People of Faith: Dec. 5, 2014

Fall 2014 Course of Study graduates

Fall 2014 Course of Study graduates

Five students finish Arkansas Course of Study School in Fall 2014 session

Five students completed coursework this fall through the Arkansas Course of Study School, an extension school of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology.

Pictured, from left, are Bill Ferguson, who serves as pastor of Sherrill UMC; Roy Sherfield of the Missouri Conference; Travis Jackson, who pastors Bailey Chapel UMC ; Andy Newbill, serving the Piggott/Wright’s Chapel Charge; and Michael Callahan, who serves at Harmon UMC.

Approximately 60 students currently participate in the Course of Study School, which offers classes each semester at Hendrix College in Conway. To complete the school, students must pass 20 classes. If a student takes all of the classes at Hendrix and never misses a semester, it takes 10 years to complete the school. Students also may take classes online or at other schools to count toward the coursework.

Rev. Dr. Michelle J. Morris

Rev. Dr. Michelle J. Morris

Morris presents at Society of Biblical Literature national meeting

Dr. Michelle J. Morris, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church West Memphis, presented a paper at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, held this year in San Diego from Nov. 21-25. Her paper is entitled, “Power Play: Jesus, the Hemorrhaging Woman, and Defining Disabled Identity.” Her paper examines how both power and disability travel back and forth between Jesus and the woman. She is one of six presenters in the session for Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World.

The Society of Biblical Literature meets every year in tandem with the American Academy of Religion, gathering religious scholars from all over the world to share and discuss innovations in biblical and religious scholarship. This marks Morris’s third time to present at this annual gathering.

OMP announces new mission coordinator, board members

Ozark Mission Project (OMP) has hired a new mission coordinator and named three new members to its board of directors.

Douglas Turner

Douglas Turner

Douglas Turner is the new mission coordinator. A Mississippi native, she graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a degree in elementary education. She is an active member of Pulaski Heights UMC, where she has served in many leadership roles through missions and children’s ministry. After nine years of teaching, Douglas has decided to follow her passion for nonprofits through working with OMP.

The three new board members are the Rev. Ben Crismon, pastor of White Hall UMC; Holly Ross, a pharmacist and member of Pulaski Heights UMC; and Brendan Monaghan, vice president at Bancorp South Insurance Services and a member of Pulaski Heights UMC.