The African American Fellowship of the Tennessee Baptist Convention recently held a time of celebration at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Chattanooga. During the celebration, three men who have contributed to the success of the Fellowship were honored: Willie McLaurin, the fellowship’s first president; Thomas Bester, the association’s second president; and Larry Jones, who has served as executive treasurer of the association since its inception.
First Baptist Church, Morristown, recently honored pastor Dean Haun and his wife, Pam, for 10 years of ministry at the church.
Jerry Pullum has been called as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Manchester. He has served as pastor of Bear Cove Baptist Church, Sparta, since 2003. He holds a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, and a doctorate of ministry degree from Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies.
Matt Koehler is the new minister of youth and education at Highland Baptist Church, Tullahoma. He is a recent graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
Calvary Baptist Church, Parsons, called Jesse McKee as pastor on Dec. 10.
Everett Morris recently resigned as pastor of Huron Baptist Church in Beech River Baptist Association.
Wartrace Baptist Church, Wartrace, recently ordained five deacons: Chad Shafer, Mark Bryant, Glen Pendelton, Josh Shelton, and Caleb Davis.
Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis recently launched the “Rev. Jimmy Terry Preaching Series: It’s All About Jesus” in memory of Jimmy Terry, former pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Clarksville, and a former trustee for BMHC, who died in June. Terry was known for his campaign that Christmas and Easter “is all about Jesus.”
The series will bring a speaker to BMCH’s flagship hospital’s campus in Memphis each month to deliver a 30-minute gospel-based sermon that is broadcast to all 21 Baptist Memorial hospitals. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, was the first speaker in the series.
Chuck Workman has been called as student pastor at Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Old Hickory. He previously served as student/family pastor at First Baptist, Hilton Head, S.C.
Mary Johnson, who served as volunteer pianist at Oral Baptist Church, Lenoir City, for nearly 70 years, died recently. Pastor Ranell Lane described her as “someone who loved music, faithfully answered God’s calling to service, and behaved in a way that honored Him.”