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Ministerial Moves


Maranatha Baptist Church in Climax called Carl Harrell as interim pastor in August. He is joined by his wife, Lee.


Russell Herrington recently began serving as minister of music at Dykes Creek Baptist Church in Rome. He and his wife, Annette, come to the church from serving as missionaries with the International Mission Board for 33 years. During that time they served as music missionaries in Costa Rica; at the Baptist Spanish Publishing House in El Paso, Texas; and taught music and worship at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary in Mexico City, Mexico.


Woodlawn Baptist Church in Garden City called Nick Kennicott as associate pastor for youth and education effective Sept. 10. He is joined by his wife, Felicia.


William I. “Bill” Long began serving at Northlake Baptist Church in Gainesville on April 23 as transitional pastor. Long has been in ministry for 55 years and has served in 36 interims in 32 years, most recently at Enon Baptist Church in Alto. He is a former Georgia Baptist Convention staff employee, having served in the Sunday School Department, Evangelism Department, and Director of Church Extension Department.

Long is also retired from the Home Mission Board. He is joined by his wife, Lois. They have two children and four grandchildren.


Daryl McCard became the full-time minister of youth at Union Baptist Church in Griffin on Aug. 27. He previously served as bi-vocational minister of youth at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Senoia.


Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Lavonia called Robert Nash as interim pastor. He began serving Aug. 13.


Jon Reed was called as interim pastor at Union Baptist Church in Winder. His first Sunday was Sept. 3.


Julian Sims was called as student minister at First Baptist Church of Social Circle on Aug. 27. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and received a Masters of Divinity with Church Music Emphasis from Midwestern Seminary in 1999. Sims served as minister of music at Illmo Baptist Church in Scott City, Mo. for three years and minister of music and youth at First Baptist Church in Higginsville, Mo. until 2000. He and his wife, Amy, served as strategic coordinators for the International Mission Board until 2006 in Southeast Asia. They have two children, Emily and Liam.


Cheryl Woods accepted the position of children’s choir director at White Oak First Baptist Church in Newnan. She came from First Moreland where she served as pianist. Both churches are in Western Baptist Association.