Please submit transitions — including staff changes, ordinations, anniversaries or deaths — to Barbara Francis. This page will be updated bi-weekly.
Tim Evans, to First Baptist Church, Ypsilanti, Mich., as pastor.
Tara Gibbs, to Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., as minister to youth and college.
Darrell Hamilton, to Middle Collegiate Church, New York City, as part of the executive ministry team, effective in February.
Emily Holladay, to Village Baptist Church, Bowie, Md., as pastor.
Barry Howard, to Wieuca Road Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga., as senior pastor. He was pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla., from 2005-2017.
Jared Jaggers, to the American International Church, London, England, as associate minister of faith formation. He was a pastoral resident at Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.
Tim Madison, to Emmaus Baptist Church, New Kent, Va., as pastor.
Rick Mixon, to Fairview Community Church, Costa Mesa, Calif, as interim pastor. He will continue part-time as pastor of First Baptist Church, Palo Alton, Calif., until it closes at the end of the year.
Alan Newcomb, concluding his tenure as minister of youth at Boiling Springs (N.C.) Baptist Church.
David Scott, to First Baptist Church, Plano, Texas, as interim minister to students.
Gerald Young, concluding his tenure as interim senior pastor at Village Baptist Church, Bowie, Md.
Liz Harris-Lamkin, retiring after 23 years as chaplain at Piedmont Atlanta (Ga.) Hospital.
Hyunwoo Koo, ordained to ministry on Nov. 22 by First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Donald F. Allen, 91, died Dec. 15 in Overland Park, Kansas. He served churches in Wamego, Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas. He was instrumental in starting the Police Chaplaincy in both Topeka and Kansas City. During his ministry in Topeka, he served on the American Baptist Churches Board of International Ministries and traveled as an ambassador to churches in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Cuba. In retirement he served as an interim area minister in Western Kansas and as an interim pastor in Paola, Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, Gregory, Jeff and Virgil; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Kathleen Davie, 92, died Jan. 1 in Hudson Falls, N.Y. She served as pastor of First Baptist Church, North Creek, N.Y. and Minerva (N.Y.) Baptist Church and was a field minister for the American Baptist Churches of New York State in the Adirondack Association. She is survived by a sister, Margaret Owen; stepsons, Michael and Stephen; and six grandchildren.
Earl Dunn, 87, died Dec. 24 in Hot Springs, Ark. He was pastor of First Baptist Church, Alpine, Texas, for 3 years before accepting the call to Harris Avenue Baptist Church in San Angelo where he served for 28 years. He led Harris Avenue in being the mother church of Southland Baptist Church. Following retirement, he was the first of 25 certified ministers of the Baptist General Convention of Texas in intentional interim ministry. He served on the BGCT State Mission Commission, Christian Life Commission and Executive Board. He is survived by his wife, Paula; sons, Stephen and David; daughter, Susan Kathleen Hicks; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jim Merlin, 102, died Dec. 26 in Wenatchee, Wash. He began ministry as a rural missionary in Northern Idaho. Later he was pastor of Baptist churches in Newport, Wash.; Priest River, Idaho; Waterford, Calif.; Eugene, Oregon; and Idaho Falls, Idaho. His last pastorate was First Baptist Church, Cashmere, Wash., where he retired in 1980. He served on the board of American Baptist Churches of the Northwest and the Washington Baptist Convention. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie. He is survived by a son, John; two daughters, Judy Ross and Jane Shell; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Grover Francis Tyner Jr., 97, died Nov. 26 in Culloden, Ga. He served as pastor First Baptist Church, Garden City, Ga., and First Baptist Church, Bremen, Ga., before being appointed to overseas mission service in 1963 to teach at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also served as president for 22 years and concurrently for 10 years as president of the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Libby. He is survived by his second wife, Rosanne; three daughters, Tere T. Canzoneri, Joy T. Jolliff and Gaye T. Rountree; step-daughter, Sheryl Branan Mills; three step-sons, John, Martin and William Branan; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
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