Indian Springs Baptist Church to host popular Christian hip hop artist May 6

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BRYANT – Ten10, the student ministry of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Bryant, will host a concert by Christian hip hop artist Propaganda at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.

The concert was concieved through a crowdsourcing iniative in which fans of the Propaganda used social media to voice their desire for the artist to stop in the central Arkansas area in between scheduled tour dates in Dallas, Texas and Nashville, Tenn., according to Mark Cox, student pastor at Indian Springs Baptist.

Local concert promoter Jay Newman, a friend of Cox, is organizer of the event.

Propaganda, Jason Petty, released his third album, Crimson Cord, April 29 with gospel-centered record label Humble Beast. The album's release is being followed by The Crimson Cord Tour, on which Propaganda will be joined by other Christian hip hop artists Swoope, JGivens and DJ Efechto.

Tickets are available individually or in packages at


WBC graduation set for May 3

WALNUT RIDGE – Approximately 115 graduates will receive their diplomas during Williams Baptist College (WBC) commencement exercises May 3.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center. The speaker for the event will be Glen Putman, pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Putman will be honored as the college’s 2014 Distinguished Baptist Minister during the day’s ceremonies.

WBC's Golden Eagles, alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, will also be recognized during the ceremony.


Marksman shares message of purpose and the gospel in life at Immanuel Baptist Church, Fort Smith

FORT SMITH – Dustin Ellermann, season 3 winner of History Channel's "Top Shot" paid a visit to Fort Smith on Sunday night, April 6. 

Ellermann speaks at Immanuel Baptist in Fort Smith.Immanuel Baptist Church pastor George Spears said that the evening was hosted by Immanuel Baptist to provide an evening of inspiration in a family friendly environment.

"Even if someone isn't a sportsman or Second Amendment enthusiast, the message Ellermann brings about peace and purpose is great for anyone," said Spears.

Despite rain, the evening started with Ellermann instructing and interacting with crowds as guests tried their hands at throwing tomahawks, knives and even shovels at targets. As the evening moved inside, Ellermann shared his experiences. He began by sharing how at 18 years of age his mother handed him the operation of Camp His Way in Zavalla, Texas, after she committed to missions in India. He began by sharing how every turn in life has purpose. 

After a friend suggested Ellermann apply for the TV contest, he was surprised by acceptance onto the show. Wanting to honor God, he prayed for discernment and opportunity. He quickly found himself thrust into conversations and opportunities as others cast members noticed there was something different about him, said Spears.

“Ellermann shared that he believed his time was short as he thought he had fulfilled his mission of sharing his faith with TV audiences, film crews and shooters. He was pleasantly wrong as he completed challenge after challenge to outlast all but one competitor,” said Spears, adding, “As he shared anecdotes and film clips, it became apparent that producers and competitors alike respected and admired his integrity and calm. He then shared a vide clip of the final challenge of the show. After falling behind early, he kept calm and surpassed "Big Mike" Hughes, said Spears, recounting Ellermann’s story.”

As Hughes seemed to become increasingly frustrated, Ellermann seemed to become calmer and finished well ahead of Hughes. One humorous story came about from the season finale. Believing Hughes was far better suited to win, Ellermann asked Hughes to slow down if he got to far ahead. Hughes asked Ellermann to do the same. As the tables turned mid-event Ellermann joked "I forgot" and left Hughes in the dust.

“Ellermann explained how his motto became to ‘Shoot my best and let God do the rest,’" Spears recounted. “Trusting God's plan and purpose gave him peace no matter the outcome of the contest.”

Spears added, "This became a tremendous advantage over competitors that felt extreme pressure to perform and achieve. He also encouraged attendees of the event to find God's purpose in whatever circumstances they find themselves and trust him." Spears concluded the evening explaining the gospel-in-life concept that helped Ellermann can be anyone's and prayed for the audience and Ellermann.

