Thomas Jefferson Cunningham III, longtime pastor, dies

Thomas Jefferson Cunningham III, 71, of Dermott, died Nov. 6. He would have celebrated his 50th anniversary as a pastor Dec. 15. He was serving as pastor of Dermott Baptist Church, Dermott, at the time of his death. He was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Susan Cunningham, and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Carol Cunningham; a son, a daughter, three step-daughters, a brother, five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at Dermott Baptist Church in Dermott. Graveside services were held in Gassville.


North Pulaski association shares new plan

Jessica Vanderpool
Arkansas Baptist News

SHERWOOD – Almost 54 years to the day after North Pulaski Baptist Association was founded, the association announced its new missions statement, core values and objectives, as well as activities for 2016.

The announcement took place at the association’s annual meeting, which was held at Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church, Sherwood, on Oct. 19. The association was founded on Oct. 17, 1961.

Marty Watson, pastor of Baring Cross Baptist Church, Sherwood, who spoke at the annual meeting about the new aspects, noted the importance of churches working together.

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Williams Baptist College Seminary Day Nov. 5

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College (WBC) will host its annual Seminary Day on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will be held in the atrium of WBC’s Maddox Center.

Seminary Day serves as an opportunity for students to meet representatives from various seminaries from around the country about graduate degrees and ministries. Twelve seminaries will be represented at the event.

WBC’s Department of Christian Ministries and Theta Alpha Kappa, the religious honors fraternity, sponsor Seminary Day, which first started more than a decade ago.

All students with an interest in ministerial vocation, regardless of major, are invited to attend.


Williams Baptist College Homecoming/Parents Day Nov. 14

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College is set to host its annual Homecoming/Parents Day Nov. 14, when alumni and parents will journey to the campus to participate in a full day of activities.

The first event of the day is a Williams Singers reunion, taking place at 9 a.m. in the Eagle Coffeehouse and Grill. The group will then rehearse for their afternoon performance. Rehearsal is set for 11 a.m., in Room 101 of the Maddox Center.

The Carter Field House will open at 11 a.m. for games, inflatables and fun with friends. An alumni basketball game is also scheduled for 11 a.m.

The Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Golden Eagles luncheon, for alumni from 1966 and earlier, will be at noon in the Moody Dining Room. 

An alumni softball game will take place at 1 p.m. at the softball field.

Performances by the Cast and former and current Williams Singers will begin at 2 p.m. in Williams' Manley Chapel.

Tip off for the Eagles basketball game against John Brown University is slated for 4 p.m., and homecoming coronation will occur at approximately 5 p.m.

The day’s festivities will conclude with the Williams theater program’s fall drama, The Man Who Came to Dinner, which begins at 7 p.m., in the Old Chapel.  

For more information, contact Aaron Andrews at 870-759-4105 or by email, or Mary Norvell at 870-759-4134 or by email To view a complete schedule, visit



Ouachita’s Pruet School to host annual Seminary Day on Nov. 6

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies will host its annual Seminary Day Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in Evans Student Center and is for students of every major and classification.

“We encourage all of our students who are called to ministry or missions to take a serious look at seminary or grad school,” said Danny Hays, dean of the Pruet School.

Students will have the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from several seminaries about degrees and ministries unique to their institutions.

“Seminary Day is a great way to check some of the seminary options out there and also just to see if seminary is something you would be interested in,” said Anna Kumpuris, a senior Christian studies major from Little Rock. “I had no interest in going to seminary until I attended Seminary Day my sophomore year. … Seeing what seminary had to offer convinced me.”

Representatives from the following schools are scheduled to participate: B.H. Carroll Theological Institute in Arlington, Texas; Beeson Divinity School (Samford University) in Birmingham, Ala.; Criswell College in Dallas, Texas; Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership (Dallas Baptist University) in Dallas, Texas; Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas; Denver Seminary in Denver, Colo.; Fuller Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas; Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif.; John Brown University Graduate School in Little Rock, Ark.; Logsdon School of Theology (Hardin-Simmons University) in Abilene, Texas; Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Germantown, Tenn.; Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, La.; North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill.; Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach, Fla.; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor University) in Waco, Texas; and Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.

For more information, contact Tracey Knight at or (870) 245-5599.