Rick Bennett is the field coordinator for Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, coming from the pastorate of First Baptist Church of Elkin, N.C.
J. Harwood Cochrane of Richmond, Va., died July 26 at age 103. He was the founder of Overnite Transportation Co., a major trucking business. A longtime member of Richmond’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, he strongly supported community and Christian causes, including Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
Jason Coker joined the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as field coordinator for Mississippi and director of Together for Hope, CBF’s rural poverty initiative. The Mississippi native previously served as pastor of Wilton Baptist Church in Wilton, Conn.
Lauren Efird is pastor of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, N.C., where she was associate pastor for five years.
Mike Gregg is pastor of Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, coming from Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta where he served as associate pastor.
Desmond Hoffmeister died Aug. 20 in Granada Hills, Calif., at age 56. He was former executive minister for American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. A native of South Africa, he was known as an outspoken leader for justice and reconciliation.
Bob Phillips died Aug. 28 in Chapel Hill, N.C., at age 76. A longtime advocate for justice, he served for many years as Baptist campus minister at the University of North Carolina and was a member of Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.
Kenna “Lucky” Ray of South Charleston, W.Va., is executive director of American Baptist Men USA (ABMen USA).
Paul Rollet has been appointed as an associate missionary by American Baptist International Ministries to serve in the Philippines with Companion with the Poor in metro Manila.
Charles Z. Smith died Aug. 28 in Seattle at age 89. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Seattle and served as president of American Baptist Churches USA in 1976-77. He was the first African-American state Supreme Court justice in Washington.
Fred Witty Jr. of Johnson City, Tenn., died Aug. 12 at age 93. He was a member of Central Baptist Church there. He served as Baptist campus minister at the University of Louisville and then at East Tennessee State University until his retirement in 1993.