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This is a picture of an open Bible with a pair of glasses, a journal and a cup of coffee.Below are the Fellowship Bible Church core values. These values are part of our DNA and are empowered by the Holy Spirit as He has His way in us.

Grace

Grace isn't an add on or after thought of God. Through the redemptive work of Jesus, grace becomes a life saving, undeserved gift. When properly understood grace should amaze us and change us. Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 2:11-12

Truth

Truth with a capital "T" is truth that endures all cultures, times and seasons. God's word is Truth and we are to value it highly, hold on to it preciously and share it lovingly. Ephesians 4:15, John 8:32, 2 Timothy 2:25

Community

God rightly defined and understood isn't just interested in community, He is community. We see it on display in the unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Since we are made in His image we too were formed to be in community and Christ transforms our lives for community. John 17:11,20-21

Externally Focused

Simply put, It's not about us! As Christ followers our focus is to be outward as we seek to be salt and light in three areas. Serving others inside the church as we build up the body with the gifts he has given us. Serving our city as we seek to be a blessing to the community through word and deed. Serving the nations as we step outside our culture to bring the hope of Jesus globally. Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 12:5-6, 1 Peter 4:10, Mathew 28:18-20, Isaiah 1:17

Authenticity

We are all "works in progress," therefore our desire is to be real (honest and unpretentious) with one another. Seeking to love all with a pure heart and sincere faith. Helping each other become more like Christ until He calls us home. 1 Timothy 1:5, 1 Corinthians 13:4,5,7

Generosity

Christ in us should make us the most generous people on the planet. Radical generosity is the result of understanding that it is in Christ that we live and move and have our being, which results in sharing what we've been given to advance the Kingdom to the Glory of God. 1 Thessalonians 1:6, Luke 6:38

Prayer

Prayer isn't a part of the strategy, prayer is the strategy. We will seek to make it an integral part of every ministry endeavor we seek to accomplish. Colossians 4:2, Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 6:18, Luke 18:1, Romans 12:12, Micah 7:7

Fellowship has ten staff members and is led by an elder board comprised of six laymen. We are excited about the direction of Fellowship and know that God is preparing us for wonderful things ahead.

Our leadership team is supported by a wonderful group of volunteer ministry team-leaders, community group leaders, and coaches. We are big fans of team-based ministry. We believe the burdens and blessings of ministry should be shared, and we should all participate in the work and the rewards of serving God’s kingdom. Now, let's introduce you to our staff!

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Doug Grimes

Lead Pastor


Picture of Doug GrimesDoug received his undergraduate degree in Speech Communications from the University of Montana. Upon graduation, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and served at the University of Utah and Kentucky for eleven years. During that time, Doug also received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Doug brings 33 years of ministry experience to Fellowship as well as his passion for reaching people with the Love of Christ and teaching the Word in relevant and practical ways.

Doug met his wife, Susan, while ministering on staff with Campus Crusade. They have been married 32 years and have three grown daughters, Katie, Beth, and Sarah,  and a female dog. :) Doug and Susan speak nationally with Family Life Ministries, seeking to equip marriages with God's plan.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys working out, golfing, fishing, and anything else one can do outdoors.

To contact Doug, click here.

 

Tyler Blackburn

Equipping Pastor


Picture of Tyler BlackburnTyler received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kansas State University in 2012. After graduation, he spent a year at the Kanakuk Institute, a discipleship program in Branson, Missouri. Upon graduation from the Institute, Tyler moved to Dallas, Texas to study at Dallas Theological Seminary. In May of 2016, Tyler received a Master's of Christian Leadership from DTS. Tyler is passionate about seeing others grow in their relationship with Christ through biblical study, theological training, and a substantive prayer life.

Tyler and his wife Lexis were married in March of 2014. The couple met while working as counselors at Kanakuk Kamps during college. In August of 2015, Tyler and Lexis moved to Searcy so Lexis could begin the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Harding University. Tyler and Lexis are thankful for the move to Searcy and the opportunity to be a part of the community at Fellowship.

In his spare time, Tyler enjoys creating memories with his wife, officiating high school sports, and activities that take him outdoors.

To contact Tyler, click here.

  

Josh Starks

Lead Worship Pastor


Picture of Josh StarksJosh was born and raised here in Searcy, AR, and has a love for this community. He began leading worship in high school for a local parachurch youth ministry and quickly discovered a deep passion for worshipping God and leading others to do the same. This passion developed more over time as he had the opportunity to lead as a volunteer at a local church for seven years and at other local gatherings throughout the years. He believes that Jesus is simply worthy of our worship at all times, that it’s possible to exalt Him in the midst of the problems we all experience in life, and that we were even made for this.

