Mason Bondurant, pastor-missionary, dies at 91

Mason E Bondurant, 91, of Little Rock, died Nov. 9.

He was a graduate of Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, Ala., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

He began preaching when he was 15 and was ordained at 19.

He served as a chaplain during the Korean Conflict, before being assigned to Fort Chaffee in Arkansas.

While serving as a chaplain in the U. S. Army Reserves, he served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Fort Smith; First Baptist Church, Dumas, and First Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

He is a retired Lt. Colonel.

After more than 30 years serving as pastor, he and his wife, Margaret, were called to foreign missions, serving in Ecuador, Venezuela and Senegal. Once back, he served several central Arkansas churches as interim pastor.

He is survived by his wife, four children, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Funeral services were held Nov. 13 at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville. 


Martha Bond, 80, dies

Martha Ann White Bond, 80, of Little Rock, died Oct. 23.

She was a former part-time administrative office employee for Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

She is survived by her husband, Vince Bond, and a son.

She was preceded in death by a sister.

A memorial service was held Oct. 26 at Roller Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock. Graveside services were held Oct. 27 at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.


Clinic teaches ‘cowboy way’ of doing church

HEBER SPRINGS – When you think of going to church, you probably picture a traditional church building with
pews and a steeple. You most likely imagine the standard ways of doing things like worship, evangelism and ministry. But cowboy churches have their own unique way of reaching people for Christ. Cowboy Churches of Arkansas (CCOA) held a Cowboy Church Starting and Leadership Clinic Nov. 6-7 at Mountain Top Cowboy Church in Heber Springs. About 80 people from 13 churches participated. CCOA is affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). Attendees learned about things like being a cowboy pastor and the cowboy way of doing evangelism, ministries, worship and church starting. “We wanted to pull all of our cowboy church planters together, and I wanted them to learn from the best – guys that the Lord has anointed,” said Roger Gaunt, church planter strategist with the ABSC church planting team. “Who better to train cowboy church planters and leaders than successful cowboy church planters?” All presenters were Arkansas Baptist cowboy church planters: Donny Hargett, pastor of Calvary Trail Cowboy Church, Louann; Mike Launius, pastor of Rugged Cross Cowboy Church, Magnolia; Tracy Wilson, pastor of Three Trees Cowboy Church, Wynne; Greg Spann, pastor of Cross Bar C Cowboy Church, Benton, and Brad Curtis, pastor of Mountain Top Cowboy Church. “It was very beneficial to be able to talk about common challenges that a cowboy church faces with other cowboy church pastors,” said Hargett. “A full Saturday was given to addressing various areas of ministry within the cowboy church. Cowboy pastors spoke to cowboy church issues and challenges and instructed in steps to take in starting new cowboy churches.” “It was tremendous,” Gaunt said about the clinic. “We received such good compliments on the entire conference – a lot of positive response from those who participated. I think they went away with a very positive outlook on the cowboy church movement in the state.”


Ouachita’s library to host WWI exhibit Nov. 23-Dec. 18

ARKADELPHIA – “The Great War: Arkansas in World War I,” a traveling exhibit chronicling Arkansas’ role in World War I at home and on the battlefields, will be displayed in Riley-Hickingbotham Library on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University from Nov. 23 through Dec. 18. The exhibit will be on display in the library’s main floor lobby during regular hours of operation except school holidays.

Ouachita is just the third site to host this new exhibit. It is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Jan Collins, Arkansas Baptist missionary, dies at 71

Jan Elizabeth Hollowell Collins, 71, former International Mission Board (IMB) missionary and wife of Charles
Collins, who writes Sunday School lessons for the Arkansas Baptist News, died Oct. 30. Collins was born in Yuma, Tenn., a small town in Carroll County, to the late W.B. and Kate Hollowell. She accepted Christ as her
Savior at an early age and was called to missions during a conference in Glorieta, N.M. Collins graduated from high school in 1962 and attended Murray State University in Murray, Ky., before transferring to Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she met and married Charles Collins. Following their graduation, the couple moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1967. Charles Collins served as pastor of four churches, two in Kentucky and two in Tennessee. They were appointed as IMB missionaries of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1976 and went to their first assignment in Costa Rica in 1977. The couple also served in Guatemala, Mexico, India
and Spain. Their total time of service was a little more than 30 years. The Collins’ have three sons, Paul, John Mark and Bryan, and 11 grandchildren. Jan Collins’ last seven months were filled with spending time with her family in Guatemala and with trips to Branson, Mo., and to Kentucky. Her last big missions contribution was to a conference held in her church, Park Hill Baptist Church of North Little Rock, according to her husband, who added that one of his wife’s favorite sayings was, “This too shall pass away.” “She always thought that the Lord would come before a certain event, like paying back a debt,” said Charles Collins. “She is greatly missed, … but all are rejoicing that she is now free of cancer and all the problems
and issues of life.”

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