Transitions 06.27.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Andy Jung, to First Baptist Church, Albemarle, N.C., as pastor. He comes from Trinity Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., where he served as associate pastor of students and administration.

Larry Stinson, to Cleveland (Va.) Baptist Church, as pastor. He had been serving as interim pastor.

Jeremy Shoulta, to Maranatha Baptist Church, Plains, Ga., as pastor.

David Vogt, to Antioch Baptist Church, Scottsville, Va., as pastor, effective July 20.

Matthew Dillingham, to Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, as business administrator, effective July 1.

Lindsey Huggins, to First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga., as associate minister to students.

Pam Kang, to Main Street Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas, as interim youth minister.

Erica Evans Whitaker, to Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, as pastoral intern.

Brian and Kate Mullaney, resigning as minister of care and connection and preschool minister, respectively, from Main Street Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas, effective Aug. 15.

Hannah Singletary, to First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Fla., as director of volunteer engagement.

Brandon McClure, to Eastwood Baptist Church, Gatesville, Texas, as youth minister.

Meg Lacy, to Emerywood Baptist Church, High Point, N.C., as minister of congregational life.

Katie Murray, to Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, as Christian advocacy specialist.

Alyx Christian, now serving as youth minister at Shalom Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va. 

RETIRED

Sandra Lawler, retiring at the end of June as organist at First Baptist Church, Sarasota, Fla., where she has served for over 30 years.

Karen Willes, retiring in August as minister of music at East Hill Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Fla., where she has served since 1972. 

ORDINATIONS

Jessica Piercy Godfrey, ordained to ministry on April 27 by First Baptist Church, Rutherfordton, N.C.

Martha Haigler, ordained to ministry on June 11 by Providence Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.

Melissa Kessler, ordained to ministry by First Baptist Church, Kernersville, N.C., where she serves as pastoral intern, on June 22.

Brian Mullaney, ordained to ministry on June 1 by Main Street Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas. 

Kris Roberts, ordained to ministry by First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga., on May 18.

Meredith Shaw, to be ordained to ministry on July 13 by Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky.

DEATHS

Esther Tye Perkins, 92, died May 23. She was the first Southern Baptist woman called as pastor in South Carolina. She was ordained in 1983 and called as pastor of Pine Bluff Baptist Church, Columbia, S.C. that same year. She later served Eason Memorial Baptist Church until her retirement in 2003. She is survived by her grandson and great-granddaughter.  

ANNIVERSARIES

Craig A. Anglin, 10 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Davenport, Iowa.

Tim Williams, 10 years as senior pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Victoria, Texas.

Lauren E. Colwell, 5 years as associate minister for spiritual formation and families at First Baptist Church, Savannah, Ga.

William Richard Kremer, 5 years as pastor of Garden Lakes Baptist Church, Rome, Ga.

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Transitions 06.20.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Merianna Neely, to Emmanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, S.C., as pastor.

L. Joseph Rosas III, resigning as pastor of University Baptist Church, Baltimore.

Gary Price, concluding his tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church, Eldorado, Texas.

Steve Jones, resigning as pastor of Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., effective July 27.

David E. Roberts, to Calvary Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as interim pastor, effective June 22.

Joey Tucker, to Gravel Hill Baptist Church, Buffalo Junction, Va., as interim pastor.

Thomas R. McKibbens, to First Baptist Church, Providence, R.I., as interim pastor, effective June 29. He recently concluded an 11-year tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church, Worcester, Mass.

Brittany Jackson, to White Oak Baptist Church, Clayton, N.C., as youth pastor. She comes from Amelia Christian Church in Clayton, where she served as youth minister.

Carolyn Hale Cubbedge, to Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, Savannah, Ga., as senior adult and pastoral care pastor, effective July 1. She comes from First Baptist Church, Savannah, Ga., where she served as assistant minister for missions.

Jonathan Lowery, to Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va., as minister of music. He comes from Northside Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., where he served as worship pastor.

John Callaway, to First Baptist Church, Carrollton, Ga., as associate pastor of students.

David Stippick, to First Baptist Church, Brownwood, Texas, as student minister.

Cindy Marshall, resigning as youth director at Hardy Central Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

Ernie Rushing, resigning as minister of music at Crabtree Valley Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.

