Please submit transitions — including staff changes, ordinations, anniversaries or deaths — to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This page will be updated weekly.



Brian Adams, now serving as senior pastor at West Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, Va. He has served there for the past 11 years as youth and young adult pastor.

Steve Baxley, concluding his tenure after 15 years as music minister at Cullowhee (N.C.) Baptist Church.

Larry Ballard, to First Baptist Church, Goldsboro, N.C., as interim minister of music.

Zach Collier, to Community Heights Church, Richlands, Va., as associate pastor.

Garin Hill, to First Baptist Church, Forest City, N.C., as pastor.

Penny Jordan, to First Baptist Church, Goldsboro, N.C., as children’s ministries director.

Dan MacDonald, to First Baptist Church, Lancaster, Pa., as interim pastor.

Emmanuel McCall, completing an interim pastorate of more than two years at Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta.

Baxter Prevatte, to White Oak Baptist Church, Clayton, N.C., as interim pastor.

Richard W. Wills Sr., to Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta, as senior pastor. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Va., where he had served for 10 years.

Melody Zentner, to Watts Street Baptist Church, Durham, N.C., as interim director of music ministries.


Andrew Grose, retiringafter 12 years as pastor of College Hill Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va.

Richard L. “Lanny” Horton, retiring after 26 years as director of missions of Shiloh Baptist Association, located in Culpeper, Va., effective Oct. 31.

Brent Walker, announcing plans to retire as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, located in Washington, D.C., effective the end of 2016.


Charles C. Henderson, 90, died on Sept. 18 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He served as pastor to many rural congregations in over 63 years of ministry. He served for 15 years as pastor of Ganges Baptist Church, Fennville, Mich. He is survived by a daughter, Clara Mick; three grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.


Rob Sellers, professor of theology and world missions at Hardy Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary in Abilene, Texas, will become chairman of the Parliament of World Religions in January. The parliament is a global organization created to foster harmony among the world’s religious traditions.


Community Baptist Church, Kodiak, Alaska; 75 years, Oct 4.

Yellow Branch Baptist Church, Rustburg, Va.; 50 years, Sept. 27.


H. Mitchell Simpson, 25 years as pastor of University Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, N.C.


In case you missed them:

Transitions for the week of 10.02.15

Transitions for the week of 09.25.14

Transitions for the week of 09.18.15

Transitions for the week of 09.11.15

Transitions for the week of 09.04.15