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Three new employees join state convention


DULUTH — Three new employees joined the state convention’s Sunday School and Evangelism Ministries work unit as of the first of the year.

Steve Parr, who was named vice president for the unit in late August, said the new individuals complete the staffing which occurred through normal attrition and retirement.

Steve Foster, who assumed his responsibilities on Jan. 2, will serve as evangelism consultant. He will be responsible for Proclamation Evangelism, “which is assisting churches in planning events for the purpose of sharing the gospel,” Parr said.

Foster and his wife, Dee’drya, have a son, Bailey.

Foster will replace Mark Sterling, who will continue to work in the area of prayer and spiritual awakening for the Convention. His position is still being fine-tuned and is expected to announced in the spring.

Foster, who previously served as director of missions for Flint River Association in Griffin, is a graduate of New Orleans Seminary.

David Harrill, who joined the state convention on Jan. 15, will also serve as an evangelism consultant. His primary responsibilities include personal evangelism, which will include assisting churches in equipping members in sharing their faith.

He and his wife, Vanda, have three children: Caleb, Ashlee, and David Andrew. Harrill is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Before joining the Georgia Baptist Convention Harrill served as associate pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Snellville. He replaces David Mills who resigned to accept a teaching position at Southwestern Seminary.

Patrick Thompson joined the GBC as Sunday School consultant on Jan. 8. He replaced longtime Sunday School worker Sue Rother, who retired in December.

Thompson and his wife, Katie, have two children, P.J. and Natalie.

He formerly served as pastor of student ministries at Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta. His new responsibilities will include preschool, children, youth Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School strategies.