Patterson dies at age 84

Leroy Patterson, 84, of Roland, died May 21. He was a Baptist minister who had served more than 60 years in the ministry. He served as pastor of several Arkansas Baptist churches including Vimy Ridge Immanuel Baptist Church, Alexander; Roland Baptist Church, Roland; First Baptist Church, Oppelo, and Natural Steps Baptist Church, Roland. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, two sons and two grandchildren. Survivors include one son, three daughters, 16 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 23 at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock.


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