Transitions 05.30.14

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Chris Grella, to Hillsboro Baptist Church, Crozet, Va., as pastor, effective July 1. He comes from Westminster (Md.) Baptist Church, where he served as associate pastor.

Peter J. B. Carman, to Emmanuel Friedens Church, Schenectady, N.Y., as pastor.

Erik Davidson, to Lyndale Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va., as pastor.

Ron Jackson, to South Penobscot Baptist Church, Penobscot, Maine, as pastor. He comes from the pastorate of Trenton (Maine) Baptist Church.

Jim Davis, to Amelia (Va.) Community Church, as lead pastor, effective June 8.

Jim Heiligman, concluding his tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church, Castroville, Texas.

Mack Roark, to First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, as interim pastor, effective June 1.

Stuart Carlton, to First Baptist Church, Ashland, Va., as interim pastor, effective June 1.

William Tatum, to Clifton Park Center Baptist Church, Clifton Park, N.Y., as interim pastor.

Lorri Thornton, to Calvary Baptist Church, Ithaca, N.Y., as assistant pastor.

Morgan Caruthers, to Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, Colo., as pastor of youth and young adults.

Jimmy Doan, to Winfree Memorial Baptist Church, Midlothian, Va., as youth minister.

Randy Everette, concluding his tenure as minister to students at First Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga.

Tom Chore, to Braddock Baptist Church, Annandale, Va., as associate pastor.

Ali Chappell, to Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, as minister of youth.

Susan Kish, to Tomahawk Baptist Church, Midlothian, Va., as music director.

Susan Hill, to Second Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as interim minister of young families, effective Sept. 1. She is director of its preschool Creative Learning Center. 

Erica Whitaker, resigning as interim minister of outreach at Agape Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, to begin a pastoral internship at Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas.

Nikki Hardeman, to First Baptist Church, Forsyth, Ga., as minister of youth and families.

Bernie Mansell, resigning as minister of preschool/children at Longview Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.

Sara Robb, to Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga., as associate pastor of ministry with the aging.

Becky Buckner Stout, to First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Tenn., as minister of children and families.

Carrie Veal, to Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., as minister to children.

Mark Gregory, to Bethel Baptist Church, Salem, Va., as student pastor.

Kendrick Curry, to serve as interim executive director/minister of District of Columbia Baptist Convention. He is a past president of the D. C. Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in the District.

David Garland, to serve as interim provost of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, effective June 1. He will step down as dean to assume this position. 


Matt Gladd, ordained to ministry on May 18 by First Baptist Church, Kittery Point, Maine, where he serves as pastor.

Pam Moyer, to be ordained to ministry on June 8 by Convergence Church, Alexandria, Va. She has served on the staff at Convergence for several years and is moderator for the NorthStar Church Network, Annandale, Va.

Tina Marie Schiling, ordained to ministry on April 6 by Trinity Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. 


Edgar J. Burkholder, 99, died May 20 in Montpelier, Va. During his ministry of more than 70 years, he served as pastor of 18 churches, including Antioch Baptist Church, Red Oak, Va.; South Anna and Apple Grove Baptist churches, Mineral, Va.; Hampton Roads Baptist Church, Hampton, Va.; and Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Va. He is predeceased by his son, K. Wayne Burkholder. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Jewel Cooke; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Betty ‘Johnni’ Johnson Scofield, 91, died April 23 in Richmond, Va. She served as a missionary to Japan with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Foreign (now International) Mission Board. Later she served on its staff in Richmond, Va., eventually becoming the vice president of communications. She was the first and only woman to date to serve in that position. She and her husband, Foy, photographed and filmed many parts of the world as monthly contributors to The Commission magazine. She is survived by a sister, Martha Robbins, and a niece, Wanda Foster. 


Will Baker, 5 years, as pastor of Drummondtown Baptist Church, Accomac, Va.

Paul S. Briggs, 10 years, as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Bedford Hills, N.Y.

Frank Mercer, 10 years, as pastor of Rolling Hills Baptist Church, Peachtree City, Ga.