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Randolph “Randy” Allensworth III, to Shiloh Baptist Church King George, Va., as pastor.

Mark Allison, to First Baptist Church, Delaware, Ohio, as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Free Presbyterian Church, Malvern, Pa.

Delvin Atchison, to the Baptist General Convention of Texas, as director of the Great Commission team. For the past 12 years he has served as pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Waco, Texas.

Katie Baker, to First Baptist Church, Lufkin, Texas, as director of preschool ministries.

Chad Chaddick, to First Baptist Church, San Marcos, as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Northeast Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.

Roger Collier, now serving as pastor of Bruington (Va.) Baptist Church.

Kim Divelbiss, to NorthHaven Church, Norman, Okla., as minister to children and families.

Lee Fox, to Ball Camp Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tenn., as senior pastor, effective Oct. 1. He comes from First Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., where he served as director of support ministries.

Tommy Hood, to Central Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tenn., as pastor. He comes from Beltway Park Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas, where he served as adult ministries pastor.

Ken James, now serving as minister to senior adults at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, Waco, Texas.

Claire McAuliffe, to Cambridge Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as minister to youth and young adults.

Deborah Mollohan, to North Scituate (R.I) Baptist Church, as minister of music.

Mark Reon, now serving as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, Suffolk, Va.

Hayden Walker, to Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., as minister of students.

Jamie Washam, to First Baptist Church, Providence, R.I., as pastor, effective Oct. 4. She comes from the pastorate of Underwood Memorial Baptist Church, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Rick Wheatly, to Sunset Hills Baptist Church, Omaha, Neb., as interim pastor.

Ben Wright, resigning as director of student ministries at First Baptist Church, Danville, Va.


Linda Serino, retiring as associate minister of congregational care at Second Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.

Bill Sittig, retiring as church administrator at First Baptist Church, Seattle, Wash.


Phillip Davis, 62, died August 29 in Charlotte, N.C. The founder and senior pastor of Nations Ford Community Church in Charlotte, he was the victim of an accidental gunshot wound. He had served as first vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and on the staff of the North American Mission Board. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; and three children.

Richard H. “Rick” Pendleton, died August 29 in Union, S.C. He served as pastor of churches in Virginia, Florida and South Carolina. His longest tenure was 15 years as pastor of Concord Baptist Church, Ruther Glen, Va. His home church and last church was First Baptist Church, Union, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Donna; two sons, Richard and Ethan; two daughters, Bethany P. Howell and Leah Pendleton; and one grandson.

Ted Savage, 87, died July 28 in Livingston, Texas. He was pastor to senior adults at Central Baptist Church, Livingston, at the time of his death. He served as pastor of churches in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, and worked for nine years for the Radio and Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is survived by his wife, Verna; two daughters, Maria Turner and Michele Edlin; a son, Michael; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Saw Simon, 66, died August 2 in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand. He was principal of the Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Bible School and College in the Mae La camp and was the recipient of the Baptist World Congress Human Rights Award in 2000. He was deeply involved with the Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Churches, founded in 1984. KKBC has since planted more than 240 Baptist churches in refugee camps. He was also first general secretary of the Global Karen Baptist Fellowship. He is survived by his wife, Naw Ta Blu Htoo; and daughters, Thaw, Nyaw and Paw.

Lewis A. “Lew” Zailer, 84, died July 27 in Houston, Texas. He taught organ at Houston Baptist University and Sam Houston State University. He served as organist at three Baptist churches in Houston: First, Tallowood and Baptist Temple. He is survived by his wife, Patsy; daughter, Deborah L. Fincher; son, David; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Howard Batson, 20 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas.

Michelle Dixon Cronk, 25 years as organist at First Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.

Aaron Dininny, 10 years as senior pastor of Ocean View Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va.

Reagan Miller, 10 years as associate pastor for education at First Baptist Church, Granbury, Texas.

Bob Williamson, 25 years at First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga. He currently serves as pastor for senior adult ministries.

Dan Wooldridge, 20 years as pastor of Crestview Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas.


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