Transitions 06.13.14

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Jay Lynn, to St. Martin Baptist Fellowship, Gulfport, Miss., as pastor. He comes from Farmville (Va.) Baptist Church, where he served as associate pastor.

Amy Butler, to Riverside Church, New York City, as senior pastor. For the past 11 years she has been pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Mike Parnell, to Temple Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., as pastor, effective in July. He comes from the pastorate of Beth Car Baptist Church, Halifax, Va.

Joe Elmore, to Belmont Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., effective June 22. He comes from the pastorate of New Life (formerly Crowder Memorial) Baptist Church, Petersburg, Va.

Billy Hutchinson, resigning as pastor of Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Columbia, Va., effective June 22.

Stephen Price, to Heritage Baptist Church, Annapolis, Md., as interim pastor.

Richard Phillips, to Bayshore Baptist Church, Tampa, Fla., as interim pastor.

Randy Rains, to Oakland Baptist Church, Gum Spring, Va., as interim pastor.

James H. “Buddy” Hyatt III, to First Baptist Church, Ahoskie, N.C., as music associate/organist.

Christy Foldenauer, to Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as discipleship pastor.

Susan Hayes, to Elk Creek Baptist Church, Mineral, Va., as music director.

Patricia Greene, to First Baptist Church, Rockingham, N.C., as associate pastor/minister to families, effective in September. She currently serves as a resident chaplain at the Bowman Grey Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Ruth Winters, now serving as full-time music ministries coordinator at Orcutt Baptist Church, Newport News, Va.

Judy Wiles, to Leesburg (Va.) Community Church, as children’s minister. She comes from Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn, Va., where she served as director of children’s ministries.

Virginia Reynolds, resigning as associate pastor for children and families at First Baptist Church, Greensboro, N.C.

David Giles, to Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., as sports ministry and middle school director.

Kelly Cahoon, resigning as children’s ministry director at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va.

Bruce Minett, to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Decatur, Ga., as director of development. A certified fundraising executive with more than 28 years of ministry experience, he has served as executive associate pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Carrollton, Ga., since 2002. He also served as minister of administration and education at Bayside Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Va., and minister of education and youth at First Baptist Church, Galax, Va.

Dane Fowlkes, now serving as associate vice president for development at East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas. He previously served as ETBU’s director of major gifts in university advancement.

Tyler Tankersley, to Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kan., as director of the Create Program, effective Aug. 1. He comes from Second Baptist Church, Liberty, Mo., where he served as associate pastor of students and spiritual formation.


Danny W. Collins, announcing plans to retire as pastor of Fairlawn (Va.) Baptist Church, effective Aug. 31.

Patricia K. Collins, announcing plans to retire as education director at Fairlawn (Va.) Baptist Church, effective Aug. 31.  


Brenda Goodman, ordained to ministry on June 8 by Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, Colo., where she serves as worship and special services coordinator.

Laura McDaniel, ordained to ministry on June 8 by Woodland Baptist Church, Arrington, Va. She currently serves as network catalyst for the Ray and Ann Spence Network for Congregational Leadership and is the former executive director of Virginia’s Woman’s Missionary Union.

Gary Skeen, ordained to ministry on June 8 by Parkway Baptist Church, Duluth, Ga. He serves as director of the Church Benefits Board Inc., a ministry of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.


Garland Henry Allen, 91, died June 3 in Shelby, N.C. He joined the staff of Gardner-Webb College in Boiling Springs, N.C., in 1961. Initially serving as head of the religion department, he moved to the history department and continued to teach both throughout his tenure at Gardner-Webb, eventually being named professor emeritus in 1990. From 1961-1989 he was golf coach at Gardner-Webb, leading his team to two NAIA national championships and being named national coach of the year in 1976 and 1977. Allen is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn Allen (Garrison); a daughter, Susan Pearson; a son, Bill (Henry) Allen; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

W. Donald Ambrose, 77, died June 8 in Hayes, Va. He served as music minister in numerous churches, including Oakwood Memorial Baptist in Richmond, Va.; Calvary Baptist, Lexington, Ky.; Valley Station (Ky.) Baptist; Parkview Baptist in Newport News, Va., for 21 years; Providence Baptist in Hayes, Va., as minister of music, youth and children and associate pastor for more than 20 years; and Newington Baptist in Gloucester, Va., in retirement. He was a member of the Virginia Baptist Male Chorale and The Centrymen. He is survived by his wife, Margie; children, Carla Stanley, Tammie Spivey, Tal Ambrose, Bobby and Del Stokes and Rhonda Pappas; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis L. Flagg, 90, died April 5 in Brentwood, N.H. She was a teacher, retiring from Exeter Area Junior High School in 1986. After retirement she was ordained as an American Baptist minister, and along with her husband, Lewis W. Flagg Jr., served churches in New Hampshire and Maine. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Lewis III, David and Jonathan Flagg; a daughter, Katherine McWhorter; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Veronica “Ronny” Lanier, 95, died May 28 in Melrose, Mass. She was commissioned as a missionary by the American Baptist Home Mission Society in 1957. She served Christian centers in Denver, Sacramento and Chicago before joining the staff of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts in 1964. Following ordination in 1970 she served the AMBCM for 25 years as minister of education. She was interim pastor in several churches, most recently as pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church, Lynn, Mass. She is survived by two nieces, Lynette Chisholm and Susan Webb; and a nephew, Carl Chisholm.

James Carl McQueen Jr., 96, died May 18 in Rockingham, N.C. A longtime North Carolina Baptist pastor, he served churches in Red Springs, West End, Eagle Springs, Rockingham, North Wilkesboro, Pine Bluff, Mt. Gilead, Jackson Springs, Moravian Falls, Mt. Airy, Angier, Wadesboro and Ellerbe until retirement. He then served as interim in several churches. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Martin McQueen; two daughters, Brenda Johnson and Marcia McQueen; grandson, Jim Johnson; granddaughter, Cindy Johnson Huffman; and two great-grandchildren.

Anne T. Neil, 94, died June 8 in Raleigh, N.C. For 27 years she and her late husband, Lloyd, served with the SBC’s Foreign (now International) Mission Board in Nigeria and Ghana. Her advocacy for women ministers led to her own ordination to ministry by Millbrook Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., at age 80. She is survived by two daughters, Becky Albritton and Elaine Orr; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. 


Brian Adams, 10 years as youth pastor at West Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, Va.

Angie Frame, 10 years as guide pastor/online campus pastor at Powhatan (Va.) Community Church.

Douglas B. Watson Sr., 10 years as pastor of Stockton Memorial Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va.

Ronald E. Wyatt Jr., 10 years as pastor of Graceland Baptist Church, Powhatan, Va.