December 15, 1999

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Webb-B Ware Brannon tillman Aragon Luttrell

BGCT staff yields bumper
crop of retirements as year comes to close

___By Dan Martin
___Texas Baptist Communications
___Nine employees retired from service with the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board or its auxiliaries during 1999; two others have announced they will retire in early 2000; and two others are leaving soon for other employment opportunities.
___Key among the retirement announcements was that of Bill Pinson, who will step down as executive director Jan. 31 after 17 years at the helm of the convention's staff.
___In addition to Pinson, Ed Rogers will retire Feb. 29 after five years as director of the convention's Human Welfare Coordinating Board.
___Prior to coming to the BGCT, Rogers was pastor of First Baptist Church of Dumas. He will move to Georgetown in retirement and plans to do preaching, supply and interim pastoral work.
___Those who already have retired or will retire before the end of 1999 are:
___bluebull John LaNoue, who retired March 31 as director of Baptist Men with Texas Baptist Men. Prior to joining the BGCT in 1981, LaNoue worked with the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board as a church recreation specialist. He currently is writing a book about his experiences in Iran and North Korea.
___bluebull Ken Coffee, who retired July 31 as associate director of the State Missions Commission. Prior to joining the BGCT staff in 1983, Coffee served San Antonio Baptist Association. He currently is consulting with churches and other institutions.
___bluebull Bobby Walker, who retired Aug. 31 after having served since 1984 as church extension consultant with the BGCT Church Starting Center. Prior to coming to work with the BGCT in the Mega Focus Cities emphasis, Walker had been a pastor in New Mexico, California and Texas. He is traveling and speaking in retirement.
___bluebull Bob Oldenburg, who retired Oct. 31 as consultant for single and married young adults for Sunday School/discipleship. Prior to joining the BGCT in 1985, Oldenburg served as a minister of education in Georgia, Texas and Kansas and also was on the staff of the Sunday School Board. In retirement, he is consulting with the BGCT and is building a retirement home.
___bluebull Ed Schmeltekopf, who will retire Dec. 31 as associate executive director. Prior to joining the staff in 1980, Schmeltekopf was pastor of First Baptist Church of Burleson. He will work as a volunteer chaplain after retirement.
___bluebull Bill Webb, who will retire Dec. 31 as associate director of student ministries. He joined the staff June 1, 1968, coming from West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University), where he was campus minister. In retirement, he will do financial planning.
___bluebull Weston Ware, who will retire Dec. 31 as associate director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. a position he has filled for nearly two decades. (See story on page 9.)
___bluebull Tom Brannon, who retires Dec. 31 as director of the office of communications. Prior to coming to the BGCT in 1980, Brannon was director of public relations for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He will continue to work with the BGCT in meeting planning after retirement.
___Two other staff members are leaving the BGCT to take other positions.
___Bill Tillman, coordinator of theological education with the Christian Education Coordinating Board, will become the T.B. Maston professor of Christian education at Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University Jan. 7. He joined the BGCT staff in 1998, moving from a teaching position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
___Jonathan Aragon, consultant in the church music department since 1995, left Aug. 27 to become minister of music at First Baptist Church of Duncanville.
___In addition to these BGCT staffers, Pat Luttrell, consultant for Women on Mission for Woman's Missionary Union of Texas, an auxiliary of the BGCT, retires Dec. 31 after 16 years of service.
___Seventeen people joined the BGCT staff during 1999, including Charles Wade, who became executive director-elect Nov. 15.


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