Transitions 12.13.13

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Jack Mercer, to College Park Baptist Church, Orlando, Fla., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Harrisonburg (Va.) Baptist Church.

Matthew Johnson, to Ridgewood Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., as pastor. He had been pastor of First Baptist Church of Smithton in Belhaven, N.C.

Beth McConnell, to Kathwood Baptist Church, Columbia, S.C., as pastor. She had been on the pastoral staff at Providence Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.

Mark Crosby, to Susquehanna Baptist Church, Independence, Mo., as executive pastor.

George Hunnicutt, to Mill Creek Baptist Church, Monroe, N.C., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Rocky Mount Baptist Church, Polkton, N.C.

Fred Meeks, to First Baptist Church, Sweetwater, Texas, as intentional interim minister.

Dean Dickens, to Agape Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, as intentional interim pastor.

Bobby Morrow, to First Baptist Church, Gaffney, S.C., as transitional pastor.

Wayne Faison, to East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, Va., as interim pastor.

David Fitzgerald, to Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., as minister of worship, music and arts. He previously served as minister of music at Wake Forest (N.C.) Baptist Church.

Courtney Allen, to First Baptist Church, Dalton, Ga., as minister of community ministry and missions.

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

Karen Jones, to Augusta Heights Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C., as director of music ministries.

David McCollum, resigning as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Elkin, N.C., to accept a call to Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, N.C.

Nate Viar, to Mountain View Community Church, Culpeper, Va., as associate pastor.

Jack Wells, to First Baptist Church, Brady, Texas, as youth minister.

Monica Taylor, to First Baptist Church, Laurens, S.C., as associate minister of music.

Maria Stinnett, to Third Baptist Church, St. Louis, Mo., as associate pastor of children and communications.

Carla Babb, to Trinity Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., as preschool ministry associate.

James and Cynthia Prince, to Masonboro Baptist Church, Wilmington, N.C., as choir directors.

Dan Faulkenberry, to Masonboro Baptist Church, Wilmington, N.C., as interim youth minister.

Mary Beth Foust, to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, as networking coordinator. 


Jeanie McGowan, as associate pastor to single adults at First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Mo., where she served for 17 years.

Joel Sellers, as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Gaffney, S.C., where he served for 20 years.

Robert Sizemore, as pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., at the end of February. He has served there for 20 years. 


Carson Britt, youth minister at Harlem (Ga.) Baptist Church, ordained to the ministry on Nov. 7.

Heather Burke, ordained to the ministry by First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga. She serves as minister to children at First Baptist Church, Conway, S.C.

Aurelia Pratt, ordained to the ministry on Dec. 8 by Grace Baptist Church, Round Rock, Texas.

Tammy Snyder, minister to adults at Bayshore Baptist Church, Tampa, Fla., ordained to the ministry. 


Michael Duncan, 35 years, as pastor of Eminence Baptist Church in Eminence, Ky.

Bruce Wilkin, 30 years, as organist at First Baptist Church, Tulsa, Okla.

Barry Rock, 20 years, as associate pastor of worship at First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas.

Larry Burcham, 15 years, as pastor of First Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, Tenn.


Gaylord L. Lehman, 81, Nov. 15 in Durham, N.C. He was pastor of Benson Baptist Church in Benson, N.C. from 1962-1966 and served as pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, N.C. for 32 years until retirement in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Faith; daughters, Carol Lucas and Kaye Emack; son, John; and six grandchildren.

Ben Edwin Loring Jr., 67, Nov. 21 in Saline, Mich. He worked with the Southern Baptist Life Commission and was pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Okla, First Baptist Church, Lawton, Okla. and First Baptist Church, Waco, Texas. He was a member at Highland Baptist Church in Waco for several years before helping to start Antioch Community Church there. He then returned to Dallas to plant what is now Antioch Community Church, Dallas. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. He is survived by two children, John Loring and Rebekah Loring McBride.