BNG Transitions

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Lois K. Adams, to First Baptist Church, Sharon, Mass., as pastor.

Jerry Bertelson, to The Church on Northland, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as senior pastor. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Boone, Iowa.

Brandon Burrows, to Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas, as children’s minister. He comes from South Georgia Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas, where he served as preschool, children and family minister.

Gary Colby, to First Baptist Church, South Bend, Ind., as interim pastor.

Dennis D. Elsea, to Mountain Baptist Church, Bluemont, Va., as interim pastor.

Don Kroah, to Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as interim pastor.

Cathy Marker, resigning after more than 20 years as music minister at The Madison (N.H.) Church, to accept a similar position at First Congregational Church, Wolfeboro, N.H.

Aaron Ostlund, to Immanuel Baptist Ministries, Minot, N.D., as youth minister.

Leah Reed, to Rolesville (N.C.) Baptist Church, as minister to youth and children. She comes from First Baptist Church, Ahoskie, N.C., where she served as minister with youth.

Shawn Sherwood, to Trinity Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky., as minister of youth and music.

Lynette Sills, concluding her ministry as ministry associate with grade school children at First Baptist Church, Asheville, N.C., to become director of children’s ministry at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville.

Ryan Smithee, to Pineville Park Baptist Church, Pineville, Ky., as student minister.

Nevin Werron, to First Baptist Church, Bordentown, N.J., as interim pastor.

Albin Whitworth, to Deer Park Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., as minister of music and worship/organist.

Darren and Jessica Williams, concluding their tenure as co-pastors of Nomini Baptist Church, Montross, Va., to relocate to Asheville, N.C., to start a church. 


Britt Carlson, to be ordained to ministry on Nov. 2 by Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, where she serves as pastoral resident.

Brent Newberry, to be ordained to ministry on Nov. 2 by Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, where he serves as pastoral resident.

Carla Romarate-Knipel, ordained to ministry on Oct. 26 by Central Baptist Church, Woodbury, N.J., where she serves as pastor.

Ben Santa Maria, ordained to ministry by First Baptist Church, Middleton, Va., where he serves as its Spanish language pastor. 


Oscar R. Adams, 88, died Oct. 28 in Martinsville, Va. A Baptist minister for 40 years he served as pastor of Hurley (Miss.) Baptist Church; Hill Memorial Baptist Church, Martinsville, Va.; Greenwood Baptist Church, Axton, Va., Fontaine Baptist Church, Ridgeway, Va.; Inwood Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C. and Chesterfield Baptist Church, Moseley, Va. He is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter, Jennifer A. Stacks; two sons, Teddy and Mitch Adams; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Roy T. Barker, 74, died Oct. 25 in Oxford, Ala. For the past 42 years he has served in the music ministry of several churches, including First Baptist Church, Williams, Ala., where he served as minister of music for the 29 years.  He also served as a volunteer chaplain at Regional Memorial Center in Anniston, Ala. He is survived by wife, Eva; three children, Gidget Reid, Pat and Chris Barker; and eight grandchildren.

Wesley Bourdette, 79, died Oct. 26 in Cheektowaga, N.Y. He retired in 2000 after 23 years as a parish pastor in a yoked arrangement between Salem United Church of Christ, Bennington, N.Y., and Immanuel United Church of Christ, Orangeburg, N.Y. At the end of 2005 he retired as co-regional minister of the Northwestern Region of the Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. At the time of his death he was co-pastor of First Baptist Church, Niagara Falls, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughters Kirsten Ross and Sarah Bourdette; three grandsons; and a great-grandson.

Jay Flippin, 68, died Oct. 16 in Morehead, Ky. He recently retired as professor of music at Morehead State University, teaching keyboards, jazz studies, theory and music history there for 45 years. He was director of music for First Baptist Church, Morehead, Ky., for 40 years. He served as a soloist, accompanist, conductor and ensemble player through the U.S., South and Central America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Victoria Snyder and Emily Maruna; and three grandchildren.

Richard T. Moore, 89, died Oct. 26 in Charlotte, N.C. During college and seminary he served several churches as minister of education and music. He was pastor of Centerville Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va., for 19 years. He also served as executive director of Dover Baptist Association, Ashland, Va., for 19 years. After retirement he served as interim pastor for eight congregations in the Richmond area. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Deborah Moore Clark and Margaret E. Moore; a son, R. Stephen Moore; a grandson; a step-grandson; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Judy Edwards Nelson, 73, died Oct. 21 in Denham Springs, La. She was ordained to ministry in 1980 by St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, becoming the first woman to be ordained to ministry by a Louisiana Baptist church. She served for over 20 years as chaplain at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital in New Orleans until it was damaged during Hurricane Katrina. She is survived by her husband, Michael; daughter, Vanessa Blondeau; and two grandchildren.



Dennis Baw, 35 years as pastor of Glenview Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas.

Hazel Ann Davis, 50 years as choir director at Memorial Baptist Church, Salem, N.J.

Michael Duncan, 35 years as pastor of Eminence (Ky.) Baptist Church. 

Charles Peterson, 10 years as pastor of Cheriton (Va.) Baptist Church.

Twyla Turner, 10 years as minister of youth at United Baptist Church, Annandale, Va.

Tommy Valentine, 15 years as pastor of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Danville, Ky.


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