Wednesday
Feb182015

Long-time pastor, Al Sparkman, age 83, of Rogers dies

Al Sparkman, 83, of Rogers died Feb. 7. He pastored churches in Kentucky and Arkansas, including First Baptist Church, Crossett.

He was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Through the radio ministry of First Baptist Church in Crossett his sermons were broadcast to Arkansans for a number of years. Other ministries included speaking at revivals in many states, teaching and preaching on college campuses, teaching seminary extension and preaching and teaching in New Zealand and Germany.

He also served Southern Baptist entities in many ways, which included serving on the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Executive Board.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Bobbie Stephens Sparkman; a daughter, a son, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Feb. 10 at Grace Baptist Church in Rogers.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb182015

Cowling resigns as student pastor, accepts position in Louisiana

John Cowling has resigned as student pastor at Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock, and has accepted a position with a nonprofit ministry in Ruston, Louisiana.

Wednesday
Feb182015

O'Dell serving as pastor of Second Baptist, Jacksonville

 David O’Dell began Feb. 15 serving as pastor of Second Baptist Church, Jacksonville, coming from Hardy Street Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he had served as pastor.

Wednesday
Feb182015

Roberts serving on staff of First Baptist, Hamburg

Turner Roberts began on Feb. 11 serving on staff of First Baptist Church, Hamburg, as youth minister, coming from First Baptist Church, Liberty, Texas, where he served as associate pastor of student ministries.

Wednesday
Feb112015

Outreach rodeo series ministers to cowboy community

Jessica Vanderpool
Arkansas Baptist News

MAGNOLIA – Ministry can take a variety of forms. Last year, ministry in south Arkansas took the form of numerous young people barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and bull riding.

Mike Launius, pastor of Rugged Cross Cowboy Church, Magnolia, serves as president of the South Arkansas Cowboy Church Association (SACCA), a network of cowboy churches in the southern region of Arkansas that are affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC).

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