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Legendary Texas pastor Buckner Fanning left mark
Buckner Fanning, who died Feb. 14 at age 89, served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, from 1957 to 2002. He was widely known through his evangelistic outreach and use of media to encourage Christian commitment.
Posey Belcher Jr. remembered for caring pastoral presence
Beloved South Carolina minister Posey Belcher died Jan. 22 at age 83 in Rock Hill. He served extended pastorates at the First Baptist Churches of Barnwell and Walterboro, S.C. Upon his retirement in 1994, he was presented with the state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto.
Baptist lay leader named president of Presbyterian-related college Kathy Brittain Richardson, who holds several leadership roles in the First Baptist Church of Rome, Ga., and is provost at Berry College, will assume the presidency of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Penn., on July 1. She will be the first female president of the school founded in 1852 in affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). She also serves on the Board of Directors for Nurturing Faith.
Bill Shiell assumes presidency of Northern Seminary
An American Baptist-related seminary near Chicago got a new president on March 1. William D. Shiell left the pastorate of First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Fla., to become president of Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill. He succeeded Alistar Brown to become the 11th president of the seminary founded in 1913.
Rachel Held Evans, two others, named to advisory council
Popular Christian author and blogger Rachel Held Evans was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to the White House press secretary. Also appointed were Traci D. Blackmon, acting executive minister of justice and witness ministries for the United Church of Christ, and Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.
Travis Collins called to Huntsville pastorate
First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Ala., has called Travis M. Collins as pastor. He had served the church as interim pastor. Collins will continue working with Fresh Expressions that helps create communities for persons not involved in church.
Lord Jonathan Sacks wins Templeton Prize
Britain’s former chief rabbi (1991-2013) and interfaith leader Lord Jonathan Sacks has won the Templeton Prize for 2016. The John Templeton Foundation will formally present the $1.5 million award at a May 26 ceremony in London. Sacks was praised for his advocacy of religious institutions rejecting extremism and violence, a subject he addressed in his 2015 book, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.
Pastor: Broadmoor Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, La., seeks a pastor who will bring collaborative leadership to our talented and experienced team of ministry professionals and thus cast a vision for a dynamic congregation that takes us boldly into the future. Minimum requirements include an M. Div. or equivalent degree. Please direct inquiries and résumés to email@example.com or to Pastor Search Committee, c/o Greg Edwards, 4520 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Ste. 104-232, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. Posting will close on June 30. For more information, please visit our website at broadmoorbaptist.com.
Pastor: Third Baptist Church, located in downtown Owensboro, Ky., is seeking a full-time pastor. We are aligned with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention, and have a well-established membership and growing youth and children’s programs. Third Baptist prefers a pastoral candidate with at least a Master of Divinity degree. Candidates should be able to effectively relate to a diverse congregation. Send cover letter with résumé by June 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 6033, Owensboro KY 42302.
Minister of Music and Education: Spruce Pine First Baptist Church, Spruce Pine, N.C., is prayerfully seeking a full-time minister of music and education. This person must be a born-again child of God, demonstrate Christian character, be called to lead music ministry, and provide testimony of personal faith. Responsibilities include teaching and directing a full music program, including worship services with a blend of traditional and contemporary music. A degree in music and education from a Baptist seminary is desired. Please submit résumés to First Baptist Church, 125 Tappan St., Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or to email@example.com.
Minister of Music: First Baptist church, Goldsboro, N.C., affiliated with CBF and CBF of North Carolina, is seeking a full-time minster of music. We desire a person who is a committed Christian, and committed to excellence in music ministry and to leading others to use their gifts in honoring God. The individual would lead various types and ages of choirs, plan worship and work with staff. Interested persons should send résumés to firstname.lastname@example.org.