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Chad Bertrand, to First Baptist Church, Gatesville, Texas, as pastor, effective Aug. 24. He comes from Sienna Ranch Baptist Church, Missouri City, Texas, where he served as pastor of teaching and missions.

Ellen Brown, to First Baptist Church, Delaware, Ohio, as interim pastor.

Casey Callahan, to First Baptist Church, Asheville, N.C., as minister with students. He comes from First Baptist Church, Clemson, S.C., where he served as minister of students and mission.

Randy Cheeley, concluding his tenure as pastor of Dinwiddie (Va.) Baptist Church.

Travis Collins, to First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ala., as interim preacher. He is a staff member of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and a regional coordinator for Fresh Expressions US.

Timothy Dalton, to First Baptist Church, White Plains, N.Y., as pastor, effective in September.

Tim Hill, to Providence Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., as minister of music.

Chris Langdon, concluding his tenure as music ministry director at First Baptist Church, West Jefferson, N.C. 

Steve Miller, to Harmony Hills Baptist Church, Bettendorf, Iowa, as pastor.

Brooke C. Reich, to Chowan University, Murfreesboro, N.C., as associate director of university relations. She previously was marketing brand manager with Golden Acres Genetics Ltd. in Waco, Texas.

Mark Ridings, concluding his tenure as interim director of music at Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., to become minister of music at First Methodist Church, Buford, Ga.

Jim Stone, concluding his ministry as pastor of Sappony Baptist Church, Stony Creek, Va.

Jeremy Spence, concluding his tenure as associate minister at First Baptist Church, Hamilton, Ohio.

Peter Sprague, to Community Baptist Church, Kodiak, Alaska, as pastor.

Denise Vanaidis, to First Baptist Church, Tulsa, Okla., as director of volunteer ministries.

Jason Volovar, to Calvary Baptist Church, Youngstown, Ohio, as music minister.

Tim Wagner, to First Baptist Church, Wilmington, Ohio, as pastor.


Robert McIntosh Sr., retiring as pastor of Lakemont Baptist Church, Petersburg, Va., due to health reasons.

Gary Taylor, retiring as choir director at Neill’s Creek Baptist Church, Angier, N.C., where he has served since 1970.


Fran Mitchell, ordained to ministry on July 20 by Central Baptist Church-Fountain City, Knoxville, Tenn., where she serves as family life center coordinator.

Bryant Moxley, ordained to ministry on July 30 by First Baptist Church, Bluefield, W. Va., where he served as minister of music. 


William Larry Davidson, 62, died July 18 in Birmingham, Ala. A chaplain endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, he marked 34 years as chaplain at the Baptist Medical Center earlier this year. He also served as pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Ramer, Ala., for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, Pam; sons, Bill and Matt; daughter, Abbie; and three grandchildren.


Matthew Childress, 5 years as pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va.

Ted Dougherty, 10 years as pastor of Taylorsville Baptist Church, Doswell, Va.

Kay Ellerman, 25years as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Radford, Va.

Larry Haun, 30 years as pastor of Fredericksburg (Va.) Baptist Church.

Marty Watts, 10 years as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Griffin, Ga.


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