LITTLE ROCK – A number of staff changes were announced at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Executive Board.
Tim Wicker was announced as the new team leader of the ABSC church planting team. Wicker replaces Robby Tingle, who is moving to the executive and administrative team to serve as associational missionary liaison. Wicker previously served as a member of the church planting team. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, ABSC executive director, told board members that Tingle continues to work part-time as he recovers from a serious auto accident earlier this year.
Darrel Ray was introduced as the new evangelism specialist for the evangelism and church health team. Ray previously served as Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) campus minister at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville for 27 years.
Randy Garrett is the new part-time ABSC disaster relief director, who previously served as a disaster relief contractor. He fills the position left vacant since Bill Cantrell retired in November 2013.
Additionally, a number of BCM staff position changes were announced as well.
Jared Farley, Henderson State University’s interim BCM campus minister since August, is now the full-time campus minister at Henderson State, replacing Neal Nelson. Nelson served as Henderson State’s BCM campus minister for 16 years before recently being called as associate pastor at Northstar Church in Blacksburg, Va.
Ryan Scantling is the new Conway BCM campus minister, replacing Chris Larmoyeux, who recently became pastor of First Baptist Church, Maumelle.
Brad Branham is the new BCM campus minister for Arkansas Tech University, replacing Ray.