Transitions 05.02.14

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Joe McArthur, to Harvest Church, Fort Worth, Texas, as pastor. He comes from the Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he served as associate pastor.

Jane Hull, to Union Christian Church, Watkinsville, Ga., as pastor. 

Rob Fox, concluding his pastorate of 10 years at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, Milford, Va.

Tom Stocks, to Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as interim preacher.

Carey Huddlestun, to Parkway Baptist Church, Duluth, Ga., as minister of music, effective May 18.

Michelle Norman, to Southern Hills Baptist Church, Tulsa, Okla., as children’s pastor.

David Pinkham, to Hollins Road Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as student minister, effective June 1. 

Lee Fox, to First Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., as director of support ministries.

Mary Beth Handley, to Villa Heights Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as children’s minister.

Carra Hughes Greer, to Druid Hills Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga., as minister to families.

Russell L. Martin, elected president of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, effective July 1. He joined the staff of MBCH in 1977 as business manager. He became executive vice president and treasurer in 1997 and president of MBCH Children and Family Ministries in 2003. He has served as interim president since Raymond R. Kenison announced his retirement in January. 


David Hull, retiring as pastor of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ala., effective Aug. 10, to relocate to Watkinsville, Ga., where his wife, Jane, has been called as pastor of Union Christian Church.

Dean Hunter, retiring as minister of congregational care, at First Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga.

Candy Phillips, retiring as executive director/treasurer of Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union, effective Dec. 31. She has served in that position for 11 years and prior to that was president of Tennessee WMU for four years.

Ben Wagener, retiring as pastor for spiritual formation at Vienna (Va.) Baptist Church, where he has served since 2002.


Danny Barham, ordained to ministry on April 27 by Mill Creek Baptist Church, Fincastle, Va.

Lynn Lawrence Brinkley, ordained to ministry on May 4 by First Baptist Church, Clinton, N.C.

Frances Tuck, ordained to ministry by Crossroads Church, Fremont, Calif., on May 7.


Mary Pauline Hogg Saunders, 90, died April 23 in Walterboro, S.C. She and her husband, Davis Lee Saunders, served for 40 years as missionaries to Africa with the SBC’s Foreign [now International] Mission Board. She was predeceased in death by her husband and is survived by six children: Mary Lee Thomas, Danner S. Neal, John A.L. Saunders, Nina S. Ellison, Cathy Henson, and Jeff L. Saunders; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Glen Harold Stassen, 78, died April 26 in Pasadena, Calif. A Baptist theologian widely known for his work on the ethics of war and peace, he taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., for 20 years and had been professor of ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena since 1997. He also was executive director of Fuller’s Just Peacemaking Initiative. In 2013 the Baptist World Alliance conferred on him its Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award. In 2012 he was’s Baptist of the Year. He is survived by his wife, Dot; three sons, Bill, Michael and David; and sister, Kathleen Esther Stassen Berger.


Chris Manuel, 5 years, as pastor of Restoration Community Church, Fredericksburg, Va.