NOBTS grads

Four students with Arkansas ties received degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary May 17. Derek Arthur Brown, Little Rock area director for the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Christopher James Larmoyeux, pastor of First Baptist Church, Maumelle, received a Doctor of Ministry degree. William Thomas Strike, pastor of Third Baptist Church, Malvern, received a Doctor of Ministry degree. Suzanne Lora Burnett, formerly of North Little Rock and currently serving as assistant director of the Early Learning Center at First Baptist Church in New Orleans, received a Master of Arts with a specialization in Christian education.


UPDATE: Tingle receives skin grafts, treatment for clots

ROBBY TINGLE, Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) church planting team leader, continues to undergo skin graft surgeries and treatment for two blood clots as he recovers from a Feb. 16 automobile accident.

Tingle sustained multiple injuries in the accident, the most serious of which was a broken pelvis and broken ankle, according to his wife, Cynthia.

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Father of the Year contest

MAY 28 IS THE DEADLINE for entries to the Arkansas Baptist News' (ABN) annual A Tribute to Godly Fathers contest.

The issue prior to Father’s Day announces the winner. The winning tribute will be chosen based on qualities of the father, godliness of the man being honored and inspiration and readability of the essay submitted.

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Christian writers conference May 17 at Summit Church in North Little Rock

The Little Rock American Christian Writers will hold their 4th Annual Writers Conference on Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Summit Church, 6600 Crystal Hill Road, North Little Rock.

Following are a list of speakers and topics:

- Darcy Pattison (, author, blogger, and writing teacher will speak on “Blogs, Social Media, and Writing for Kids.”   

- Shannon Taylor Vannatter (, stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife and award-winning fiction author will lead a workshop entitled, “Cut the Fluff: How to Write a Great .” Vannatter’s husband, Grant Vannatter, is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Heber Springs.

- Deborah Howard ( RN, nonfiction writer, lecturer, and editor will teach a workshop on “Query Letters.”

There is a cost to the conference. For more information visit


Improvements to bunkhouses add to comfort at Camp Siloam

SILOAM SPRINGS – Recent improvements at Camp Siloam, including air conditioning in bunkhouses and the dining hall and new beds and mattresses, will make for a more comfortable experience for campers and counselors this summer, said Jason Wilkie, the camp’s executive director. 

“Keeping campers fresh for worship services at Camp Siloam has been the driving concept behind the improvements to sleeping quarters at camp,” said Wilkie, adding, “It’s pretty hard to hear the gospel when you can’t stay awake in the worship service. This philosophy has driven our renovations to the accommodations at camp.  If a camper can get a good night’s sleep, they have a better chance of being attentive when we present the gospel.”

Camp Siloam has been able to make the improvements in the bunkhouses through generous donations from Union Valley Baptist Church, Beebe, over the last five years, said Wilkie.

“We are so grateful to the people of Union Valley Baptist Church. They have experienced how God changes lives at this place, and they have made a huge kingdom investment by helping improve Siloam.” 

The unpainted cinderblock bunkhouses with World War II era bunk beds are a thing of the past, he said, adding “that bunkhouses now have a fresh cabinlike feel.  They are warmed with fresh natural-colored paint, pine trimmed windows and doors, new pine bunk beds and quality foam hypoallergenic mattresses.”

Wilkie said the camp is working hard to improve its summer program. 

“And I think we’ve succeeded,” he said. “Campers love the atmosphere at camp.  However, in a survey of campers and counselors in 2013, we learned that the bunk beds were the one thing campers would change about Siloam; by the grace of God, we were able to deliver on that request.”

The renovations have already paid dividends for Camp Siloam. 

Wilkie said summer camp attendance is up for the fourth consecutive year and guest group use of the camp is also on the rise. Currently, there are only five weekends available for retreats between now and the end of the year. 

“Camp Siloam was once the place to be for summer camp. We want to see Siloam have that reputation again. There’s still a ways to go, but with continuous improvements in program and facilities, we feel like it is achievable,” he added.

For more information about the 2014 summer camp program, visit