Transitions 03.28.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Jim Ivey, to First Baptist Church, New Albany, Ind., as pastor.

Joseph Greenmore, to First Baptist Church, Waterloo, Iowa, as full-time pastor.

Simon Touprong, to New Hope Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., as pastor of its Vietnamese congregation.

Amanda Harper, to Community Baptist Church, Milledgeville, Ga., as co-pastor.

Thomas R. McKibbens, concluding his ministry as pastor of First Baptist Church, Worchester, Mass., effective May 18.

David Davis, to First Baptist Church, Parsons, Kan., as interim pastor.

Dave Brown, to Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as worship leader.

Alan Stanton, to Fairview Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., as minister of youth and children.

Vince Godfrey, to First Baptist Church, Seymour, Ind., as minister of worship.

Austin Lambert, to First Baptist Church, Sherman, Texas, as minister to students.

Marco Palomo, to Calvary Baptist Church, Vernon, Texas, as youth pastor. He comes from First Baptist Church, Tulia, Texas, as part-time minister of music.

Shannon Saganti, to Tallowood Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, as high school associate student minister.

Alicia Myers, to Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, N.C., as assistant professor of New Testament and Greek.

RETIRED

Charles Horton, as pastor of First Baptist Church, Cocoa, Fla., following 58 years in the ministry.

Dale Peterson, announcing plans to retire as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Auburn, Ala., effective in Sept. He will have served there for 41 years.

Tom Williams, asadministrator at South Main Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

ORDINATIONS

Mary Virginia Little Apicella, to be ordained to ministry on April 6 by First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

Angie Jackson, to be ordained to ministry on March 30 by Gage Park Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan., where she and her husband, Roger, serve as co-pastors.

Felecia LaVant, ordained to ministry by Central Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 26.

DEATHS

Sam Beam III, 80, died March 18 in Haslet, Texas. He and his wife, Carolyn, served in the music ministry in numerous Baptist churches in Texas, including First Baptist churches in Eastland, Ballinger, Coleman, Gatesville and Haslet. While serving at Haslet, he pursued a master’s in music degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and continued his music ministry in various Baptist and Methodist churches until retirement. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children and six grandchildren.

Tom Cleary, 76, died March 19 in Tampa, Fla. He was one of the first field personnel appointed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He and his wife, Joyce, joined CBF in 1993 after more than 20 years as missionaries and campus ministers. While in Poland from 1990 until 2000, the Clearys served alongside Polish Baptists and taught English to university students. When returning to the U.S., they continued mission work as full-time volunteers with CBF-related ministries in Florida. In addition to his wife, Cleary is survived by two children. 

Billy Ray Frazier, 86, died March 19 in Arlington, Texas. Following seminary he was pastor of several churches before he and his wife, Annita, went to Brazil as missionaries with the SBC’s International Mission Board. In 1981 he became director of the Corpus Christi Baptist Association, where he served until 1994. After retirement he led the missions program at First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Wenonah Willence Pierce, 71, March 18 in Oklahoma City. She served as the executive director/treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union in Maryland/Delaware, and later became the director of the Women’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance. When she left that position she returned to Oklahoma to work with Native Americans, starting a ministry called The Native American LINK, Inc. She began the Native Praise Choir which represented over 20 tribes singing the languages of the Cherokee, Muscogee and Choctaw tribes. She retired as executive director of LINK in 2013 but was still a consultant on its executive board. Pierce is survived by her mother and four sisters.

Jack N. Waddell, 73, March 21, in Chapel Hill, N.C. He served as a Virginia Baptist pastor for 48 years at numerous churches, including the pastorate of Rivermont Baptist Church, Danville, Va. He also served as chaplain at Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va. He is predeceased by his first wife, Maribelle Jolly Waddell. He is survived by his wife, Mae Lee Waddell; a son, Craig N. Waddell; a daughter, Maribeth W. Motley; and four grandchildren.

ANNIVERSARIES

Greg Tanner, 30 years, as associate pastor of worship at First Baptist Church, Vernon, Texas.

Steve Langley, 20 years, as pastor of Gardena Valley Baptist Church, Gardena, Calif.

Melanie Allen, 25 years, as minister of music/organist at Athens Drive Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.

Randy L. Hyde, 18 years, as senior pastor of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark.

James W. Doremus III, 10 years, as pastor of Memorial Drive Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

Lyndon A. Myers, 10 years, as pastor of Andover (Mass.) Baptist Church.

Bobby Catt, 5 years, as minister with students at First Baptist Church, San Angelo, Texas.

Leslie Hollon, 5 years, as senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.

Alan Miller, 5 years, as minister of worship and music at Orange (Va.) Baptist Church.

Joyce Still, 5 years, children’s ministry coordinator at South Garland Baptist Church, Garland, Texas.

