Nine to be ordained at Annual Conference June 20

Pending approval during the June 18 clergy session of the 2017 Arkansas Annual Conference, the following provisional clergy will be ordained in full connection to the Arkansas Conference. The Service of Ordination is set for Tuesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Bank of the Ozarks Arena, Hot Springs. All are invited to attend.

Zeke Allen

Zeke Allen, elder
Hometown: Gentry
Education: B.S. in Science, Arkansas Tech University; M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
Current appointment: First UMC Benton (associate)

Colin Bagby

Colin T. Bagby, elder
Hometown: Russellville
Education: B.A. in English, Hendrix College; M.Div., Candler School of Theology
Current appointment: First UMC Maumelle (associate)

Sara Bayles

Sara Darlene Bayles, elder
Hometown: Springdale
Education: B.A. in political science, religious studies, women’s studies, University of Central Arkansas; M.Div., Duke Divinity School, with a certificate in Gender, Theology and Ministry
Current appointment: First UMC Fort Smith (associate)

Todd Lovell

Todd M. Lovell, elder
Hometown: Perryville
Education: B.A. in Christian theology, Ouachita Baptist University; M.Div., Duke Divinity School
Current appointment: First UMC Springdale (associate)

Eric Meyer

Eric Lee Meyer, elder
Hometown: Bentonville
Education: B.S. in marketing, Northern Illinois University; M.Div., Phillips Theological Seminary
Current appointment: First UMC Bentonville (associate)

John Michael

John F. Michael, elder
Hometown: Paragould
Education: B.S.E. in speech communication and theater arts, Arkansas State University; B.A. in philosophy, ASU; M.A. in speech communication and theater arts, ASU; M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
Current appointment: First UMC Corning

Carissa Rodgers

Carissa Marie Rodgers, elder
Hometown: Little Rock
Education: B.A. in English, minor in political science, Philander Smith College; M.Div., SMU Perkins School of Theology
Current appointment: Quapaw Quarter UMC Little Rock

Bill Sardin

William James Sardin Jr., elder
Hometown: Little Rock
Education: B.S. in speech communication, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
Current appointment: First UMC Searcy
Future appointment: First UMC Hot Springs

Michelle Whitfield

Michelle Whitfield, deacon
Hometown: Little Rock
Education: B.A. in psychology, Saint Louis University; M.Div. and MSW, Boston University
Primary appointment: Wellspring Renewal Center
Secondary appointment: First UMC Little Rock