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Bruce Burfield, to First Baptist Church, Belleville, Kan., as pastor.

Timothy D. Curtiss, to Bethany Baptist Church, Ottumwa, Iowa, as pastor.

Amy Derrick, joining the consulting group of The Center for Healthy Churches, Clemmons, N.C., to assist with expanding opportunities throughout the West region.

Joe Harwell, to First Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., as minister of students. He previously was student minister at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, Savannah, Ga.

Josh Hayden, to First Baptist Church, Ashland, Va., as senior pastor, effective in January. He comes from Cornerstone Baptist Church, Warrenton, Va., where he served for 10 years as pastor to students and creative technologist.

B.J. Hutto, to Madison Avenue Baptist Church, New York, N.Y., as associate minister.

Brandon Ives, concluding his tenure as senior pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Ruckersville, Va.

Jim Kitchens, to The Center for Healthy Churches, Clemmons, N.C., as coordinator for The Center for Healthy Churches-West. His primary focus will be to coordinate services to and among churches and clergy along the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountain west.

Marcus McFaul, to Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, N.C., as intentional interim minister, effective in January. He recently served as intentional interim at Crossroads Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo.

Mark Montei, to Essexville (Mich.) Baptist Community Church, as pastor. He comes from First Baptist Church, Traverse City, Mich., where he served as interim pastor.

Bruce Queen, to Keystone Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va., as intentional interim pastor.

Dan Schumacher, to First Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, Colo., as senior pastor, effective in January. He comes from Tabernacle Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., where he was associate pastor.

Ron Stoner, to First Baptist Church, Hurricane, W.Va., as interim pastor.

Theodore Thurman, to First Baptist Church-Southfield, Detroit, Mich., as pastor.

Rick Wheeler, to Deermeadows Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla., as interim pastor. He is lead mission strategist for Jacksonville Baptist Association.


Sandra Bonds, retiring as director of guest services at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center, Lynchburg, Va.

Terry D. Childers, retiring after 21 years as associate pastor for music and administration at First Baptist Church, Marion, N.C., effective Dec. 31.

Ron Murray, announcing plans to retire in September 2015 after two decades as senior pastor of Central Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tenn.

Catherine Rolling, retiring as interim pastor of Glade Church, Blacksburg, Va., where she served for the past four years.


Joseph A. Folckemer III, 58, died Dec. 14 in Baldwinsville, N.Y.  He was a bivocational minister and had served as pastor of Hillville Community Baptist Church, Baldwinsville, N.Y., since 2008. He previously served as president of American Baptist Men of New York State. He is survived by his wife, Arlette Bostic Folckemer; two daughters, Stephanie Misner and Stacey Ball; and three grandchildren.

Thomas W. “T.W.” Hunt, 85, died Dec. 11. He was the author of such books as The Mind of Christ and Disciple’s Prayer Life and former professor of music and missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne Hill Hunt. He is survived by a daughter, Melana Hunt Monroe, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Richard L. Schulthesis, 86, died Nov. 15 in Lansing, Mich.  He served as pastor at University Baptist Church, East Lansing, and most recently was minister of congregational care at Christ Community Church in Lansing. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; three children, Jonathan R. Schultheis, Joanna E. Camrick and Joy E. Schultheis; five grandchildren; three step-children and three step-grandchildren.

Thomas E. Wright, 90, died Dec. 9 in Danville, Va. He served as pastor of Grove Park Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Va., and later of Keen Street Baptist Church, Danville. After retirement he continued serving churches including Cascade (Va.) Baptist Church; Kentuck Baptist Church in Ringgold, Va., Samuel Harris Memorial Baptist Church, Chatham, Va.; and Arbor Baptist Church, Sutherlin, Va. He is survived by his wife, Ann Stewart Wright; four sons, Dennis, Jeffrey, Stephen and Chris; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.



First Baptist Church, Front Royal, Va., 175 years.

First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Okla., 125 years, Oct. 28.


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