People of Faith: Aug. 5, 2016

Jan Powell

Jan Powell

Powell joins Southwest District office as administrative assistant

Jan Powell has begun work for the Southwest District office in the role of part-time administrative assistant.

A 24-year resident of Arkadelphia, Powell has spent the past decade supporting and attending First United Methodist Church Arkadelphia, where she is a member of the handbell choir.

She graduated from Blytheville High School, and attended Mississippi County Community College working toward a degree in business administration. She has spent most of her career in administrative assistant roles, including 10 years at a local bank in positions with the account maintenance and accounting departments, as well as in the role of teller.

Powell also had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom to teach and raise her two children: Chris, now 28, and Laura, now 22.

She may be reached at or by phone at the Southwest District office, 870-230-1118.

Kim Carter

Kim Carter

Tanako executive director named ‘Arkansan of the Week’

Kim Carter, executive director of Camp Tanako, on July 15 was recognized by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton as “Arkansan of the Week.”

Cotton recognized Carter “for her commitment to ensuring Arkansas children have the love and support they deserve.” He noted that she and her family have spent the past decade as a foster family, having helped nearly three dozen children, and highlighted the work she has done as executive director of Camp Tanako, the United Methodist camp in Hot Springs.

“Under her leadership and direction, Kim has helped the camp expand its reach tremendously,” Cotton said. “Each year, dozens of area children are able to participate in Camp Tanako’s various summer programs. Recently, Kim also started a day camp for local children to attend in the summer, which has also been a huge success.”

The “Arkansan of the Week” initiative began in May 2016 and is designed to honor Arkansans who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to their communities, and to the state. Senator Cotton honors each Arkansan of the Week with a speech on the Senate floor. To nominate someone for Arkansan of the Week, send the nominee’s name, contact information, a detailed description of why you think they should be recognized and a photo or photos, if available, to