Fred Ward, pastor, First Baptist Church, Huntingdon, for almost 30 years, will be honored on his upcoming retirement on Feb. 28. The celebration will be held at 10:15 a.m., and from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact the church at email@example.com or 731-986-5000.
Charles Nored, Baptist Collegiate Ministries director, Motlow State Community College, Lynchburg, was honored recently by the Tennessee Baptist Convention staff on his 35th anniversary as a staff member. He has served Motlow State since 2004, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, from 1985-2004; and Walters State Community College, Morristown, from 1981-85. Nored is a graduate of Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
Ben Maddox is serving as Baptist Collegiate Ministries director, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville. Maddox formerly was Baptist Student Union director, Mississippi College, Clinton, for six years and BCM director for four colleges in Little Rock, Ark., for four years. Maddox is a graduate of Valdosta (Ga.) State University and New Orleans (La.) Baptist Theological Seminary.
Benny Taylor has served as pastor of South Side Baptist Church, Savannah, for 36 years as of Feb. 14.
Luis Lopez was called as coordinator for Hispanic work, Robertson County Baptist Association, based in Springfield, effective Feb. 1. Formerly he was Hispanic ministry coordinator for Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, and Español church resources director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville.
Barren Plains Baptist Church, Springfield, has called Frank Evans as interim pastor.
Epiphany Baptist Church, Springfield, has called Cody Dean as pastor.
Michael Roberson, pastor, Clear Creek Baptist Church, Dyer, will be ordained to the ministry Feb. 28 at the church at 3 p.m.
Clayton Williams has re-signed as pastor, Oakwood Baptist Church, Milan, and James Rogers has been called as interim pastor.
Truth Baptist Church, Milan, has called David Featherston as pastor.
Dwight Porter has been called as music worship leader, Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Bethel Springs. He formerly was in a similar role at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Dyer.
The Holston Baptist Association Student Conference 2016, “I Am, I Am — Isaiah 44:6,” will be March 18-20. Todd Friel will speak and Bean and Bailey, a comedy group, will perform along with worship led by Bellarive. The association is based in Johnson City. For more information, contact 423-929-1196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duck River Baptist Association, New Duck River Baptist Association, and William Carey Baptist Association, will hold a One-Day Pastor’s Retreat Feb. 27. It is entitled, “Stoking Your Spiritual Passion.” The retreat will be held at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries center at Motlow State Community College, Tullahoma. Greg McFadden, pastor, First Baptist Church, Humboldt, and Don Pierson, pastor, Stewarts Chapel Baptist Church, Flintville, and former Tennessee Baptist Convention staff member, will speak. For more information, contact 931-455-5072 or email@example.com.
First Baptist Church, Adamsville, will build a new building which will include classrooms, a choir room, and a nursery, reported Chad Ball, senior pastor.
Alfred Tennyson Royer, 90, retired pastor, died Jan. 31 in Knoxville. He was a pastor for 43 years serving churches including Glenwood Baptist Church, Knoxville; Grace Baptist Church, Knoxville; First Baptist Church, Shelbyville; and Palm Springs Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, Fla. In retirement Royer was an active member of Central Baptist Church, Bearden, Knoxville. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Theo; two sons; and four grandchildren.