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Randy Niswonger

Allen “Randy” Niswonger, associate pastor at New Liberty Baptist Church in Ringgold, died Jan. 27. He was 57.

A native of Milan, Niswonger had lived in the Ringgold area for five years and was a former employee of Covington Theological Seminary, where he was registrar, dean of students, and a professor. Earlier in his ministry he was pastor at Friendship Baptist in Glenwood, Milan Baptist Church, and Bethlehem Baptist in Warthen; co-pastor at Oakland Road Baptist Church in Lawrenceville; associate pastor at Crossville Baptist in Fitzgerald; and youth pastor at First Baptist Metter.

A graduate of Brewton-Parker College, he served as pastor of Lawrenceville Baptist Chapel in Lawrenceville, NY after earning his degree at Southeastern Seminary.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Oleta, of Ringgold; mother Barbara, of Rossville; daughter Kristina Sumner, of Bonaire; son Joshua Matthew, of Thomasville; brothers Merrill, of Chattanooga, Tom Niswonger, Jr., of Hixson, TN, and Bill, of Chattanooga; and one granddaughter.