Everything we do at Community Bible is all about Jesus. Jesus was a man who claimed to be God and in him you can find forgiveness and a radically new life.
Have you ever noticed that in certain areas of the country there are things you simply cannot ignore? They’re a vital part of the culture. For example, in the River Valley you simply cannot ignore the Arkansas Razorbacks, fan or not.
Our prayer is that God would use Community Bible to make Jesus impossible to ignore in the River Valley.
We would love to see you at any of our locations this weekend as we seek to make Jesus famous.
We believe the Word of God is enclosed in both the Old and New Testaments. They are inspired of God, in whole and in part. They are error-free in the original writings and are the supreme authority of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ. We further believe that there is but one true interpretation of any biblical passage with different practical applications. (Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12)
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 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, 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
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 prayer, 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 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 2:16-18; Revelation 20:11-15)
The Holy 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 that 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 that equip believers to accomplish distinct ministries, planned beforehand by God the Father. (John 3:1-8 & 15-16, 15:4-15; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18-21)
We believe that humankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy his fellowship and to fulfill God’s will on earth. Through the first humans, Adam and Eve, humanity sinned by a voluntary act of personal disobedience to the will of God; as a result, all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of physical death. The fall of humanity was a non-repeatable historical fact, the effects of which are transmitted to all persons, 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)
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 or her 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, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26, 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians1:7, 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 10:10-12; 1 John 5:11-13)
We believe that all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true universal church and are directed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local, visible churches. The local church is the only scriptural representation of Christ’s invisible church and consists only of regenerated believers. The local church is autonomous in its government and recognizes its own members for biblical offices and leadership positions. Two ordinances have been committed to the local church — baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The purpose of the church is to lead men to Christ, mature them in the faith, and equip them for personal ministry. (Matthew 16:13-28, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47, 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
We believe that God in his own time and in his own way will bring an appropriate end to the earth. This will include Jesus Christ’s bodily and visible return to earth. In which the righteous will receive an eternal relationship in his presence and the unrighteous will be condemned to an eternity of judgment. (Matthew 24-25; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 1Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 20:1-4)
The following is a list of core values of Community Bible Church. They form the basic operating procedures by which we function:
We believe in bringing glory to God. In every action as a body and in every aspect as an individual it is our pursuit to bring glory to God.
We believe in the authority of Scripture. The final word for how we operate is the written Word of God.
We believe in salvation by grace. While we are committed to the work of this church, we are not attempting to earn the pleasure and forgiveness of God. We work in response to what God has done. We serve with gratitude for his saving act. Every action we take is an action of thankfulness and obedience because God is worthy of our very best.
We believe in leading biblical lifestyles in every aspect of life. We seek to know and express the Living Word (Jesus Christ) by learning from and submitting to the Written Word (Bible).
We believe in and practice the priesthood of every believer. Because of the sacrifice of Christ, every barrier between God and humanity has been removed. We have no need of a mediator except Christ himself. Therefore every person who comes to faith has the ability to seek God, experience his forgiveness, receive instruction from his Holy Spirit, and minister to those around them.
We believe that people matter to God. We believe, therefore, that people should matter to us. It means that there is always room for more people in our community. It means that no individual is ever more or less important than another. We seek to minister equally to every person in every situation. We seek to give our best to God in every aspect of life. God made us to be creative beings, therefore we strive to use that creativity to bring glory to him. We do so with integrity and with the hope that we will never appear to be something that we are not.
We believe in every-believer, team ministry. Ministry is not saved for the hired staff; it is the responsibility of every believer. We expect every member to involve themselves in works of ministry, but we do not expect them to do so alone.
We believe in being vision-driven, not opportunity-driven. Opportunity does not necessarily equate God's will. Every opportunity is first viewed through the lens of our God-given vision. No matter how great the opportunity, if it does not match our vision, it is not right for us.
We believe in health, not just growth. Growth is fun, but it is only effective if it is a by-product of health. Healthy organisms grow naturally and so our focus is to remain a healthy body and allow the growth to remain secondary. We believe in equipping leaders, not creating events. Events can encourage, but leaders can transform. It is not our desire to draw more people to our buildings, it is our desire to engage more people in a relevant relationship with Christ, see their lives change, and then equip them to influence everyone around them. Equipping leaders is our greatest tool toward transformation.
We believe form follows function. The Bible clearly lays out several functions which the church is to serve, but it rarely demands the form in which they are to be accomplished. We stringently adhere to biblical functions. We regularly change cultural forms.
We believe in being doctrinally pure and culturally relevant. Relevance and doctrine are not at odds. It is possible to guard the truth of the gospel and live holy lives while at the same time speaking in a manner which the culture can understand. Being boring to those around us should be avoided as much as being heretical.
We believe every ministry should be founded on three components — truth, accountability, and relationships.
