People and Places
Archie Mayo, 89, died Sept. 14 to heart failure in his home in Monroe.
A serviceman in the U.S. Army, Mayo saw duty in Europe during World War II and later in Korea. While (and after) earning an education degree at Southern Illinois University he would teach, coach, and drive school busses before answering the call to ministry. After graduating from Southwestern Seminary, where he received his Master’s in Religious Education, he served churches in Texas and Georgia as minister of education.
Mayo joined the Georgia Baptist Convention to serve as Secretary of Chaplaincy Ministries, a new position that was in cooperation with the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board), which took him into all areas of Georgia to train church clerks how to adequately report figures to the GBC. Mayo also led in developing volunteer chaplaincy programs between local pastors, motels, small hospitals, and recreational and tourist areas. In addition he was a liaison with military chaplains and prison chaplaincy programs.
His work led to supervising student summer missionaries and serving alongside Campers on Mission. Later he helped set up mission opportunities for Georgia Baptists with other states such as New York. The growth in scope of his department led to a name change, Special Missions Department, before his retirement in 1991.
Mayo is survived by his wife Joy; son Jack; daughters Jill Mayo and Jody Jackson; brother Laurence; sister Fairy; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Leland and S.M. and a sister, Lillian Melcher.
Jesus Tiburcio Sanchez, longtime pastor of First Baptist Spanish Church of Gainesville, died Sept. 3 at his home. He was 68.
Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Sanchez was a graduate of Lomas Verde Seminary in Mexico City. He became pastor of First Hispanic Baptist Church in Jefferson in 1981 before moving on to Gainesville.
He is survived by his wife, Maria; daughters, Magdalena Eterno and Gabriela Roberts; and three grandchildren.
Macedonia Baptist Church in Hiawassee recently recognized Homer Kimsey‘s service as Senior Adult Sunday School teacher since 1992. Kimsey, 88, was the first recored convert when Macedonia moved from its previous location on the Hiawassee River sometime between 1939 and 1940.
First Baptist Church in Statesboro recently conducted a witness training event on Aug. 16-19. Evangelist Dennis Nunn lead the training, which was held on a Sunday-Wednesday “revival format,” reports pastor John Waters. The theme for the event was “Every Believer a Witness.” Nunn trained members on how to use their personal testimony in witnessing and shared practical suggestions and tools to create a culture of evangelism within the church.
Waters states the event had “record crowds” for each session, with standing room only for the opening Sunday night workshop.
Waters recommends Nunn’s presentation to other pastors seeking similar witness training for personal evangelism.
Christopher Rivers, associate pastor of students and families at First Baptist Church in Adel, was ordained as a minister on Aug. 23.
Scott Simmons began as lead pastor at Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church in Flintstone on July 12. He is joined by his wife, Allison, and daughters, Avery and Piper.
Bethlehem Baptist Church in Warthen will celebrate its 225th anniversary on Oct. 4.
Byne Memorial Baptist Church in Albany will have revival services with Jerry Reeves Sept. 20-23. Sunday services will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., with lunch being served at noon Monday through Wednesday and evening gatherings at 6:30 p.m. Lunch line opens at 11:45 a.m. with a cost of 5$ per person.
Friendship Baptist Church in Warner Robins will celebrate its 25th anniversary with homecoming services Sept. 27. Sunday School will commence at 9:15 a.m., worship at 10:30, and a luncheon following. J. Robert White, Georgia Baptist Convention executive director, will be the keynote speaker.
Harmony Baptist Church in Unadilla will celebrate its 180th homecoming on Oct. 11. Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. with former pastor Frank Powers as guest speaker. A fellowship dinner will follow in the church social hall. Charles Bloodsworth is pastor.
Homecoming services for Lumber City Baptist Church in Telfair Baptist Association will be held Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service.