LITTLE ROCK – Associational missionaries from across the state took part in the Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s (ABSC) annual Associational Missionaries’ Workshop Feb. 26-28 at the ABSC building in Little Rock.
The three-day event included multiple workshops and group discussions as well as times of worship and fellowship.
The event’s workshops were led by ABSC staff including: Warren Gasaway evangelism and church health assistant team leader and student ministry specialist; David James college and young leaders team leader; Bob Harper missions team leader; Tim Wicker church planting team leader; and Terry Bostick church health team leader. Worship was led by Larry Grayson music and worship consultant. Bob Johnson associational missionary consultant and Sunday school consultant acted as the event’s host.
Each year Ouachita Baptist University hosts a dinner during the associational missionaries’ meeting in which it names the Associational Missionary of the Year.
“By selecting and recognizing one person as Associational Missionary of the Year we seek to honor the outstanding work of all associational missionaries throughout the state. We understand and appreciate the important role that is played in the work of God’s kingdom by you who wear this title and we are thankful for the service you provide to local churches pastors and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention” said Ben Sells president of Ouachita.
S.D. Hacker associational missionary of Rocky Bayou Baptist Association in Franklin was named the 2018 Associational Missionary of the Year.
Hacker a member of the Arkansas Baptist News Board of Directors began his associational service as associational missionary for White River Baptist Association in 1964. In 1972 Hacker was the inaugural recipient of the Associational Missionary of the Year award. He is the only minister to win the award twice.
Hacker has served as pastor of six congregations and associational missionary of three associations. He has served in associational ministry for 45 years including 25 years with Rocky Bayou.
Hacker 85 is currently recovering from a stroke. He was unable to be present to receive his award. However arrangements are being made to present the award to him in person at a later date.