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Youth Pastor

Eric Bentley

As of July 1, 2018, Eric Bentley was called to MSBC as the Pastor to Students. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ouachita Baptist University, where he double majored in Theology and Ministry. He plans to complete his Master’s degree from Moody Bible Institute by 2020. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Biblical Exposition degree program.

Eric married Kaylie Roberts  on November 17, 2018. Eric and Kaylie started dating in tenth grade, after meeting at a fall youth camp that they both attended. It is Eric and Kaylie’s desire to see students’ lives impacted within the church and to see those students impact the lives of others outside the church as well.

Eric plans to help the youth grow by following the principles found in Deuteronomy 6 and helping the students and parents build a Deuteronomy 6 foundation in the home. His goal is to help equip parents to disciple their students and help students understand the importance of being receptive to their parents’ leadership. Eric is also very passionate about small groups and will seek to get students placed in small groups so that they have other students there to support them in their life journey.

Contact Eric at ebentley@msbccabot.org

 

Children’s Ministry Team Leader

Lana Ballard

Lana is currently serving as Children’s Director of MSBC. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is a retired kitchen hostess and preschool children’s assistant director, and she has now dedicated her life to caring for her grandchildren while her children teach in a classroom of their own. Lana began her career in children’s ministry over 30 years ago in a Christian preschool program. She started out as the teacher of the 2-4 year old class and eventually became assistant director of the preschool. Lana’s vast experience in children’s ministry, her great love for children, and her commitment to serve God faithfully has resulted in substantial growth in the children’s department at MSBC.

Lana’s goal is to teach children about God’s great love for them and the sacrifice that Jesus made so that they could be saved. She desires to provide learning opportunities for children of all ages, and ultimately desires to be used by God to lead boys and girls into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Lana believes that the foundation of a child’s spiritual growth and development begins at birth and that understanding continues to grow as the child matures. As a result, she believes that it is both the responsibility of the parents in the home, and the leaders of the church to teach our children the foundational elements of God’s Word at an early age.

Lana has been married to her husband Mike for 37 years. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Mike and Lana both share a common love for children, and together they have served in children’s ministry for the entire 37 years of their marriage. Lana is very excited about all that God has in store for the future of the church and prays for God’s guidance and favor as we strive to lead and teach the children about our Lord and Savior. Her desire is to build a firm foundation that they can continue to build on for the rest of their lives.

Contact Lana at lanaballard0324@gmail.com

Praise Team Leader

Donovan Stark

Donovan has been serving as a Praise Team Leader at MSBC since November, 2019. Donovan has served as youth pastor at various churches over the past ten years, and has a desire to see the church lift high the name of Jesus through worship and song. He is in the United States Air Force as an aircraft electrician, and is also finishing his degree in English with a secondary teacher licensure.

Donovan has been married to his wife Hannah since November 12, 2005. The two of them have two handsome boys and a beautiful baby girl. The passion of both Donovan and Hannah is to see God change the hearts of the people through worship and praise of the King of Majesty – Jesus Christ.

Contact Donovan at dstark@msbccabot.org.

Women’s Ministry Team Leader

Jackie Shewmaker

Jackie lives in Cabot with her husband, David and their 3 beautiful children Dawson, Addison, and Carson.  The Lord placed homeschooling on her heart 7 years ago & she currently educates their children in the home.  Jackie accepted the Lord as her personal Savior as a young child and her love for Him has never changed.  It has been her desire to live for Him and serve Him in every area of her life.  She has served for 20 years in different ministries of the church.  

Jackie has a passion of serving & encouraging the women at MSBC.  She hopes she can help women connect, build friendships, and more importantly encourage the women with their own walks with the Lord.   One of Jackie’s favorite verses is Philippians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Jackie values quality time with family & friends. 

Contact Jackie at jshewmaker@msbccabot.org.