Mondy-Carroll Lecture to be held at WBC

Dr. Chary Rangacharyulu will present  this year’s Mondy-Carroll Lectureship at Williams Baptist College.  His address is entitled "What's the Matter with Space, Time and Matter?:  How Our Ideas of the World Changed from Newton to Einstein to the Present Day."  The lecture is set for Thursday, Jan. 28, in WBC’s Sloan Center.

Rangacharyulu is a professor of physics and engineering physics at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.  He is a nuclear physicist whose research focuses on the structure and symmetry of the subatomic world.  

His professional collaborations include work in Germany and Japan, and he is an adjunct faculty member with the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania, where he helps train nuclear scientists and engineers.  Chary also teaches graduate courses for nuclear science and technology students in Vietnam and has recently begun a new partnership with the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute focusing on medical isotopes.

The Mondy-Carroll Lectureship, which deals with the natural sciences, was endowed by the late Dr. Nell Mondy of Ithaca, N.Y. Mondy was a Pocahontas, Ark., native who named the lectureship in honor of several late relatives from the Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge area.

Rangacharyulu’s lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m., and will be held in room 101 of WBC’s Sloan Center.  There is no cost to attend and the public is invited.


Hallmark called to Tenn. pastorate

MARION – Clay Hallmark, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Marion, for the past 14-plus years and past president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC), has resigned to become the sixth pastor of First Baptist Church in Lexington, Tenn.

“Serving God's people in Arkansas and through our convention has been a great joy of my life,” Hallmark said in an email Jan. 11. “God has been very clear in my call there (to First Baptist, Lexington). Lexington is my wife's hometown, and I will live near family for the first time in almost my entire life!”


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Workshops a part of ABSC evangelism conference Jan. 25-26 in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK – Several lunchtime workshops will be a part of the State Conference on Evangelism and Church Health, Tuesday, Jan. 26. This is the second year that workshops will be part of the conference, which will be held at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock, Jan. 25-26.

Tuesday workshops, which will take place with lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m., include the following: Pastors’ Workshop, featuring Jim Putman, founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries, Post Falls, Idaho; Church Planting Workshop, featuring Vance Pitman, founder and senior pastor of Hope Church, Las Vegas, and a North American Mission Board (NAMB) national mobilizer for church planting; Ministers’ Wives Fellowship, featuring Jeana Floyd, wife of Arkansas Pastor and Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Ronnie Floyd; Ministers’ of Music Workshop, featuring Julio Arriola, global worship pastor at Cross Church in northwest Arkansas; Student Pastors’ Workshop, featuring Ben Trueblood, director of student ministry at LifeWay Christian Resources, and Preschool and Children’s Ministers’ Workshop, featuring Ken Hindman, children’s pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn.

The lineup for speakers at the evangelism conference includes Pitman; Putman; Robert Smith, who serves as Charles T. Carter Baptist chair of divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., where he teaches Christian preaching; Kevin Hamm, senior pastor of Gardendale First Baptist Church, Gardendale, Ala.; Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, and former SBC president Fred Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, and NAMB national African-American ambassador.

Worship will be led by Arriola. Comedic duo Tommy Woodard and Eddie James – known as The Skit Guys – will provide entertainment.

“I am excited about the preachers and worship leaders that God has brought our way,” said Terry Bostick, team leader for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention evangelism and church health team. “I look forward to seeing God use them to encourage the pastors and ministers in Arkansas.”

Bostick said he wants attendees to experience a “fresh encounter with God” as a result of this year’s conference.

“We have tremendous preachers and worship leaders coming to lead us, but without the presence of God we will not leave changed and challenged to reach the lost,” he said. “The evangelism conference is a chance for us to set aside time to hear from God and be reminded of what He can do through pastors and churches.”

As in past years, a Prayer Leaders Workshop will be held immediately prior to the start of the conference, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25. The workshop will feature Smith. Attendees will also hear from several pastors who have held Sunday morning prayer services in their churches.

“Every year I receive phone calls, emails and have conversations with pastors and ministers who leave the evangelism conference with a renewed passion and vision for evangelism both personally and through their church,” Bostick said. “Pastors are busy and have many hats that they have to wear, so many come to the evangelism conference tired and discouraged, and those speaking and leading at the conference know that and want to be a source of encouragement. These leaders have a real passion for pastors, and that love for pastors really connects with those in attendance.”

For more information about the prayer conference, contact Carla Whittington at or 501-376-4791, ext. 5121.

Those interested in Tuesday workshops can register online at


Jonesboro pastor competes on game show, wins trip to Rome 

JONESBORO – Rick McKinney, minister of music and education at Highland Drive Baptist Church, Jonesboro, recently competed on the television show “The Price is Right.”

An article on KAIT’s website stated that the congregation had sent McKinney and his wife on a trip to Los Angeles. While on vacation, the couple decided to attend “The Price is Right.” McKinney ended up being selected to be on the show, and his performance won him a trip to Rome.

McKinney called the church “great” and said the gift of the California vacation was “totally unexpected,” according to KAIT’s article. McKinney also said Drew Carey, host of the show, gave him restaurant recommendations for when he goes to Italy.

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Dennis Betts dies at age 68

Rev. Dennis “Preacher” Betts, 68, of Hot Springs, died Saturday, Dec. 19.

He was born Sept. 10, 1947 in Los Angeles, Calif., to James and Claudia Betts. Betts was ordained a Baptist minister in the late 1980s and spent most of his time riding his motorcycle into the mission field, ministering to those that were not in the mainstream of society.

Betts attended Crossgate Church and was a Master Mason with Whittington Masonic Lodge No. 365. He was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, Arkansas Bikers aiming Towards Education, ABBA (Arkansas Baptist Biker Association) and an MSC (Mission Service Corps) missionary. He was also a substitute teacher.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Betts Sr., his mother, Claudia Louise Betts and his brother James Edward Betts Jr. Betts is survived by his wife, Vikki Elaine Betts of Hot Springs; his sons, Dennis Keith Betts Jr. and James “Jimmy” Dubree, both of Louisiana, and Brian E. Betts of Texas; stepsons Shane Kinniell of Arkansas and Christine Blanco of Louisiana, brothers Terry Betts of Louisiana, Michael Betts and Paul Betts, both of Arkansas. He had 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Hot Springs Funeral Home Dec. 23, with a funeral service held immediately following. Burial was at Morning Star Cemetery.