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Mark Allison, to First Baptist Church, Delaware, Ohio, as pastor, effective Sept. 1. He comes from the pastorate of First United Baptist Church, Staunton, Ill.

Scott Bartley, to University Baptist Church, Shawnee, Okla., as interim youth minister.

Chris Canary, to First Baptist Church, Norman, Okla., as university minister.

Terrell Carter, to Webster Groves (Mo.) Baptist Church, as pastor. He currently is executive director of North Newstead Association, St. Louis.

Joshalyn Estrada, to First Baptist Church, White Plains, N.Y., as minister of youth and families. Previously she was youth and children’s intern at First Baptist Church, El Paso, Texas.

James M. Leonard, to First Baptist Church, Lansdale, Pa., as interim pastor.

Dave Hockney Jr., to Massaponax Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Pathway Church, Fredericksburg, Va.

Erika Marksbury, to First Baptist Church, McMinnville, Ore., as pastor, effective Sept. 6. She comes from Saint Andrew Christian Church, Olathe, Kan., where she served as associate pastor.

Cam Mitchell, to Park Road Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., as interim children’s coordinator.

Matt Perez, now serving as worship minister at First Baptist Church, White Plains, N.Y. He is a composor, educator and music director working in the New York metropolitan area.

Joseph Perdue, to Metro Baptist Church, New York City, as pastoral resident. He also is food justice coordinator at Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries.

Bruce Powers, to Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Va., as interim pastor.

Jennifer Wilder, to Broadview Baptist Church, Temple Hills, Md., as pastor.

Zach Wooten, resigning as director of youth ministries at First Baptist Church, West Chester, Pa., to become co-pastor of First United Methodist Church, Mt. Holly, N.J.

Jorge Zapata, to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas, as associate coordinator for missions and Hispanic ministries, effective Sept. 1. He comes from the pastorate of New Wine Church, La Feria, Texas.


Larry Poelma, retiring after 37 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Cuba, N.Y.


Davon Arnold, ordained to ministry on Aug. 23 by Real Life Community Church, Fredericksburg, Va.

Chuck Emory, ordained to ministry on Aug. 16 by Earle Street Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C., where he serves as associate pastor and minister of adults.

Yoko Shigemi, ordained to ministry on Aug. 23 by Boulevard Baptist Church, Anderson, S.C.


Alexander Kozynko, 59, a former president of Moscow Theological Seminary in Russia, died Aug. 6. The Moscow seminary is affiliated with Russia’s Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists. Kozynko is survived by his wife, Vera, and three children.

Lester B. Collins Jr., 92, died Aug. 14 in Houston. During his 64 years in ministry he was pastor of seven churches in Texas, retiring from Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston. In retirement he served numerous churches as interim. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine. He is survived by his wife, Jan; two sons, Lester III and Mark; daughter, Laura Collins Bower; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one-great-great-granddaughter.

Janet DeWitt, 88, died Aug. 20 in Sioux Falls, S.D. She served as director of Christian education at First Baptist Church, Sioux Falls. In 1976 she started the Center for Women at Sioux Falls College. Her life-long ministry with the American Baptist Churches USA included serving as administrator of the Macedonia Ministries’ Lay Witness Program for the Personal and Public Witness Unit. She served as American Baptist Women’s Ministries elected coordinator of conference, leading the planning of the organization’s national women’s conferences, 2000-2003. When she retired in 1998, she had been coordinating and leading conferences as vice president of programming at Green Lake (Wis.) Conference Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, William S. DeWitt. She is survived by three children, Jeanne, Jim and Bill; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Malone W. Thomason Jr., 90, died Aug. 16 in Rutherford County, N.C. He was minister of music for Spencer Baptist Church, Spindale, N.C., for 38 years. After retirement he served Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Forest City, N.C., for 11 years. He also served at Southside Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Marshall; daughter Caryl Price; and five grandsons.



First Baptist Church, Muskogee, Okla.; 125 years.

Tabernacle Baptist Church, Chillicothe, Ohio; 125 years.


John Fulcher, 15 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Martinsville, Va.

Keith Spangenberg, 15 years as pastor of Villa Heights Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va.


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