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International missions leader chosen Sharon T. Koh is the new executive director of American Baptist International Ministries. She comes from Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where she has served as senior associate pastor of mission and community life. She succeeds Reid S. Trulson, who retires the end of August.
CBF endorses 1,000th chaplain
Erin Walker Lysse, a chaplaincy resident at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., is the 1,000th chaplain endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Roebuck to Belmont University post
Jon Roebuck, pastor of Nashville’s Woodmont Baptist Church for 17 years, became the first executive director of the newly-formed Belmont Institute for Church Leadership at Belmont University June 1. The institute will “equip church leaders with progressive resources gleaned from business, music, law and theological leadership,” said university president Bob Fisher.
Boswell assumes Charlotte pastorate
Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., installed Benjamin Boswell as its sixth pastor on May 1.
Thorne sets retirement from ABC
Leo Thorne will retire Aug. 31 from American Baptist Churches USA, where he has served as associate general secretary for mission resource development for 10 years. He previously served on the board of directors for Nurturing Faith Publishing.
Brian Foreman has been named as founding director of Campbell University’s new youth theology institute Fides: Exploring Faith & Vocation.
Brett Younger is pastor of historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., coming from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology where he taught preaching. He is a columnist for Nurturing Faith Journal and the author of Lighter Side: Serving Up Life Lessons with a Smile (Nurturing Faith)
L. Gregory Jones is executive vice president and provost at Baylor University, coming from Duke University where he was a professor of theology and ministry and senior strategist for leadership education at Duke Divinity School.
Margaret Brooks is recipient of the Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry from Baptist Women in Ministry. She is a student at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.
Elizabeth Coates is the Addie Davis Award winner for excellence in preaching from Baptist Women in Ministry. She is a student at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology and associate pastor for discipleship and spiritual formation at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Ga.
Joel Snider retired in May after 21 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Rome, Ga. In tribute, local newspaper publisher Otis Raybon wrote that Snider “has been a shepherd to every member of this church in more ways than I have space to write.”
Senior Pastor: First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, N.C., is seeking a senior pastor to lead the congregation in the next chapter in our history. Our church family enjoys a 123-year tradition of meaningful worship and active mission involvement, and has long supported women in ministry. We relate to the CBF, CBFNC and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. We have a total membership of 495, and feel it is important that all who choose to worship and serve with us have the opportunity for personal growth through Christian education, our ministry teams, and fellowship. The senior pastor will possess strong preaching skills and have excellent abilities in relationship building and be an inspired leader, guiding and directing the church spiritually and administratively. We are seeking a pastor with an advanced theological degree from an accredited seminary or divinity school, with experience as a congregational minister. Résumés and references will be accepted until July 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Search Committee, P.O. Box 458, North Wilkesboro, NC 28697.