Transitions 05.23.14

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Aaron Dobynes, to Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), Fredericksburg, Va., as pastor, effective June 1. He comes from the pastorate of Evergreen Baptist Church, Shreveport, La.

Steve Graves, to Shearer Hills Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, as pastor, effective June 1.

Wayne F. Johnson, to First Baptist Church, Ridgeway, Va., as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Rivermont Baptist Church, Danville, Va.

Joe Greemore, to First Baptist Church, Waterloo, Iowa, effective July 1. He comes from First Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan., where he served as interim associate pastor.

Gary Limbrick, to Bethel Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Va., as pastor.

Santiago Norori, to First Baptist Church of Laurelton, Brick, N.J., as pastor, effective June 1. He comes from First Baptist Church, Brunswick, N.J., where he served as assistant pastor.

Barry Rock, now serving as executive pastor at First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas. He has been its minister of music for nearly 21 years.

Robert Brown, resigning as pastor of Blackstone (Va.) Baptist Church, to enter the chaplain residency program at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Va.

Thomas R. McKibbens, concluding his tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church, Worcester, Mass., after serving there for 11 years.

Seth Hix, concluding his tenure as minister of music at Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington, N.C., to continue his education.

Daniel Steiger, to Second Branch Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va., as director of music ministries.

Stephen Durr, to First Baptist Church, Jamestown, N.C., as choir director.

Trey Bearden, resigning as associate pastor to students and young adults at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Va., to become executive director of Richmond Community Toolbox, a local affiliate of a national organization which assists nonprofits in finding resources.

Jeremy Davis, to First Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla., as student pastor, effective June 1. He comes from Hepzibah Baptist Church, Troy, Ala., where he served as pastor to families.

Mark Martin, to Memorial Baptist Church, Columbia, Mo., as associate pastor of children and family ministries.

Tyler Sorie, to First Baptist Church, Jenks, Okla., as associate pastor of worship. He formerly was on staff at First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas.

Rowe Stinnette, to Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as spiritual development and communication coordinator.

Greg Denton, to Enon Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as minister to students.

Andrew Shaffer, to First Baptist Church, Dalton, Ga., as youth minister, effective June 15.

Bridgette Young, appointed dean of chapel and spiritual life at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., effective July 1.

Lawrence Ressler, to East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, as interim president, effective June 1. He has been the school’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Mary Andreolli, resigning as website specialist with the Alliance of Baptists to become director of communications for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Leah Grundset Davis, the Alliance’s communications specialist, will assume the organization’s website responsibilities.

Leah Lonsbury, joining the staff of the Alliance of Baptists as clergy care specialist, a task which includes clergy recognition and endorsement. For the past several months, Laura Stephens-Reed has held that position on an interim basis.

Joshua Speight, to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as ministries manager, where he will provide leadership for spiritual formation and leadership development. He had been associate coordinator of missions with the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship.

Chris Hughes, to Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., as youth minister. He has been serving as interim youth minister at Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Kendrick Curry, to serve as interim executive director/minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention. Curry is pastor of Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Washington.


Suellen Leugers, retiring as pastor of Community Baptist Church, Plainfield, N.H., effective July 1. She has served as pastor there for 24 years.

John Lepper, retiring as coordinator for the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, effective June 30. He is KBF’s founding coordinator and has served in this role for 16 years.

Jerry E. McGee, retiring in May 2015 after 23 years as president of Wingate (N.C.) University.

Jerry M. Wallace, retiring in June 2015 after 11 years as president of Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.


William H. Webster, 83, died April 20 in Mount Laurel, N.J. He served as pastor First Baptist Church, Sanborn, N.Y.; First Baptist Church, Morristown, N.J.; and First Baptist Church, Wickford, R.I. He was predeceased by his wife, Lola. He is survived by two daughters, Conni Webster and Cynthia Tranquilli; two sons, Michael and Daniel Webster; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


Ronney Joe Webb, 10years, as minister of family life and missions at First Baptist Church, Shreveport, La.