HeraldBeat: Tracking Baptists across the Mid-Atlantic

Church events, staff moves and other news of Baptists in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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David Williamson, to County Line Baptist Church, Ruther Glen, Va., as pastor.

Roy Thomas, to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Troutville, Va., as transition pastor.

Wellford Tiller, to Groveton Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as intentional interim pastor.

David Clippard, to Dover Baptist Church, Manakin Sabot, Va., as interim pastor.

Pat Ellis, to First Baptist Church, New­port News, Va., as interim preacher.

Ellen Strickland, to Northwest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., as   interim pastor.

Ben Gault, to North Fork Baptist Church, Virgilina, Va., as interim pastor.

Jake Hill, resigning as organist at First Baptist Church, Elkin, N.C., to become organist at First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.


Roland McCraw, retiring as pastor of Stone Mountain Baptist Church, Laurel Fork, Va.


Retired Virginia Baptist minister Lester Lee Ferguson died Nov. 29. He had served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Gate City, Va.; Ridge­wood Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va.; English Road Baptist Church, High Point, N.C.; associate pastor of Oak­land Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va.; director of missions of the New Leba­non Baptist Association; and pastor of Brick Baptist Church, Castle­wood, Va. He is predeceased by his wife, Nancy Ada Ferguson. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Slaughter, and grandson, Kevin Slaughter. A funeral service was held on Dec. 3 at Green Valley Baptist Church, Lebanon, Va.

William M. “Bill” Sigler died Nov. 21. He served for 20 years in the U. S. Marine Corps, retiring as a major. He and his wife, Mary Dell, served as co-pastors of Kilmarnock (Va.) Baptist Church and Saluda (Va.) Bap­tist Church. He also was interim at New Friend­ship Baptist Church in Heathsville, Va. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Nancy Baumgartner Sigler; children, Deborah S. Deans and William M. “Will” Sigler IV; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held Dec. 4 at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.



Steve Vaughan, celebrating 20 years as senior pastor of Second Branch Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va.

Christmas music and drama

THURS.-SUN., DEC. 12-15

First Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va.; Living Christmas Tree “Christmas by the Yard,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs­day and Friday; 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 2:30 and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

FRI.-SAT., DEC. 13-14

Virginia Hills Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va.; drive through live nativity from 6:30-9 p.m.

FRI.-SUN., DEC. 13-15

Durham Memorial Baptist Church, Durham, N.C.; “Back to Bethlehem,” a living nativity story set in the first century village of Bethlehem; Friday from 6:30-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday  from 4-7 p.m.

Fort Trial Baptist Church, Stanley­town, Va.; “The Christmas Shoes,” on Thursday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.

Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.; “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

SAT.-SUN., DEC. 14-15

First Baptist Church, Clemmons, N.C.; “A Baby Changes Everything,” at 7 p.m.

Hunton Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Va.; “The Heart of Christmas,” Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Mill Creek Baptist Church, Fin­castle, Va.; “Our King Has Come,” Sat­urday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.

Mineral (Va.) Baptist Church; “Go Tell It,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory, N.C.; “We Wish You Christmas,” at 7 p.m.

SUN., DEC. 15

Aversboro Road Baptist Church, Gar­ner, N.C.; “Come Messiah King,” at 3 p.m.

Bethel Baptist Church, Midlothian, Va.; “Behold the Star,” at 10:30 a.m.

Black Creek Baptist Church, Franklin, Va.; “Our King Has Come,” at 6 p.m.

Central Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.; “Journey to Bethlehem,” at 7 p.m.

College Park Baptist Church, Greens­boro, N.C.; “Appalachian Winter,” at 11 a.m.

Colonial Avenue Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va.; “Christ Was Born for This,” at 10:30 a.m.

Concord Baptist Church, Chase City, Va.; “Bethlehem Morning,” at 5 p.m.

Crozet (Va.) Baptist Church; Bethle­hem’s Child,” at 3 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Ahoskie, N.C.; “Appalachian Winter,” at 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Asheboro, N.C.; “Welcome the Child,” at 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Lumberton, N.C.; “Messiah,” at 4 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Southern Pines, N.C.; “Prayers of the Season,” at 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Rockingham, N.C.; “The Gifts of Christmas,” at      5 p.m.

Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, Cary, N.C.; “Service of Lessons and Carols,” at 6 p.m.

Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va.; “Everything Glorious,” at 6:30 p.m.

James River Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Va.; “Bethlehem Morning,” at 9 and 11 a.m.

Lafayette Baptist Church, Fayetteville, N.C.; “Our God Has Come to Us,” at 6 p.m.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church, Gordonsville, Va.; “Breath of Heaven,” at 11 a.m.

Mount Hermon Baptist Church, Mose­ley, Va.; “A Family Christmas,” at 11 a.m.

New Bethesda Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va.; “The Jesus Gift,” at 6 p.m.

North Run Baptist Church, Rich­mond, Va.; “Glory to God in the Highest,” at 11 a.m.

Orcutt Baptist Church, Newport News, Va.; “Sing with the Angels,” at 6 p.m.

Ox Hill Baptist Church, Chantilly, Va.; “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” at 4 and 7 p.m.

Penuel Baptist Church, Altavista, Va.; “Hope Has Hands,” at 11 a.m.

Ridge Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.; “Rise Up! A New Light A-Comin’,” at 7 p.m.

River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, Va.; “Magnificat,”  at 7:30 p.m.

Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va.; “A Thrill of Hope,” at   6 p.m.

Rivermont Baptist Church, Danville, Va.; “Bethlehem Morning,” at 4 p.m.

Round Oak Baptist Church, Corbin, Va.; “When Christmas Comes to Me,” at 11 a.m.

Salem Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va.; “One Starry Night,” at 5 p.m.

Second Baptist Church, Petersburg, Va.; “The Jesus Gift,” at 5 p.m.

Second Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.; concert “Christmas at Second,” at 6:30 p.m.

Second Branch Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va.; “And on Earth Peace,” at 6:30 p.m.

St. John’s Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.; “Joy of the Lord,” at 10:30 a.m.

Sycamore Baptist Church, Franklin, Va.; “Bethlehem Morning,” at 10 a.m.

West Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, Va.; “Come Messiah King,” at 5 p.m.

Winfree Memorial Baptist Church, Midlothian, Va.; “Carriers of the Light,” at 5 p.m.

Woodland Heights Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.; “Another Nativity Set,” at 11 a.m.

Woodlawn Baptist Church, Colonial Heights, Va.; “God With Us, Emmanuel,” at 11 a.m.

SUN.-MON., DEC. 15-16

Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Va.; “One Incredible Moment,” Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Monday at 7 p.m.

SAT.-SUN., DEC. 21-22

First Baptist Church, Bristol, Va.; “The Light of Christmas,” at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

SUN., DEC. 22

Calvary Baptist Church, Concord, Va.; “A Victorian Carol for the King,” at 6 p.m.

Cape Charles (Va.) Baptist Church; “The Gift that Gives,” at 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Butner, N.C.; “Bethlehem Morning,” at 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church, Graham, N.C.; “The Light Before Christmas,” at 3 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Greensboro, N.C., “Christmas Oratorio,” by J.S. Bach, at 10:30 a.m.

Franklin (Va.) Baptist Church; “Gloria Deo,” at 11 a.m.

Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.; “Festival of Carols,” at 10:30 a.m.

Madison Heights (Va.) Baptist Church; “The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God,” at 11 a.m.

May Memorial Baptist Church, Powhatan, Va.; “Appalachian Winter,” at 11 a.m.