Around the Diocese

For additional information, contact the Rev. Canon Jason Alexander, Canon to the Ordinary, at 501-372-2168 or jalexander@episcopalarkansas.org.

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St. Paul’s, Fayetteville

Receiving Names
until Feb. 16, 2018

Located in the heart of Razorback country, St. Paul’s, Fayetteville (ASA 485) anchors the Episcopal Church’s presence in the northwest part of Arkansas. Lowell Grisham, the current rector of 20 years, will retire in early 2018, leaving St. Paul’s in excellent shape. It is a vibrant congregation with ministries deeply woven into the Fayetteville community. Given the rapidly growing population in northwest Arkansas, St. Paul’s has the potential to continue to expand in numbers and in community impact.


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St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home

Receiving Names
until Feb. 1, 2018

St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home (ASA 75), is in the north of the state, close to the Missouri border. As its name suggests, Mountain Home is picturesque, situated in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. It tends to be a retirement destination for Midwesterners. The congregation is in great shape having been expertly shepherded by Jim McDonald, the previous rector, for the past eight years. Despite its large number of retirees, St. Andrew’s has a good deal of energy and excitement about doing ministry in the community. The building is newer and in great repair.

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St. James’, Eureka Springs

Receiving Names
until Feb. 1, 2018

St. James in Eureka Springs (ASA 76) has enjoyed a very positive past eight years. Its most recent two vicars were part-time, and they did fantastic work empowering lay leadership. Eureka Springs is a unique town in northwest Arkansas. It is a popular tourist destination and a politically liberal pocket in a fairly conservative region.

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St. Mark’s, Jonesboro

Receiving Names
until Feb. 1, 2018

St. Mark’s in Jonesboro (ASA 146) has grown significantly in recent years and is poised to keep growing. Jonesboro is home to Arkansas State University, and St. Mark’s serves as a home for a number of its students and faculty. St. Mark’s is currently under the leadership of its curate, who took the reigns when the former rector departed not long after her arrival. She’s doing a remarkable job, and the congregation has been very supportive of her stepping in to fill the gaps. There is a large LGBT population in the congregation that has found support and love from long-time members. St. Mark’s will continue to have a very positive presence in the community under new, energetic leadership.

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St. Mary’s, El Dorado

Receiving Names
until Feb. 1, 2018

St. Mary’s, El Dorado (ASA 84), in the southern part of the state, is a well-established congregation with many long-time, dedicated Episcopalians in the pews. Their recently retired long-time rector, Chuck Chapman, had a good run and the congregation is now ready to head in a new direction. It would benefit from visionary, programmatic leadership with keen attention to relationships. The physical plant is substantial and the architecture is historic.

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Trinity Church, Searcy

Receiving Names
until Feb. 1, 2018

Trinity Church in Searcy (ASA 45) is located one hour north of Little Rock and is home to Harding University (affiliated with Church of Christ), making it a unique religious alternative in that community. If clergy leadership chooses to make ministry to the seekers a priority, growth is a real possibility. Finances are tight and work needs to be done to wean the budget from its heavy use of the congregation’s endowment. This would be a fine call for a first-time rector, but a few years of priestly experience could be helpful.

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St. Peter’s, Conway

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Conway is home to Hendrix College, The University of Central Arkansas, and Central Baptist College. St. Peter’s (ASA 159) offers the Episcopal tradition to this growing, central Arkansas “community of colleges.” A number of professors and students alike call St. Peter’s home. In addition to appreciating thoughtful, academically-minded sermons and theologically education, St. Peter’s prides itself on being a strong voice for social justice issues in the community. St. Peter’s recently celebrated a same-sex marriage between two long-time members, and points to this as a symbol of what it values.