Greene County Baptist Association has partnered to begin Cross Points Baptist Church, Paragould. Tracy Archibald is serving as pastor of Cross Points Baptist.
Three students with Arkansas ties received degrees from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary May 23. Stephen Joseph Chapman, a Ouachita graduate, received a Master of Arts in intercultural ministries. Elena Catherine Cowsert Key, a Ouachita graduate, received a Master of Arts in educational leadership. Ryan Scott Rindels received a Master of Divinity. He is also the recipient of the LifeWay Pastoral Leadership Award. His wife, Janai, a Williams Baptist College graduate, is the daughter of Brent and Linda Powell. Powell is pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Black Rock. Rindels and his wife are employed by the seminary and are North American Mission Board church planters in Nape, Calif.
New Hope Baptist Church, Black Rock, hosted a homecoming celebration and noteburning July 5-6 to observe the church’s 170th anniversary. The theme was United in Christ We Stand. The celebration took place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 5 and from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6. Those attending on Sunday were encouraged to dress in fashions worn during the past 170 years. Attendees were asked to bring a recipe for a cookbook that will commemorate the anniversary.
Christopher James Larmoyeux began serving June 22 as pastor of First Baptist Church, Maumelle. He formerly served as Baptist Collegiate Ministry campus minister at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
First Baptist Church, Heber Springs, honored Lloyd Blanton for 50 years of ministry in a special service at 6 p.m. June 29 in the worship center. He is a member of First Baptist and serves as pastor of the church’s mission. The Blanton family sang and Lloyd preached the evening message, which was followed by a fellowship.