Istrouma Baptist to welcome pastor

Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Road, will welcome a new pastor with a special service on Sunday.

The Rev. Jeffery Ginn, an Arkansas native, replaces the Rev. Matt Surber, who left last summer to become senior pastor at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville.

Istrouma usually offers two morning services on Sundays, but will have a single service at 10:45 a.m. this weekend for the special occasion. The Rev. Jim Henry, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., will participate in the welcome service. Ginn has come to Baton Rouge from Glen Allen, Va., where he served as executive director of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia for three years.

Prior to that, he served as a pastor for Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, Va., director of Mid-American Baptist Theological Seminary’s Northeast Campus in Schenectady, N.Y., and a missionary to Cali, Columbia.

Ginn has master’s and doctoral degrees from Mid-American Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tenn.

He and his wife, Nell, have a daughter and two sons.

Bible study offered for young women

Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd., is offering a new class for women in their 20s and 30s.

The Bible study class will meet from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays at the church with child care provided.

Contact Dianne Miller, women’s ministry director, (225) 975-1636 for information.

Hammond church picks interim pastor

The Rev. Mary Jane Cornell is serving as interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, 411 W. Charles St. in Hammond.

She will fill that role as the church looks for a replacement for the Rev. Jim Stayton, who retired. Cornell comes to Hammond from George, where she served as interim pastor of Memorial Drive Presbyterian in Stone Mountain.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College and her a master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, where she has also done some doctoral work.

While she has served as a pastor before, Cornell has gravitated to interim work, saying, “I really feel that’s my calling.

“Besides, you never get bored,” she said. “As an interim, you think about what’s best for the church in preparing it to call an installed pastor.”

Her husband, Gary, is an urban planner. They have two adult sons.

Compiled by Advocate staff