2018 HBA Annual Meeting

Harmony Baptist Association

Annual Meeting Program

October 15, 2018

Watson Chapel Baptist Church

5514 Pinnacle Lane, Pine Bluff


6:15 pm   Fellowship and Booths in Fellowship Hall

               Registration of Messengers


7:00 pm   Call to Order                        Joshua Blevins

Welcome and Prayer                            Todd Howard

Seating of Messengers                         Joshua Blevins

Celebration Worship                            WCBC Worship Ministry      

Celebration Reports

        Hope Women’s Center                 Debra Burchfield

        BCM Report (UAPB)                     Tee Uzoigwe

        Stonebridge Ministry                    Harvey Hibner

        Administrative Team                    Joshua Blevins

        Associational Missionary               Mike Manning


Financial Report and Adoption              Tommy Carter

of 2019 Budget                          


Miscellaneous Business                        Joshua Blevins


Celebration Worship                            WCBC Worship Ministry

ABSC Report Annual Message               Sonny Tucker, ABSC  

New Church Recommendation(s)          Joshua Blevins

and Vote(s)


Celebration Worship                            WCBC Worship Ministry

Election of 2019 Officers                      Joshua Blevins


Adjourn Business and Prayer                Danny Allen, Incoming Moderator

Ordination Council

Please check your calendar if any ordained Pastor and Deacon are available on Sunday, September 30th. Shepherd Hill Baptist Church 10710 Shepherd Hill Road, Pine Bluff will have a Deacon Ordination service.

Counsel will meet at 2 pm

Service will be a 3 pm

Fellowship & meal after service.


Shepherd Hill Baptist Church, Pastor Thomas Lanthrip 870-534-1926



Elaine Hutcheson

Harmony Baptist Association


Arkansas Faith and Ethics Counsel



Sponsors of five issues are trying to retain spots for their respective measures on the ballot for Arkansas’ November general election. Legal challenges have been filed against four of the ballot issues. One or more those four ballot issues may be invalidated by the state supreme court. However, at this point, we must assume that these five measures will be considered by the state’s voters in November.


Issue No. 1 and Issue No. 2 are proposed constitutional amendments referred to the state’s voters by the legislature. Issue No. 1 is commonly referred to as a tort reform amendment. This is one of the four ballot issues that has been challenged and whose fate will be determined by the supreme court. If approved by voters, Issue No. 1 will put maximum caps on attorneys’ fees, punitive damages, and non-economic damages in civil lawsuits in personal injury and wrongful death cases. It will also grant to the legislature the authority to promulgate certain rules and standards dealing with pleading, practice, and procedures for the state’s courts.

Generally speaking, Issue No. 1 puts doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other business interests on one side against trial attorneys and the judiciary on the other side. These opposing forces are organized, well-financed, and will flood the print and electronic media with a massive amount of advertising between Labor Day and the November 6 election. Voters will need to sort through all the misleading ads to get to the truth. We are not taking a position on this issue, since it falls outside of our area of focus.


Issue No. 2 is fairly straightforward and easy to understand. If the voters pass this amendment, it would require a person to present a valid photographic identification in order to vote in state elections. This is the one ballot issue that has not been legally challenged. AFEC is not taking a position on this issue.


Issues No. 3, 4, and 5 are initiated measures – proposals qualified for the ballot by individuals or groups gathering registered voters’ signatures on petitions. All three of these ballot issues have had lawsuits filed against them. AFEC is taking a position in opposition against Issue No. 4. More about Issue No. 4 below.

Issue No. 3, if passed by voters, will reduce term limits for Arkansas legislators. Representatives will be allowed three two-year terms and senators can serve two four-year terms. However, no one will be able to serve more than ten years, should they be elected to both the state house of representatives and state senate. AFEC has no position on this matter.


Issue No. 4 is a proposed constitutional amendment torequire the issuance of one casino license in each of four Arkansas counties, Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson, and Pope. The Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council is a member of the ballot question committee, Ensuring Arkansas’ Future (“EAF”), along with Families First Foundation, the Family Council Action Committee, and several individuals. Little Rock Attorney Scott Trotter, representing those of us in EAF, has filed a lawsuit against Issue No. 4. A Russellville-area group, Citizens for Local Choice, has also filed a lawsuit challenging Issue No. 4’s ballot title.

The casino amendment sponsors are very well-funded. They have hired topnotch law firms, public relations and advertising professionals, and will spend incredibly huge sums of money to pass their respective measures. If the supreme court upholds Issue No. 4, voters will have to be very discerning to cut through all the “spin.”

None of the casinos that will be established under this amendment will be destination casinos, such as those in Las Vegas. They will be regional casinos and unlike destination casinos, most of their gamblers will be local. Because of that, the various problems associated with casino gambling will be concentrated in the communities where and near where the casinos are located.

The social, economic, and spiritual costs will have to be borne by those living and working in communities near the casinos. The crime, addiction, and turbulent family life caused by the predatory gambling conducted by the casinos will be a significant burden on local residents. The casinos and associated enterprises will cannibalize existing businesses, raise unemployment, drain off essential sales tax, and put stress on law enforcement and social service providers.

As we have done so many times in the past, we will be among the leadership in opposing this gambling amendment. Our goal will be to inform, motivate, equip, coordinate, and facilitate the efforts of our grass roots network, of which I trust you and your church will be key members. This strategy has worked before, and I believe it will again if we all will do our part.


Issue No. 5, which also has a legal challenge pending, is an initiated act; it is straightforward and easy to understand. If passed by voters, it will incrementally increase the state’s minimum wage from the current level of $8.50 to $11.00 in 2021. The current minimum wage for Arkansas workers is higher than those in the states bordering the state. AFEC does not support or oppose this measure.

