First Baptist Church in LaFayette recognized Roger Stansell’s 19 years as minister of youth and recreation on June 24.
Longtime Georgia Baptist pastor Ray Burnette, of Cordele, died June 20 at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. He was 61.
During his ministry, Burnette served as pastor of Red Oak Baptist Church in Sylvester, Arabi Baptist and Penia Baptist churches in Houston Association, and as missionary for Houston Baptist Association.
During his ministry Burnette planned and led annual mission trips to Appalachia in Kentucky as well as overseas to Moldova and Ukraine.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rose, their three children, a sister, and seven grandchildren.
Blundale Baptist Church in Emanuel Baptist Association recently called Shannon Boula as pastor. He is joined by his wife and two daughters.
Craig Bowers began his service as pastor of Wynnbrook Baptist Church in Columbus on Aug. 3. With 29 years in ministry, Bowers previously served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Locust Grove for 13years. He and his wife, Belinda, have three grown children.
On July 26 Jim Harrell affirmed a call as pastor of Nunez Baptist Church in Emanuel Baptist Association. He is joined by his wife and two children.
Victor Lyons accepted the position of pastor at Second Memorial Baptist Church inPerry, beginning Aug. 2. A former missionary to Chile, Lyons also serves as an adjunct professor at New Orleans Seminary. He replaces Houston Berry, who had been serving the church two years as interim pastor.
On Aug. 2 Eric Marston began his tenure as senior pastor of Ewing Road Baptist Church in Austell. A graduate of Liberty University with three Masters’ degrees, he previously served for 11 years as student and family pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Carrollton. His wife, Maria, and their three children Sadie, Lilia, and Ivey join him.
North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville announced June 28 that Jason Nave would join the congregation as executive pastor. Previously he had served as minister of pastoral care and missions at Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Flowery Branch. His wife Cristy and children Ben, 19, Jacob, 16, Caleb, 14, Luke, 12, Nathan, 10, and Abby-Kate, 4, join him.
Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta recently welcomed Chris Ward as student minister. Ward and his wife Jill joined the church years ago when he arrived at Dominion Christian School in Cobb County as a Bible teacher and football coach. They have two children, Grant, 4, and Kaylee, 2.