Leaders

Shepherd

Mike Baker

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Mark Copeland

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I am married to Elizabeth.  We met at Harding University, where both of us earned our college degrees.  I am a retired teacher from Vilonia Public Schools, where I taught 6th grade math and coached 7th grade girls in volleyball, basketball, and track & field.  Elizabeth is retired from Blue Cross/Blue Shield where she was the e-Commerce Project Administrator. 

We have 3 children.  Carson, our son, is the Administrator at Cornerstone Clinic for Women in Little Rock; his wife, Rachel is a RN at the same clinic. They have a daughter, Collins. Kinsey, our oldest daughter, is a MA at Conway Women's Health Center; her husband, Cash is an Insurance and Bond Agent for Cashion Company in LR. They have three children, Carter, Will and Ellis.  Julia, our youngest, is PA at Baptist East Campus in Memphis. 

We have been attending R & C since we moved here in August of 1986.  The Lord has blessed us tremendously and I want to do everything I can to build and strengthen His  body.  Life is short and everything we do should be done to bring honor and glory to God.  May we seek His will in our lives and not our own will.




Shepherd

Michael Ledbetter

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Cindy and I placed our membership with this congregation on November 19, 1989 (the day after we were married).  More than half of our lives have been spent in this congregation and our girls have grown up with this church family.  We’ve seen many changes: families come to and move away from Conway, kids grow up and wonderful saints go ahead of us.  As a deacon for 14 years and an elder since 2012, I’ve seen one thing that hasn’t changed – we have an eldership who strives to be faithful to God’s Word.  I cannot imagine a better group of elders to work with.  Your elders love you, love each other and most importantly love God and desire to be true to His Word.
 

As we serve together, I am reminded of what Paul writes in Philippians 4:  Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.




Shepherd

Allan Myers

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In 1992, I married Sharon Gordon and we have made our home in Vilonia since then.  We came to Robinson and Center in the fall of 1997.  We have twin sons, Noah and Jed, who were born in the Spring of 1998.

Sharon is a native of Vilonia, and I hail from Dallas, Texas, which is where we met. She graduated from Vilonia High School, Crowley's Ridge College and Harding University.  Dallas Christian and Abilene Christian are my alma maters.  Currently, I work with Southwest Power Pool, and Sharon works as a Group Health Insurance Specialist for Sue Shock Insurance in Vilonia.  Jed and Noah are 2016 Vilonia High School graduates and 2020 graduates of Harding University. Noah is Assurance Associate at Frost, PLLC and Jed is educator at lululemon/Eat the Frog Fitness.

Since 1995, I have worked as a summer church camp counselor and have served as the Director of high school week at Camp Areopagus since 2011.  As a deacon I served with the Bears For Christ and Youth ministries over a 16 year period before becoming an elder in 2016.

R&C is a part of our family.  It is a gathering of Christians where we feel like we belong, where we love and are loved in return.  The Lord has blessed us here with so many wonderful relationships over the years.  We serve an awesome God, and He is worthy of our very best in serving Him and the church His son paid for with His blood.  It is both humbling and exciting to be able to do just that with these five men.




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Don Riddle

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Arkansas has been my home since 1962, and Betty was born here.  Betty and I are graduates of Vilonia High School and have been married since 1970.  I have a degree in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas and worked as a Toxicologist for the Arkansas State Crime Lab until just recently when I retired.  Betty worked as a land title examiner for a title insurance company; she also recently retired.   My family and I worked as missionaries in Australia from '81-'89.  Our two daughters are married and live in Australia with their husbands and our 6 grandkids and our 2 great-grand children.  I have served as an elder for Robinson and Center since 1995.  I always tell people that God puts people where He wants them.  I believe that is why we are here. 




Shepherd

Tim Stroud

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Maynette and I both graduated from UCA and have attended Robinson and Center both during and after college. We were married in 1993 and this congregation became and remains our home and family. 

Our son Alex has grown up at Robinson and Center and is a 2020 college graduate from Harding University where he studied Engineering.  Currently he is a Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin in Marietta GA.  His wife Megan is a Digital Media Coordinator for Harding University Office of Communication and Marketing. She graduated with a BA in journalism, a BBA in marketing in 2019 and a MBA in 2020.  (Megan also happens to be the daughter of our Michael and Cindy Ledbetter).   

Through the years we have experienced challenges in life and the family of Christians here has helped us to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. God has truly put many of you in my life in preparation for this day and the responsibility that waits before me as a Shepherd. 1 Tim 6:11-12. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.




Preaching Minister

Steve Norris

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Sandy and I moved to Conway and to R&C in September 2009 after fifteen years with the North Heights church in Batesville, AR. I am an Arkansan by birth, Sandy was born and raised in Michigan, though by southern parents. It only causes problems on the rare occasion that Arkansas plays Michigan (She’s a little conflicted -- I’m fine). 

We have three daughters. Whitney is co-owner and therapist (MFT) at Little Rock Counseling. Leeann is an Assistant Professor at Harding University, her husband Jordan is a therapist and works with ReNEW Counseling Services, they have two sons, Jude and Luke. Our oldest daughter, Lindsey, is a stay-at-home mom, caring for our two oldest grandchildren, Kade and Zoe. All three girls, and the two sons-in-law, are all Harding grads, Lindsey’s degree is in Child Development. Lindsey’s husband, Keith, is the preaching minister for the WindSong church in NLR.

I have been preaching full-time now for over thirty years. Sandy and I met when I went to Michigan to attend a preaching school there right out of high school. After graduation there I continued my education and have earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harding University.

Sandy and I love living in Conway and are excited about what lies in store for this church and community.




Campus Minister

Jacob Mayfield

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My wife Gina and I started working with the Bears for Christ ministry in 2018 after serving as youth minister at R&C for 4 years. We are definitely no strangers at Robinson & Center. Gina grew up here and when I came to college at UCA in 2008, I came up through the Bears for Christ Ministry and served as a resident intern for 2 years.  Gina and I were married in April of 2011 and had our son Macoy in December 2015, our daughter Jordanna in November 2017, and our daughter Oakley in June 2019. We met through the ministry here at Robinson and Center and are excited to be back and working with the congregation where we got our start.

I graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a degree in Psychology, while Gina graduated from UAMS as a dental hygienist. However, we both have degrees from UCA and claim that as our Alma Mater.  Go Bears!

We are extremely blessed to get to minister to a great group of teens and college students here and love getting to share our passion for Christ with them. 

 

 

 

 




Youth Minister

Daniel Parrish

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I grew up in Morrilton and was introduced to R&C through a friend asking me to come to a youth group lock-in when I was 15. I’ve been in love with the church here ever since.

I went to school at Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould, AR and majored in Youth and Family Ministry. I was the R&C Summer Youth Intern for two summers before taking the full time Youth and Family Minister job in 2020.

I met my wife Maci at R&C and we were married in 2020. We do not have kids yet but we do have two huskies; Ash and Ember, who keep us entertained all the time. We both love R&C so much and are thrilled to be working beside so many great people for the glory of God!




Involvement Minister

Jake Wesson

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I moved to Conway in 2006 as a student at UCA. My involvement with the Bears for Christ lead me to R&C and I've worshipped with this amazing Church family ever since.

I met my wife Rachel through the Bears for Christ and we married in 2011. Rachel grew up in Conway and is a lifelong member of R&C. We have been blessed with three children; Henry, Addison, and Jillian, who give us joy and continue to teach us lessons on love, patience, and grace along the way.

I began working full time with R&C in July of 2020 as the Involvement Minister. I am blessed to have such an amazing Church family to work alongside as we shine the light of God in our community!




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