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Richard Bowling, to Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as worship arts pastor. He comes from Shoreline Church, Alvin, Texas, where he served as worship and creative arts pastor.
Eric Fulcher, to Hunton Baptist Church Glen Allen, Va., as associate pastor.
Kevin Hinman, to Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va., as interim minister of outreach and assimilation.
Drew Nagy, to Hunton Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Va., as minister to youth.
David Oakley, to Wingate (N.C.) Baptist Church, as pastor. Previously he was minister of youth and children at Broadmoor Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, La.
Adam Phlegar, concluding his tenure as pastor to families at Goochland (Va.) Baptist Church, to accept a position at the Richmond Community Toolbox.
Wes Richardson, to First Baptist Church, Lexington, N.C., as interim minister of music.
Ashley Somers, to Macedonia Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., as children’s minister.
Paul Wallace, to First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga., as interim pastor for adult education.
David Sherwood, retiring as minister of youth at Wingate (N.C.) Baptist Church.
Leonard Southern, retiring as pastor of Fort Lewis Baptist Church, Salem, Va.
Michael Williams, announcing plans to retire as executive minister of American Baptist Churches of Michigan, effective Dec. 31, 2019.
Danny Houck, ordained to ministry on Feb. 10 by Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Fairfax, Va., where he serves as pastor.
William W. “Bill” Marshal, 86, died Jan. 22 in Frankfort, Ky. Following pastorates in Kentucky and Virginia, he became field director for the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia for the SBC Foreign (now International) Mission Board. In 1976 he was named vice president for the Foreign Mission Board. In 1983 he became executive secretary-treasurer for the Kentucky Baptist Convention until he retired in 1997. He was co-director of The Marshall Center for Christian Ministry at Georgetown (Ky.) College for 10 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters Sharon Clifton and Shawn Marshall; and nine grandchildren.
Vaughan Walker, 68, died Jan. 28 in Louisville, Ky. He was the first African-American elected to any Southern Baptist Convention seminary faculty and was a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville beginning in 1986. In 2016 he retired from teaching full-time as WMU professor of Christian ministry and director of programs in Black Church Leadership. He then became senior professor of Black Church Studies. He was pastor of First Gethsemane Baptist Church in Louisville for nearly 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; three children, David, Mary and Eryn; and six grandchildren.
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