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Elizabeth Ray Beale, to Woodhaven Baptist Church, Apex, N.C., as minister of outreach.

Alistair Brown, resigning as president of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Ill., effective June 2016.

Michael Butler, to Friendship Baptist Church, Marshall, Texas, as minister of youth and children.

Shelley Cadmus, to Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, as minister to children.

Arthur Clayton, to First Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tenn., as director of congregational missions. He comes from the International Mission Board, Richmond, Va.

Skyler Daniel, to West Main Baptist Church, Danville, Va., as associate minister, effective July 30.

Lacey Davis, to First Baptist Church, Laurinburg, N.C., as minister to students.

Laura Edgar, to First Baptist Church, Auburn, Ala., as associate pastor for youth, college and young adults.

Phil Faig, to Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as pastor, effective in August. He comes from the pastorate of Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

Todd Greve, to Chestnut Hill Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va., as minister of music.

Cathy Harris, resigning as associate pastor of Rosalind Hills Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., effective July 17.

Lindsay Hawn, to Broadus Memorial Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., as music director.

Carol Ross Irwin, concluding her tenure as pastor of Franklin Park Baptist Church, Sewickley, Pa.

Allen Lowe, to First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas, as associate pastor of music and worship, effective August 2. He comes from Providence Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., where he served as pastor of worship and music.

Rob Marsh, to Saluda (Va.) Baptist Church, as pastor, effective July 5. He comes from Ferry Farm Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., where he served as pastor for students and families.

Randy McCollum, to Fairfields Baptist Church, Burgess, Va., as pastor.

Merle D. McJunkin, to Antioch Baptist Church, Bedford Hills, N.Y., as pastor.

Mary Day Miller, to American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts as executive minister. Since 2012 she has served as associate executive minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches, serving churches in Iowa and Minnesota.

J. Barrett Owen, to First Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Va., as senior pastor, effective August 10. He comes from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta. He also was pastor of National Heights Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ga.

D. J. Palmire, to Triangle (Va.) Baptist Church, as director of music.

Megan Pike, to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas, as assistant coordinator.

Bruce and Traci Powers, resigning as pastors of Westhaven Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Va., effective later in the summer.

Daniel Ray, to First Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., as assistant youth minister.

Katy Reed, to First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas, as director of college ministry.

James Sevon, to Sharon Baptist Church, King William, Va., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Claysville, Pa.

Kenny Smith, to Church at the Crossing, Aledo, Texas, as executive pastor.

Jennifer Wilder, to Broadview Baptist Church, Chesapeake Beach, Md., as pastor, effective August 1.

Jackie Wray, to Union Chapel Baptist Church, Clarksville, Va., as pastor.


Tim Crater, retiring as associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Woodbridge, Va., after 44 years in ministry.

David Sallee, retiring as president of William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo., where he served since 2000.


Mary Jo Dailey, ordained to ministry on June 14 by Winfree Memorial Baptist Church, Midlothian, Va.

Laura M. Harris-Adams, ordained to ministry on May 31 by North Shore Baptist Church, Chicago.

Michael J. Klemick, ordained to ministry on June 14 by First Baptist Church, Browns Mill, N.J.

Fran Patterson, ordained to ministry on June 21 by Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, where she serves as minister to youth.

Jeff Randolph, ordained to ministry on June 17 by Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Va.

Jason Ranke, ordained to ministry on June 6 by Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga.

Kathryn Ray, ordained to ministry on May 30 by Ellis Avenue Church, Chicago. 


Gary M. Akin, 61, died June 13 in Chase City, Va. He served as pastor of Dinwiddie (Va.) Baptist Church for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Jennifer Shaylor; son, Jason; and two grandchildren.

William “Bill” R. Cuthbert, 88, died June 14 in Potsdam, N.Y. He had a long ministry with American Baptists in New York State, serving for more than 28 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Potsdam. He was preceded in death by his wife, Crystal; two daughters and a grandson. He is survived by a son, Kirk; a daughter, Kathleen; a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

Thomas O Moak Jr., 87, died May 15 in Richmond, Va. He served numerous pastorates in Virginia, including Berea Baptist Church, Rockville, Va. He is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter, Rebecca; son, Ronald; one grandson and two great-grandsons.

James R. Moore, 80, died June 16 in Bloomington, Ind. He served churches in Indiana over his 40 years of service, including New Providence in Greencastle; First Baptist of Garrett; First Baptist of Butlerville; First Baptist of Ellettsville; First Baptist of Cannelton; New Prospect Baptist in Hanover and McDoel Baptist in Bloomington. He retired from Little Union Baptist Church in Bloomington. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Karen Hunter and Kamela Duff; sons, Kevin and Kelly; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Warren K. Purcell, 68, died June 18 in Galveston, Ind. He was the longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Galveston, retiring in 2007. Prior to this pastorate he served these Indiana churches: Bethel Baptist in Spencer; Woodville Baptist in Mitchell; First Baptist of Brazil; and Arlington Heights Baptist in Indianapolis. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shelia. He is survived by a daughter, Julie Adams; son, Jeffrey; and three grandchildren.

Kenneth I. Tingley, 87, died June 20 in Columbus, Ind. He served as pastor of Mt. Sterling Baptist Church, Vevay, Ind., and Memorial Baptist Church, Columbus, Ind., before serving for 25 years with the American Heart Association. In retirement he served numerous interim pastorates. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Kristine Martin and Stephanie Douithit; two step-daughters, Robin Alexander and Susan Billman; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.



Jim Ayers, 15 years as pastor of Oakland Baptist Church, Richardsville, Va.

Abby Thornton Hailey, 5 years as pastor of Broadneck Baptist Church, Annapolis, Md.

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

Jim Payne, 10 years as pastor of Flint Hill (Va.) Baptist Church.

Daniel Reed, 5 years as associate pastor of children and youth at Fort Trial Baptist Church, Stanleytown, Va.

Susan Simpson, 10 years as organist and music associate at Woodhaven Baptist Church, Apex, N.C.

Joe Stafford, 10 years as associate minister of music at Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas.


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