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Transitions 03.21.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Brad Herridge, to McLean (Va.) Baptist Church, as senior pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Bosqueville Baptist Church, Waco, Texas.

Rick Allison, to Deep Run Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as full-time pastor.

Mark Thompson, to Lake Tyler Baptist Church, Whitehouse, Texas, as pastor.

G. H. Vaughan, to McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, Martinsville, Va., as pastor. He has served as interim pastor since 2012.

David Van Brakle, to Community Church of Wilmette, Illinois, as pastor. He comes from DeWitt (N.Y.) Community Church, where he served as assistant minister.

Bill Holmes, to Clearwater Baptist Church, Scoggins, Texas, as pastor.

Thomas G. Harvey, to Calvary Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as supply pastor.

Dan Crawford, to First Baptist Church, Grandview, Texas, as interim pastor. He has retired from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he served as professor of evangelism and missions.

Barbara Massey, concluding her ministry as minister to children at First Baptist Church, Ashland, Va.

Hiram Rollo, to Shades Crest Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., as associate pastor of music and worship, effective May 5.

Scott Doran, resigning as youth and children’s minister at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Daleville, Va.

John Fontanella, resigning as discipleship pastor at Leesburg (Va.) Community Church.

Graham Byrum, to The Memorial Baptist Church, Greenville, N.C., as interim minister of children and families.

Keith Floyd, to Halesford Baptist Church, Wirtz, Va., as youth pastor. He comes from Hollins Road Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., where he served as minister of music and youth.

Angela Zimmerman, to First Baptist Church, Burlington, N.C., as organist. She comes from First Baptist Church, Jamestown, N.C., where she served as minister of music/organist for 15 years.

Liz Cassell, to First Baptist Church, Marshville, N.C., as student minister.

Kim W. Chafee, of Virginia Beach, Va., to Sentara Hospice, as chaplain. She is endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and previously served as a nursing home and part-time hospital chaplain within the same system.

Mark Newton, to Baylor University, Waco, Texas, as director of church engagement. He previously served as pastor of First Baptist Church, San Marcos, Texas.

Tim Lubinus, to the Baptist Convention of Iowa, as executive director/treasurer. He most recently served as regional and global ministry director at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa.

Carrie and Kurt Smalley, appointed associate missionaries by American Baptist International Ministries to serve as church planters in Hungary, providing support to a church related to the Baptist Union of Hungary, an IM partner

RETIRED

Richard Crider, aspastor of Oakhurst Baptist Church, Asheboro, N.C., at the end of March.

Robert “Bob” Kenison, announcing plans to retire as president of the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, effective June 30, and the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home Foundation, Dec. 31. He joined the staff of MBCH in 1978 as development officer and was named president in 1980.

Jimmie Miles, associate pastor for discipleship at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Va., announcing plans to retire in 2014. 

David Smith, as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Lenoir, N.C., March 30, following 20 years of ministry there.

DEATHS

Robert Collins, 62, died Feb. 19 in Warrensburg, Mo. A longtime Missouri pastor and director of missions for West Central Baptist Association, he had served as pastor of several Missouri churches, including Liberty Baptist in Warrensburg, Pythian Avenue Baptist in Springfield, First Baptist in Bunker, Missouri City Baptist in Missouri City and Mount Pisgah Baptist in Willow Springs. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; two daughters; and a son.

Richard E. Ice, died March 15 in Alameda, Calif. For 23 years he was president and CEO of American Baptist Homes of the West, and had served as president of the Pacific Coast Baptist Association and vice president of American Baptist Churches USA. An advocate for religious liberty, he served 40 years as a board member of the Baptist Joint Committee and was a recipient of its J. M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award.

Daniel R. O’Dell, 76, died March 15 in Front Royal, Va. He was a retired minister and at the time of his death was serving as pastor of Arlington (Va.) Baptist Church. He and his wife, Janet, served as missionaries with the SBC’s International Mission Board from 1976-2006. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Edith Ocie Cox O’Dell; a daughter, Rachel O’Dell; two sons, Andrew and Jonathan O’Dell; and three grandchildren. 

ANNIVERSARIES

Ray Bearden, 20years, as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodbridge, Va.

Danny W. Collins, 20 years, as pastor of Fairlawn (Va.) Baptist Church.

Michael Dyer, 5 years, as pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, Martinsville, Va.

Jennifer McClung Rygg, 5 years, as associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Pendleton, S.C.

Kelvin Reed, 5 years, as associate pastor of music and worship at First Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas.

Gerald “Gerry” Robinson, 5 years, as minister of music, worship and discipleship at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

 

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Transitions 03.14.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Chris Cadenhead, to Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as senior pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Bayshore Baptist Church, Tampa, Fla. Following the succession model approved by Bonsack Baptist, he will work alongside senior pastor Bob Moore for a period of at least two years.

Doug Haning, to Trinity Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas, as pastor.

