Putman named Distinguished Baptist Minister at WBC commencement  

Glen Putman (right) pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro, has been named the recipient of the Williams Baptist College 2014 Distinguished Baptist Minister Award. With Putman is Tom Jones, Williams president.Grace Stolz
Williams Baptist College

WALNUT RIDGE – Glen Putman, pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro, has been named the recipient of the Williams Baptist College 2014 Distinguished Baptist Minister Award. The recognition was presented to Putman at commencement exercises Saturday, May 3.

Putman has spent his adult life pastoring churches. In his 41 years of ministry, he has led a total of 10 congregations in five states, with the last 13 years being spent at Walnut Street Baptist Church.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi.  He went on to obtain his Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where his son, Rhyne Putman, also a Williams graduate, is a systematic theology professor. Putman also has a Doctor of Education degree from Mississippi State University.

He and his wife, Diane, have been married for 38 years.

Putman was presented the Distinguished Baptist Minister honor by Tom Jones, Williams' president. Putman delivered the commencement address to the 111 graduating students and a packed house in the school’s Southerland-Mabee Center.

Also honored at the day’s exercises where the Golden Eagles, Williams alumni from 50 or more years ago.  Sixteen honorees were present at the ceremony.



$1 million in state, federal assistance approved for Arkansas tornado survivors  

LITTLE ROCK – Federal disaster assistance approved for Arkansans has topped $1 million following President Obama’s disaster declaration for Faulkner County April 29. The first Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) opened in Vilonia later that same day.

Shortly after the center opened, the first survivor of the disaster registered for individual assistance – a $1,230 grant from rental assistance was approved at noon on April 30.

“We’re very pleased with the efforts at all levels of recovery, from individuals to government agencies,” said David Maxwell, state coordinating officer for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM). “Getting Arkansans’ needs met so they can begin rebuilding their lives is our main concern.”

FEMA housing inspectors continued to assess homeowners’ property damages. The first inspection was completed less than 26 hours after the declaration.

“FEMA is fully committed to this mission,” said Timothy J. Scranton, federal coordinating officer. “Make no mistake – we are here for the long haul.” 

Homeowners, renters and businesses owner may register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.




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

Propaganda (right) Photo courtesy of www.stumptownbooking.com

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 http://propagandalittlerock14.brownpapertickets.com.


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.

For more information on Ellermann visit www.camphisway.com. For more information on Immanuel Baptist Church visit www.immanuelbaptistfs.org.