Truth. That which is real, authentic and genuine. It deals with the rightness (in the sense of truthfulness) of things as they really are. Truth is reality, whether in the physical or spiritual realm. The Bible declares that God is true, truthful, and truth (i.e., 1 John 5:20; John 14:6, 17:3; Psalm 32:5; Romans 3:4). For God not to be the source of truth makes this study, and all other religious investigation, subjective at best. We firmly believe that God is true and that what he has revealed to man is also true. We believe the Bible contains God's eternal truth for man: "The sum of your Word is truth, and every one of your righteous ordinances is everlasting" (Psalm 119:160). Knowledge of and adherence to Truth, the Bible, is absolutely necessary for life and ministry.
Accountability. The final ingredient, and the one so often missing in Christian ministry. As defined by Webster's Third New International Dictionary, accountability is "the quality or state of being accountable, liable or responsible." For the believer, there are vertical (God-ward) and horizontal (man-ward) dimensions to this element. We are, first and most importantly, accountable to God. Each of us will one day answer to God for the life we've lived, whether we're a Christian (2 Corinthians 5:10) or not (Revelation 20:11-15). We're all accountable to God for how we've conducted our lives. Believers are also accountable to each other. We are to submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21), love one another (John 13:34-35), follow the direction of our church leaders (Hebrews 13:17), and submit to the proper authorities (Titus 3:1). Believers, therefore, should be accountable (responsible, faithful, obedient) to the truth of the Bible as it is lived out in the relationships of life. When these ingredients are present, effective personal and church ministry results. Without them, we lose our moorings and drift aimlessly without stability, balance or success.
Relationships. Interpersonal contacts and dealings between individuals. Relationships occur at home, at work, at church, at school, at leisure and so forth. People were never intended to exist in isolation. As John Donne reminds us: "No man is an island." The Scriptures also stress the importance of believers being rightly related to each other. The Bible speaks of the proper attitudes and actions that characterize good relationships. The "one another" admonitions of the New Testament highlight the importance of these relationships (note, for example, "love one another," "serve one another," "forgive one another," et al). Not only are relationships inescapable, they are often the stimulus for encouraging spiritual birth and/or growth; for example: "Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24).
Community Bible Church exists to be a tool by which God transforms the world. At first glance, we could say that our culture is relaxed. There is no pressure for first-time guests or for long-time attenders. We allow people to make decisions in their own time. Our dress is casual. Our worship services are fun. Our small groups are informal and down to earth.
Our regular services are:
Fort Smith Campus (FSM) - Sundays @ 9:15am & 10:45am
North Fort Smith Campus (NFSM) - Wednesdays @ 5:30pm
Sunday mornings have a relaxed feel at Community. You will see everything from shorts and t-shirts to the occasional tie (although you'll never catch our staff wearing a tie unless someone is dead). The point is dress comfortably. We're not trying to impress you, so don't try to impress us. The best clothing for worship is clothing which goes unnoticed.
We have children's programs for kids elementary age and younger. Our volunteers will be happy to escort you and your children to their proper classroom. For security purposes, you will receive a number that corresponds with your child. If a need arises during the service your child's number will be displayed for you to retrieve you child. At the end of the service only the person presenting the correct number will be allowed to pick up your child. Students are encouraged to attend regular service.
To contact Lisa, click HERE.
Lisa began serving on staff at Community Bible Church Greenwood June 16, 2014. As Director of Kids Ministry, she oversees birth-5th grade. Lisa and her family live in Greenwood and have been active members of the Greenwood campus for most of its existence
Lisa is married to Richie and has four kids: Hannah, Isaiah, Micah, and Lydia. She loves seeing kids and families become transformed by Jesus to transform their world. Her family is very active in the Greenwood community and you can probably find her at most baseball, volleyball, or soccer games cheering on her kids.
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Edie is a lifelong resident of Fort Smith. She has been a member of Community Bible since 2007 and joined the staff as the Director of Children's Ministry Birth-Kindergarten in July 2012. She graduated from Arkansas Tech with a bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy in 1998.
Edie and her husband Stan have been married for eight years. They have three beautiful girls, Karlie Rae, Haley Grace, and Allie Harper.
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Stacey has been a member of Community since 1997 and joined the staff in May 2008. She attained her BSE from the University of Arkansas in 1992 and then worked at ABF Freight System, Inc. for 5 years before becoming a homemaker. Stacey has been married to Darren since 1993 and is the mother of Garrett, Caroline and Ben.
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Julie joined the staff of Community in June 2008 as director of 1-3 grades. A lifelong resident of Fort Smith, she graduated from Southside in 1989 and later returned to college as an adult, graduating in 2008 from Northwest Arkansas Community College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. Children’s ministry has been a passion for Julie since high school and she is blessed to have the opportunity to serve the families and children at Community.
Julie and her husband, Steve, have been blessed with two amazing children, Lauren Ashley and Austin Luke.
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Rachel, a native of Fort Smith, AR, joined the Community Bible staff officially in March of 2014. She has been leading worship at Community Bible since 2009 and is now taking on the role of Children’s Director and Worship Assistant for the Van Buren Campus. She also helps on a ministry team for the Van Buren Student Ministry.
Rachel graduated from the University of Arkansas in December of 2013 with her degree in Hospitality Management. Rachel loves to serve others and try out new recipes on her friends, family, and the rest of the staff.
