LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) reaches a very special birthday as 2011 comes to an end – that of being the state newspaper for Arkansas Baptists for 110 years. There were newspapers published for Arkansas Baptists prior to the ABN – which was established as The Baptist Advance by messengers to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) meeting at First Baptist Church, Paragould, Nov. 15-19, 1901 – but none stood the test of time.
ENGLAND – A little creativity, along with a silent and live auction, resulted in big giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for one Arkansas church.
Robby Sherman, pastor of First Baptist Church, England, since Oct. 16, said the event created a lot of excitement for international missions Sunday night, Dec. 4, resulting in the church surpassing its giving goal during the first week of its annual promotion. Sherman previously pastored First Baptist Church, Clinton, for two and a half years.
MENA – Steve Ellison of Hot Springs has been named camp administrator at the Ouachita Baptist Assembly in Mena.
Ellison, who previously served as pastor of Harvey’s Chapel Baptist Church, Hot Springs, begins his new duties Jan. 1.
WALNUT RIDGE - After 48 years at Williams Baptist College, including 17 years as president, Dr. Jerol Swaim plans to retire at the end of this school year. Swaim said he will step down June 30, 2012.
"It has been a difficult decision in a lot of ways, simply because I love this college and the people I work with, but after much thought and prayer, Virginia and I are confident the time is right. We are ready to enjoy a lot of the things we havent had time to do before," Swaim said.
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PARON – Located less than an hour from Little Rock, Camp Paron has served for the last 49 years as a place where Arkansas Baptist churches and other groups can retreat.