Jerry Holt and his sister, Brenda Holt, volunteers at Second Baptist Church, Clarksville’s Compassion Center, were recognized as the 2014 volunteers of the year on Jan. 18. The Compassion Center, which opened in 2003, is a food ministry outreach program of the church, currently serving an average of 329 families each month.
Cowboy church planters from across Arkansas recently participated in the Cowboy Church Gathering at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). The event included a tour of the ABSC building, discussion on cowboy church networks and areas in which to start new cowboy churches, a question-and-answer session, information on discipleship and the development leadership in the church and more.
Second Baptist Church, Clarksville, held a service Jan. 11 to commission Raymond Holt as a community chaplain. Holt completed a 6 week, 12 session study, earning a certificate of membership of the Community Chaplains of America. Paul Northcut, senior chaplain with Cross and Shield Ministries helped teach the classes and led the service. Holt is a deacon and is director of the Compassion Center ministry at the church.
First Baptist Church, Scranton, recently honored Franklin Piercey, and his wife, Diana, in honor of Franklin Piercey’s 10th anniversary as the church’s pastor. They presented the couple with a cake, a commemorative plaque featuring Rom. 1:16 and a framed decorative quote.
Alfred William Carle Jr., 79, of Fort Smith, formerly of Stuttgart, died Dec. 15. He graduated from Royce Bible School of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Old Union Baptist Church in Monticello. He and his wife also served as houseparents at the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home in Monticello. He was a member of East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith. He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother. Services were held Dec. 17 at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith, with burial at Mount McCurry Cemetery in Rudy.