We will periodically send updates on the status of these ballot issues. There will be a good deal of changes and developments in these matters. Stay tuned for more information. We will closely watch things for you.


To everyone, thanks for allowing us to serve you. And to those who support us with your prayers and financial gifts, we are appreciative that you have chosen to partner with us - our gratitude for you runs deep.

Saw You At The Pole

This year's Saw You at the Pole Rally will be held on September 27 at Watson Chapel Baptist Church from 6:30 to 8:00. Guest speaker will be Jeremy Woodall, Campus Pastor of BCM at UA Monticello. This is an event for junior high and high school students, as well as youth pastors and youth adult leaders. For more information contact Garrett Fox, Youth Pastor at Watson Chapel Baptist Church, at 870-879-1370. Join others in Harmony for this time of praise and worship to our Lord!!!"




Bro. Garrett Fox

Youth Pastor

Watson Chapel Baptist Church

HBA Executive Meeting

Harmony Baptist Association

Executive Board Meeting

will be held on Tues., Sept. 11th

at Northside Baptist Church

401 N Hwy 425, Star City


Officers & Team Leaders @ 9:00

Fellowship @ 10:00   

Executive Board Meeting @ 10:30

Bi-Vocational Pastors Confeence

Linda Tollison

Thu, Sep 6, 8:12 AM (1 day ago)
to Linda
Grief & Comfort Support Ministry will begin Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6-7:30 pm at HBA office. 
The Arkansas Baptist State Convention is offering a conference for smaller church / bi-vocational pastors on Sat. Sept. 8, 9 a.m-3 p.m. at the ABSC Building.
The topics will be:
  • Sermon Preparation
  • Developing and Communicating a Biblical Vision
  • Moving from Vision to Reality

    The cost is $10 per person (max $25 per family), and there will be a separate conference for the wives.

    Deadline for registering is Aug. 31. You can sign up at, or call 800-838-2272 ext. 5114.

    If you have more questions and would like to talk with me about it, please contact me.


    Elaine Hutcheson
    Harmony Baptist Association


Chosen People

I talked to this lady recently, and she asked if I might pass along this info to you. This is a legitimate ministry and is worthy of your consideration. Please find the info below. If you have questions and/or are interested, you can contact the ministry directly.
Mike M.
Good afternoon,
Thank you so much for your help!
This is what I was sending to churches:
Chosen People Ministries has been asked to give a presentation on Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement on October 14th at 5PM at FBC Pine Bluff.  We're hoping that another group (whether a Bible study, men's prayer breakfast, or the whole congregation) might be interested in this as well for the 11th or 14th of October.  
Israel Cohen (please click on his name for his bio) is one of our most engaging and energetic speakers.  His list of topics are included in his "biography."
Our most popular program is our Messiah in the Passover presentation... which ties together Passover, the Last Supper, and the Lord's Supper, is given as a 45 minute program at the church or as a Passover Seder Banquet.  Our representatives give this presentation whenever you celebrate Communion.
Thank you for looking into my request.  Please reply to this email or text/leave a voicemail at 540-479-9519.
With joy,
Carril Bentz | Church Ministries Coordinator
Church Ministries
text or call cell: 540-479-9519 I fax 561-737-1433
1015 Old Boynton Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33426-3514
Follow us:

    Elaine Hutcheson
    Harmony Baptist Association

Bi-Vocational Pastors Confeence

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention is offering a conference for smaller church / bi-vocational pastors on Sat. Sept. 8, 9 a.m-3 p.m. at the ABSC Building.
The topics will be:
  • Sermon Preparation
  • Developing and Communicating a Biblical Vision
  • Moving from Vision to Reality

    The cost is $10 per person (max $25 per family), and there will be a separate conference for the wives.

    Deadline for registering is Aug. 31. You can sign up at, or call 800-838-2272 ext. 5114.

    If you have more questions and would like to talk with me about it, please contact me.


Mike Manning        
Director / A.M., Harmony Baptist Association
2001 S Cherry St. Pine Bluff, AR 71601
501-581-9776 cell  -  870-534-1021 office  -  870-534-4625 fax

HBA Executive Meeting Minutes

Click here to go to the webpage that has the recent HBA Executive Minutes on it.


Sheetrock Installer and Painer

First Baptist Church Pine Bluff is in need of a sheetrock installer and painter to provide an estimate for sheetrock work/paint work at the church.  If you have a person skilled in these areas who you would recommend, please give me a call at 501-425-7097.  We want to provide work for skilled/dependable folks in Jefferson County if possible, and we are really having a difficult time finding someone local.  Thank you.  Ken Thornton
Ken Thornton
Pastor at First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff
Address  6501 S. Hazel St Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone   870.534.4741  Mobile  501.425.7097  
    Elaine Hutcheson    
    Harmony Baptist Association


Today we updated the copy of Bro. Bobby Lamb's weekly report for September 9, 2018. Bro Bobby generates this report weekly and sends to various people. Check it out on the Info Center page of this website today.


Retired Pastors of the HBA

A new page has been added showing the retired pastors of the HBA. See this page.

Looking for a supply pastor, revival preacher...look here

Bro. Rudy Davis wrote to let us know he has many open dates. 

Bro. Rudy

Rudy Davis
204 Donna Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

Pastorless Churches

Please pray for the following pastorless churches

Gould First;

Grady First Baptist Church

Kingsland Baptist Church

Matthews Memorial.

Northside (Interim: Matthew Watson)

Dumas First Baptist Church is accepting resumes for Associate Pastor/Minister of Music and Children.  Resumes can be sent to Glenda Reding, 638 Hwy 138 East, Tillar, AR 71670 or emailed to