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Ministerial Moves


Brian Branam

Tracy Brinson

Liberty Baptist Church in Dalton has called Brian Branam as senior pastor. Branam previously served as pastor of Lantana Road Baptist in Crossville, TN, and Ridgecrest Baptist in Birmingham, AL.

He is joined by his wife, Shannon, and daughters, Morgan and Kiley.


Tracy Brinson recently retired from Second Memorial Baptist Church in Perry after 50 years in ministry. A graduate of Southern Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary, he has served as pastor in Georgia, Alabama, and Kentucky.

Currently, Brinson is associate pastor of senior adults and pastoral care at First Baptist Perry.


Marty Carnes was called as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Thomasville on March 25. Previously, he had served the church as minister of education and outreach since 2010.

Marty Carnes

A native of Warner Robins, Carnes had also served as a pastor in the area. He is joined by his wife, Cindy, and children, Andrew and Sarah.


Jim Thomas

Fayetteville First Baptist Church called Jim Thomas to serve as senior pastor March 4. His first Sunday at the church was April 1.

A Texas native, Thomas has served in Southern Baptist churches for more than 23 years. For the past six years he was executive pastor of Parkway Hills Church in Plano, TX. Hes joined by his wife, Laura, and daughters, Emma Kaye and Jenna.