Judy G. Allbee retires Sept. 30 as executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut, a position she has held since 2005.
Elijah Brown is executive director of the North America Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance. A former professor at East Texas Baptist University, he is executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. Samuel C. Tolbert Jr., a pastor in Louisiana, is the NABF president.
Mack Dennis is the 22nd pastor of First Baptist Church of Asheville, N.C. After serving congregations in eastern North Carolina, he completed a Doctor of Theology degree and taught at Duke Divinity School.
Dough Dortch is moderator and Shauw Chin Capps is moderator-elect for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Dortch is pastor of Birmingham’s Mountain Brook Baptist Church and Capps is executive director of Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, a children’s advocacy and rape crisis center in Beaufort, S.C.
Greg Earwood retired as the first and only president of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, a position he assumed in 2001. His leadership is being marked by the endowed office of the president in honor of Earwood and his wife, Nell.
Priscilla Eppinger is executive director of the Atlanta-based American Baptist Historical Society, coming from Graceland University Community of Christ Seminary in Lamoni, Iowa, where she was professor of religion.
Linda Jones, missions coordinator for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina, is assisting the larger global Fellowship in broadening its diversity. Alan Williams of Beaufort, S.C., is CBF’s new U.S. disaster relief director. He is a retired emergency management and E911 systems administrator.
Joseph LaGuardia is pastor of First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, Fla., coming from the pastorate of Trinity Baptist Church in Conyers, Ga.
Griff Martin is the 24th pastor of First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas. He came from University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La., where he served as co-pastor.
Ed Stetzer has filled the newly-created Billy Graham Distinguished Endowed Chair for Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College, coming from LifeWay Research where he was executive director.