WALNUT RIDGE – Gary Hollingsworth, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, was recognized with the 2013 Distinguished Baptist Minister Award by Williams Baptist College (WBC) May 4. The award was presented during WBC’s commencement exercises.
Hollingsworth has served in a number of capacities throughout his years in ministry. An Alabama native, Hollingsworth served as a senior pastor in Kentucky and at the historic First Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va.
In 1996, Hollingsworth felt the call to return to his home state where he served for nearly 10 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Trussville, Ala.
Hollingsworth has also served as chairman of the board of trustees for the Alabama State Board of Missions, president of Alabama’s pastor’s conference, vice president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention and as senior director of cultural evangelism for the North American Mission Board. In 2007, Hollingsworth became the 16th senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock.
Hollingsworth was presented the Distinguished Baptist Minister honor by WBC president, Tom Jones. Hollingsworth delivered the commencement address to the graduating class. Williams awarded degrees to 111 graduates during the ceremony.
WBC is a four-year, liberal arts college.