BNG Transitions

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STAFF CHANGES

Z. Allen Abbott, to First Christian Church (Disciples), Fort Thomas, Ky., as interim minister.

Guilherme Almelda, concluding his tenure as minister of music at Central Baptist Church, Italy, Texas. 

Thomas Bayes Jr., to First Baptist Church, Gastonia, N.C., as intentional interim pastor. 

Bob Cherry, to First Baptist Church, Tulane, Calif., as senior pastor, effective Jan. 1, 2015. He comes from Community Baptist Church, Waterford, Calif., where he has served for 14 years. 

John Eure, to Ferry Farm Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., as pastor, effective Nov. 30. He comes from the pastorate of Ash Avenue Baptist Church, South Boston, Va. 

Elizabeth Franklin, to First Baptist Church, Laurens, S.C., as director of children’s ministries. 

Aaron Glenn, to University Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, as pastor of missions and serving ministries. 

Richard Kremer, to Vineville Baptist Church, Macon, Ga., as pastor, effective Nov. 1. He comes from the pastorate of Garden Lakes Baptist Church, Rome, Ga.

Teresa Phillips, to Royster (Ga.) Baptist Church, as interim children’s minister.

Jason Roth, to Lynn Haven Baptist Church, Vinton, Va., as minister to students. He comes from Reedy Fork Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C., where he served as next generation minister. 

Guy Sayles, resigning as pastor of First Baptist Church, Asheville, N.C., where he has served since 2001. 

Susan Tumlin, completing her tenure as minister of congregational life at Heritage Baptist Church, Cartersville, Ga. 

Todd Young, to Summer Grove Baptist Church, Shreveport, La., as minister of discipleship and senior adults. He comes from Forest Hills Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., where he served as associate pastor of education and activities. 

Kadin Williams, to First Baptist Church, Westfield, N.J., as associate pastor. 

RETIREMENT 

Joy Brown, retiring after 32 years as organist at First Baptist Church, Morrow, Ga. 

Frances Holley, retiring after over 40 years as organist at Central Baptist Church, Italy, Texas. 

Jean Showalter, retiring after 15 years as organist at First Baptist Church, New Haven, Conn. 

Karen Willes, retiring after 42 years in the music ministry at East Hill Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Fla. For the past nine years she was minister of music.

ORDINATIONS 

Beatrice Manning, ordained to ministry on Oct. 5 by Colchester (Conn.) Federated Church. In November she will be installed as associate pastor of First Federated Church, Bolton, Mass. 

Justin Moser, ordained to ministry on Sept. 28 by First Baptist Church, St. Simons Island, Ga., where he serves as minister to youth.

Molly Painter, ordained to ministry on Oct. 8 by First Baptist Church, Carolina Beach, N.C.

Stephanie Moody Shaffer, ordained to ministry on Oct. 19 by Plymouth Church. Raleigh, N.C. 

Sandy Stillman-Alvin, ordained to ministry on Oct. 19 by Heritage Baptist Church, Wake Forest, N.C., where she serves as minister of music and worship. 

DEATHS 

Junior “J.R.” Heikes, 78, died Sept. 12 in Glenarm, Ill. During his ministry he served as pastor of First Baptist churches in Edwardsville, Greenville, Oak Park, Carrollton, Andalusia and Cornell, all in Illinois. He is predeceased by his first wife, Janet Louise Wimberly. He is survived by his wife, Faith Heikes; three children: Joanna Nuoffer, Jonathan Heikes and Jenny Feezor; step-children: Rodney and Dwight Williams, Theresa Viktor and Jennifer Hardwick; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

KUDOS

Daniel Ingham of Ellicott City, Md., is the $2,000 grand prize winner of the Baptist Joint Committee’s 2014 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship contest for his essay “Run-Through Banners and Religious References: Exploring the Rights and Responsibilities Afforded in the First Amendment.” The second place winner is Sienna Li of Portland, Oregon. She received $1,000 for her essay, “A Tightrope Walk.” The winner of the $250 third place prize is Cathy Hsu of Monterey, Calif., for her essay, “Christianity in Cheerleading: The Role of the First Amendment in Public Schools.”

ANNIVERSARIES

Carlton Allen, 10 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Commerce, Ga. 

Duane DeHart, 25 years as minister of music at Ferry Farm Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va. 

Della Ruth Johnson, 35 years as organist at First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga.

Tony Lankford, 10 years as lead pastor at Park Avenue Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.

 

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