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Jimmy Allen, to First Baptist Church, Skidmore, Texas, as pastor.

David A. Christian, to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Lovingston, Va., as pastor.

Amy Finkelberg, concluding her tenure as associate pastor for adults at Northminster Baptist Church, Jackson, Miss.

Cheryl Harader, to First Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kansas, as associate pastor of adult spiritual formation.

Cade Jarrell, concluding his tenure as youth minister at University Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Mark Ring, to Immanuel Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., as minister of music.

Kelly Ross, to First Baptist Church, Lufkin, Texas, as interim music leader.

Ed Sunday-Winters, to First Baptist Church, Phenix City, Ala., as pastor.

Leslie Copeland Tune, concluding her tenure as director of communications and resource development for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention.

Cameron West, to First Baptist Church, Burlington, N.C., as associate pastor to children, youth and families, effective March 22.

Mark D. White, to Harrisonburg (Va.) Baptist Church, as senior pastor, effective March 23. He comes from the pastorate of Chamberlayne Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.


Gerald Young, retiring as co-pastor of United Baptist Church, Annandale, Va.


Ben Neal, to be ordained to ministry on March 15 by First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga.


Aleksander Birvis, 87, died Feb. 1 in Novi Sad, Serbia. He was the former president of the Union of Baptist Churches in Serbia, serving as pastor of the Baptist Church in Novi Sad from 1957-1959 and Belgrade Christian Baptist Church from 1970-2001. He was professor of Old Testament and church history at the Baptist Theological School in Novi Sad and several other evangelical schools in the former Yugoslavia. He was a linguist and Bible translator, working with the London Bible Society (Serbian division) and a former member of the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance.

William Otto Busby Jr., 79, died Jan. 11 in Winnsboro, La. In over 50 years of ministry he served numerous churches in Louisiana. He was pastor of Center Point Baptist Church, Jonesboro, La., for 21 years. He retired from full-time pastoral work in 1996 and became involved at Temple Baptist Church in Winnsboro where he served for nearly 20 years, first as associate pastor and then as deacon. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; four sons, Billy, Charles, David and Eric; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

John L. “Bud” Carroll, 86, died Feb. 18 in Newtown Square, Pa. A leader in American Baptist education, youth, camp and conference ministries, he served for 30 years as American Baptist Churches USA’s former Educational Ministries—which was continued by American Baptist Home Mission Societies—as director of educational ministries, 1982-1989; director of ministry with youth, 1966-1982; and associate director of ministry with youth, 1963-1966. He created the model for national youth gatherings and introduced the Youth Leaders Corps. Under his leadership the 1974 Baptist World Alliance Youth Conference in Portland, Oregon, drew more than 5,000 youth. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Parmelee; a daughter, Laurie Jonell Raid; two sons, Jeffrey and Bradley; and six grandchildren.

Gunter Hitzemann, 85, died Jan. 20 in Hamburg, Germany. He was president of the Union of Evangelical Free Churches in Germany from 1973-1975 and 1981-1989 and a well-known Free Church theologian and social welfare expert in Germany. He was pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Hamburg-Altona for 14 years, before moving to Diakoniewerk Bethel, a social welfare organization in Berlin, as managing director from 1968-1992. He served as president of the Association of Evangelical Free Churches and was a longtime vice chair of the Diaconal Conference of Germany’s Protestant churches. In the 1970s he was a member of the budget committee of the Baptist World Alliance. He is predeceased by his wife, Ingeborg. He is survived by three daughters, Dagmar, Ulrike and Andrea.


Corneille Gato Munyamasoko, general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda, is the recipient of the 2015 Baptist World Alliance Congress Quinquennial Human Rights Award. He has dedicated his life to peace and reconciliation and fighting the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. The award will be given at the 21st Baptist World Congress, in Durban, South Africa, in July.


Jerry Cauley, 25 years as minister of music at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Alexandria, La.

Judy Fiske, 35 years on staff of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., where she currently serves as minister of music and worship.

Rex Gilley, 5 years as pastor of Carrow Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Va.

Ministering to Ministers Inc., Richmond, Va.; 20th anniversary celebration, April 30.

Prentis McGoldrick, 10 years as pastor of Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Va.

Shelden Timmerman, 30 years as associate pastor for music at Oakland Baptist Church, Rock Hill, S.C.

David Turner, 10 years as pastor of Central Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.


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