After graduating with a degree in Information Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he worked for several years in the technology sector for a couple of corporations and a tech start-up. After the last corporate venture of working for Chick-fil-A, Inc. in Atlanta, GA, he and his family were thrilled to return to Searcy for him to join staff at Fellowship.

Josh married the love of his life, Leah, in 2007. They now have three beautiful children: Hosea, Everett, and India.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys conversing with friends over a really good cup of specialty coffee, reading, running, Fall weather, and going on dates with his wife.

To contact Josh, click here.

 

 

Chris Massey

Pastor of Church Ministires


Picture of Chris MasseyChris was born and raised in Sunny Florida and where he received his undergraduate degree in Communications from The Florida State University. After graduation, he interned with the student ministry at Biltmore Baptist Church in Asheville, NC. He then attended Kanakuk Institute, a year long youth ministry training program. Upon finishing with Kanakuk he joined the staff of K-Life Ministries and served in Harrison, Arkansas for three years. During that time, Chris also received his Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministries from John Brown University. Chris brings 15 years of ministry experience to Fellowship as well as a passion for students in the Searcy area, reaching people where they are, and sharing the Love of Christ with them.

Chris and Jen were married in August 2009. Chris and Jen met while he was on Staff for K-Life in Harrison and she was a volunteer with Searcy K-Life. Chris and Jen have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Stella Kate, Wallace and Ada.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys wood-working, sports, working out, and anything having to do with FLORIDA STATE.

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Ben Pukas

Student Pastor


Picture of Ben PukasBen was born in the amazing city of Tampa, Florida where he was raised and received a love for the beach and the outdoors. He ended up staying in Tampa to get his degree in finance and economics at the University of South Florida, and to this day remains a die-hard Bulls fan. During his time at USF, he felt God calling him away from the business world and into the ministry world. Ben became a student pastor for Grace Community Church in Brandon, Florida, and a year and a half later moved to Dallas, Texas to be trained in the fellowship at Watermark Community Church for 10 months. Ben has a huge heart for students and for them to see that the abundant life is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ and that following Him can be fun and fulfilling, not boring and restricting.

Ben is not married but hope to one day have a family. He has a German Shepherd puppy, and she is like his child, and as such, is his family.

Ben loves playing and watching sports of all kinds, but doing things with people is what gives him the most joy. Whether watching movies (favorite movies are The Notebook and Remember the Titans), playing games or sports, or just talking, it doesn’t matter as long as he’s with the people he loves.

To contact Ben, click here.

 

Shannon Chung

Missions Pastor


Picture of Shannon ChungShannon graduated from Michigan State University with her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education/Child Development/Language Arts. After graduating college, she spent the next year with a mission agency called Pioneers, living and ministering in Northern India to an unreached high caste Hindu group. Upon returning from India, she spent the next two years teaching Kindergarten and Preschool in the Detroit area. In 2008, Shannon moved to Arkansas to work for a mission mobilizing ministry called The Traveling Team as their follow-up coordinator and scheduler. Shannon's passion is to see God's remarkable love and grace extended to the areas of the world where He is not yet known or glorified.

Shannon met her husband in Conway, Arkansas while they were both involved with I.F.O., a ministry that focuses on reaching out to international students. After dating for two years, Shannon and Tim married in October 2010. Shannon moved to Searcy where Tim had been working as a physical therapist. In November 2012 they welcomed their first child Mia into the world. Two years later they went from being a family of three to four as their son Landon was born!

In her spare time, Shannon enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, working out, cheering for Michigan State and Kentucky, cooking, reading, playing games, hiking, and watching a little too much HGTV.

To contact Shannon, click here.

 

Kathryn Kidd

Ministerial Assistant


Picture of Kathryn KiddKathryn was born in Pontiac, Michigan and raised in Arkansas. Kathryn and her husband Mike have worked in ministry for over 20 years. Mike pastored for many of those years and Kathryn worked with the children, taught Sunday school, and organized vacation bible schools. Kathryn has worked in retail for the past 28 years as well as a small direct sales business where she leads a group of women.

Kathryn and Mike have been married 31 years. They have one son, Michael, Michael's wife Brianna, and 4 delightful grandchildren. Kathryn has many things that she enjoys doing. At the top of her list are spending time with family, serving the church, reading, watching movies, listening to music, and watching football.

To contact Kathryn, click here.

