Transitions 06.20.14

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Merianna Neely, to Emmanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, S.C., as pastor.

L. Joseph Rosas III, resigning as pastor of University Baptist Church, Baltimore.

Gary Price, concluding his tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church, Eldorado, Texas.

Steve Jones, resigning as pastor of Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., effective July 27.

David E. Roberts, to Calvary Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., as interim pastor, effective June 22.

Joey Tucker, to Gravel Hill Baptist Church, Buffalo Junction, Va., as interim pastor.

Thomas R. McKibbens, to First Baptist Church, Providence, R.I., as interim pastor, effective June 29. He recently concluded an 11-year tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church, Worcester, Mass.

Brittany Jackson, to White Oak Baptist Church, Clayton, N.C., as youth pastor. She comes from Amelia Christian Church in Clayton, where she served as youth minister.

Carolyn Hale Cubbedge, to Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, Savannah, Ga., as senior adult and pastoral care pastor, effective July 1. She comes from First Baptist Church, Savannah, Ga., where she served as assistant minister for missions.

Jonathan Lowery, to Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va., as minister of music. He comes from Northside Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., where he served as worship pastor.

John Callaway, to First Baptist Church, Carrollton, Ga., as associate pastor of students.

David Stippick, to First Baptist Church, Brownwood, Texas, as student minister.

Cindy Marshall, resigning as youth director at Hardy Central Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

Ernie Rushing, resigning as minister of music at Crabtree Valley Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.

Katie Ethridge, to Ironbridge Baptist Church, Chester, Va., as children’s director.

Jeremy Taylor, to First Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas, as student minister.

Durward “Woody” McDonell, to First Baptist Church, Mount Olive, N.C., as director of music.

Ron Allen, to Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as youth director.

Ryan Wood, concluding his tenure as minister to university at First Baptist Church, Stephenville, Texas.

Daniel McCullough, concluding his tenure as minister of youth at First Baptist Church, Eatonton, Ga.

Darrell Wise, resigning as director of missions for Concord Baptist Association, South Hill, Va., to relocate to Texas.

Cheri Wise, resigning from the staff of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board where she served as Baptist collegiate minister for Longwood University, Farmville, Va., to relocate to Texas.

Leslie Turley, to American Baptist International Ministries, as area director for Southeast Asia and Japan, effective July 1, 2015. Current area director Stan Murray will retire in 2015.

Jennifer “Jeni” Pedzinski, to Chiang Mai, Thailand, as an American Baptist International Ministries endorsed missionary. She will serve in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as senior administrator for the New Life Center Foundation, which ministers to victims of human trafficking, forced labor and sexual abuse.

Ben McDade, resigning as executive vice president for development and marketing for Baptists Today, to take a position with Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., leading development programs, effective July 15. Before joining the staff of Baptists Today in 2012, McDade was on the staff of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for 10 years.


Dan Ivins, retired in February as pastor of First Baptist Church, Providence, R. I.

Roger Paynter, retiring as pastor of First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, effective Jan. 30, 2015.

Luther Smith, retiring in August as professor of church and community at Candler School of Theology-Emory University, Atlanta, after 35 years there.


Mike Alley, to beordained to ministry on June 29 by Spring Hill Baptist Church, Ruckersville, Va., where he serves as youth ministry leader.


Yandall Woodfin, 85, died May 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. He served for 27 years as a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, retiring in 1994. Earlier he had taught at Baylor University and the International Baptist Theological Seminary, then in Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He is survived by his wife, Leta, and three daughters. A memorial service was held May 30 at Agape Baptist Church in Fort Worth.


Wilbur Kersey, 55 years as pastor of Court Street Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Va.

Lauren E. Colwell, 5 years as associate minister for spiritual formation and families at First Baptist Church, Savannah, Ga.

John Cook, 5 years as senior pastor at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, Fayetteville, N.C.