Hardy Bell, 72, of Sherwood, dies

Hardy Bell, 72, of Sherwood, died Nov. 16. He was associate pastor at Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church, Sherwood, for 35 years. He also served on the executive committee of Abundant Life Ministries of Honduras. He is preceded in death by his sister Brenda Bell Freeman and nephew Michael Bell. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nina Webb Bell, brother William Bell and sister Gale Bell, nieces Jenny Kubacak, Emily Freeman and Angie Bell. Funeral services were held Nov. 20 at Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church. Burial followed at Sardis Cemetery in Sparkman.





Williams Baptist College ranked third on lowest debt burden list

WALNUT RIDGE – A newly published list says Williams Baptist College (WBC) has one of the lowest student debt burdens of any Christian college in the country. Christian Universities Online recently published the national rankings, placing WBC third on the list.

Christian Universities Online is an online resource for prospective students and their families who are interested in Christian higher education. The list aims to highlight Christian colleges that excel in keeping the debt burden of their graduates as low as possible and includes institutions from across the U.S..

“This list affirms that Williams Baptist College is an incredible value in Christian higher education,” said WBC President Tom Jones. “Our low overall debt burden is just another way we assist our graduates in engaging local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.” 

The list was calculated based on data from U.S. News & World Report, which has placed Williams in the top tier of southern colleges for five years in a row.


ABN requests Christmas info, year-end reflections

Arkansas Baptists: Does your church decorate its facilities (inside or outside) for Christmas? Do you have a Christmas program? Do you do ministry outreach in your community? Tell the ABN about your Christmas plans and send us your photos, and we may use them in an upcoming edition or online!

We also want to hear your 2014 reflections for possible publication!

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WBC receives $750,000 estate gift

Williams Baptist College (WBC) has announced that it recently received an estate gift of $750,000. The gift, which came from a couple in northeast Arkansas, will go toward scholarships for Williams students.
“This gift comes from a wonderful couple who supported scholarships at Williams during their lifetimes. Now, they will benefit countless other students through the thoughtfulness and generosity of their estate planning,” said Tom Jones, Williams' president.

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Sparkman FBC: ‘Beautiful Past, Bright Future’ – 100 Years of Service

SPARKMAN – The air of excitement was for the church’s 100-year anniversary celebration held Oct. 26, 2014, which featured two church services with special music and lots of reminiscing and preaching from two former pastors. The theme of the services was Beautiful Past, Blessed Present, Bright Future – 100 Years of Service. It was also the name of a special book of memories and history of the church given to members and guests.

Read more in the Nov. 13 edition of the print edition of the Arkansas Baptist News. Subscribe here.

View a photo gallery of the day's events.

View a portion of book of memories and history about First Baptist Church, Sparkman.

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