Butch Riddle, longtime pastor, honored June 14

A reception honoring Butch and Glenda Riddle, in recognition of his 25th anniversary as pastor, will be held from 2-4 p.m., June 14, at First Baptist Church, Ashdown. For more information, call 870-898-5196.



Watson Chapel Baptist holds revival services

Watson Chapel Baptist Church, Pine Bluff, will hold revival services May17-20. The speaker will be Bob Pittman.


Rankin Chapel Baptist Church, Dumas, celebrates 75th

Rankin Chapel Baptist Church, Dumas, will celebrate its 75th anniversary May 24.


Central, Jonesboro, holds grand opening for preschool/children's wing

Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, will hold a grand opening celebration for its preschool/children's wing at the church's Central Campus, which located at 3707 Harrisburg Road in Jonesboro. The event will begin at noon May 3. The event is open to the public and will include tours through the new facility, free food and drinks, bounce houses and slides, as well as a gaming station.


Oklahoma Baptist University to host annual pastors school

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) will host the 2015 OBU Pastors School July 20-22. The theme for the 2015 school, designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors, is “Do the Work of an Evangelist” based on 2 Timothy 4:5.

MeadorOklahoma Baptist President David W. Whitlock shared, “Our aim at Oklahoma Baptist University is to continue the long-standing tradition of reaching out to ministers in Oklahoma and beyond.”

Whitlock said, “For 14 years, I served as a bi-vocational pastor and know the importance of ongoing preparation for ministry. During those blessed bi-vocational days, I enrolled in courses through OBU and attended pastor schools for encouragement and development as a pastor. Those times of study and growth were extremely helpful. I am convinced that OBU, a distinctively Christian university, is uniquely positioned to reach out to ministers – both full-time and bi-vocational – for theological and ministerial preparation.”

The 2015 Pastors School will feature John Meador, senior pastor of First Euless Baptist Church, Euless, Texas, and Ken Fentress, senior pastor of Montrose Baptist Church in Rockville, Md. Meador will provide teaching, testimony and training through practical and proven principles put into practice in his own congregation. Fentress will expound on the theme with practical teaching, encouragement and application for ministry at any size church.

Meador is a leading voice on the topic of evangelism and has served as senior pastor of First Euless since 2006.

Fentress has served as the senior pastor of Montrose Baptist Church since 2007. He formerly served as dean of intercultural programs and associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He has also served in several additional pastoral and teaching positions.

FentressThe 2015 OBU Pastors School will also feature faculty from the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry as they lead breakout sessions each day. Stan Norman, Bobby Kelly, Tawa Anderson and Scott Pace will bring their expertise to the theme as they explore additional insights from their fields of study regarding Paul’s charge to “do the work of an evangelist.”

“Fentress and Meador bring exceptional skill and expertise to the 2015 school in the arena of doing the ‘work of an evangelist,’” said Dale Griffin, dean of spiritual life.

“Oklahoma Baptist pastors, you will have an unforgettable experience at the OBU Pastors School,” said Mark McClellan, dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry. “You will be taught, enriched and inspired by nationally known preachers and scholars. What a unique opportunity you will have to get to know and share with them personally. This is not a conference. It is a uniquely designed school at one of the finest Christian universities in the country, and it is just for you. Join us.”

For more information, contact Oklahoma Baptist University’s spiritual life office at 405-585-5700. To register, visit

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