shepherds

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  • dennis cherry

    479-790-4972


    My wife, Kathy, and I have been married 42 years and are retired. We have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
    Dt. 30:19-20a, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…” In this passage, Moses speaks the words of God to the children of Israel. He conveys four truths I must never forget:
    1. I have a choice. The choice is mine to make. God will allow me to choose him or to reject him.
    2. God wants me to choose him. His desire is clear. He has offered me eternity with him and wants me to accept it.
    3. My choice has eternal consequences for my children. If I choose incorrectly, will my children ever know who God is and how much he loves them and wants to be with them? If I don’t teach my children about God, who will?
    4. My decision to “choose life” will be reflected daily in every choice I make.

  • dave davis

    479-640-8781

    Donna and I relocated our family to Bentonville from Sherwood, Arkansas in 1992.  I am a business owner/manager and Donna works for Walmart, Inc.  We were blessed to raise our children within this church body.  Our son, Steven and his wife Holly, along with our daughter, Ashley and her husband Josh, have both made NWA their home.  We enjoy camping, riding motorcycles and traveling.  Our passions include Christian Education, strengthening marriages  and working with Young Adults.  Serving as a Shepherd for this Christian family since 2004 has been a humbling experience and I continuously look to God and seek His wisdom.  My prayer for this congregation is the same as Christ’s prayer found in John 17:20-23, ”that we all be one …… and we are all brought to complete unity”.

  • gary halford

    479-366-4647

    Martha and I moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1998, having been transferred here with my work. In 2010, after 32 years with General Mills, I retired. Martha retired from teaching in 2014 following a 20 year career. We have been married for 42 years, and have two wonderful sons and four wonderful grandchildren. In 2012, I became one of the Shepherds for our church family. I have been both honored and deeply humbled to serve the body of believers here in Bentonville.

    Martha and I have been actively involved with missions for over 25 years, working with the City of Children for 13 years, and although we are no longer on the Board, we continue to visit Baja to work at the home.

    We are extremely excited with how God is working in the body here in Bentonville. We continue to ask for wisdom so that we honor God in all we do as we strive to serve our heavenly father and the community we live in.

    Galatians 5:13-14 calls us to serve one another in love, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. My prayer is that we continue striving to reach that goal until we are called home.

  • clif harris

    479-640-4111

    My wife, Vickie, and I moved to Bentonville from York, NE where I worked as an admissions counselor for York College.
    Vickie has worked for Bentonville Schools for 37 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and now district academic examiner.  I have worked for Walmart for over 35 years, most of that time as a Receiving Manager.
    I'm proud to have baptized and performed the wedding for both of our sons. Both are Sr. Project Managers for Walmart Transportation and live with their families in Benton county. Kenny and Stacey have two children, Allison and Bret, and are active in leading the children's ministry, Kingdom Quest. Kirk and Danielle also have two children,  Ellis and Ashby, and are active members of the Young Adult ministry.
    Our favorite activities include camping, fishing, hiking, and working on our family farm. We love helping our kids and grandkids enjoy living in Gods creation. Whatever we do, we do it together.
    I have served as a shepherd with the Bentonville Church since 2000. 
    One of my favorite parts of the Scripture is where Jesus tells us He is building a mansion for us to live in, in His Home Town.   What a Friend!
    My greatest wish for the Bentonville Church is that we serve together in unity as a family, watching out for each other so that we are grounded in Gods Word and that we can live with Him in Heaven.

  • walton hook

    479-366-9555

    Carolyn and I feel blessed to be a part of the Bentonville church.  We came to Bentonville in April of 1980 and I was privileged to serve as a minister for this congregation until the end of 2016.  I have also served as a shepherd since December of 2008.  It is both an honor and a sobering challenge to try to help lead and care for God's people.  We solicit your constant prayers for God to lead us in this effort.  Ephesians 2:10 has come to mean a great deal to me.  I am convicted that God has placed each one of us in Bentonville for a great work he has prepared us for... and has prepared for us.  Let's find our place, our work for Him, and our power in his work through us.  This is what being a Christian is all about!

  • max koonce

    479-271-9888

    My wife, Rebecca, and I moved back to Bentonville in 2000 after having resided here in the early 1990s.  We have two children, Jonathan and Caroline, both of whom graduated from Harding University, and are working in this region.  I am an attorney by profession, while Rebecca is a homemaker who is also actively involved in our community, and does accounting work in the church office.  I enjoy hunting and spending time outdoors on various projects.  I believe we serve a God who loves us and in turn expects us to love him and others.  Through our love we will follow his commandants and selflessly serve others.  I will always strive to set an example of Jesus living in my life for others to see.

  • mitch loukota

    479-531-4494

    Jennifer and I first began worshiping with the Bentonville Church in 1990 as a newly married couple. My job moved us away in 1996, but we returned home to Bentonville in 2003. Our daughter, Jordan and her husband, Josh live in northwest Arkansas and our son, Jacob is a student at Michigan State University.  We were blessed to be able to raise our children as part of this church family. I am the leader of the sales team for Jasco Products, while Jennifer is the CEO of our household and the glue that holds our family together, while volunteering both at church and in the community. We both enjoy time spent together with family, being outdoors and "Calling the Hogs" at Razorback events. I believe our purpose on this earth is to love God. This boils down to relationships, and ultimately our relationship with Christ. Loving others means giving, serving, sacrificing, listening and putting others needs in front of our own. This is what we are called to do -- and doing it makes all the difference both in our lives and in the lives of the people around us. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself:" Mark 12:30-31   








  • tim spencer

    479-254-1069

    My wife, Judy, and I moved to Bentonville from Austin, TX, in 2001 with our three children.  Over the years here, our family has taken part in a variety of ministries and activities, including the Bentonville Youth ministry and mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico.  Judy and I led the Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) program from 2002 to 2015.
    We've been richly blessed and are so grateful for the expressions of love, acts of service and priceless relationships we've experienced here with our dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
    As one who is imperfect, yet gratefully forgiven, I want to live a life that blesses others as  have been blessed.  As a shepherd, I want to be someone who encourages and refreshes the hearts of others--just as Paul described Philemon (Philemon v. 7).  Judy and I welcome your prayers for us as we continue to serve with this church family as Christ's ambassadors.  (2 Corinthians 5:14-21)

  • dell wood

    479-366-7329

    Lori and I moved to Bentonville in 1992.  We have been blessed with this church family becoming part of our lives and part of our extended family as we have raised three children here.  I have previously been a deacon over Family Matters, and then a shepherd at this congregation since 2009.   During our time at the church here, we have been active in many areas as our children grew, including Children’s Bible Hour, Bentonville Youth Group, and Baja Mexico Missions. Now as empty nesters, we are focusing on adult education and mentoring. We believe that the future of the church is dependent upon each of us living and serving with authentic lives that offer hope and the promise of joy to those who dare to believe in Jesus and to be led by His Spirit.  Let us be transformed in our thinking and worship God in our everyday living and influencing [Rom. 12:1-2].