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Ministerial Moves


Ray Amerson recently accepted a call to serve as music minister at County Line Baptist Church in Covington.


Donald Balltzglier began serving as minister of music at First Baptist Church of Butler May 20. Balltzglier has served as a Southern Baptist music evangelist for 16 years and as minister of music at Unity Baptist Church in Bonaire for 10 years. He is joined by his wife, Carrell.


W. Steven “Steve” Brown has been named consultant in the Music and Worship Ministries office of the Georgia Baptist Convention effective July 1. He has served as minister of music at First Baptist Church of Duluth since 1997 as well as served churches in Tennessee and Texas. Brown is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary and Carson-Newman College. He and his wife, Vanita, have four children.


Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Stone Mountain Association called Scott Fraser to serve as minister of music and worship March 25.


Hoyt Johnson was recently called as pastor at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Statham.


Chip Morgan was installed as pastor of Burkhalter Baptist Church in Savannah on June 24 during the morning worship service. Morgan is a native of Spartanburg, S.C., a graduate of New Orleans Seminary, and most recently served as pastor of Tega Cay Baptist Church in Tega Cay, S.C. He and his wife, Lisa, former missionaries to New Zealand, are joined by their two children, Joshua and Jena.


Eddy Oliver was named interim specialist with Communications of the Georgia Baptist Convention May 15. He is currently continuing in some responsibilities as a consultant with GBC Cooperative Program, Stewardship, and State Missions Development.


First Baptist Church in Stone Mountain recently called Chris Parker as music minister.


First Baptist Church in Decatur called Julie Pennington-Russell as senior pastor following an affirmative vote June 17. Currently serving as senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, she will begin her ministry with the Decatur church August 19.


Jeremy Selvey began serving as minister of music at Trinity Baptist Church in Conyers effective late January.


Romans Road Baptist Church in Mulberry Association called Rusty Vandeford as youth pastor. The church ordained him June 3.


Trey Wooton resigned as minister of preschool/children at First Baptist Church in Covington to serve a church in Maryland effective June 3.