Below are the Great River Region Pulpit Supply Lists. Please contact Rev. Miles Cook at email@example.com or Teonicka Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. David Grandgeorge
Rev. David Grandgeorge is a retired Disciples of Christ Minister. He grew up on a rice farm and attended First Christian Church in Stuttgart, AR. He has a B.S. in Agriculture from Arkansas State University (1974) and a Masters in Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary (1987).
During the four years of seminary, David was Pastor at Perryville Christian Church in Kentucky. After Ordination at Stuttgart in 1987, he accepted a call to First Christian Church in Berea, KY, where he served for twelve years. David was on the Kentucky Regional staff as Kentucky Appalachian Minister in 2000. Then he was in secular ministries serving as Co-Director of the Madison County (KY) Habitat for Humanity affiliate, as Program Director for the Foothills Community Action Agency grant for small, non-profit organizations in a Faith-Based and Community Imitative from President George Bush, and as Director of the Richmond (KY) Senior Citizens Center. In 2007, David returned to pastoral ministry as pastor at Guyton Christian Church, near Savannah, GA, until retirement in March 2017.
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. 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 is a retired but active Disciples of Christ Minister. She is currently providing pulpit supply for Pulaski Heights Christian Church in Little Rock, AR.
Rev. Angela Wrentz
Rev. Angela Wrentz is currently the Associate Minister at First Christian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a trained chaplain and a student working towards a Master of Divinity degree. Her preaching style would be considered something along the lines of Biblical exaltation combined with warmth and introspection.
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. 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 Assistant 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).