Matt Tomlin recently began serving as interim pastor of North Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson. He previously served 14 months as interim pastor of Woodland Baptist Church, Brownsville.
Bradford Smith, teaching pastor/elder at The Way Church of Clarksville, has written Brave Rifles: The Theology of War, a first-hand glimpse of the gritty realities of war through the lens of the Bible. Smith has been in active duty since 1995, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He surrendered to the call to preach in 2007 and joined the staff of The Way Church in 2011. The book is available in paperback and on Kindle. Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adrian Knipper retired Oct. 29 as senior pastor of Porters Creek Baptist Church, Middleton, after 29 years of ministry at the church. Jeremy Burnett is now serving as senior pastor.
Beth Moore has been named student/multicultural/literacy missions specialist for Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union. Moore was raised in Elizabethton and participated in GAs and Acteens. After graduating from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, she served as a journeyman missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. She later earned a master of arts in intercultural studies degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. She served two terms as a missionary in South Asia.
Jay Barbier has joined the staff of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board as evangelism event specialist. He will provide leadership to all TBMB youth evangelism events and coordinate marketing efforts for TBMB conference centers, including connecting with churches and facilitating churches utilizing the conference centers in Linden and Newport. He served as youth minister at First Baptist Church, Millington, for more than six years before joining the TBMB staff. He is a graduate of New Orleans (La.) Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife have two children.
Sherry Elsey, ministry assistant in human resources for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, recently was recognized for 10 years of service with the TBMB. She is a member of West End Baptist Church, Columbia, where her husband, Rick Elsey, is pastor.
Former Tennessee pastor and evangelist Jackie Kay recently retired as pastor of Central Park Baptist Church in Decatur, Ala. He was pastor of Bartlett Baptist Church, Bartlett, from 1986-95 when he entered full-time evangelism. He was president of the Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference in 1991. Kay plans to return to vocational evangelism while continuing to live in Alabama. He can be reached at email@example.com.