Below are the Great River Region Pulpit Supply Lists. Please contact Rev. Miles Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or Teonicka Russell at email@example.com for contact information.
Pulpit Supply for Central Arkansas
Rev. Dr. Jarrett Banks
Rev. Dr. Jarrett Banks is a graduate of Wingate College (B.S.), graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and graduate of Gardner-Webb University (Doctor of Ministry). He currently lives in Mandeville, Louisiana, with his wife of 33 years, Lori. Jarrett has served with churches in Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and North Carolina.
Jarrett is Ordained and Commissioned by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and currently serves as the Lead Visionary for a new church expression north of New Orleans, Louisiana. The new expression is mobile (no building) and consists of monthly dinner parties and a variety of service projects during the week. The mission is simple: to love our neighbors.
Rev. Dr. Nadine Burton
Rev. Dr. Nadine Burton is the Executive Regional Minister for the Great River Region. She initially accepted the assignment as Interim Regional Minister in September 2015. Having worked in a variety of roles, Dr. Burton came highly qualified. She currently provides spiritual and administrative oversight for 106 congregations throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and a pastoral “presence” for pastors, lay leaders, and members.
Dr. Burton earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin and a Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. She completed her Doctor of Ministry degree in Multicultural Studies at Lexington Theological Seminary, completing her thesis, “Considering the Relevance of a Multicultural Reality within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).”
Rev. Marilou Coins
Rev. Marilou Coins is a Commissioned Minister of the Truckers Chapel through Pulaski Heights Christian Church in Little Rock, AR. She has been in this ministry since 2001.
Rev. Miles Cook
Rev. Miles Cook is a native of LaGrange, Kentucky. He is married to Trela Cook and is currently the Director of Pinnacle Outreach Ministry. Miles has been an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 1984. He received his Master of Divinity degree (Brite Divinity School) and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Texas Christian University. Miles has served with churches in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
Rev. Mark Garner
Rev. Mark Garner is the Interim Pastor at First Christian Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is married to Karen Hill and lives in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
Rev. Rick Hendricks
Rev. Rick Hendricks is a retired but active Disciples of Christ Minister who last served in Oklahoma. He currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Rev. Don Hubbard
Rev. Don Hubbard is a retired Disciples of Christ Minister. He is a graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, along with additional graduate study at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
After serving Southern Baptist Churches for eleven years in Arkansas, Don was granted Ordained Ministerial Standing by The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1996. He served as a hospital chaplain at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, from 1995 – 2011. During his tenure in Fort Smith, Don also served as interim/supply pastor for churches in six different denominations. He retired as pastor of the First Christian Church (DOC) – Hot Springs, Arkansas, in May 2021 and continues serving as interim/supply pastor for congregations in the Great River Region.
Rev. Linda James
Rev. Linda James is a Disciples of Christ Minister and Council Member of the Center for Indigenous Ministry. She currently lives in Malvern, Arkansas.
Rev. Alison Robuck
Rev. Alison Robuck is currently serving as Interim Minister of First Christian Church in Sherwood, Arkansas. Inspired by her mother’s health crisis a few years ago, Alison earned her C.N.H.P. (Certified Natural Health Professional) and enjoys leading workshops on the mind, body, spirit connection. Alison’s ministry passions include preaching, pastoral care, stewardship of wellness, and guiding others to discover their own spiritual gifts. Rev. Robuck serves on our Regional Board as our Great River Region representative on the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Alison resides in North Little Rock with her daughter, Katelyn.
Rev. Donna Rountree
Rev. Donna Rountree has served on the General Board of the Christian Church (DOC) and the Regional Board for the Great River Region. She worked as a consultant for R.A.I.N. (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network), working with congregations that cared for AIDS patients. She is married to Greg Rountree and has 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 4 dogs. She is currently retired to take care of her father. She also serves on the GRR Anti-Racism team.
Rev. Sara Rudolph-Pollard
Rev. Sara Rudolph-Pollard is an Ordained Disciples of Christ Minister and works as the Domestic Violence Project Coordinator for the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence at the U of A Medical Sciences. She serves on the GRR Anti-Racism team.
Rev. Brad Thornton
Rev. Brad Thornton is the Interim Minister at Park Hill Christian Church in North Little Rock, AR. Prior to answering the call of Ordained Ministry, Brad was an attorney in Kansas and Nebraska for thirty years. Brad was Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Nebraska Region, and for the past ten years, Brad has served churches in Arkansas and Iowa mostly as an Interim Minister. He has completed training and fieldwork in intentional interim ministry and church transformation.
Brad holds an undergraduate degree from Kearney State College in Nebraska, a law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, and a M.Div. degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Rev. Dr. Thom Walker
Rev. Dr. Thom Walker is a retired but active Disciples of Christ Minister. He last served as minister of First Christian Church in Russellville, Arkansas.
