In April, Roger Korthuis was named interim pastor of the congregation in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, following the death of pastor Warren Larson. Mr. Korthuis has served as an elder in the Sedro-Woolley congregation since September 2016, with his wife Diane.
On this past Feast of Pentecost, May 20, 2018, three new elders were ordained into the ministry. Les Babb and his wife Linda serve in the Medford, Oregon, congregation. Lacy Mayes and his wife Frances serve in the Hickory, North Carolina, congregation. Devin Schulz and his wife Tiffany serve in the Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, congregations, where Mr. Schulz serves as an assistant pastor.
Also in May, Rob Slocum was named an assistant pastor for the congregation in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Slocum has served as an elder in the Portland congregation with his wife, Tina, since September 2017.
Gary Beam now serves as pastor for the congregation in Huntsville, Alabama, in addition to his previous assignments of Tupelo (Mississippi) and Birmingham (Alabama).
Rick Beam has relocated, and now serves as pastor for the congregations in Rome (Georgia), Gadsden (Alabama) and Chattanooga (Tennessee). We thank Paul Burnes for his service over the past year as interim pastor for the Rome congregation.
The previous pastor for Huntsville, Gadsden and Chattanooga, David Dobson, has relocated to Alaska, where he is now pastor of the Anchorage and Soldotna congregations, which had been pastored by Earl Roemer. Mr. Roemer retired from employment at the end of June, but will continue to serve as international senior pastor for Hong Kong.
Doug Collison now serves as pastor for the four congregations previously served by Rick Beam: Paducah and Henderson (Kentucky), Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff (Missouri).
In June, Ryan Hall was hired as a ministerial trainee in the Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation. Ryan and his wife Nissa relocated from the Atlanta, Georgia, congregation.
Lewis VanAusdle now serves as pastor for the three congregations previously served by Howard Davis: New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Davis retired from employment at the end of June.