Rev. Dr. Nadine Burton, Executive Regional Minister

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. She boldly reported traveling 33,000 miles from 2015-16, which became a familiar hashtag throughout the Great River. 

Rev. Dr. Jarrett Banks, New Church Planter

Rev. Dr. Jarrett Banks is a graduate of Wingate University (Bachelor of Science), a graduate of Southern Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and a graduate of Gardner-Webb University (Doctor of Ministry). He has over 30 years of ministerial experience.

Jarrett has served as the senior minister of churches in North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. His mission has been to challenge others to follow the way Jesus taught his disciples to live, serve and love. In 2019, Jarrett decided the best way he could fulfill that mission is by working with others to envision a new expression of church. He is ordained and commissioned by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Kristen Beach, Ministry Program Associate

Kristen Beach is the Ministry Program Associate for the Great River Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Prior to serving the region, she was an elementary teacher and administrator for nearly twenty years. She is a third generation Disciple who attends Park Hill Christian Church in North Little Rock, AR. She and her husband, David, raised their two grown children, Grant (Casey) and Elizabeth (Justin Willson) in the church where they grew up together. Kristen has served as an elder, diaconate, Sunday school teacher, and has served on the board as chair of various ministry teams throughout the years.

Teonicka Russell, Administrative Associate

Teonicka Russell is the Administrative Associate to the Executive Regional Minister of the Great River Region. She currently has a professional background in Computer Science as well as Business Administration. Teonicka’s goal in life is to provide quality and professional work in whatever area she is called to work. As a believer in Jesus Christ, Teonicka believes that Jesus is the author of her life. She shared, “Looking at the earth through the eyes of Jesus is the first step in saving a dying world.”