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Recent deaths, appointments, and other transitions in the Christian world.

ElectedMatthew Harrison, as president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He previously headed the church's World Relief and Human Care division.

DiedRobert Bratcher, controversial Southern Baptist translator of the Good News Bible, on July 11 in North Carolina. He was 90.

DiedDoug Oldham, award-winning gospel singer and former praise leader at Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church, on July 21 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 79.

ElectedRichard J. Mouw, as president of the Association of Theological Schools. Mouw is currently president of Fuller Theological Seminary.

DiedRobert Byrd, D-West Virginia, longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, on June 28 in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was 92.

ElectedTed Wilson, as president of the 16.3 million-member Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was previously the church's general vice president.

ElectedJerry Pillay, as first president of the newly-formed World Communion of Reformed Churches. He was previously general secretary of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa.

AppointedDavid Evans, as global executive officer of Food for the Hungry. He previously directed the ministry's Washington, D.C., office.

DiedWilliam J. Wiseman, pastor emeritus of Tulsa's First Presbyterian Church and influential member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, on July 13 in Tulsa. He was 91.

ElectedSam Chaise, as the first non-Anglo general secretary of Canadian Baptist Ministries. He was previously director of the William Carey Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Died • Walter Hawkins, pastor and Grammy Award-winning gospel singer-songwriter, of pancreatic cancer at his home in Ripon, ...

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