AR Baptist Brief: Master’Singers honor Larry Grayson at March 31 Concert; Heart of the Child Conference held in Oklahoma City

Master’Singers honor Larry Grayson at March 31 Concert 

CABOT, Ark. – On Thursday, March 31, the Master’Singers gathered for their second concert of 2022 at First Baptist Church in Cabot. There were 185 registered singers and orchestra members scheduled to gather on the stage.  

Back in the early part of 2020, shows were cancelled due to the pandemic and many honors that would have taken place weren’t able to. Every year the Master’Singers give a man and a woman, the Ruth Nininger and Ervin Keathley award for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Church Music in Arkansas.’ Since they hadn’t had them in the last two years, The Ruth Nininger award went to Shelia Moore. The Ervin Keathley award went to Larry Grayson.  


Grayson is the former Worship Consultant at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and former conductor for Master’Singers. Grayson announced his retirement in late 2019, but due to the cancellations in 2020 a proper retirement celebration couldn’t take place. However, the Master’Singers and new Worship Consultant and conductor, Jim Daniels, decided to honor him at this concert by giving him the award and letting him conduct his favorite song ‘See Him Face to Face’ to end the night.  

If you would like to watch the concert, click here.  

Heart of the Child Conference held in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A Heart of the Child conference was held this past weekend, April 1-2, in Oklahoma City, OK. Around 600 people attended the preschool, children, and family ministry leadership conference with special areas such as music, missions, Bible skills, Church Weekday Education, camps, and conferences for ministers being part of the mix of things to attend and learn about. This conference is planned by childhood ministry associates from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Lifeway. These conferences are provided for volunteers and leaders in every age group from birth to sixth grade.  
This year’s theme was based on Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”  
The next Heart of the Child conference is scheduled to be held on April 5-6, 2024 and will be hosted by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information visit  

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