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DiedDavid Barrett, noted missions researcher and founding editor of the World Christian Encyclopedia, on August 4 in Virginia. He was 83.

NamedJackie Patillo, as executive director of the Gospel Music Association. Patillo most recently served as vice president of artist development at Sony's Verity Music.

Died • Eugene Nida, creator of the "dynamic equivalence" approach to Bible translation, which made the Bible accessible in hundreds of languages, on August 25 in Brussels. He was 96. (Tributes & obituary)

DiedRobert P. Evans, noted evangelist who founded Greater European Mission and co-founded Youth for Christ, on July 28 in Florida. He was 93.

ElectedJohn Bradosky, as bishop of the North American Lutheran Church. The denomination formed after a split from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America last year.

NamedAlbert Reyes, as successor to Buckner International CEO Ken Hall. Reyes had previously served as president. Hall will retire at the end of April 2012.

RetiringRalph Fagin, as provost of Oral Roberts University, where he has worked in various capacities since 1972. He will step down at the end of the fall semester.

DiedRoss Coggins, Baptist missionary, USAID worker, and author of the poem "Send Me, O Lord, Send Me," on August 1 in Maryland. He was 83.

NamedChristopher Calmer, as president of the Missouri Baptist Foundation. He succeeds James R. Smith, who retired from the position in 2010.


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