Posted: 10/18/16 at 4:00pm. Updated 10/20/16.
Henrico, Va. — This past week John Upton shared with the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) staff and the Executive Board a number of personnel changes on several college campuses this fall.
Blake Tommey, Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Virginia, feeling called to other contexts of ministries, has announced his intention to step away from campus ministry at the end of the year.
Carey Sims, Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Mary Washington, has stepped into a part-time role as her husband, Gannon, has assumed a full-time position with Fresh Expressions US.
Due to BGAV budget limitations, Daphne Almarode, Baptist Collegiate Minister at James Madison University, Bridgewater College, and Mary Baldwin College, will end her service at the end of year.
“The BGAV will experience several personnel changes in several areas of staff in 2017,” John Upton, executive director, said. “The changes are a result of retirement, change in calling, employment transitions, and reduction in budgets. The BGAV has a highly gifted staff and any change in personnel is felt both personally and professionally. While we experience these changes the BGAV staff will continue to provide a wide scope of ministries performed with high quality operating within budget.”
“While this is presently a challenging season of staff transition in response to current financial circumstances, the BGAV remains committed to continuing ministry on these campuses and supporting our broad network of campus based ministries as we implement new models,” Welford Orrock, Kairos Initiative/Young Adult Coordinator, said. “Our goal is to reach a place of health and sustainability in our collegiate ministries in order to grow and expand our presence where we are currently serving and to plant new ministries where we do not yet have a BGAV Kairos collegiate ministry.”
This article has been updated with clarifying language.
The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.