Roc Colllins, director of strategic objectives for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, celebrated his fifth anniversary with the TBMB in January. He is a past president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and formerly served as pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church in Kingsport.
Robert Nichols retired Dec. 31 after more than 13 years as director of missions for Sevier County Baptist Association. He and his wife, Deborah, served as missionaries in Uruguay for several years before he joined the association as DOM. The couple plans to remain in Sevierville during retirement. He is available for supply preaching. Justin Johnson is serving as acting director of missions for the association.
John Ellsey died Nov. 12 at the age of 83. He served in music ministry for 63 years in churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee. He served 21 years at Leawood Baptist Church in Memphis and 27 years at East Acres Baptist Church in Millington before retiring in December of 2020. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn, four children, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.