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Ministerial Moves


Ryan Brice was called as minister to students at Sandersville First Baptist Church and began serving Sept. 5. He is currently a student at North Georgia extension of New Orleans Seminary. He is joined by his wife, Christy.


Reid Buckelew retired as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Palmetto Dec. 1.


Radium Springs Baptist Church in Albany called Carl Dunn as transitional pastor effective Dec. 1.


Carol Gunter began serving as church hostess and kitchen coordinator at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Hampton Dec. 1.


Joe Moore will retire as minister of music for Fairburn First Baptist Church at the end of December. He served the church for 18 years.


Tiffany Roy joined the staff of Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Hampton as church financial secretary effective Dec. 1.


David L. Shelley accepted a call as minister of congregational care at Brentwood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. He is joined by his wife, Jeanna, and three children, Josh, Melissa and Jacob.

Shelley previously served as pastor at East Athens Baptist Church in Sarepta Association for five years and Antioch Baptist Church in Hebron Association for three years. He recently completed his Ph.D. in theology at Trinity Theological Seminary and holds Masters degrees from Southwestern Seminary in counseling and education. He is a University of Georgia alumni.


GBC Ministry Resource Consultant John Bryan has been called as senior pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta. The call was extended to Bryan during a vote on Dec. 19 and is effective Jan. 2.

Bryan, who has served the East Georgia Region from his office in Augusta for the past six years, was one of the state convention's original ministry resource consultants. In that role he served as a resource person for almost 300 Baptist churches as he helped equip them for ministry.

Bryan also served as interim pastor for Warren Baptist Church in Augusta and Briarlake Baptist Church in Decatur in addition to teaching at the Augusta Extension Center of New Orleans Seminary.

Before joining the state convention he served as senior pastor at various churches for 23 years. He came to the Georgia Baptist Convention from a 17-year pastorate at Curtis Baptist Church in downtown Augusta.

Bryan and his wife, Clare, are native Atlantans and the parents of three grown sons.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur.