Transitions 03.28.14

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Jim Ivey, to First Baptist Church, New Albany, Ind., as pastor.

Joseph Greenmore, to First Baptist Church, Waterloo, Iowa, as full-time pastor.

Simon Touprong, to New Hope Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., as pastor of its Vietnamese congregation.

Amanda Harper, to Community Baptist Church, Milledgeville, Ga., as co-pastor.

Thomas R. McKibbens, concluding his ministry as pastor of First Baptist Church, Worchester, Mass., effective May 18.

David Davis, to First Baptist Church, Parsons, Kan., as interim pastor.

Dave Brown, to Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as worship leader.

Alan Stanton, to Fairview Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., as minister of youth and children.

Vince Godfrey, to First Baptist Church, Seymour, Ind., as minister of worship.

Austin Lambert, to First Baptist Church, Sherman, Texas, as minister to students.

Marco Palomo, to Calvary Baptist Church, Vernon, Texas, as youth pastor. He comes from First Baptist Church, Tulia, Texas, as part-time minister of music.

Shannon Saganti, to Tallowood Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, as high school associate student minister.

Alicia Myers, to Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, N.C., as assistant professor of New Testament and Greek.


Charles Horton, as pastor of First Baptist Church, Cocoa, Fla., following 58 years in the ministry.

Dale Peterson, announcing plans to retire as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Auburn, Ala., effective in Sept. He will have served there for 41 years.

Tom Williams, asadministrator at South Main Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.


Mary Virginia Little Apicella, to be ordained to ministry on April 6 by First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

Angie Jackson, to be ordained to ministry on March 30 by Gage Park Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan., where she and her husband, Roger, serve as co-pastors.

Felecia LaVant, ordained to ministry by Central Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 26.


Sam Beam III, 80, died March 18 in Haslet, Texas. He and his wife, Carolyn, served in the music ministry in numerous Baptist churches in Texas, including First Baptist churches in Eastland, Ballinger, Coleman, Gatesville and Haslet. While serving at Haslet, he pursued a master’s in music degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and continued his music ministry in various Baptist and Methodist churches until retirement. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children and six grandchildren.

Tom Cleary, 76, died March 19 in Tampa, Fla. He was one of the first field personnel appointed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He and his wife, Joyce, joined CBF in 1993 after more than 20 years as missionaries and campus ministers. While in Poland from 1990 until 2000, the Clearys served alongside Polish Baptists and taught English to university students. When returning to the U.S., they continued mission work as full-time volunteers with CBF-related ministries in Florida. In addition to his wife, Cleary is survived by two children. 

Billy Ray Frazier, 86, died March 19 in Arlington, Texas. Following seminary he was pastor of several churches before he and his wife, Annita, went to Brazil as missionaries with the SBC’s International Mission Board. In 1981 he became director of the Corpus Christi Baptist Association, where he served until 1994. After retirement he led the missions program at First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Wenonah Willence Pierce, 71, March 18 in Oklahoma City. She served as the executive director/treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union in Maryland/Delaware, and later became the director of the Women’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance. When she left that position she returned to Oklahoma to work with Native Americans, starting a ministry called The Native American LINK, Inc. She began the Native Praise Choir which represented over 20 tribes singing the languages of the Cherokee, Muscogee and Choctaw tribes. She retired as executive director of LINK in 2013 but was still a consultant on its executive board. Pierce is survived by her mother and four sisters.

Jack N. Waddell, 73, March 21, in Chapel Hill, N.C. He served as a Virginia Baptist pastor for 48 years at numerous churches, including the pastorate of Rivermont Baptist Church, Danville, Va. He also served as chaplain at Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va. He is predeceased by his first wife, Maribelle Jolly Waddell. He is survived by his wife, Mae Lee Waddell; a son, Craig N. Waddell; a daughter, Maribeth W. Motley; and four grandchildren.


Greg Tanner, 30 years, as associate pastor of worship at First Baptist Church, Vernon, Texas.

Steve Langley, 20 years, as pastor of Gardena Valley Baptist Church, Gardena, Calif.

Melanie Allen, 25 years, as minister of music/organist at Athens Drive Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.

Randy L. Hyde, 18 years, as senior pastor of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark.

James W. Doremus III, 10 years, as pastor of Memorial Drive Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

Lyndon A. Myers, 10 years, as pastor of Andover (Mass.) Baptist Church.

Bobby Catt, 5 years, as minister with students at First Baptist Church, San Angelo, Texas.

Leslie Hollon, 5 years, as senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.

Alan Miller, 5 years, as minister of worship and music at Orange (Va.) Baptist Church.

Joyce Still, 5 years, children’s ministry coordinator at South Garland Baptist Church, Garland, Texas.