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Vickie Lynn Anderson, to Woman’s Missionary Union of Tennessee, as executive director/treasurer.

Jay Barnett, to North Star Baptist Church, Strafford, Mo., as pastor.

Billy Burford, to River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, Va., as intentional interim church administrator.

Meg Biddle, to First Baptist Church, Central Square, N.Y., as pastor.

Bob Coleman, to Immanuel Baptist Church, Springfield, Mo., as pastor.

Jonathan R. Cook, to the Virginia Baptist Homes, as president, effective Dec. 3. He has been executive director of Life Care Services, which provides operations management and marketing and sales management for continuing care retirement communities in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Emmanuel Dudkin, to Manly Memorial Baptist Church, Lexington, Va., as associate pastor for family life and music.

Rick Durham, to First Baptist Church, Strafford, Mo., as pastor.

Joseph E. Glaze, to Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., as interim pastor.

Cameron Lynch, to First Baptist Church, Kenedy, Texas, as youth and recreation minister.

Krista Manuel, to Chester (Va.) Baptist Church, as minister to children and their families. She comes from Tomahawk Baptist Church, Midlothian, Va., where she served as minister to children and families.

Kevin McDaniel, to First Baptist Church, Canton, N.C., as minister to students.

T. Kevin Schrum, to Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping, Va., as interim pastor.

Michael Youngblood, to Westover Baptist Church, Manassas, Va., as senior pastor. He recently retired as Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves and is completing his career at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served two churches in California.

Michael Wilson, to First Baptist Church, Stephenville, Texas, an interim pastor.


John Garrison, retiring as president of San Marcos (Texas) Baptist Academy, effective in the spring of 2015. He has served in that position since 2008.


Tim and Katie Lauve Moon, ordained to ministry on Nov. 9 by St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans. Tim is associate pastor for community engagement and membership at the church. Katie is a doctoral student at Tulane University,

Rhonda Pedigo, ordained to ministry on Nov. 16 by Linden Heights Baptist Church, Staunton, Va. She is student missions consultant for Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia.


David Landrith, 51, died Nov. 18 in Hendersonville, Tenn. He had served as senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, for 17 years. He was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; three children, Rachel Lorance, Sam and Josh Landrith; and parents, Horace and Shirley Landrith.

Mary Russell McCall, 95, died Nov. 13 in Dallas, Texas. She was the wife of the late Abner V. McCall, the 11th president and later chancellor of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2008 she was presented with the Baylor University Founders Medallion, an honor reserved for men and women whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of the University. Her passion for the students at Baylor led her to establish the Lloyd L. Russell Scholarship Fund and the Abner V. and Mary McCall Scholarship Fund. She was predeceased by her first husband, Lloyd L. Russell, basketball coach and chairman of the department of health, physical education and recreation at Baylor; her second husband, Abner V. McCall; and two daughters.

Carolyn Marie Loewer Piper, 87, died Oct 14, 2014 in Worthington, Ohio. She served as assistant and then associate pastor at University Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio, for nearly 20 years. She spent 22 years as a counselor at Pastoral Counseling Services and Northwest Counseling Services. She taught at the Methodist Theological School of Ohio for more than 20 years, mentoring seminary students in becoming pastors. She is survived by her husband, Norman L. Gearhart; four children; and her former husband, Homer L. Piper.

J. Harvey Snyder, 95, died Oct. 28 in Williamsport, Pa. He served as pastor of Cedar Run Baptist Church in Williamsport from 1987-2001. At the time of his death he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Williamsport. He is predeceased by his wife, Louise; and a grandson, Michael. He is survived by three sons, David, Charles and William Snyder; and two grandchildren.


Preston Dyer of Waco, Texas, has been named as one of The 30 Most Influential Social Workers Alive Today by Social Work Degree Guide. A Baylor University professor emeritus, he is well known in the social work arena of academia and served 30 years as the director of the Baylor undergraduate program. His research focused on marriages and families, with publications in more than 100 academic and scholarly journals.


April Baker and Amy Mears, 10 years as co-pastors of Glendale Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.

Lisa Dockery, 10 years as minister to children at Marion (Va.) Baptist Church.

Terry Graham, 20 years as associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Woodway, Texas. 


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