Around the Diocese
St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home
St. Andrew’s in Mountain Home (ASA 78) is in the northern part of the state, close to the Missouri border. As the name suggests, Mountain Home is picturesque, situated in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Many retirees settle hear from midwestern states. The congregation is in great shape, having been expertly shepherded by former rector Jim McDonald for the past eight years. St. Andrew’s has a good deal of energy and excitement about doing real ministry in the community. The building is newer and in great repair.
St. James’, Eureka Springs
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.
St. Paul’s, Fayetteville
No longer receiving names.
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.