Transitions 07.18.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Dean and Lisa Allen, concluding their ministry as pastors of Fernwood Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C.

Matt Boshen, to Berea Baptist Church, Rockville, Va., as director of youth and young adults.

Bo Bowen, to Dunwoody (Ga.) Baptist Church, as minister of adult spiritual formation.

Ryan Busby, to Bosqueville Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, as pastor.

Inaldo Camelo, to Second Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as pastor of its Portuguese language ministry. He has been a pastor in Brazil and California.

Scott Doran, to Lynch Station (Va.) Baptist Church, as pastor. He comes from Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Troutville, Va., where he served as youth pastor.

Ron W. Handlon, to First Baptist Church, Cocoa, Fla., as pastor, effective Sept. 1. He comes from the pastorate of Buckhead Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Kathryn Hartgrove, to First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga., as worship arts leader, effective Aug. 4.

Brad Jernberg, to South Main Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, as business administrator. He comes from Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas, where he served as minister of music and administration.

Bryan Jones, to NorthStar Church Network, Annandale, Va., as associate executive director. He comes from First Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., where he served as pastor of discipleship.

Alex Kacere, to NorthStar Church, Blacksburg, Va., as youth minister.

Joseph Lively, to Clover Bottom Baptist Church, Nathalie, Va., as pastor.

Scott and Kim Looney, concluding their tenure as minister to youth and families and minister to children and families, respectively, at First Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., to relocate to Syracuse, N.Y., effective July 31.

Tanya Mabry, now serving as interim children’s director at Second Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.

Bryant Moxley, resigning as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Bluefield, W.Va., to accept a new position in Raleigh, N.C.

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

Jacques Rancourt, concluding his ministry as pastor for discipleship and evangelism at Manassas (Va.) Baptist Church.

John E. Saunders Jr., to Roanoke (Va.) Valley Baptist Association, as director of missions. For the past 19 years he has served as director of missions for Yates Baptist Association, Durham, N.C.

Carl Tolbert, to First Baptist Church, Laurens, S.C., as minister of youth and recreation, effective Aug. 1. 

RETIRED

John S. Etcher, announcing plans to retire as pastor of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, Hampton, Va., effective Oct. 26.

Sharon Ludwig, retiring as associate minister for Christian formation at Second Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., after nearly 18 years of ministry there.

Brad Price, retiring as minister of missions and graphic arts at First Baptist Church, Norman, Okla., following 13 years of ministry there.  

ORDINATION

Cinda Smith, ordained to ministry on June 29 by First Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas. 

DEATH

N. Barth Omar, 97, died July 1 in Vero Beach, Fla. He was an American Baptist pastor serving First Baptist Church, Newtown Square, Pa.; Calvary Baptist Church, Salem, Ore.; and Broadway Baptist Church in Paterson, N.J., where he served for nearly 24 years until his retirement in 1979. He served on the board of Eastern Baptist Seminary and Eastern College. In retirement he was interim pastor of four churches. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three children, Barbara Barth Frink, Barry N. Barth and Bruce W. Barth; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  

ANNIVERSARIES

Tony Beach, 15years as associate pastor of Fort Trial Baptist Church, Stanleytown, Va.

Lew Bennett, 15 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Bassett, Va.

Tiffany Hamilton, 15 years as minister to youth and families at First Baptist Church, Clemson, S.C.

Emily Hull McGee, 5 years as minister to young adults, Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.

Clyde Murray Jr., 5 years as associate pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church, Danville, Va.

Rocky Taylor, 20 years as minister of music and associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Conway, S.C.

William W. Wallace, 30 years as pastor of State Line Baptist Church, Danville, Va.

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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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