Please submit transitions — including staff changes, ordinations, anniversaries or deaths — to Barbara Francis. This page will be updated weekly.
Jay Butcher, to Second Branch Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va., as intentional interim pastor.
Brad Cockrell, to Southmont Baptist Church, Denton, Texas, as pastor.
Lauren Efird, serving as interim pastor of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, Cary, N.C. She was serving there as minister of youth and congregational care.
Daniel Elliott, to First Baptist Church, Clinton, N.C., as minister to students and families.
Scott Hall, to Harvest Church, Fort Worth, Texas, as lead pastor. He comes from Stonegate Fellowship Church, Midland, Texas, where he served as senior executive pastor.
Hal Hiatt, to First Baptist Church, Carolina Beach, N.C., as pastor, effective May 22.
James Holder, to First Baptist Church, Tulia, Texas, as youth and family pastor.
Tucker LaForce, to Totuskey Baptist Church, Warsaw, Va., as pastor.
Caleb O. Oladipo, to Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, N.C., as the Snellings Endowed Chair of Christian Evangelism and Missions, effective Aug. 1. He comes from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Va., where he served as Duke K. McCall Professor of Christian Mission and World Christianity.
Ellen Robison, to The Riverside Church, New York, as minister to worship and the arts, effective this summer. She recently served 10 years as minister of worship and the arts at Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, N.C.
Heather Shockley, to First Baptist Church, Bluefield, W. Va., as music minister.
Daniel Solberg, to First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga., as organist.
Andre Towner, resigning as minister of youth at Westwood Baptist Church, Springfield, Va.
Megan Turner, to First Baptist Church, Aiken, S.C., as associate minister in student ministries. She comes from First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ala., where she was a student ministry resident.
Cheri Williams, to Lynn Haven Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as music director.
Darryl Crim, retiring after nearly 30 years as senior pastor of North Roanoke Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va.
Shelden Timmerman, retiring as associate minister for music at Oakland Baptist Church, Rock Hill, S.C., effective July 31.
Lane Bass, ordained to ministry on April 24 by First Baptist Church, Dunn., N.C., where he serves as ministry intern.
Joe Harwell, ordained to ministry on May 1 by First Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., where he serves as minister of students.
John Richard Cheyne, 87, died May 5 in Highland Springs, Va. He and his wife, Marie, served for 24 years as Southern Baptist missionaries to Southern and Eastern Africa. For another 16 years he served as director of human needs for the International Mission Board. He was pastor of New Bridge Baptist Church, Sandston, Va. He is preceded in death by a son, Stephen. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David; three daughters, Martha Wagner, Becky Threatt and Beth Kim; and numerous grandchildren.
Ector Lee Hamrick, 82, died April 30 in Suffolk, Va. He served as pastor of churches in North Carolina, Indiana and Virginia. He and his wife, Carol, were missionaries of the Home Mission Board, SBC. He was deeply involved with work with the poor, the resettlement of refugees, a Filipino ministry and worked to establish the Seafarer’s Ministry in Portsmouth, Va. He served as director of missions for Portsmouth Baptist Association. For over 30 years he worked with HopeTree Family Services (formerly Virginia Baptist Children’s Home), including several years as president of its board. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Linda H. Francis; son, Timothy; four grandchildren; and a foster child, Duwenn B. Krammer.
Stanley D. Stamps, 83, died April 10 in Hillsboro, Texas. He and his wife, Glenna, were Southern Baptist missionaries to Ecuador, Nicaragua and Honduras from 1962-1996. He served at two churches in California. He was pastor of South Columbia Baptist Church, Columbia, Miss., and served as the director of missions for the Mississippi Baptist Association, Liberty, Miss. At the time of his death he was a member of First Baptist Church, Hillsboro, Texas. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Keith and Mark; a daughter, Rhonda Cole; and four grandchildren.
Covington (Va.) Baptist Church, 175 years, May 22.
Deermeadows Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fl., 40 years, May 22.
First Baptist Church, West Allis, Wis., 175 years; May 22.
Karen Cooper, 5 years as pastor of The Way of the Cross Church, Palmyra, Va.
Jean Dart, 10 years as minister of music and worship at Shalom Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va.
Mark Miller, 10 years as senior pastor of Shalom Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va.
Eddie Williams, 25 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Wheaton, Md., Streams of Hope Church and currently Pathways Baptist Church, Gaithersburg, Md.
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