I am so excited to formally announce that we have a couple of staffing changes that will help us to continue making strides in our commitment to being an intergenerational church. Our personnel team unanimously voted to make Jay Jacobs our new Pastor to Sr. Adults and Men!
Did you know that 10,000 people a day are turning 65! These "Senior Adults" are changing the definition of what it means to "retire" and get older. We want to be a church that engages these individuals with the Gospel and harness their love for the Lord to impact the Kingdom.
Pastor Jay will also be leading new efforts to engage men and assist with some areas of pastoral care at our church. I am so excited about Jay's desire to lead these two areas!
I am grateful for Pastor Eric Stockholm's contribution to our existing ministry to Senior Adults. Eric will remain part-time on our pastoral team. He will continue his role in the RWC and assist with Biblical Counseling. I cannot express my gratitude to him for his service to our congregation.
The personnel team has also extended a call to Slaton Teague as our Interim High School Student Pastor. We have been looking for the right fit for over two years and we believe Slaton is the man.
Slaton is currently a student at Ouachita Baptist University and will be graduating in December with a degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries. He is from Longview, Texas and is engaged to be married to Allison Kash on March 30, 2019. Slaton is called to serve God’s people through the platform of the local church. His father was a pastor and his mother was a coach. The church and sports have always been a big part of his life. He was a three sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) and enjoys reading, coffee, and playing basketball and golf. Slaton loves student ministry. Slaton served on staff at First Baptist Bentonville for the past three summers. He has a passion for leading students to fall madly in love with Jesus through the bold teaching of the scriptures and building relationships.
Slaton will share his testimony with the church on Sunday, September 30th followed by an afternoon and evening of meetings with our Student Ministry Team, Students and Parents. Please make every effort to give him a warm FBLR welcome!
I am convinced that these staffing changes will indeed help us to become more strategic in our efforts to reach and minister to all generations.