Transitions 04.23.14

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Eddie N. Haynes, to Crewe (Va.) Baptist Church, as pastor, effective May 1. He comes from the pastorate of New Hope Baptist Church, Locust Grove, Va.

Patrick Adair, to Central Baptist Church, Marshall, Texas, as senior pastor. He will be serving as associate pastor and minister to youth for one year alongside current pastor Wallace Watkins in preparation for the transition.

Dan Rangel, to Oak Dale Baptist Church, Nokesville, Va., as senior pastor. He had been serving as interim.

Travis Bundrick, to Main Street Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas, as interim executive pastor.

Dan Crawford, to First Baptist Church, Grandview, Texas, as interim pastor.

David “Dack” Axselle, to Parham Road Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as minister of music.

Karen Tucker, to Broadus Memorial Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va., as full-time minister to children and families.

Hiram Rollo, to Shades Crest Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., as associate pastor of music and worship, effective May 5.

Rachel Phillips, to Cool Spring Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va., as high school student ministry associate.

Kathleen Cantwell, to Grace Community Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as children’s ministry director.

Chad Davidson, to CrossRoads Camp & Conference Center, Lowesville, Va., as director. He had been serving as interim director of this facility operated by Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia.

Lorae Ponder, to Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia, as Sisters Who Care consultant. Sisters Who Care is a national program of Woman’s Missionary Union designed to reach African American women. She comes from a 12-year tenure with Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc., where she served as acting president and CEO.


Angela Blizzard, ordained to ministry on April 6 by Vineville Baptist Church, Macon, Ga.

Jaime McGlothlin, minister to children at Lake Shore Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, will be ordained to ministry by the church on April 27.

Daniel Willson, associate minister for family ministry and education at First Baptist Church, Martinsville, Va., will be ordained to ministry by the church on May 4.


William Terrell “Dub” Edwards, 86, died April 11 in Birmingham, Ala. He was a religion professor at Samford University for 40 years, from 1958-1998. He was a scholar of Greek and Hebrew and as such as a visiting professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., in 1964. At Samford University he served as university chaplain from 1971-1986, and then as chair of the Department of Religion from 1986-1992. He was named Armstrong Professor of Religion at Samford in 1996, recognizing his outstanding educational background, strong social and communication skills and concern for excellence in teaching spiritual and ethical values. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Jo Collins Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Martha Espey Edwards; her daughter, Ellen Blocker; three children, Carol Toner, Julie Rayford and Mark Edwards; and six grandchildren.

Daniel B. McGee, 80, died April 19 in Waco, Texas. He joined the faculty at Baylor University in 1966, where he pioneered the ethics program, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. In 2005 Baylor awarded him the Herbert H. Reynolds Award for Exemplary Service, which included serving as the chair of Baylor’s Faculty Senate, its representative to the Baptist World Alliance, chair of the committees that created Baylor’s Institute for Environmental Studies and Baylor’s program in medical humanities. He was member of the national board of directors of the American Academy of Religion and president of the Baylor and Texas AAR conference. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Educators of America award in 1979. He was chairman of the board of directors for Seeds, a Christian magazine about world hunger, and NAACP representative to the Waco Independent School District in its consolidation negotiations. He is survived by his wife, Merolyn; a son, Glenn; a daughter, Caroline McGee Jones; and five grandchildren.


Mickey Ewing, 35 years, as assistant pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Victoria, Texas.

Stephen G. Howard, 10 years, as pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

David Magnet, 20 years, at Fairfax Circle Baptist Church, Fairfax, Va. He served the church as youth pastor for 10 years before becoming senior pastor.

Gerald “Gerry” Robinson, 5 years, as music minister at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

Deborah Sams, 5 years, as pastor of First Baptist Church, Manakin, Va.

Jorge Zayasbazan, 5 years, as senior pastor of Baptist Temple Church, San Antonio, Texas.