Ouachita’s Pruet School to sponsor annual Pastors’ Conference Sept. 26

Jessica Stewart
Ouachita Baptist University 

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies will sponsor the OBU Pastors’ Conference in Walker Conference Center Thursday, Sept. 26, as an opportunity for pastors from across Arkansas to get together for a time of learning and fellowship.

“Christ Is All You Need” serves as the theme for the conference this fall. Professors from the Pruet School of Christian Studies will teach four different sessions on the book of Colossians.

“Each year, the Southern Baptist Convention chooses a book of the Bible to study for a Winter Bible Study theme,” said Danny Hays, dean of the Pruet School. “Most churches will study the book in January to March.”

The conference starts at 9 a.m. with registration and brunch. At 9:30 a.m. worship will begin led by Rob Hewell, professor of worship arts, followed by two teaching sessions by C. Marvin Pate, the Elma Cobb professor of Christian theology, and Joey Dodson, assistant professor of biblical studies. After a lunch break, the final two teaching sessions will begin at 1 p.m. and will be led by J. Scott Duvall, the J.C. and Mae Fuller professor of Biblical studies.

“The pastors will receive a good overview of Colossians, along with a presentation of each chapter,” Hays explained.

Included in the $50 registration fee for the conference, attendees will receive the NIV Application Commentary on Colossians. The cost also includes the study material that is covered in the conference sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. The Pruet School professors will also offer books they have authored at a discounted price throughout the conference.

Visit to register. For more information, contact Tracey Knight at<> or (870) 245-5599.


Victory Car Show Sept. 21 at Immanuel Baptist, Little Rock

The first-ever Victory Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the south parking lot of Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 North Shackleford, Little Rock. Registration, admission and food is free. Door prizes also will be given. Trophies will be given for the Best of Show and People's Choice. The car show is open to all make sand models. For more information email Phillip Ashworth at or click here to register.

Ouachita to host Sept. 12 lecture by New Testament scholar Daniel Wallace

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University will host New Testament scholar Daniel Wallace as part of the university’s endowed Birkett Williams Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. The lecture will be held in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

WallaceThe lecture series, which is held each semester, rotates among Ouachita’s seven academic schools. OBU’s Chesley and Elizabeth Pruet School of Christian Studies will host this semester’s lecture.

Wallace will address the topic, “How Much Did the Scribes Corrupt the New Testament?” A professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Wallace also is executive director of the Center for the Study of the New Testament Manuscripts. He is a noted scholar, author of numerous books and articles, a consultant for four Bible translations and a frequent speaker at universities, seminaries and conferences.

“Dan Wallace is one of the country’s top experts on New Testament manuscripts,” said Danny Hays, dean of the Pruet School. Noting that “there have been challenges in some circles to the reliability of the gospels,” he said Wallace “has been one of the strong voices for historical Christianity, establishing that the gospels are reliable.” 

Describing the Birkett Williams Lecture Series as “a huge asset to Ouachita,” Hays said the lecture series is a significant benefit “especially for our students and their educational opportunities” as the university “brings in top scholars in their disciplines.” 

The Birkett Williams Lecture Series was established in 1977 through a gift from the late Birkett L. Williams, a 1910 Ouachita graduate. His generous endowment established the lectures as an opportunity to extend the concepts of a liberal arts education beyond the classroom by bringing leading scholars and public figures to Ouachita’s campus.


ABSC Pastors' Conference Oct. 28

ROGERS – Sacred Investment is the theme of the 2013 Arkansas Pastors’ Conference set for 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28 at Cross Church, Pinnacle Hills, in Rogers.

Danny Smith, pastor of CrossPoint Baptist Church, Greenbrier, is serving as president of the 2013 Pastors’ Conference. Other members of the leadership team are David Fox, pastor of First Baptist Church, Mayflower, vice president, and Chad Grigsby, directional pastor of teaching and shepherding at the Compass Church, Batesville, treasurer.

“This year’s event will feature dynamic speakers from churches and ministries all over the United States,” said Smith.

2013 Pastors’ Conference speakers are Nick Floyd, pastor of Cross Church, Fayetteville; Josh Reavis, assistant pastor of pastoral ministries at North Jacksonville Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.; Larry White, associational missionary for Faulkner Baptist Association, Conway; Kenny Luck, pastor of men at Saddleback Church and founder of Every Man Ministries, Lake Forest, Calif., and Mark Dever, pastor of Capital Hills Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Smith said a new addition this year is an afternoon panel discussion featuring conference speakers.

“This panel discussion will allow you to hear the hearts of the men and how they are investing in the lives of others,” he said.

Smith said the Sacred Investment theme is based on 2 Timothy 2:1-2.

“As pastors, we spend so much time investing our lives into others for the sake of the gospel, and this day will be an encouragement to continue to ‘entrust to faithful men’ the glorious riches of Jesus Christ,” he explained, referencing 2 Timothy 2:2. 

“Our team of leaders have been, and will continue to be, praying for this day to be an encounter with God that strengthens and encourages the pastors of our state,” said Smith.

“We hope you will make plans now to attend, and together let’s continue the task of reaching more people for King Jesus!”

For extensive coverage of the annual meeting, related events and stories, visit Meeting alerts and updates will be posted during the meeting on the Arkansas Baptist News Twitter account at and Facebook page at


ABSC Annual Meeting auxiliary meetings for Cross Church in Rogers announced

Ministers’ wives

The Ministers’ Wives Network conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the Club House of Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers. The theme is A Red Carpet Event.

Kathy Ferguson Litton, director of pastors’ wives at the North American Mission Board,  will serve as keynote speaker, and Mary Claire Maier of First Baptist Church, Rogers, will serve as worship leader.

To register, email Free child care is available, but parents must preregister. For a child care preregistration form, visit 

Hispanic fellowship

The annual celebration of the Arkansas Hispanic Baptist Fellowship will take place Monday, Oct. 28 at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers. Registration will begin at 1 p.m., and the conference will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m. 

Fermin Whitaker, executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention, will serve as guest speaker.

For more information, contact Francisco Gomez, Arkansas Baptist State Convention missions ministries team member, at 800-838-2272, ext. 5149.

Other events

The International Parents Fellowship will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Rib Crib restaurant in Springdale.

The Associational Missionaries Fellowship will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Club House at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.

Innovative Church Planters will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Metro Church, Rogers.

The Ministers’ Wives Desert Fellowship will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the SURGE room at  Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.

The Chaplains Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. on Oct. 29 in the Club House at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.

A meal will be served by the diaster relief team during the annual meeting’s lunch break on Oct. 29 in the West parking lot at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.

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