Justin Terrell, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Dandridge, since 2015, will write the Explore the Bible series for the Baptist and Reflector for the Dec.-Feb. quarter. A native of Smithville, Terrell previously served as a pastor in Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his doctor of ministry in expository preaching. Terrell and his wife, Emily, have two children. He was elected this year as a trustee of Carson-Newman University.
Debbie Johnson is the new administrative assistant for Duck River Baptist Association. She is the wife of L.Z. Johnson, pastor of First Baptist Church, Cowan.
The administrative leadership team of Hamilton County Baptist Association includes Dennis Culbreth, director of missions; Brady Wood, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Soddy-Daisy; Brandon Johns, First Baptist Church, Soddy-Daisy, vice moderator; Bailey Biddle, clerk and associate director of missions; Karen Robinson, Ooltewah Baptist Church, Ooltewah; Alan Johnston, Abbas House Church, Hixson, treasurer; and Earnie Burfitt, New Bethel Baptist Church, Harrison, assistant treasurer.
Albert Richard “Dick” Baumgardner, retired pastor of Cedar Ford Baptist Church, Luttrell, died Sept. 30 at the age of 83. The retired Army and Vietnam War veteran served at Cedar Ford for 32 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue.
Jimmy Bedwell, retired pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Bolivar, died Oct. 12 at the age of 75. He served as pastor of churches in West Tennessee for 57 years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Brenda, two daughters, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Retired Tennessee Baptist pastor Matt Tomlin Jr. died Nov. 1 at the age of 84. He served as pastor of six churches in Kentucky and Tennessee. He also served as interim pastor of six churches during retirement. He was active in the Tennessee Baptist Convention, serving on committees, including the Executive Board (now Tennessee Baptist Mission Board). He also taught Bible courses at Union University. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn (a columnist for the Baptist and Reflector) two children, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.