New pastor at Little River Missionary Baptist Church
Jeff Knowlton is the new pastor at Little River Missionary Baptist Church, 1208 North County Road 309, Manila. He and his wife, Jessica, have moved into the parsonage and are enjoying living in the country. They have been serving at Little River Church since Sept. 11.
Brother Knowlton, a native of Manila, is a member of the Manila High School Class of 1981. He served as a minister in the area from 1984 until 1991. He went west living in Wyoming until returning to Northeast Arkansas in 2005.
"I see a wonderful road ahead of us," Brother Knowlton said. "We are starting up some new outreach programs for the community and resuming midweek services. We are taking great care in developing some good programs for our youth. This year Little River Baptist Church will celebrate its 88th birthday. It has been a beacon shining in the community for a mighty long time. God has a plan and purpose for us and we are committed to take that torch and carry it forward as we journey to Little River Baptist Church's 100th birthday. Matthew 5:14 says, "Ye are the light of the world A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." I truly believe that hill is Calvary, and I believe Little River Baptist Church is founded on that hill, and we want to continue to let our light so shine."
Brother Knowlton said they are gearing up for the study of the book of Daniel starting Oct. 19 on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. He and the members invite everyone to come by and visit.
"Jessica and I try to have a pot of beans on the stove and cornbread in the oven, so drop by and visit," Knowton said. "God loves you and so do we."
Sunday service times are: Sunday School, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.; and evening service, 5 p.m.