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Ministerial moves

Wade Lott, former associational mission strategist for Tugalo Association, became senior pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Hiawassee on Feb. 24.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham was voted in as the new minister of youth and music at Fort Creek Baptist Church in Dearing.

Brian and Keely Childers

Roswell First Baptist Church called Brian Childers as minister of music. He started in January. First Baptist also called Logan Carpenter as the minister of spiritual development. He began his duties in November.

Logan and Christy Carpenter


Melba Norman

Melba Norman passed away on Feb. 26. She was 91.

Norman was retired from the Georgia Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union. In addition, she served as the Women on Mission coordinator at First Baptist Church of Duluth and on the Georgia WMU executive board. She was a member of First Baptist Duluth.

Donations may be made in her name to the Georgia WMU – Camp Pinnacle or Duluth First Baptist Missions Offering. Her memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Duluth on Mar. 2.

T. P. Hadley passed away on Feb, 21. He was 92.

T. P. Hadley

Most recently, he pastored Faith Baptist Church in Cuthbert, where he retire after 18 years. His prior pastorates include: Marshall Memorial Church, Eatonton; Pine View Baptist Church, LaGrange; Meansville Baptist Church; and West End Baptist Church, Manchester.

Hadley, a Georgia native, became a believer when he was 11 and surrendered to the ministry as a high school senior. He was ordained at Bethany Baptist Church in Pine Mountain. He studied at Norman College, Mercer University, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

In addition to his pastorates, he served on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention. After Hadley’s retirement, he became an interim pastor in churches throughout Georgia.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 24 at East Thomaston Baptist Church.


Marion Beaver died on Jan. 29. He was 96.

Beaver was the long time pastor of First Baptist Church, Lithia Springs. He served in the US Navy during WWII and received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and his master’s and doctorate from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

His funeral service was held Feb. 2 at the First Baptist Church of Lithia Springs.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Georgia Baptist Developmental Disabilities Ministry in care of FBC Lithia Springs.

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