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Stafford Beasley, to Ridgewood Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as youth minister.

Reed Bernick, to First Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as pastor to young adults, effective July 13.

Rhonda Abbott Blevins, to Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, as coordinator, effective August 1. She is associate pastor of Tellico Village Community School in Loudon, Tenn., and a consultant with Pinnacle Leadership Associates.

Steve Clarke, to First Baptist Church, Hickory, N.C., as minister of music and worship. He comes from First Church, a United Methodist congregation, in Hickory, N.C., where he served as contemporary worship leader.

Jim Davidson, concluding his tenure as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Hickory, N.C.

Melissa Ford, concluding her tenure as children’s minister at Lawn (Texas) Baptist Church.

Caleb Foust, resigning as youth pastor at Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

Stephanie Gilmer, to Second Branch Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va., as director of music.

Christy Correll-Hughes, resigning as children’s minister at First Baptist Church, Clemmons, N.C.

Jeff Haggray, to American Baptist Home Mission Societies, as executive director, effective Nov. 1. He is the former executive minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Washington.

James Mitchell Harrison, to American Baptist Churches of the South, as executive minister. He was president of the ABCOTS from 2011-2013.

Todd Higginson, concluding his tenure as pastor of White Oak (N.C.) Baptist Church.

Darren Keithley, to Shadowlawn Church, Virginia Beach, Va., as pastor.

Jamie McCallum, to Belfair (Wash.) Baptist Church, as pastor. She comes from First Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, where she served as associate pastor to youth and congregational life.

David McCauley, to Belmont Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as associate pastor.

Amy McClure, now serving as minister of congregational care at First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Jordan Medas, to Zoan Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., as minister of worship and discipleship.

Rob Nash, to the James and Carol McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, as interim dean. He is a professor of missions and world religions there and the former global missions coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

David Peppler Sr., to Fitzgerald Memorial Baptist Church, Cumberland, Va., as covenant pastor.

Billy Roberts, to First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga., as interim youth pastor.

Michael Wrye, resigning as pastor of Lynn Haven Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va.

Larry Yarborough, to Deermeadows Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla., as senior pastor, effective August 9. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Gallatin, Tenn.


Linda Cook, retiring after 49 years in the worship, music and arts ministry at Columbia Baptist Church, Falls Church, Va. She has served as director of numerous choirs, interim worship pastor, drama director, and most recently, as director of the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts.

Fred Kelly, retiring after18 years as associate pastor-music at First Baptist Church, Goldsboro, N.C.

Robert L. Phillips, retiring after 14 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Clemmons, N.C., effective October 1.


Vanna Fox, ordained to ministry on June 10 by Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, Cary, N.C.

Jordan Medas, to be ordained to ministry on July 18 by Zoan Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., where he serves as minister of worship and discipleship. 


Walter Richards, 83, died May 29 in Monrovia, Liberia. He was former president of the Liberian Baptist Missionary and Education Convention and pastor of Salem Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Clay-Ashland, for more than 40 years. He served as principal of the Student Union School in Monrovia, principal of the Baptist-affiliated Ricks Institute, chair of the board of trustees of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary and was founding member of both the Liberian Council of Churches and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia. He was a member of the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, and the BWA’s Commission on Human Rights and the World Evangelization and Strategy Workgroup. He is survived by his wife, Ora; sons, David, Warren, Julius, William and Walter; and daughters, Audrey, Ingrid and Hadiya.

Raymond E. Shelton Jr., 73, died May 12 in Greensboro, N.C. He was pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, Grand Blanc, Mich.; Fontaine Baptist Church, Martinsville, Va.; and Friendship Baptist Church, Lincoln Park, Mich., from which he retired. He was interim pastor for churches in North Carolina and Virginia, and most recently was serving as pastor of pastoral ministries at Osborne Baptist Church, Eden, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Murry Jo, and two sons, Chris and Raymond “Eddie” III.


Chaplain Paul Beighley has received the Denmar Award for Evangelism from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served for many years at the Greensville Correctional Center near Emporia, Va. GraceInside, Virginia’s Prison Chaplain Service, provides chaplains for this facility.

Hargus and Doris Taylor have received the Spirit of Chowan Award given by Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., to honor extraordinary individuals who so embody the heart and soul of the university that they warrant recognition by the university community. Taylor has held many positions at Chowan, including director of denominational relations and chair of the department of religion.


Barry Howard, 10 years as senior minister at First Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla.


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