Morse named to Williams Baptist College art faculty

WALNUT RIDGE - Taren Morse has been hired at Williams Baptist College (WBC) as assistant professor of art. Morse, who comes to WBC from Kansas, will begin teaching at Williams in the fall semester.

Morse received a Bachelor of FineAarts degree from Sterling College and a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. Additionally, she has studied with some of the leading innovators in concept illustration and design.

"Taren Morse is a gifted artist with very advanced expertise in digitally produced art. We’re truly excited about her future at Williams," said Kenneth Startup, WBC’s academic dean. "Her work has been featured in exhibits in California and Kansas, and she has also worked successfully as a commercial artist."

Williams offers bachelor’s degree majors in both art and art education. WBC is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.


Jerry Terrell, 66, of Austin, dies

Jerry Terrell, 66, of Austin, died July 5.

He retired from the United States Post Office after 22 years of service to serve in ministry.

He served as pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Scott for 17 years. 

His wife of 37 years, Regena Hoff Terrell, serves on the executive and administrative team of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

He is survived by his wife; four children; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three brothers, and two sisters.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held July 8 at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville, followed by burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.


Former Razorback, attorney, Baptist leader dies at 84

SuttonLITTLE ROCK – William "Buddy" H. Sutton, former Arkansas Razorback football player, Arkansas Baptist leader and high-profile attorney, died July 2. He was 84.

Sutton joined Immanuel Baptist Church in 1959, where he taught Sunday school for more than 50 years, and served as a deacon. In 1989, he served as chairman of the Arkansas Billy Graham Crusade in Little Rock. Sutton served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in 1991-1992 and served on the Baptist Health Board of Trustees since 1973. He has served numerous terms on the Ouachita Baptist University Board of Trustees, where the college’s William H. Sutton School of Social Sciences is dedicated for him.

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Out-of-state church ministers to Guion Baptist


GUION – On an average Sunday, Guion Baptist Church runs 12-15 in attendance. When word reached Calvary Baptist Odessa, Odessa, Mo., that the small church could use a helping hand with some repairs, they took action. A mission trip was planned, and a 12-member team crossed the state line to serve Guion Baptist June 5-9.

“The (mission) team painted the fellowship hall and Sunday school classrooms inside the building. Outside the building, they painted and repaired the front door steps that were dangerously crumbling,” explained Johnny Conyers, pastor of Guion Baptist.

The church was established in 1935, and while it has been remodeled and updated throughout the years, the basic structure is still enclosed in the outer shell.

While the purpose of the event was “to help a small church with some much needed paint and repairs,” the interaction between the two groups left an impact on more than Guion Baptist’s facilities, Conyers said. The visiting team led revival services each night with Larry Neil, pastor of Calvary Baptist, serving as the evangelist.

“Lasting friendships were made as the group worked together, making a sweet fellowship as they labored together for the Lord,” explained Conyers. “Many were revived as a result of the Spirit-led proclaiming of the Word of God.”

Neil agreed that the mission experience was equally as meaningful for his team.

“Each time we go on a trip it helps us in our relationships, helps us to build relationships among the team members,” he said. “Then when we come back, sharing testimonies and sharing pictures … in a service, it helps the whole church and gives encouragement. This weekend we are going to do some mission work in our own community, and that helped in preparing some people for this.”



Lagrone accepts position as field representative with BGEA

Jim Lagrone , member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, recently accepted a position as a field representative for Arkansas with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).

Lagrone served with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in the 1980s and more recently as pastor of First Baptist Church, Little Rock. He currently serves as a church consultant and plans to continue doing so.

As a field representative, he said he will assist churches that want to know more about BGEA’s My Hope initiative, which is a “national initiative to encourage and equip the local church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.” My Hope has been used in about 60 countries.

He said his job is to build a team to help local churches and groups develop a strategy for their areas.

“Reaping requires sowing. We will provide resources and suggestions to encourage and equip the local church to plan, prepare and host an effective evangelistic outreach,” said Lagrone.

He explained how he came to be a field representative with BGEA, saying he was consulting with a church in New Hampshire when he met a representative from BGEA.

“We struck up a conversation, and he said (to) send him a resume and we will see what happens. He sent it to the regional director in Houston. He sent it to Arkansas,” Lagrone said.

Unknown to Lagrone, the former Arkansas field representative had recently resigned, creating an opening on the staff in Arkansas. 

“I took the position offered to me, and I am quite excited to be directly involved with this evangelism,” Lagrone said.

For more information about My Hope, contact Lagrone at 501-626-4548 or



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