‘Around the State’ is a segment in the eMagazine that goes out every other Thursday to our email subscriber list. In this segment, we feature church staff changes, as well as church news and announcements you send to us. We want Arkansas Baptists to know what’s going on around the state and be able to celebrate together and encourage each other.  

News and updates from “Around the State”:  

  • Rev. Noah Hill will begin serving as pastor at Oasis Church in Camden on August 22.  
  • Rev. Mike Mitchell will begin serving as pastor at First Baptist Church in Smackover on August 15.  
  • Lifeway Church in Little Rock will celebrate its 75th anniversary on August 28 beginning at 11:00 am. Former pastors will share remembrances of what God has done.  
  • Morning Star Baptist Church in El Dorado recently affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. We welcome the congregation and pastor, Felton Burgie.  
  • Dr. J. D. Stake was honored with a retirement reception on August 13 at First Baptist Church in Searcy. Dr. Stake has been a valuable asset in our state and our convention. He worked 14 years full time with the Leadership & Worship Team at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and after retirement continued to volunteer his counseling services. 
  • Rev. Jerry Miller, associational missionary at Caroline Association, was honored with a retirement reception on August 3.  
  • On August 29 West Side Baptist Church in El Dorado will honor associate pastor, Gerald Perry, upon his retirement after 67 years of ministry; having served the last 21 years at West Side in various positions.  

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