Please submit transitions — including staff changes, ordinations, anniversaries or deaths — to Barbara Francis. This page will be updated weekly.
Kris Aaron, to First Baptist Church, Bristol, Va., as pastor. He comes from First Baptist Church, Orangeburg, S.C., where he was minister to students and families.
David Breckenridge, resigning as pastor of First Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., effective Dec. 30, to pursue a career in pastoral counseling.
Aaron Everic, to Huguenot Road Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as associate pastor for student ministries, effective Jan. 1.
Daniel W. Houck, to Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Fairfax, Va., as pastor.
Anna Perry Miller, to River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, Va., as associate pastor for adult discipleship, effective Jan. 1. She comes from the pastorate of Westhunt Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.
Bill Neal, to First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga., as interim pastor for senior adults and pastoral care.
Fred Noble, to Friendship Community Baptist Church, Deale, Md., as director of ministries.
Sandra Rooney, to River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, Va., as minister to children and their families, effective Jan. 1. She currently serves as a lead teacher in River Road’s preschool development center.
Ethan Smith, to North Roanoke Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as associate pastor for students and families.
Don Summerville, to Haran Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as pastor.
Gerald Young, concluding his service as intentional interim pastor at Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Fairfax, Va.
Paul Freeman, retiring as music minister at First Baptist Church, Lexington, N.C.
Steve Kegley, retiring as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, St. Marys, Ga., effective Jan. 6.
Nelson Taylor, announcing plans to retire as associate pastor of music at Central Baptist Church, North Chesterfield, Va., in the spring of 2019. He has served there for 14 years.
Megan Grant, ordained to ministry on Nov. 11 by Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.
Kheresa Harmon, ordained to ministry by First Baptist Church, Forest City, N.C., on Nov. 11.
William Clement “W.C.” Fields, 96, died Dec. 2 in Nashville, Tenn. A pioneer in religious communications, he served as pastor of churches in Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi before becoming editor of the Mississippi Baptist Record newspaper. He expanded his role as communicator when he became vice president for public relations with the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention until his retirement in 1987. In this capacity he was also director of Baptist Press and editor of The Baptist Program. He served on the board of Associated Baptist Press (now Baptist News Global), serving as its president for two years. He was awarded ABP’s Religious Freedom Award in 2007, which honors individuals whose achievements advanced the principles and practice of religious freedom. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Rebecca “Libby.” He is survived by his wife, Lawanna; son Randall; and two daughters, Christy Alderson Fields Batts and Rebecca “Becky” Elizabeth Fields Katz; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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