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  • Man dumps retirement, launches new career in ministry

    August 10 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Man dumps retirement, launches new career in ministry

    With his walking cane firmly in hand, pastor Forrest Ivy strides intentionally into his church, a new knee still tender from replacement surgery. A few aches and pains won’t keep this 66-year-old from preaching the gospel. At a stage in life when most people are settling into retirement, Ivy is launching out on a whole new career as a Kentucky Baptist pastor.

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  • Timothy George to end 30 years as Beeson dean

    May 17 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Timothy George to end 30 years as Beeson dean

    Timothy George, founding dean of the interdenominational Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, has announced he will step down as dean by the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. George, 68, who also is professor of divinity at Beeson, said he will remain on the faculty, where he teaches church history and doctrine.

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  • Mac Brunson concludes 12-year FBC JAX pastorate

    May 1 2018 by Joe Westbury, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Mac Brunson concludes 12-year FBC JAX pastorate

    When Mac Brunson, co-senior pastor of 10,000-member First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, stepped into the pulpit Sunday, it began as any other worship experience. But by the time the April 29 service ended, Brunson had announced his immediate resignation from his pastorate of a dozen years and left the sanctuary with his wife Deb.

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  • Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    March 28 2018 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    Kent Shingleton occasionally scratched his goatee and broke into a chuckle while reflecting on his two-decade tenure as the coordinator of Tennessee Baptists’ Youth Evangelism Conference. Shingleton said he had a deep supply of stories he could share – some funny, some touching and some truly miraculous.

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  • Korean couple honored for Nepalese & Bhutanese plants

    March 26 2018 by Shannon Baker, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware | with 0 comments
    Korean couple honored for Nepalese & Bhutanese plants

    Korean pastor Samuel Cho and his wife Young – known for starting the first Nepalese and Bhutanese Baptist churches in the United States – were honored in a retirement celebration. The service featured testimonies and greetings from various groups who have supported the couple’s efforts in Baltimore during the past decade.

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  • Longtime Alabama Baptist editor announces retirement

    March 23 2018 by Alabama Baptist staff | with 0 comments
    Longtime Alabama Baptist editor announces retirement

    After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers, Bob Terry is retiring Dec. 31. Terry, an Alabama native who became editor of The Alabama Baptist in 1995, has repeatedly led the paper to rise to the top among its peers. For more than two decades, it has been named annually in the top three regional Christian newspapers.

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  • Mike Cummings retires after 30 years

    March 21 2018 by Laura Crowther, BR staff | with 1 comments
    Mike Cummings retires after 30 years

    Mike Cummings retired Feb. 28 as director of missions for the Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, but his long history of ministry among his community and fellow Native Americans is not finished. “He has been a pastor to the pastors,” said Steve Strickland, who now holds Cummings’ former position.

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  • Gardner-Webb president announces retirement plans

    February 8 2018 by Gardner-Webb Office of University Communications & Media Relations | with 0 comments
    Gardner-Webb president announces retirement plans

    Gardner-Webb University’s 12th president, Frank Bonner, announced his plans to retire in January 2019. At that time, he will have served Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs for more than three decades in total and as president for nearly 14 years. “It will be very difficult for me to cease doing what I love,” Bonner shared.

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  • Owen retires after 48 years at Mount Carmel Baptist

    February 7 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments
    Owen retires after 48 years at Mount Carmel Baptist

    After serving as pastor of the same church for 48 years, Ronnie Owen baptized two adults and one child before preaching his closing sermon at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Asheville. Owen and his wife, Nancy, came to the church in 1969 after serving two smaller churches in North Carolina.

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  • DR’s Mickey Caison retires from SBC’s ‘greatest job’

    December 8 2017 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    DR’s Mickey Caison retires from SBC’s ‘greatest job’

    Think back among the most harrowing disasters in recent U.S. history: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Midwest floods of 1993, the Northridge earthquake and Hurricanes Andrew, Harvey and Irma. Mickey Caison has represented Southern Baptists at each of them.

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  • Anthony Jordan to retire after ‘journey of a lifetime’

    September 15 2017 by Brian Hobbs, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Anthony Jordan to retire after ‘journey of a lifetime’

    Anthony L. Jordan, who has served as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma since April 1996, announced his plans to retire next year. Jordan’s nearly 22-year tenure stands as the longest of any to hold that role in Oklahoma. “This has been the journey of a lifetime,” Jordan shared.

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  • Hemphill named director of N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell

    April 18 2017 by Emily Rojas, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Hemphill named director of N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell

    Brian Hemphill, longtime staff member and the current assistant director of the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, will assume the role of the assembly’s director effective June 1. The staff change will take place following the retirement of Rick Holbrook, who has served as Caswell’s director for the past 32 years.

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  • Charleston Southern begins Jairy Hunter’s transition

    April 6 2017 by Charleston Southern University, Baptist Courier & Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Charleston Southern begins Jairy Hunter’s transition

    Jairy C. Hunter Jr., president of Charleston Southern University for the past 34 years, will transition to the position of president emeritus on June 1, 2018, the university has announced. Charleston Southern is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

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  • Holbrook retires after 32 years as director of Caswell

    April 4 2017 by Emily Rojas, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Holbrook retires after 32 years as director of Caswell

    As a high school and college student, Rick Holbrook looked forward to summers at Caswell. The son of a Baptist minister, Holbrook spent his teenage and young adult years working just about every job available to a summer staff member at the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

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  • Chris Adams retires as ‘true champion for women’

    March 16 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Chris Adams retires as ‘true champion for women’

    Although she was a young mother of twin girls with a fear of public speaking, Chris Adams became a women’s ministry pioneer in the Southern Baptist Convention. After 22 years of training leaders as the women’s ministry specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources, Adams retired in February from a role that God began leading her toward 30-plus years ago.

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