First Baptist Church in Stockbridge recently held a celebration service to honor Pastor Steve Murell’s 50 years in ministry.
Clint Burkett has been called as the full-time youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Alma. The Georgia College in Milledgeville graduate grew up attending the church and had been serving as interim youth pastor since April.
Riverbend Baptist Church in Gainesville unanimously voted Nov. 1 to call Mike Dorough as pastor. Dorough has served on staff of Second Baptist Warner Robins for the past 19 years. He is joined by his wife Julie and college-aged children John Michael and Holly Ann. His first Sunday as pastor will be Nov. 29.
On Oct. 25 Troy Dykes officially began as senior pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Sylvester. Previously at Gresston Baptist Church in Eastman as senior pastor for three years, he has been in ministry since 1999 as a youth minister, pastor of missions, and senior pastor. His wife Cindy and daughter Amye join him.
Fellowship Baptist Church in Bainbridge held revival services Sept. 13-16, recording 16 salvations. Jon Reed served as evangelist. Mark Worsley is senior pastor.
On Oct. 18-21 Young’s Grove Baptist Church in Cedartown held revival services with evangelist Keith Fordham. More than 80% of the congregation came forward on Sunday morning to make a commitment for evangelism, with all adult and student Sunday School teachers doing so. Three professions of faith were accompanied by many rededications. One of the salvations was a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome. Normally one with difficulty sitting still, he remained transfixed on Fordham’s dummy, Homer, for 30 minutes as Fordham voiced a presentation of the Gospel. Pastor Blake Dodd counseled him thoroughly to establish an understanding of forgiveness and salvation through Christ.