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Matt Boschen, to Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Va., as associate pastor for students. He comes from Shalom Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va., where he was director of youth and young adults.
Lynn Brinkley, to Baptist Women in Ministry, as associate director, effective Jan. 15. She comes from Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, N.C., where she was director of church, alumni and student relations.
Koby Strawser, to First Baptist Church, Erwin, Tenn., as pastor.
John Sullivan, to Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Va., as pastor for worship arts and missions.
Matthew Tape, to Chester Baptist Church, Chester, Vermont, as pastor. He comes from Lawings Chapel, Maidens, N.C.
Lee Ellison, retiring after more than 15 years as pastor of Mount Hermon Baptist Church, Moseley, Va., effective May 31.
Nicole Yvonne Duncan-Smith, ordained to ministry on Dec. 22 by First Baptist Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Robert H. Dilday, 64, died Dec. 22 in Richmond, Va. He was managing editor of the Religious Herald for 27 years and from 2014-2018 he was editor-in-chief of Baptist News Global. He was ordained on Dec. 14, 2019, as an Episcopal priest and began his role as assistant priest at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. He is survived by his father, Russell Dilday; two sons, Harrison and Andrew; and two sisters Nancy Duck and Ellen Garrett.
Dwight V. Meader, 95, died Nov. 21 in Rochester, N.H. He served as minister to First Baptist Church, Wales, Mass; First Baptist Church, Hudson, N.H.; and Community Church of Alton, N.H. After he retired, he served the Crown Point Baptist Church in Stratford, N.H. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lois; and son, Stephen. He is survived by sons, Alan and Glen; daughters, Elaine M. Hebert, Karen E. Meader, and Jocelyn L. Poire; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Darold H. Morgan, 95, died Dec. 11 in Dallas, Texas. He was pastor of churches in Texas and Alabama, the most recent being Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas. In 1971 he was elected president and CEO of the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (now GuideStone Financial Resources), where he served until retirement in 1990. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth. He is survived by two sons, Tim and Marshall; a daughter, June Reynolds; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
First Baptist Church, Seattle, Wash.; 150 years; Dec. 29.
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