 

Scott Roussel

Operations Director


Picture of Scott RousselScott Roussel received his undergraduate degree in business at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. Upon graduating, he started his business career in Searcy and now has over 40 years of business experience in the Searcy area.

Scott married Laura Pollard, his high school sweetheart, and they have been married 40 plus years. They now have two grown children, their spouses and seven grandchildren.

Scott and Laura love spending time with their grandchildren and enjoy working out, travelling and hiking.

To contact Scott, click here.


 

Fellowship Bible Church, Searcy

Board of Elders

Doug Grimes
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Who We Are

Fellowship Bible Church is a non-denominational church located in the beautiful city of Searcy, Arkansas. We are a mission driven church that seeks to love God and love people by reaching out through grace to build mature and equipped Christ followers who will make disciples of all nations. We believe every person should be equipped to live a life that glorifies God and helps to meet the needs of others.
 

 

Our Beliefs


If you're this far into the site, you'd probably like to know what we believe before you attend. Well, we can't blame you. This is actually one of the most visited pages on our website and we're happy that it is. Click on the button below to see our core beliefs and some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

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When We Meet

Sunday Mornings

First Service 9:00am
Second Service 10:45am
Fellowship Kids (K - 6th) 9:00am

Nursery Available durning the 9:00am service

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Where to Find Us

1009 E Beebe-Capps Expressway
Searcy, AR 72143
Phone: 501.279.9900
Fax: 501.279.9901
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What's Our Stance


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The Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, in whole and in part, error-free in the original writings and the supreme authority of faith and practice for believers in Jesus Christ. We further believe that there is but one true interpretation of any Biblical passage and this is found when one accurately applies the literal, grammatical, historical method of interpretation. (Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 4:12)

God

We believe there is but one living and true God who is infinite, eternal and unchangeable. We further believe that God is one in essence while eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though each person of the Godhead possesses precisely the same nature and attributes, each functions differently in respect to God’s purposes and dealings with man. (Deuteronomy 4:39; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Father

The first person of the trinity orders and directs all things according to His own purpose, pleasure and grace. The Father is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. He has decreed all things that come to pass for His own glory. He graciously involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayers, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 103:19; Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6)

The Son

The second person of the trinity is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of man. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. Having led a sinless life, He satisfied the Father’s justice concerning sin by His substitutionary death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His physical ascension and His visible return to earth to establish His earthly kingdom. (John 1:14-18; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:17-18; Revelation 20:11-15)

The Spirit

The third person of the trinity executes the will of God in the world of men. It is the Holy Spirit who applies the salvation Jesus Christ secured through His death on the cross. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers the church to live a lifestyle pleasing to God, endowing it with special gifts which equip believers to accomplish distinct ministries, planned beforehand by God the Father. (John 3:1-8; 15-16; 16:4-15; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18-21)

Man

We believe that man was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and to fulfill God’s Will on earth. Man sinned by a voluntary act of personal disobedience to the Will of God; as a result, all men are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of physical death. The fall of man was a non-repeatable historical fact, the effects of which are transmitted to all men, each of whom is born with a sinful nature and sins habitually in thought, word and deed. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; 3:3-4; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient, substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Him are declared justified by the Father on the grounds of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith have been regenerated by and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They become, thereby, the children of God forever and members of the one true church, the universal Body of Christ. This salvation will result in righteous living and good works as the believer submits his life to the control of the Holy Spirit who directs the life of the believer in harmony with the word of God. (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 10:10-12; 1 John 5:11-13)

The Church

We believe the church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, that is composed of all who have trusted in the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. We believe the church was created at Pentecost and that the believer is placed in the church by the work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the church is separate from Israel. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 10:32)
At the local level, the church is the gathering of believers in Jesus Christ who voluntarily commit to one another for the purpose of corporate worship, fellowship, equipping, service, and the practice of stewarding their lives to fulfill the great commission. (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-13, Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20)

Lord's Supper

The Lord’s Supper is primarily summed up in the command of Christ, ‘Do this in remembrance of Me’. It is first and foremost a memorial of Christ and His redemptive death, and secondly an expression of our fellowship with one another. (Luke 22.19, 1 Corinthians 11.24-25) We believe the Lord’s Supper is open to all who meet the prerequisites outlined in Scripture. First, that one personally knows Jesus Christ as Savior, and secondly, that they have a cleansed life.  Membership at Fellowship is not necessary to celebrate the Lord's Supper with us.  Just membership into the family of Christ. We corporately share the Lord’s Supper in our Sunday Celebration (worship) service the first Sunday of every month, and we also encourage its celebration in our Community GroupsThe Lord's Supper is also made available every Sunday for those who wish to partake.  (Psalm 24.3-4, 1 Corinthians 11.17-34)

