Rev. Herschel L. Richardson Jr. was appointed senior pastor of Grace July 1, 2018. His mission is to assist others in developing physical and spiritual health through a good foundation in Jesus Christ which leads to their understanding of God’s grace, mercy, and purpose for their lives. Rev. Richardson is an Elder in Full Connection in the Arkansas Conference and has a Diploma of Registered Nursing from Baptist School of Nursing and Allied Health in Little Rock, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.
David, our Youth Minister, joined the Grace staff in December of 2008. He is, originally, from Planet Earth- as he puts it- and is married to Bonnie, and they have 2 children, John and Mollie. Besides doing the obvious youth minister routine of watching "Phineas & Ferb" and laughing uncontrollably; he and his family like to be outdoors doing anything fun. His favorite quote is "Character is what you are in the dark" by D.L. Moody. If you are thinking about treating him, you can take him to Cross Creek Sandwich Shop where he will enjoy his favorite chicken salad sandwich and Mrs. Chris' homemade desserts! His favorite Bible verses are Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God." and James 1:22, "Be doers of the word and not hearers only."
Rae Hooker was appointed Grace Learning Center Director August 2019. She has four children – Daniel (11), David (9), Mary Blanche (7), and Derek (5). She obtained a degree in Social Work from ASU Jonesboro in 2002. She has worked with children for over 20 years as their Social Worker, their preschool teacher, the director of their childcare center, and their nanny. Her favorite bible verse is Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Peggy was appointed as our Interim Choir Director in March 2019, and became Choir Director in April. Originally from Benton, she was blessed to be raised in a Christian home where she and her four siblings sang together from the time they were very young. Peggy recently returned to Arkansas after living most of her adult life away from her home state. She and her husband, Joe, have three daughters and five grandchildren. They very much enjoy camping, traveling, and cooking together – and, of course, eating! Peggy has a passion for leading others to connect with God through music. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Lori joined the Grace staff in December of 2016. She handles the typical administrative duties as church receptionist as well as coordinating church communications, such as bulletins, newsletters, social media, and more. Lori graduated from UCA in 2015 and has experience as an administrative assistant at another UMC in White Hall, AR. For fun she enjoys running and spending time with family. She and her husband, Matt, were married at Grace in June of 2015. One of her favorite Bible verses is Romans 12:12, "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Jennifer manages the overall financial operations, activities, payroll distribution, and reporting of Grace Church, Grace Learning Center, and all other ministries supported by Grace UMC.
Gene started working as our part-time custodian in June of 2017.