I have been the full-time local minister of the marion church, in marion, Arkansas since 1997. I helped found this church in 1974 with two fellow students of the Memphis School of Preaching, Jerry Bohannan and Dennis Roan. I am its first full time minister.
The church has had three locations in its history. In 2003 the church moved into its new building at its current site on Highway 64 at the outskirts of Marion. It is a beautiful gothic style building that has quickly become a beautiful landmark in the community.
Through the years, the congregation has struggled, as infant congregations tend to do. But now it is a moderately sized, a fully developed congregation with Elders and Deacons.
Through the years the Marion church has been active locally and globally in spreading the gospel. Local efforts have included door knocking campaigns, gospel meetings, youth programs and various specially themed programs. The congregation has suppored various missionaries and mission programs. It’s major mission activity currently is the work that it is involved in in the nation of India.
The Marion church has been involved in both benevolent and evangelistic activities for over two decades. In recent years the church has spear-headed the Purpose and Vision Missions, focused on the development of two children's homes there: the Fleming Tarpidu Institute (usually known as F.T.I.), in Tallapudi, Andhra Pradesh, India is our boys’ campus. Also there is a girls’ campus in nearby Bikkavolu, which is called Devuni Varamu Mission (usually known as D.V.M.), which is translated as “Gift of God.”