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Venters, Stephens named to new BCM positions

Apr 25, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Adam Venters has been named the new Metro BCM campus minister at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) campus for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) effective June 11.

Venters was previously assistant Metro BCM campus minister.

With the move, Teresa “Bit” Stephens, who previously held the position of Metro BCM campus minister, will become the new International Student Ministry (ISM) consultant for the ABSC June 1.

David James, team leader of the ABSC college and young leaders team, explained the changes in an email to BCM support matrix:

“Arkansas Baptists have paved the way for this decision because Dr. Sonny Tucker and the (ABSC) executive team want to reach internationals and they also want to elevate the role of the Metro BCM campus minister,” said James. “Bit will continue to lead ISM at Metro and will partner with Adam in this ministry. She will also develop the Central Arkansas ISM. More importantly, she will elevate the strategic statewide ministry to the five regions in Arkansas where we already have an ISM focus.”

James added, “Adam’s role as Metro BCM campus minister will be essentially the same as before, with the exception that ISM will be led by Bit. Also, our primary expansion for Metro BCM will be at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) campus. Adam will partner with Bit as they continue the strong ISM emphasis.”

James said in the year that Venters has served as assistant Metro BCM campus minister, “The progress in our work at UALR has been impressive.”

Venters has served as assistant campus minister with the ABSC since February 2017. Previously, he was a young adult intern at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and youth pastor at Level Ground Community Church in New Orleans.

Stephens has served at the ABSC in various student capacities since 1990. She first was BCM campus minister at Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden and later BCM campus minister at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, before serving as Metro BCM campus minister. Prior to joining the ABSC, Stephens was minister to youth at Amboy Baptist Church in North Little Rock and Hillside Baptist Church in Camden.

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