Friends and family honor H.D. and Shirley McCarty

ROGERS – Former members of University Baptist Church, Fayetteville, held a Toast and Roast the Rabbi banquet Nov. 2 for H.D. McCarty and his wife, Shirley. The banquet was held in honor of the couple’s 55th anniversary, as well as McCarty’s 80th birthday and his many years of ministry.

McCarty has been in the ministry in Arkansas for about 48 years, including 39 years as pastor of University Baptist Church. McCarty said he saw more than “20,000 students come through the church,” more than 300 of whom have gone into vocational Christian ministry.

McCarty served 30 years as chaplain of the Arkansas Razorback football team, where he was given the nickname “Razorback Rabbi.” 

He served as president of the Arkansas Baptist Pastors’ Conference in 2004 and as a member of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Executive Board for numerous years.

He had a 33-year Air Force career, serving as a pilot and chaplain and retiring as a brigadier general in the Air National Guard.

Nearly 500 people from Arkansas and other states attended the banquet. Proceeds from banquet ticket sales and the Friends of the Rabbi Golf Scramble held earlier in the day benefited Ventures for Christ, a counseling, preaching, teaching and writing ministry begun by McCarty after he retired from University Baptist in 2004.

Among the guests speaking were Marvin Delph, former Razorback basketball player; Rick Proctor, circuit judge for the First Judicial Circuit Court in Arkansas; Sen. John Boozman, and Gil Stricklin, former assistant to Billy Graham.

Also attending were Asa Hutchinson, former Arkansas congressman, and former Razorback football coaches Frank Broyles and Ken Hatfield. 

A video presentation was also made, which included tributes from more personalities, including Lou Holtz, former Razorback head football coach; Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor; Houston Nutt, former Razorback football coach; Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife, and Brig. Gen. Bob Page, deputy chief of chaplains for the Air Force.

Karen Anderson, the McCarty’s daughter, along with Becky Bull and Susan Roberts, who have both been influenced by the couple, gave a special tribute to Shirley McCarty.

Robert Cupp, directional leader at Fellowship Bible Church Northwest Arkansas, and Robert Lewis, pastor at large at Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, both former University Baptist staff members, served as co-Masters of Ceremony at the event.

McCarty said only he and Christ “knew what a joke it was to have a banquet” in his honor.


Poverty 101 conference to be held in NE Ark.

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team is partnering with East Side Baptist Church, Paragould, to sponsor the Poverty 101 northeast Arkansas regional conference.

The conference will assist those attending in understanding and ministering to those who live in poverty. The event seeks to shed light on generational poverty, while examining the culture and mindset of those who live in poverty. It will also explore the most effective ways to minister to the impoverished.

Conference material is based on the book “Bridges out of Poverty” by Ruby Payne and other sources. Leading the conference will be Mindy Jamison, who serves with the North American Mission Board and the Baptist Convention of Iowa in inner city Des Moines, Iowa, as the state church and community ministries consultant and the co-director of the Friendship Baptist Center for more than 12 years.

For more information about the conference or to register, contact 800-838-2272,ext. 5150.


Children’s Ministry Day set for Feb.

Children in grades 1-6 are invited to take part in Children’s Ministry Day Feb. 16.

Church groups are encouraged to plan projects for that day, or a day that works for their church, during which they can meet needs in their communities, which may range from feeding the hungry to visiting shut-ins.

Since it began in 2008, more than 150,000 people have been involved in the Children’s Ministry Day, which was created by the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) “to move children out of their churches and into theircommunities to do missions,” according to the WMU website.

For more information, visit


ABSC offers churches variety of resources 

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention leadership and worship team offers a variety of resources to churches, including deacon training and encouragement sessions and the Partners in Purpose capital funding emphasis.

Deacon training and encouragement sessions are generally held on weeknights for 2.5 hours, beginning with a light meal. However, they can range up to 6 hours if so desired, giving time for more feedback and discussion.

Sessions focus on character, missions, courage and teamwork. For more information, visit or call 800-838-2272, ext. 5114.

The Partners in Purpose capital funding emphasis seeks to help churches raise funds for new construction or reduce their debt. For more information, call 800-838-2272, ext. 5114.


Nursing training day set for Nov. 2

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) will host The Heart of the Healer, a Baptist Nursing Fellowship training day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the ABSC building in Little Rock.

The event will cover the topics of compassion fatigue, lateral violence and crucial conversations. RNs and LPNs will receive 5.5 contact hours.

Baptist Nursing Fellowship is a ministry of the Woman’s Missionary Union.

The training day is a ministry event of the Cooperative Program and is sponsored by the ABSC missions support team, Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union and Baptist Health.

Baptist Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Arkansas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To register, contact Ashley Summers at or call 800-838-2272, ext. 5137.

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