy for a radio preacher. For many years Hewitt wrote a column for the Rockwall Success, and Rowlett Lakeshore Times, local newspapers. His magazine articles have been published in Mature Living, The Baptist Program, and Leadership Magazine (published by the Baptist General Convention of Texas), Faith for the Family, and Reproduction Methods. For six years Hewitt served as editor of the Christian Crusader, a magazine published by Texas Alcohol Narcotics Education, (TANE) which Hewitt served as public relations director. In that capacity Hewitt also wrote and produced radio and television public service spots.
Hewitt served as contract writer of adult and youth curriculum for Lifeway Christian Resources, publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Travel articles and pictures have been published in The Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle's Sunday magazine. Op-ed pieces have been published by The Dallas Morning News. Hewitt also does short nonfiction pieces for magazines. A recent sale is a how-to story with photos of a water conservation system for the Urban Farmer.
Hewitt’s books published include, nonfiction, Adobe Walls to Tularosa; I Was Raised a Jehovah’s Witness; Rescuing Slaves of the Watchtower; Rescatando a los Prisioneros de los Atalaya; A Pastor’s Adventures, the Good, the Bad, and the Sad; Trivia for Adults, Mediation Preparation; fiction, Murder on the Sky Ride; Mystery of the Vanished Gold; My Love, My Enemy; Yellow Rose of Texas.
Travel & Education Background
Hewitt traveled extensively throughout all 50 of the United States; Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, and has visited Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Cypress, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Greece, Belgium, Holland, Israel, Brazil, Russia, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and several Caribbean islands.
Hewitt earned a BD degree from Arlington Baptist College, and an MA degree from Dallas Baptist University. He is a member of Mensa the High IQ Sociegy.
Ministry & Denominational Work
Hewitt served as founding pastor of the Richardson East Baptist Church, Richardson, and the Princeton Park Baptist Church, Rowlett, Texas. He pastored the First Baptist Church of Fate, Texas, for 13 years,
After retiring from the pastoral ministry in 2001 Hewitt took training a mediator and served as a court-appointed mediator for Dallas, Texas, courts. He is past president, ACR, Dallas Chapter and was a member, Texas Association of Mediators; Hewitt was rated as distinguished credentialed mediator by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. He retired from the mediation practice in April, 2018, to devote full time to writing, and travel.
Hewitt’s wife of 52 years, Marilu, died in 2001. They had 2 daughters, a son, 5 grandchildren and 5 greatgrandchildren. Hewitt married Jeanette Lambert on April 8, 2018.