David Pace, to Langley Baptist Church, Hampton, Va., as pastor.

Ron King, to Long Pines Baptist Church, Broaddus, Texas, as pastor.

Kevin Thompson, to White Marsh Baptist Church, Hayes, Va., as pastor.

Terry Johnson, to Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Lebanon, Va., as pastor.

Larry Stinson, to Cleveland (Va.) Baptist Church, as interim pastor.

Alan Pike, resigning as worship minister at Berea (Ky.) Baptist Church, after serving for nearly 18 years.

Ryan Clore, to Mechanicsville (Va.) Baptist Church, as associate minister of students.

Wayne Graham, to First Baptist Church, Duncanville, Texas, as minister of music.

Kristopher Aaron, to Deer Park Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., as minister of church growth.

Tracy Dunagan, to Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, Colo., as full-time director of communications.

Curtis Murdock, resigning as interim minister of music at Parkway Baptist Church, Duluth, Ga., to accept a similar position at First Baptist Church, Monroe, Ga.

David Slayton, to The Bridge Network of Churches, Chesapeake, Va., as urban church and community missionary. He serves as pastor of South Norfolk Baptist Church in Chesapeake.

Vickie Anderson, to John Leland Center for Theological Studies, Falls Church, Va., as associate director of admissions.

RETIRED

Harvey Carr, as senior pastor of Christ Church of Peace, Jacksonville, Fla., March 31, after nearly 46 years of ordained ministry. He will remain active in the International Council of Community Churches, assisting churches who seek its membership.

Sharon James, as associate pastor/education of Franklin (Va.) Baptist Church, Aug. 31. At that time she will have served there for 30 years.

Sara Jo Watkins, as church organist at Madison (Ga.) Baptist Church, after serving for 48 years. 

ORDAINED

Sara Clarke, minister of youth at Buechel Park Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., will be ordained to ministry on March 23.

Greg Jarrell, co-pastor of South Park Christian Church, Charlotte, N.C., ordained to ministry on March 9.

Paul Jones, ordained to ministry on March 9 by Sandston (Va.) Baptist Church. 

ANNIVERSARIES

John Self, 35 years, as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Cameron, Texas.

Jerry W. Tyler, 30 years, as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Roswell, Ga.

Mark Green, 15 years, as associate pastor for music at First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga.

Wayne Moore, 15 years, as pastor of High Point Baptist Church, Stuart, Va.

Alan Rudnick, 5 years, as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Mark Trammel, 5 years, as pastor of Grace Point Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas.

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Transitions 03.07.14

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STAFF CHANGES

Barry Keys, to Valdese (N.C.) First Baptist Church, as pastor, effective March 17. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Forest City, N.C.

Matt King, to Augusta Road Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C., as senior pastor. He previously served on the staff of Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.

Victor LaMonte Lane, to Macedonia Baptist Church, Denver, Colo., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Miles Chapel Baptist Church, Mebane, N.C.

Tom Capron, to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Lebanon, Va., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Greenfield Baptist Church, Meadowview, Va.

Aaron McNabb, to Agape Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, as youth minister.

Ginny Richardson, to Vienna (Va.) Baptist Church, as pastor for youth and children.

Callie Harris, to First Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas, as director of communications.

Randy McCollum, resigning as associate pastor to youth at First Baptist Church, Newport News, Va., effective March 31.

Sharon Vincent, to First Baptist Church, Laurens, S.C., as interim children’s minister.

Benjy Linder, to First Baptist Church, Meridian, Miss., as student minister, effective April 27.

Deborah Barr, to the Greater Baltimore (Md.) Medical Center, as chaplain. She comes from a chaplaincy position with LifeBridge Health in Baltimore.

Nicole Shepard, now serving as chief financial officer at Brewton-Parker College, Mount Vernon, Ga. She has taught there since 2007.

Mark Newton, to Baylor University, Waco, Texas, as director for church engagement, effective March 19. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, San Marcos, Texas.

Joshua Speight, to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as ministries manager, where he will provide leadership for spiritual formation and leadership development. He had been associate coordinator of missions with the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. 

ORDAINED

Crystal Rose Byrd, to be ordained to ministry on March 9 by First Baptist Church, Norman, Okla., where she serves as minister to children. 

DEATH

Allen E. Verhey, 68, died Feb. 26, in Durham, N.C. He taught for over 30 years in the religion department at Hope College in Highland, Mich., before finishing his career as the Robert Earl Cushman professor of Christian theology at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. His work focused on the application of Christian ethics, especially in the area of medical and health practice. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; a son, Timothy; two daughters, Elisabeth “Betsy” Verhey and Kathryn Davis; and five grandchildren. 

ANNIVERSARIES

Stuart Clark, 20 years, as community pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.

Beth Garner, 10 years, as church administrator at First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Randy Kent, 10 years, as minister of music and senior adults at West Lynchburg Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va.

 

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