Katie Ethridge, to Ironbridge Baptist Church, Chester, Va., as children’s director.

Jeremy Taylor, to First Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas, as student minister.

Durward “Woody” McDonell, to First Baptist Church, Mount Olive, N.C., as director of music.

Ron Allen, to Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as youth director.

Ryan Wood, concluding his tenure as minister to university at First Baptist Church, Stephenville, Texas.

Daniel McCullough, concluding his tenure as minister of youth at First Baptist Church, Eatonton, Ga.

Darrell Wise, resigning as director of missions for Concord Baptist Association, South Hill, Va., to relocate to Texas.

Cheri Wise, resigning from the staff of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board where she served as Baptist collegiate minister for Longwood University, Farmville, Va., to relocate to Texas.

Leslie Turley, to American Baptist International Ministries, as area director for Southeast Asia and Japan, effective July 1, 2015. Current area director Stan Murray will retire in 2015.

Jennifer “Jeni” Pedzinski, to Chiang Mai, Thailand, as an American Baptist International Ministries endorsed missionary. She will serve in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as senior administrator for the New Life Center Foundation, which ministers to victims of human trafficking, forced labor and sexual abuse.

Ben McDade, resigning as executive vice president for development and marketing for Baptists Today, to take a position with Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., leading development programs, effective July 15. Before joining the staff of Baptists Today in 2012, McDade was on the staff of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for 10 years.

RETIRED

Dan Ivins, retired in February as pastor of First Baptist Church, Providence, R. I.

Roger Paynter, retiring as pastor of First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, effective Jan. 30, 2015.

Luther Smith, retiring in August as professor of church and community at Candler School of Theology-Emory University, Atlanta, after 35 years there.

ORDINATION

Mike Alley, to beordained to ministry on June 29 by Spring Hill Baptist Church, Ruckersville, Va., where he serves as youth ministry leader.

DEATH

Yandall Woodfin, 85, died May 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. He served for 27 years as a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, retiring in 1994. Earlier he had taught at Baylor University and the International Baptist Theological Seminary, then in Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He is survived by his wife, Leta, and three daughters. A memorial service was held May 30 at Agape Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

ANNIVERSARIES

Wilbur Kersey, 55 years as pastor of Court Street Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Va.

Lauren E. Colwell, 5 years as associate minister for spiritual formation and families at First Baptist Church, Savannah, Ga.

John Cook, 5 years as senior pastor at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, Fayetteville, N.C.

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Transitions 06.13.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Jay Lynn, to St. Martin Baptist Fellowship, Gulfport, Miss., as pastor. He comes from Farmville (Va.) Baptist Church, where he served as associate pastor.

Amy Butler, to Riverside Church, New York City, as senior pastor. For the past 11 years she has been pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Mike Parnell, to Temple Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., as pastor, effective in July. He comes from the pastorate of Beth Car Baptist Church, Halifax, Va.

Joe Elmore, to Belmont Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., effective June 22. He comes from the pastorate of New Life (formerly Crowder Memorial) Baptist Church, Petersburg, Va.

Billy Hutchinson, resigning as pastor of Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Columbia, Va., effective June 22.

Stephen Price, to Heritage Baptist Church, Annapolis, Md., as interim pastor.

Richard Phillips, to Bayshore Baptist Church, Tampa, Fla., as interim pastor.

Randy Rains, to Oakland Baptist Church, Gum Spring, Va., as interim pastor.

James H. “Buddy” Hyatt III, to First Baptist Church, Ahoskie, N.C., as music associate/organist.

Christy Foldenauer, to Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as discipleship pastor.

Susan Hayes, to Elk Creek Baptist Church, Mineral, Va., as music director.

Patricia Greene, to First Baptist Church, Rockingham, N.C., as associate pastor/minister to families, effective in September. She currently serves as a resident chaplain at the Bowman Grey Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Ruth Winters, now serving as full-time music ministries coordinator at Orcutt Baptist Church, Newport News, Va.

Judy Wiles, to Leesburg (Va.) Community Church, as children’s minister. She comes from Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn, Va., where she served as director of children’s ministries.

Virginia Reynolds, resigning as associate pastor for children and families at First Baptist Church, Greensboro, N.C.

