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STAFF CHANGES

Nathan C. Brooks III, installed as pastor emeritus at Peakland Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va., where he served as pastor from 1966 to 1999.

Leigh Anne Bryant, to South Main Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, as children’s ministry associate.

David Cockes, to Preston Oaks Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as interim pastor.

Tom Doss, to Clifford Baptist Church, Amherst, Va., as minister of music, effective Aug. 1.

John Duncan, to First Baptist Church, San Marcos, Texas, as interim pastor.

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

Boyd Herrington, to Newsoms (Va.) Baptist Church, as interim pastor.

Tripp Hudgins, to American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, Calif., as director of admissions. He had been director of faith formation and family life at First Baptist Church in Palto Alto, Calif.

Mark W. Jones, to Memorial Baptist Church, Staunton, Va., as pastor, effective Aug. 1. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Darlington, S.C.

Rhonda Marstin, to Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia, as children’s missions coordinator. She is a teacher with Pittsylvania County Schools and a member of Midway Baptist Church in Gretna, Va., where her husband serves as pastor.

Sarah Holik Murray, to First Baptist Church, Griffin, Ga., as minister to children and families. She comes from First Baptist Church, Fitzgerald, Ga., where she served as minister of preschool, children and senior adults.

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

Lia Claire Scholl, to Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., as senior pastor. She most recently was pastor at the Gateway Community Church in Bali, Indonesia. 

Carolyn Yeldell Staley, to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Lonoke, Ark., as pastor. She comes from Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., where she served as associate pastor.

Beth Sullivan, to Main Street Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas, as interim preschool director.

Kenneth Ussery, concluding his tenure as associate minister to senior adults and pastoral care at First Baptist Church, McKinney, Texas. 

ORDINATIONS

Lauren McDuffie, to be ordained to ministry on July 27 by Glendale Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.

Fran Mitchell, ordained to ministry on July 20 by Central Baptist Church-Fountain City, Knoxville, Tenn. 

DEATHS

Doris Joe “Caudle” Blacker, 79, died July 8 in York, Ariz. As a missionary for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, in the 1980s she and husband, Robert, served the Hopi-Navajo congregation at Keams Canyon (Ariz.) Community Church. In 1992 they relocated to Morenci, Ariz., to pastor Shepherd of the Hills Church. In addition to her husband she is survived by two daughters, Carrie Prather and Cindy McFarland; son, Craig Blacker; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

S. Dallas Simmons, 74, died July 5 in Richmond, Va. He was president of Virginia Union University in Richmond, from 1985 to 1999 and is credited with leading a makeover of the Baptist-affiliated school during his tenure, including a renovation of the building which houses VUU’s School of Theology. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; a son; a daughter and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held July 11 in the Allix B. James Chapel on VUU’s campus. 

John Yarborough, 79, died June 20 in New Orleans. A native of Jackson, Miss., he had served as organist at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans for decades. A dermatologist in private practice and classical pianist and organist, he is survived by his wife, Ann Bragg Yarborough; a daughter and granddaughter. A memorial service was held June 28 at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church. 

ANNIVERSARIES

Hank Henry, 10years as associate minister of missions at First Baptist Church, Midland, Texas.

 

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