Rev. Linda White
Rev. Linda White served on the staff of Park Hill Christian Church in North Little Rock for eighteen years as Minister of Christian Education and Youth and as Associate Minister. In addition, she served as Acting Senior Minister of Park Hill CC for two years before her retirement in 2016. She grew up in DeWitt and Hot Springs, Arkansas, received a Bachelor of Applied Music degree from Henderson University, and was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2012. Linda lives in North Little Rock with her husband, Mike. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Pulpit Supply for Northwest Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana
(Includes Rev. Dr. Nadine Burton and Rev. Dr. Jarrett Banks)
Rev. Jay Hoyt
Rev. Jay Hoyt is a Disciples of Christ Minister who serves as an Elder at First Christian Church in Bentonville, Arkansas while working for Pea Ridge Schools. He has ministered in congregations in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Rev. Laura Whitaker
Rev. Laura Whitaker is a Board-Certified Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Chaplain. She received her M.Div. degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her focus in seminary was pastoral care and counseling. She is currently a member of First Christian Church & WaterWay in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Rev. Terry Rothermich
Rev. Terry Rothermich is a retired but active Disciples of Christ Minister who last served congregations in Missouri and Texas. He received his M.Div. at Brite Divinity School/TCU. He currently teaches Sunday School and Men’s Bible Study at First Christian Church in Rogers, Arkansas.
Rev. Kaycee Young
Rev. Kaycee Young is a Disciples of Christ Minister and serves as a Hospital Chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She received her M.Div. degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Rev. Dr. Megan Alleman
Rev. Dr. Megan Alleman is an ACPE Certified Educator and Board-Certified Chaplain currently living in New Orleans, LA as of December 2021. Megan’s ministry began in 2011 and her calling as a chaplain has deepened into speaking truth to power at an institutional level in the healthcare field, educating on spiritual care and the intersection of spirituality with mental healthcare, and advocating for the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities within ACPE. Prior to moving to New Orleans, Megan lived in Oklahoma City, OK for 5 years where she was a US Army Reserves Chaplain and staff chaplain at the VA Hospital, her ministry focus included providing spiritual care in multiple contexts like acute mental health, housing Veterans experiencing homelessness, palliative care, and the Veteran LGBTQIA+ community. While spiritual care and education in healthcare are the current major focus of her ministry, Megan sees this as an extension of the healing work of the Christian Church and regularly provides support to pastors through individual spiritual caregiving, peer relationship, pulpit supply, and providing coverage during emergencies.
Rev. BJ Tapley
Rev. BJ Tapley is a native Texan who moved to New Orleans in August 2022 to become a Chaplain at Ochsner Kenner Medical Center. He is an Ordained DOC Minister and has served congregations and hospitals for over 10 years in Texas, Oklahoma, and now Louisiana. He finds great purpose in meeting people on their journey and is honored to be able to journey with them, for as long as they are together. In his free time, BJ likes woodworking and playing with his dog, Bruno. (Yes, talking about Bruno is always a good thing!) He is also enjoying getting to know the greater NOLA area.
Rev. Vanessa J. Falgoust
Rev. Vanessa J. Falgoust is a native of Hammond, LA. In her youth, she attended FCC Hammond and was encouraged by her pastor to pursue an education at Texas Christian University, where she majored in religion and philosophy. She also went on to earn her M.Div. at Yale University.
With a passion for helping others, Vanessa served in ministry as a missionary in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), parish ministry, and healthcare chaplaincy. Her last ministry position was as a hospice chaplain.
Rev. Bonnie Simerly
Rev. Bonnie Simerly is an Ordained Disciples of Christ Minister who is not currently serving a church. She lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
Rev. Jennifer ‘‘Jyn’’ Lesher
Rev. Jennifer ‘‘Jyn’’ Lesher is an Ordained Disciples of Christ Minister. She is currently a member of Kings Highway Christian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Rev. DC Sills
Rev. DC Sills is an Ordained Disciples of Christ Minister who lives in Alexandria, LA. She identifies as a Child of God who happens to be a singer-songwriter, worship leader, pastor, lesbian, daughter, wife, friend, sister, and an occasional accidental activist. She received her Masters of Divinity from Iliff School for Theology in Denver, CO. DC is passionate about providing worship experiences where everyone is welcome and made to feel worthy and loved, just as they are.
Rev. Dr. Nearline Anderson
Rev. Dr. Nearline Anderson is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and Ordained Disciples of Christ Minister. She is currently a member of Indianola CC, where she has served as Associate Minister, Bible Teacher, and Youth Minister. She received her Doctor of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary. With the heart to help others, Nearline participates in community outreach with children through local mission efforts.
Rev. Percy Terrell
Rev. Percy Terrell is the Pastor at St. Elmo Christian Church and King David Christian Church in Hermanville, Mississippi. Percy is educated in the Claiborne County Public School Systems and graduated from Port Gibson High School. He continued his studies gaining an Associate Arts Degree from Hinds Community College and completed a 2-year Career Technical Education Program in Collision Repair with Outstanding Achievement as a Dean Scholar. He also holds an Associate of Religious Education Degree from the McKinley Theological Seminary. Percy currently serves as a Regional Elder for the Great River Region (CCDOC).