Baptism

Baptism is an essential ‘first step’ for a believer who seeks to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. We uphold the act of baptism as a sacred command of Scripture. Every believer, serious about his or her faith, will also be serious about baptism. It is the ‘badge’ of our identity with Christ. In many ways, baptism is to Christianity what a ring is to marriage and proclaims the following:
  • It proclaims Christ’s death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
  • It publicly identifies one’s new life in Christ (Matthew 10:32)
  • It portrays a believer’s death to sin and his resurrection to a spiritual life and lifestyle through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:3-7, 10-11)
Our method of baptism is the method of immersion. We feel strongly that this mode is the one presented in the New Testament for the following reasons:
  • The Greek word for baptism means: ‘to submerge, plunge, drench, saturate, dip’
  • Immersion followed the Jewish proselyte practice
  • The practice of the early church was immersion
Also, we do not believe it is necessary to re-baptize believers who have made a profession of faith and have been baptized by another church into the universal body of Christ. Therefore, we do not use baptism as a means to make a person a member of our congregation once one has already become a member of Christ’s church.

The Future

We believe that the next great event is the fulfillment of prophecy which will be the imminent, personal return of Jesus Christ. This is the hope, for which all those who love Jesus Christ yearn. Though the time of Christ’s return is a mystery known only to the Father Himself, we believe that it is as sure as Jesus’ first coming was fact. (Matthew 24-25; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 20:1-4)
 

FAQs


We get a lot of these questions all the time. If you have question about something not addressed here, feel free to reach out to us by clicking on the button below.

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Q Do you have a Senior Pastor?

 

A No, we do not have a Senior Pastor. We are led by a board of Elders and a team of pastors who are equal in value yet distinct in roles. Our paid staff is charged with providing high level expertise and direction to our ministries while equipping believers for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12) We currently have a Teaching Pastor who serves as the Directional Leader of our ministry team, A Youth Pastor, 2 volunteers who alternately lead worship, a team of volunteers who oversee the children’s ministry and an administrative assistant. However, significant pastoral leadership and care is provided by our Community Group Leaders. These leaders are carefully selected and trained to teach, lead, encourage, comfort, and support the ministry of Fellowship. This includes visiting the sick in hospitals, organizing ministries to serve our community, providing hospitable environments to teach and train the faithful and more. In short, we believe the blessings and the burdens of ministry should be shared among all who claim Christ as their Lord.

 

Q Are we a charismatic church?

 

A In simple terms, Fellowship is not a charismatic church. The Charismatic movement, as a whole, teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a ‘second blessing’, an experience that is after conversion. Different charismatics describe this experience as ‘receiving’ or ‘being filled with’ the Holy Spirit. Believers are encouraged to prayerfully and often emotionally seek this deeper experience for themselves. Most charismatic churches view the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues as always being or often associated with the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The leadership at Fellowship believes and teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a once and for all experience that occurs at conversion and is not evidenced by speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 12.13). Therefore, we disagree with the concept that some believers have more of the Holy Spirit than others do. We also believe it can be demonstrated that these sign gifts (i.e. tongues, miracles, etc.) became increasingly less purposeful and prominent, historically, as the church became established. However, we equally believe that nowhere in the New Testament can it be established that these sign gifts have permanently passed away. Their appearance or lack of appearance in the church today is determined by the Holy Spirit who ‘distributes to each one individually just as He wills’.

 

Q Do you have Sunday School?

 

A No. Fellowship utilizes a “Celebration & Cell” ministry model where we gather for large group worship (celebration) and then break out in to small groups (cell) for further instruction and care. Therefore, instead of Sunday School, we have what we call Community Groups. These are gatherings of 8-12 people that meet in homes on various nights throughout the week. It is within the context of these groups that believers study God’s Word, build relationships with other believers, care for each other, and reach out to those in the community who are in need of love, care and spiritual direction.

 

Q Do you have a traditional worship service?

 

A No. We have two identical worship services that most would categorize as modern or contemporary. We use a variety of media platforms to communicate God's message including drama, video, instrumental music and more. Many people from various demographic and denominational backgrounds call Fellowship home. We believe each generation has a voice to express their praise and adoration to God. We try to honor the best of Christian worship from all ages. Be sure to check out our Worship page under our Ministries section. There you will find a more detailed description of our worship ministry as well as various media files of actual worship events.

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