Spears said Ellermann was available long after the presentation was over to sign autographs, pose for pictures and mingle with attendees.

"Dustin showed a great heart standing in the rain for two hours patiently showing us how to throw primitive systems, his message was inspiring and entertaining, and he stayed until well after the last guest left. He greatly models Christ both publicly and privately," said Spears.

During the meet-and-greet that followed, free refreshments were served and local groups like 4-H shooting sports and Soul Shooters (a firing range fellowship) were set up to provide information on what they offer for youth and families, said Spears. 

“Ellermann continues to operate Camp His Way and strongly advocates foster parenting and adoption as his family has experience with both,” he sadded.

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Dutschke named VP of enrollment management and student services at WBC

WALNUT RIDGE – Jeremy Dutschke has been named vice president for enrollment management and student services at Williams Baptist College (WBC). Dutschke, who is currently director of the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies Program at Dallas Baptist University, will begin his duties in August. 

Dutschke“We conducted a nationwide search and had a great slate of candidates to fill this position.  Dr. Dutschke rose to the top of that list with his administrative background and two decades of experience in Baptist higher education, not to mention his enthusiasm,” said Tom Jones, WBC’s president. “He is a great fit for Williams, and we are very excited to welcome him and his family to our college.”

In his new role at Williams, Dutschke will be responsible for both student recruitment and student services, overseeing the offices of admissions, financial aid and student affairs. 

“My family and I are very excited to join the WBC family as I serve in the capacity of vice president for enrollment management and student services. I look forward to serving this dynamic, Christian liberal arts institution, helping to build upon WBC’s rich history as we progress into the future the Lord has for us,” Dutschke said. 

Dutschke has worked at Dallas Baptist since 1993, while he was still a student at the institution. Since earning his bachelor’s degree there in 1996, he has held administrative positions in admissions, residence life, administrative affairs and graduate programs.

He has a master of education degree from Dallas Baptist and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University.

“It was not only a personal pleasure to meet Dr. Dutschke, but also a professionally fulfilling exercise to hear a candidate express his qualifications, and his grasp of faith and Christian education, so eloquently and impressively,” said Dana Kelley of Jonesboro, a WBC trustee who was involved in the search process.

Dutschke is an active Southern Baptist who has served previously on church staffs in the Dallas area. He and his wife, Kendra, have three sons.

He replaces Angela Flippo, who is leaving Williams at the end of this school year to spend more time with her family. Flippo has worked at WBC since 1993.

“We cannot express adequately the deep gratitude we feel for Angela Flippo,” said Jones.  “She has done an exemplary job as vice president, and she will be missed both personally and professionally.  We wish her the best in this exciting new chapter of her life.”


New Day Fellowship reaches out to Eureka Springs at "Celebrate Jesus" parade 

New Day Fellowship members David Harris and Amy Angeloni carry a banner during the "Celebrate Jesus" parade in downtown Eureka Springs April 19. The church's youth group follows them.
EUREKA SPRINGS – About 30 members of New Day Fellowship, a new church affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, participated along with more than a dozen churches April 19 in downtown Eureka Springs – providing music and participating in a “Celebrate Jesus” parade.

The New Day Fellowship’s worship band performs at Basin Park.The New Day Fellowship’s worship band, led by Paul Harris and his wife, Danyelle, performed with their daughter, Alyysa, and their two sons, Daxton and Caleb, at Basin Park, said Darryl Harris, New Day Fellowship pastor.

The next day, on Easter Sunday, the church had 130 people in its service, with three of the couples visiting saying they learned of New Day Fellowship through the parade event and concert, said Harris.

“Of course, we were passing out information about New Day Fellowship in the parade They loved meeting our people,” said Harris.

“It is a very eclectic community. Yet, right in the heart of that … we are just in an outpouring of God’s Spirit,” said Harris, adding, “And people are hungry to connect with the Lord.”

New Day Fellowship members pose for the camera.