David Giles, to Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as sports ministry and middle school director.

Kelly Cahoon, resigning as children’s ministry director at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va.

Bruce Minett, to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Decatur, Ga., as director of development. A certified fundraising executive with more than 28 years of ministry experience, he has served as executive associate pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Carrollton, Ga., since 2002. He also served as minister of administration and education at Bayside Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Va., and minister of education and youth at First Baptist Church, Galax, Va.

Dane Fowlkes, now serving as associate vice president for development at East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas. He previously served as ETBU’s director of major gifts in university advancement.

Tyler Tankersley, to Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kan., as director of the Create Program, effective Aug. 1. He comes from Second Baptist Church, Liberty, Mo., where he served as associate pastor of students and spiritual formation.

RETIRED

Danny W. Collins, announcing plans to retire as pastor of Fairlawn (Va.) Baptist Church, effective Aug. 31.

Patricia K. Collins, announcing plans to retire as education director at Fairlawn (Va.) Baptist Church, effective Aug. 31.  

ORDINATIONS

Brenda Goodman, ordained to ministry on June 8 by Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, Colo., where she serves as worship and special services coordinator.

Laura McDaniel, ordained to ministry on June 8 by Woodland Baptist Church, Arrington, Va. She currently serves as network catalyst for the Ray and Ann Spence Network for Congregational Leadership and is the former executive director of Virginia’s Woman’s Missionary Union.

Gary Skeen, ordained to ministry on June 8 by Parkway Baptist Church, Duluth, Ga. He serves as director of the Church Benefits Board Inc., a ministry of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

DEATHS

Garland Henry Allen, 91, died June 3 in Shelby, N.C. He joined the staff of Gardner-Webb College in Boiling Springs, N.C., in 1961. Initially serving as head of the religion department, he moved to the history department and continued to teach both throughout his tenure at Gardner-Webb, eventually being named professor emeritus in 1990. From 1961-1989 he was golf coach at Gardner-Webb, leading his team to two NAIA national championships and being named national coach of the year in 1976 and 1977. Allen is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn Allen (Garrison); a daughter, Susan Pearson; a son, Bill (Henry) Allen; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

W. Donald Ambrose, 77, died June 8 in Hayes, Va. He served as music minister in numerous churches, including Oakwood Memorial Baptist in Richmond, Va.; Calvary Baptist, Lexington, Ky.; Valley Station (Ky.) Baptist; Parkview Baptist in Newport News, Va., for 21 years; Providence Baptist in Hayes, Va., as minister of music, youth and children and associate pastor for more than 20 years; and Newington Baptist in Gloucester, Va., in retirement. He was a member of the Virginia Baptist Male Chorale and The Centrymen. He is survived by his wife, Margie; children, Carla Stanley, Tammie Spivey, Tal Ambrose, Bobby and Del Stokes and Rhonda Pappas; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis L. Flagg, 90, died April 5 in Brentwood, N.H. She was a teacher, retiring from Exeter Area Junior High School in 1986. After retirement she was ordained as an American Baptist minister, and along with her husband, Lewis W. Flagg Jr., served churches in New Hampshire and Maine. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Lewis III, David and Jonathan Flagg; a daughter, Katherine McWhorter; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Veronica “Ronny” Lanier, 95, died May 28 in Melrose, Mass. She was commissioned as a missionary by the American Baptist Home Mission Society in 1957. She served Christian centers in Denver, Sacramento and Chicago before joining the staff of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts in 1964. Following ordination in 1970 she served the AMBCM for 25 years as minister of education. She was interim pastor in several churches, most recently as pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church, Lynn, Mass. She is survived by two nieces, Lynette Chisholm and Susan Webb; and a nephew, Carl Chisholm.

James Carl McQueen Jr., 96, died May 18 in Rockingham, N.C. A longtime North Carolina Baptist pastor, he served churches in Red Springs, West End, Eagle Springs, Rockingham, North Wilkesboro, Pine Bluff, Mt. Gilead, Jackson Springs, Moravian Falls, Mt. Airy, Angier, Wadesboro and Ellerbe until retirement. He then served as interim in several churches. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Martin McQueen; two daughters, Brenda Johnson and Marcia McQueen; grandson, Jim Johnson; granddaughter, Cindy Johnson Huffman; and two great-grandchildren.