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Jackie, a native of Fort Smith, has served in various ministry settings ranging from collegiate ministries to pastoral ministries – including Pastor of Discipleship and Church Planting Pastor – in both Arkansas and Connecticut. After graduating from the Fort Smith Public School system, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas and then his Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jackie and his bride Cedra have been married since 1989. He is also the father of four daughters; Kessia, Jayde, Joi, and Jania.
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Bio coming soon!
To contact Troy, click HERE.
Troy arrived at Community Bible during the summer of 2012. He is a native of Northwest Ohio (Go Buckeyes!) where he was born and raised. He first attended THE Ohio State University then transferred to Bowling Green State University where he graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Telecommunications with a focus on video production. Troy oversees the worship at the Fort Smith Campus and helps with our video and graphic production.
He married the love of his life, Dana, in 2003 and moved to the Arkansas River Valley in 2005. They currently reside in Fort Smith but cheer for the Greenwood Bulldogs with their two children, Vada and Wesley.
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Michelle currently shares this role with Susan Kincannon (no relation) as they oversee all accounting, payroll, contributions, payables, human resources, the physical plant, and day-to-day operations of the church office. While completing her Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Arkansas, she was also a Razorback Cheerleader, a member of Arkansas Athletes Outreach, and involved in the college ministry of University Baptist Church.
Michelle is married to Mark and is the mother of their three children, Mason, Maddax, and Mackenzie.
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After a brief hiatus from Community’s staff, Susan returned in 2006 to share the role of church administrator. Susan works with Michelle Kincannon to oversee all accounting, payroll, contributions, payables, human resources, the physical plant, and day-to-day operations of the church office.
Born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, she holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. She and her husband, Bart, who is a Fort Smith native, keep very busy raising their three children, Jack, Beth, and Joseph.
To contact Nick, click HERE.
Bio coming soon!
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Shelton Markham joined the Community Bible staff in 2011, first as the Student Pastor, and currently as the Fort Smith Campus Pastor. He was born and raised in Crockett, Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University in 2005. He went on to receive a Master of Theological Studies from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco in 2010. Shelton and his wife, Amy, were married in 2005 and have three children, Mason, Elizabeth “Ellie”, and Hudson.
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William joined the staff in 2006 and serves Community as building and grounds supervisor. Before coming to Community, he worked for ten years as a commercial and residential construction supervisor for Griffin Construction. After graduating from Southside High School in 1986, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in New Jersey where he lived for 10 years. He moved back to Fort Smith in 1996 where he now makes his home with his wife, Christie and his oldest son, Chase and youngest son, Evan.
To contact Casey, click HERE.
Bio coming soon!
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Frankie joined Community in 2009 to help our pastoral staff launch the Greenwood campus. He is a Greenwood native, and after graduating high school in Greenwood, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from The College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Frankie’s passion is teaching the Word, and he feels honored that God has brought him back to Greenwood to reach people with the love of Christ. Frankie also is a chaplain to the Greenwood Police department as well as a professor for the John Brown University Fort Smith Center.
He and his wife, Susanna, have a son, Hayden, and two daughters, Hallie and Harper.
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Bio coming soon!
To contact Ed, click HERE.
Ed is the Founding Pastor of our church and continues to provide pastoral ministry for the staff and community of believers at Community Bible. As a teaching pastor Ed’s role is two-fold: first, as an occasional teacher for the congregation and second, as a mentor to the younger members of our teaching/preaching team. For the past five years Ed has also served as the Ministry Leader for Celebrate Recovery. He received his baccalaureate degree in Theology in 1977 from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Theology degree in 1981 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 1983, both from International Bible Institute and Seminary.
Shara, Ed’s wife, is a counselor in private practice. Shara and Ed’s daughter, Jennifer, and son-in-law, Grant, are the proud parents of Shara and Ed’s three beautiful grandchildren: Lily, Jake, and Maddox.
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Seri has been a member of Community since 1999. She joined the staff in 2005 as a preschool teacher and in 2007 became the preschool director. Seri graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in Marketing Management in 1994. She is married to Eric and they have two children, Tiffani and Brenden.
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Kevin came to Community Bible in 2002, first as Executive Pastor, and currently as Lead Pastor. Kevin is charged with the overall health of the church as well as crafting and communicating the vision and leading the preaching ministry of Community Bible. Kevin is a native of Fort Smith; he has a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Oklahoma Baptist University.
Kevin’s wife Jenny is owner of Forte Media Partners. They have one daughter, Ella, and one son, Silas.
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Bio coming soon!
To contact Doug, click HERE.
Doug is a Van Buren Native who joined the Community Bible staff in December of 2014 as the Pastor to the Van Buren Campus. Doug is passionate about investing in the lives of people in his home town. His heart is to love people where they are and help them grow spiritually and to teach them how to do that for others. In January of 2015 Doug married Jana (a Memphis, TN native) and they left their ministry positions in Branson, MO and migrated south to Van Buren. Doug loves to be with people (especially his wife), competition of all kinds, playing basketball, the Razorbacks and duck hunting.