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Tom Baynham, to Columbia Baptist Church, Falls Church, Va., as interim pastor for worship, music and arts.

Jennifer Cox, to First Baptist Church, Stillwater, Okla., as director of children’s ministry, effective in June.

Ron French, resigning as pastor of Sunset Hills Baptist Church, Omaha, Neb., to accept a pastorate in Illinois.

Rex Horne, resigning as president of Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark., effective this summer. He will become president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities in North Little Rock, Ark.

Don Kerr, concluding his tenure as music minister at Emmanuel Friedens Church, Schenectady, N.Y., to become choirmaster and organist at St. Mark’s Church, Waterville, Maine.

Julie Lukas, to the Baptist General Association of Virginia’s courageous churches team, as team operations administrator.

Merle D. McLunkin, to Antioch Baptist Church, Bedford Hills, N.Y., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.

Jesse Nietzer, to First Baptist Church, South Plainfield, N.J., as pastor.

Bailey Edwards Nelson, to Fernwood Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C., as pastor, effective June 8.

Rob Peabody, to work with Fresh Expressions to develop a national strategy to encourage fresh expressions of church among young adults in Britain. He is the co-founder and international director of Awaken, an organization that exists to resource the church for action.

Angel Pagan, to Lower Merion Baptist Church, Bryn Mawr, Pa., as interim pastor.

Calvin Powell, to First Baptist Church, Trenton, N.J., as pastor. He is the first African American pastor in the church’s 210 year history.

Daniel Stewart, to First Baptist Church, Gresham, Oregon, as interim student minister.

Kevin Ueckert, to First Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas, as senior pastor, effective June 8. He comes from the pastorate of South Side Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas.

Bruce Venable, to First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Ark., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Monticello, Ark.

Brett Younger, to First Baptist Church, Asheville, N.C., as interim preacher, effective July 19. He is the associate professor of preaching at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta.


Bob Badgett, retiring as associate minister for education at University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., where he has served for 12 years.

Gordon Braun, retiring as pastor of First Baptist Church, Norfolk, Neb.

Irvin Hoyt, retiring as choir director at First Baptist Church, Staunton, Va.

Robin McGee, announcing plans to retire at the end of 2015 after 35 years as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Sherman, Texas.


Cindy Brown, ordained to ministry on April 25 by Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga.

Craig Campbell, ordained to ministry on May 7 by First Baptist Church, Lansdale, Pa.

Erica Lea, to be ordained to ministry on May 23 by Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, where she serves as pastoral resident.

Faith Richardson, ordained to ministry by Peachtree Baptist Church, Atlanta, on May 17. 


Tom Stoker, 61, died May 10 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was minister of music at Broadway Baptist Church in Dallas from 1983-1998. During that time he oversaw the design and installation of the 191-rank $2.5 million Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn Organ (Casavant Opus 3750). He directed the internationally recognized five-day dedication of the organ, which attracted more than 5,000 attendees. He developed The Broadway Series, a 12-concert annual series for cultural outreach. He also established and conducted The Orchestra at Broadway. His choirs traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland and Wales. In the spring of 1990 he guest conducted Schola Cantorum of Texas, Texas Boys Choir, Fort Worth Symphony Brass and Dallas Symphony Brass in a Cliburn Series concert, “The Glory of Gabrieli.” This event marked the first concert appearances featuring members of the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performing together. He is survived by his wife, Pam; son, Chas; daughter, Stephanie Hicks; and two grandchildren.

Walter C. Terry, 75, died May 15 in Crawfordsville, Ind. During 25 years in ministry he served as pastor of four Indiana churches: New Hope Baptist Church of Clay City; Camden Baptist Church, Camden; Edwardsport Baptist Church, Edwardsport; and Leota Baptist Church, Scottsburg. He is survived by his wife, Bonnielea; and Elizabeth and Josh Hodges and their three sons, who loved Walter and his wife as if they were their own parents.


Gus Reyes, chief operating officer for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, will serve as the official White House liaison on the persecuted church and the deputy liaison to the United Nations.


First Baptist Church, Springfield, Ohio; 150 years, May 17.


Tiffany Triplett Henkel, 10 years as pastor/executive director of the Rauschenbush Metro Ministries of Metro Baptist Church, New York.

Lynne Hubley, 20 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Bradford, N.H.

Tim Lipp, 10 years as minister of youth and children at Smithfield (Va.) Baptist Church.

Kevin Slemp, 15 years as senior pastor of Berea (Ky.) Baptist Church.

LeRoy Walker, 20 years as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Jamestown, N.Y.

Nathaniel Wright, 10 years as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Ithaca, N.Y.


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