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Gib Baskerville, to First Baptist Church, Vernon, Texas, as senior pastor.

Doug Ballew, to North Fork Baptist Church, Virgilina, Va., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church, Hiwassee, Va.

Teresa L. Fry Brown, appointed Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Ga., effective Sept. 1. She will be Candler’s third Bandy Professor, following Thomas G. Long who will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year and the late Fred B. Craddock.

Win Davis, now serving as interim pastor of Cambridge Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

Kingsley Demakpor, to The Crossing Baptist Church, Mesquite, Texas, as minister of students.

Ian A. McFarland, Bishop Mack B. and Rose Y. Stokes Professor of Theology at Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Ga., leaving this summer for Cambridge University, where he has been named Regius Professor of Divinity.

Fabio Gimenez, to First Baptist Church, Longview, Texas, as pastor of its Hispanic church.

Christopher B. Harbin, resigning as associate pastor for Latino ministries at First Baptist Church, Huntersville, N.C.

Jerry Hendrix, to First Baptist Church, Sweetwater, Texas, as pastor. He comes from Crosspoint Fellowship, Abilene, Texas, where he served as lead pastor.

Melissa Kremer, to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia, as assistant to the coordinator for communications and resources.

Kevin M. Lowe, to First Baptist Church, Burlington, N.J., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Harvey Park Baptist Church in Denver.

Kathy Marks, to Calvary Baptist Church, Winchester, Va., as director of children’s ministries.

Emily Hull McGee, to First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., as senior pastor, effective July 6. She comes from Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., where she served as minister to young adults.

Stacy Cochran Nowell, to First Baptist Church, Huntersville, N.C., as pastor, effective in early May. She comes from Harrisonburg (Va.) Baptist Church where she served as associate pastor.

Kris Roberts, to Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., as director of Christian education.

Beth Sullivan, to Main Street Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas, as full-time children’s minister.

Bill Thomas, to First Baptist Church, Spencer, W.Va., as interim pastor.

Jane Williams, to First Baptist Church, Orangeburg, S.C., as minister of music, effective in July.

Sid Woodruf, to Mt. Carmel Church, Cross Plains, Tenn., as interim pastor.


Reby Lawler, retiring as minister of childhood education and women’s ministries at Shearer Hills Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.

Randy J. Gauger, retiring as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Savoy, Ill.

Elaine Walbrick, retiring after 32 years as pianist at South Main Baptist Church, Pasadena, Texas.


Max Brown, 76, died March 15 in Amarillo, Texas. He served as pastor of churches in Wellborn, Ozona, Hamlin, Uvalde, Huntsville, Brownwood and Galveston, Texas. He served on the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and as director of the BGCT’s human welfare coordinating board. He was member of the Board of Regents of Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and president of the Southern Baptist Association of Ministries to the Aging. In retirement he was interim pastor of numerous churches and served as chaplain of Interim Hospice of Amarillo. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katy. He survived by his second wife, Diann; a son, Les Brown; and a daughter, Aimee Brown.

William David Lockard, 89, died March 14 in Chiefland, Fla. He spent 15 years in Zimbabwe as president of the Theological Seminary. He trained Baptist missionaries for 14 years and then served for 10 years with the SBC Christian Life Commission bringing awareness and teaching on race relations, world hunger and biomedical ethics. He wrote numerous publications, more notably authoring the book, The Unheard of Billy Graham. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue; two children, Doug Lockard and Barbara White; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Judson G. Nuckols, 78, died March 19 in Yorktown, Va. He was associate pastor of Langley Baptist Church, Hampton, Va. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1972 after 20 years, which included service during the Vietnam War. He was also retired from Prudential Insurance Company. He is survived by his wife, Bettie; a daughter, Donna N. Williams; two sons, David and Daniel; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Phil Christopher, 20 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas.


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Transitions for the week of 02.13.15

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