Ark. Renewal Project event honors Hutchinson

HutchinsonLITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Renewal Project is hosting a pre-inaugural event for pastors and guests to honor Arkansas Governor-elect and Mrs. Asa Hutchinson Jan. 12-13 at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham Road.

The event is free for pastors and spouses, but registration is required by Jan. 5 via this link or by calling (800) 921-1928, according to event sponsors. Reservations are limited.

Check-in and registration for the event will be held at 3 p.m., Jan. 12, with dinner following at 5:30 p.m. featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The event continues Tuesday, Jan. 13, with a 7 a.m. continental breakfast, followed by an 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prayer service at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford Road. A ceremonial swearing in of Hutchinson will be held at noon, followed by the Governor’s Reception at 1 p.m. at the Capitol building.

Governor-elect Hutchinson is scheduled to take the official oath of office at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 13, in the House Chamber of the Arkansas State Capitol.


Six students with ties to Arkansas recently graduated from Southern Seminary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Six students with ties to Arkansas graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Dec. 12.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. told the fall 2014 graduates of Southern Seminary their mission is to announce the birth of Christ and the clear truth of salvation. Southern Seminary conferred degrees upon 207 master’s and doctoral students during the 214th commencement exercises in Alumni Memorial Chapel.

Audio and video of Mohler’s address are available at A complete manuscript of the address, “To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry,” is available at

Following are the six students with Arkansas ties: Ryan Broadhurst, of Bryant, Master of Divinity; Kevin Cox, of Batesville, Master of Divinity; Matt Slaughter, of Springdale, Master of Arts in church ministries; Jay P. Sorrows, of Hazen, Master of Divinity; Matthew Tyler, of Bentonville, Master of Divinity, and Edward Upton, of Rogers, Doctor of Ministry.


Fall 2014 graduation at Southeastern: ‘To live is Christ and to die is gain’

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern celebrated the graduation of 160 students, several of whom have Arkansas ties, on Dec. 12.

Students with Arkansas ties included Benjamin C. Neiser, of Jonesboro, who received a Master of Arts in Christian studies; Becca Gayle Owens, of Bryant, who received a Master of Arts in ethics, theology and culture; Jason Michael Wilkinson, of Jacksonville, who received a Master of Arts in ministry leadership, and Virginia Claudette Gray, of Jonesboro, who received a Doctor of Education degree.

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Williams Baptist College’s 5 to 1 conference slated for Jan. 23-24

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College (WBC) will host its annual 5 to 1 Student Ministry Conference Jan. 23-24. The weekend will focus on helping parents lead the home to worship God, connect with others, grow in the Bible and take the gospel to the world. 

Williams' 5 to 1 Student Ministry Conference seeks to equip churches and families with information and skills so teens can be surrounded with many caring adults who will help them develop lifelong faith.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Walter Norvell at or by phone at 870-759-4150.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.

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Provost, Harthorn promoted at Williams Baptist College

ProvostWALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College (WBC) professors Ruth Provost and Steven Harthorn were recently promoted to the rank of associate professor and granted tenure by the school. WBC’s Board of Trustees voted on both promotions at its Dec. 5 meeting.

Harthorn“These two individuals represent the highest standards expected of the faculty at Williams Baptist College,” said WBC’s president, Tom Jones.  “Their faithful example and interaction with students demonstrates the Christian commitment, professionalism, scholarship and work ethic that positively impacts the lives of our students. We are proud to serve with them and proud of the vital role they play in the mission and vision of Williams.”

Provost, a member of WBC's psychology faculty, has been employed by Williams since 2004. Harthorn, a member of the English faculty, has been employed by the school since 2005.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college located at Walnut Ridge.