Two of the city’s oldest Baptist churches have new pastors.
Central Baptist Church, founded in 1865, has called Rev. David Christopher Tomlin to the pulpit. Tomlin, 42, began working last Sunday at Central, 5470 Raleigh-LaGrange Road. His wife, Charity Tomlin, is a director and teacher at Central Baptist School.
Tomlin, born in Alton, Ill., is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College. He served as pastor of Anchor Baptist Church in Millington from 2000-2002, and Bethesda Baptist Church in Frayser from 2002-2009. At Central, he follows Rev. Greg Anderson, who is moving to North Carolina.
St. John Baptist Church, founded in 1868, will install Rev. Henry L. Key as its 12th senior pastor. The installation ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 640 Vance.
Key, born in Piperton, has degrees from Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, Houston Bible Institutem, and Houston Graduate School of Theology. He was ordained in 1981 at Sunny Side Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, where he served as pastor.
Key is married to Dr. Shirley Key, a retired associate professor at the University of Memphis. Key follows Rev. Robert Williams, Jr., who resigned in 2011 after serving as pastor for 10 years.