Transitions 07.11.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Lorri Burck, to Calvary Baptist Church. Denver, Colo., as children’s ministry coordinator.

Ali Chappell, to Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, as minister of youth.

Robert Fisher, to Plainfield (N.H.) Community Baptist Church, as interim pastor.

Steve Graves, to Shearer Hills Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, as pastor.

Jim Heiligman, to First Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas, as pastor.

Larry Hentz, to True Gospel Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., as pastor. He comes from Fort Foote Baptist Church, Fort Washington, Md., where he served as associate minister.

Steve Law, to First Baptist Church, Ashland, Va., as church administrator.

Janis Mansker, resigning as minister to children at First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Joe McArthur, to Harvest Church, Fort Worth, Texas, as pastor. He comes from Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, where he was associate pastor.

Connie McNeil, now serving as interim coordinator for discipleship at Second Baptist Church, Liberty, Mo.

Neal Nelson, to NorthStar Church, Blacksburg, Va., as associate pastor.

Barry Rock, to First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas, as executive pastor. He had been on staff there as minister of music.

Matt Singleton, to First Baptist Church, Kenedy, Texas, as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Skidmore, Texas.

Ami Vielehr, to First Baptist Church, Beverly, N.J., as pastor, effective in September.

Ashton Wells and Jordan Groves, now serving as interim coordinators for student ministry at Second Baptist Church, Liberty, Mo.

RETIRED

Jay Rambo, retiring as pastor of First Baptist Church, Bordentown, N.J., after 33 years of ministry there. 

Michael Riley, retiring as pastor of Deermeadows Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla., on Aug. 17, after 13 years of ministry there. 

ORDINATION

Jillian Farmer, to be ordained to ministry on July 27 by Kirkwood (Mo.) Baptist Church, where she serves as minister to youth.

DEATHS

Claude Otis Brooks, 91, died July 6 in Birmingham, Ala. He served churches in Belleville, Ky., Eatonton, Ga., Swainsboro, Ga., and Florence, Ala. His final pastorate was at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, Birmingham, from 1969-1988. After retiring he served as interim pastor of Kowloon Baptist Church in Hong Kong and was Samford University’s first minister to the university. He is predeceased by his wife, Olive, and son, Mark. He is survived by a daughter, Leigh Brooks Collier; son, Clinton Brooks; and four grandchildren.

John Hopkins Harvey, 90, died June 22 in Richmond, Va. He served for over 20 years as minister of education in churches in Richmond, Alexandria and Norfolk, Va. He is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Beth Marie Harvey; two sons, John H. and J. Craig Harvey.  

Wallace Edward Parham, 92, died June 15 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He served for more than 42 years in the fields of Christian education and church administration. He served on the staff of churches which include the First Baptist churches of Roanoke, Va., Richmond, Va., Greenville, S.C., Oklahoma City and Chattanooga, Tenn., Main Street Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Miss., and Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C. He was an early pioneer of Sunday school literature working with Herschel Hobbs producing materials for the Sunday School Board of the SBC. He served as a member of the Ministerial Alumni Council at Wake Forest University when the decision to begin a divinity school was initiated. He was a strong supporter of moderate Baptists and was influential in the creation of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He is survived by his wife, Doris Neeley Parham; two sons, David and Stephen Parham; two daughters, Carole Wilson and Lynn Stockard; and seven grandchildren. 

ANNIVERSARY

Fred Braswell, 35 years as pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va.

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Transitions 07.04.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Lance Sawyer, to First Baptist Church, Mena, Ark., as pastor, effective July 27. He comes from First Baptist Church, Muskogee, Okla., where he has served as pastor since 2004.

Ray Ammons, to First Baptist Church, Clinton, N.C., as pastor.

Zach Ashley, to Fairview at River Club, Fredericksburg, Va., as senior pastor. He comes from Mount Ararat Baptist Church, Stafford, Va., where he has served as associate pastor since 2005.

Hunter Duncan, to Churchland Baptist Church, Lexington, N.C., as pastor.

Rhonda Gailes, to Refuge Church, a new church start in Blowing Rock, N.C., as pastor.

Rodney Reeves, to First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Ark., as interim preacher, effective Aug. 31. He is dean of Christian studies at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.

Chester “Chet” Smith, now serving as interim pastor at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va.

Eric Bean, to First Baptist Church, Hamlet, N.C., as minister of education.

Joe Noland, to Melbourne Heights Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., as youth minister. 

Paul Freeman, to First Baptist Church, Lexington, N.C., as minister of music.

Brenton Yadon, to Journey Church, Roanoke, Va., as pastoral intern.

Sarah Mears, to Wake Forest (N.C.) Baptist Church, as minister to children.

Katie Mussat, to First Baptist Church, Shreveport, La., as minister to students.

K. Wayne Windle Jr., to Branch’s Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as interim music director.

Glenda Bohannon, to Burgaw (N.C.) Baptist Church, as minister of music.

Lissa Eaton, resigning as Christian education coordinator at Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., to become a full-time chaplain resident at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.

Meredith Hanna, to First Baptist Church, Shreveport, La., as minister to children.

B. J. Crowder, to Glen Allen (Va.) Baptist Church, as youth director.

Nic and April Uebel, to the Virginia Baptist Mission Board as Baptist collegiate ministers at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Carrie Blanchard, to Oakland Baptist Church, Rock Hill, S.C., as youth ministries coordinator. 

ORDINATION

Evan Rowe, ordained to ministry on May 18 by Midway (Ky.) Baptist Church, where he serves as minister of worship and youth. 

DEATHS

H. W. Walker Pipkin, 74, died June 29 in Greece, N.Y. A scholar of the Reformation, he had published numerous books and articles on Anabaptists and, most extensively, on the reformers Ulrich Zwingli and Balthasar Hubmaier. He taught in the U.S. and abroad, including the International Baptist Theological Seminary, then in Ruschlikon, Switzerland, and served as senior pastor at the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy in Russia. He was predeceased by his first wife, Arlene Schenk Pipkin. He is survived by his second wife, Cheryl; daughters, Heather Martin and Nancy Pipkin-Hutchinson; step-daughter, Cindy Parnell; and two granddaughters.

F. Carson Riley III, 59, died May 30. He had served on the faculty of the Fredericksburg (Va.) Bible Institute and Seminary since 2006, teaching church history, Bible survey and worship courses. He was associate pastor at Round Oak Baptist Church, Woodford, Va., at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Dorriane Shelton Dennis Riley; son, Andrew; daughters, Catherine Porter and Paula Archie; stepdaughter, Christine Dennis; and 10 grandchildren. 

ANNIVERSARIES

Kathleen Wilkins, 30 years as organist at River Oaks Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

John Finley, 20 years as senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Savannah, Ga.

Susan C. Batten-Bell, 10 years as minister of music at Bedford (Va.) Baptist Church.

Tim Dooley, 5 years as pastor of New Chapel Baptist Church, Rustburg, Va.

Pam Durso, 5 years as executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Ga.

Kelly Rhodes, 5 years as associate pastor at Edenton (N.C.) Baptist Church.

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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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