Transitions 02.21.14

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Andy Oxford, to Mount Zion Baptist Church, Macon, Ga., as senior pastor.

Frank Goare, to Hunton Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Va., as pastor.

Deborah Demars Conrad, to Woodside Church, Flint, Mich., as pastor.

Jody Breeding, resigning as pastor of Garden Baptist Church, Oakwood, Va.

Sarah Carbajal, to Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas, as associate pastor.

Carolyn Staley, resigning as associate pastor, discipleship and missions at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., effective at the end of June.

Mitchell Wooten, to First Baptist Church of Lakeview, Rossville, Ga., as youth minister.

Chad Brannan, to First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Va., as minister of youth and children.

Abby Sizemore, to Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Ga., as communications coordinator.

Travis Collins, to Virginia Baptist Mission Board, as director of mission advancement and Virginia regional coordinator for Fresh Expressions US, effective March 17. He has served as senior pastor at Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., since 2002.

Elizabeth Davis, to Furman University, Greenville, S.C., as president. She comes from Baylor University where she served as administrator and accounting professor.

Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, to Union University, Jackson, Tenn., as president, effective June 1. He comes from East Texas Baptist University, in Marshall, Texas, where he served as president.

Valerie Carter, to Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia, as executive director/treasurer. For the past 10 years she has served as associate pastor for glocal ministries at Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.


Susan Tuttle, retiring as director of the child development center at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., where she has served for more than 23 years.


Michelle Anderson will be ordained to ministry by Westwood Baptist Church, Cary, N.C., on March 9. She has served there as youth minister for the past 10 years. 


Joseph Dewey Hobbs Jr., 88, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Feb. 5. He is the retired director of North Carolina Baptist Hospital’s Department of Pastoral Care, where he served for 11 years. He also served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Marion, N.C.; Wingate (N.C.) Baptist Church (and chaplain with Wingate College); Center Grove Baptist Church, Kershaw, S.C., and Harrods Creek Baptist Church, Brownsboro, Ky. He served the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina as first vice president and as president of the BSCNC General Board. He was trustee emeritus of his alma mater, Wake Forest University. Hobbs was predeceased by a son, Warren E. Hobbs. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Gilley Hobbs; and daughters, Cathy Hobbs Powell and Alice Hobbs Little.

Jacquelyn “Jacque” Pero Oblinger, 85, died Feb. 14. She began a career in broadcasting in radio in the late 1950s and later moved to television. Her career spanned more than 25 years in Bluefield, Va., and then Charleston, W. Va. In 1997 she retired from broadcasting and returned to Bluefield College, her alma mater, to recruit students. In 1992 she became BC’s director of career development, assisting upperclassmen in finding employment after college. During her tenure, she also served as president of the Faculty/Staff Club and a member of the Town and Gown Society. She retired from Bluefield College in 1996 after 19 years of service. She is survived by her husband, John; and three sons, Mark, Michael and Phillip.


Eric Goforth, 20 years, as pastor of Chancellor Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va.