Anne T. Neil, 94, died June 8 in Raleigh, N.C. For 27 years she and her late husband, Lloyd, served with the SBC’s Foreign (now International) Mission Board in Nigeria and Ghana. Her advocacy for women ministers led to her own ordination to ministry by Millbrook Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., at age 80. She is survived by two daughters, Becky Albritton and Elaine Orr; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. 

ANNIVERSARIES

Brian Adams, 10 years as youth pastor at West Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, Va.

Angie Frame, 10 years as guide pastor/online campus pastor at Powhatan (Va.) Community Church.

Douglas B. Watson Sr., 10 years as pastor of Stockton Memorial Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va.

Ronald E. Wyatt Jr., 10 years as pastor of Graceland Baptist Church, Powhatan, Va.

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Staff writer position

ABPnews/Herald is seeking an energetic and creative person to join its team of editors and journalists as a staff writer. ABPnews/Herald is an autonomous, nonprofit news organization that offers news, features and opinion articles every business day for a global audience of Baptists and other Christians at ABPnews.com and its companion site, the ABPnews Blog. It also publishes a print magazine six times a year. 

The news organization was created by the January 2014 merger of the Religious Herald, the 185-year-old newsjournal for Baptists in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic, and ABPnews, founded in 1990 as Associated Baptist Press, the first and only independent news service created by and for Baptists. 

The primary function of the staff writer will be to produce timely, accurate and compelling news and feature stories, in collaboration with the editorial team, for publication on all ABPnews/Herald media platforms, including the website and magazine. 

A full job description is below. 

Resumes should be sent to Editor in Chief Robert Dilday at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 15.  

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Staff Writer

ABPnews/Herald

Position title: Staff Writer

Principal function:  Craft news and feature stories for the website and for the magazine in support of the mission of ABPnews/Herald. 

Reports to: Editor in Chief

Supervises:  This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Primary relationships: ABPnews/Herald editorial team

Secondary relationships:  Other ABPnewsHerald staff, stakeholders and readers 

 

Requirements and Responsibilities:

• Produce timely, accurate and compelling news and feature stories, in collaboration with the editorial team, for publication on all ABPnews/Herald media platforms, including the website and magazine.

• Conduct research and interviews, check facts and contribute ideas for coverage.

• Edit news stories and other content as assigned.

• Build contacts to maintain a flow of news.

• Seek out and investigate stories via contacts, press releases and other media.

• Upload content to the website.

• Engage social media (in particular, Twitter and Facebook), in cooperation with appropriate staff.

• Provide or acquire photography and other art to support news and feature articles.

• Read newspapers and other relevant material to prepare for writing stories and suggesting coverage ideas.

• Perform other duties as assigned by the Editor in Chief.

 

Preferred Credentials, Skills and Experience:

Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or communications

Experience: Minimum of three years experience in journalism or communications

Skills and knowledge:  

• Ability to write fast, accurately and creatively

• Thorough understanding of the news process and writing and editing for a news organization

• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

• Experience in working with a content management system 

• Working knowledge of website functions

• Interest in and understanding of Baptist and religious life

• Aptitude for new communication technologies and a working knowledge of basic computer software programs and social media platforms

• Basic skills in news photography 

• Self-initiative and the ability to work effectively from a home office within a virtual organizational structure

• Editorial knowledge and understanding of the mission of ABPnews/Herald  

Expectations: ABP’s mission is to provide credible and compelling information about matters of faith. Our goal is to produce news, features and commentary that inform, engage and inspire our readers.  The Staff Writer’s daily work should meet the highest standards of accuracy, readability, fairness, integrity and journalistic excellence. She or he should also exhibit:

• an exemplary Christian commitment and character;

• a commitment to ABP’s vision, mission and goals;

• a commitment to continual improvement and to lifelong learning;

• the professional and personal discipline to perform with excellence in a virtual organization that offers a high level of trust and freedom within a team-based culture; and

• a willingness to travel alone, including airplane and automobile trips, without assistance. 

 

Salary:  $32,000 - $35,000, plus health care and retirement benefits 

Contact:  Interested applicants may send a full resume to Editor in Chief Robert Dilday at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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