Navarino WI_INSCHIOCTON, Wis.—Maranatha Baptist Church has called Joel Smith as pastor. He had been serving as associate pastor of the church since January, hired after Pastor Greg¬†Sorensen announced his desire to retire after a total of 40 years in pastoral ministry, including 25 years at Maranatha.

Pastors Smith and Sorensen are now in a process of transition as they share pastoral duties. When Sorensen retires at the end of the year, Smith will assume full responsibilities as pastor.