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Ministers’ wives focus on ‘total woman’
Ministers' Wives Conference leadership team members are, from left: Vicki Wickliffe, Trinity Baptist Church, Texarkana; Judy Lattimore, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dermott; Ann Hibbard, East End Baptist Church, East End; Vickie Lee, First Baptist Church, Sherwood, and Kasey Hill, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Cabot. Not pictured are Angela Millard, Pearcy Baptist Church, Pearcy, and Sara Weaver, First Baptist Church, Farmington. Photo by Margaret Colson #absc18

Ministers’ wives focus on ‘total woman’

Oct 22, 2018

Margaret Colson
Arkansas Baptist News

JONESBORO — About 100 women from across Arkansas gathered for the ministers’ wives conference and luncheon at Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Oct. 22, prior to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Annual Meeting.

Focusing on Deuteronomy 10:12, three Arkansas Baptist women led attendees to consider the theme, The Total Woman: Mind, Body and Soul. Judy Lattimore, pastor’s wife, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dermott, focused on women honoring God with their bodies. Christina Cook, women’s ministry leader, also from Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dermott, focused on women honoring God with their minds; and Aamie Mason, pastor’s wife, Walnut Valley Baptist Church, Hot Springs, and assistant Little Rock area director for Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes, focused on women honoring God with their souls.

Using the acrostic SOUL, Mason urged women to Stillness, Openness to vulnerability, Unplug, and Live, Laugh and Love.

Rather than spending large chunks of time on their cell phones, Mason held up her Bible, saying, “I need to be in this love letter. It is so powerful.” The result, she said, is “satisfaction that is lasting … and a stillness and peace that no one can buy.”

This year’s ministers’ wives conference was a first for Dianne Higdon, pastor’s wife, First Baptist Penn Memorial Church, Eureka Springs, where her husband has been serving as a pastor since April 2018. Higdon, who also serves as worship and women’s pastor at the church, welcomed the opportunity to connect with more seasoned ministers’ wives for their prayers, perspective and friendship.

Jennifer Keenen, from First Baptist Church, Searcy, where her husband serves as minister of music/worship, tries to attend the conference each year. She gains strength and encouragement as she hears the stories of other ministers’ wives and can “see the hand of God in their lives,” she said.

In addition to the three speakers, the conference included praise dancers from Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dermott; worship, and table discussions.

The annual conference and luncheon is designed to encourage and equip ministers’ wives, said Andrea Lennon, ABSC women’s ministry specialist. This year, lunch for the wives’ conference was provided by ABSC.

The leadership team for the women’s event includes Ann Hibbard, East End Baptist Church, Hensley; Kasey Hill, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Cabot; Lattimore; Vickie Lee, First Baptist Church, Sherwood; Angela Millard, Pearcy Baptist Church, Pearcy; Sara Weaver, First Baptist Church, Farmington and Vicki Wickliffe, Trinity Baptist Church, Texarkana.

Contact Margaret Colson at margaret@arkansasbaptist.org.

 

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