The Paul Martin Fiser, M.D./Rev. James and Marie Christie Endowed Missions Lectureship is envisioned to support a stimulating lecturer annually, hosted by St. James, on the topic of the church’s responsibility for, and activities in, missions, domestic and international. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you….”
If we are to make disciples, we must channel God’s love and demonstrate it by
feeding, caring for, and tending his sheep.

The World is Our Mission Field

November 9 & 10, 2019

Saturday November 9 

“Teaching, Not Preaching; Evangelism Through the Classroom”
We will discuss reading through the Bible as narrative. Panelists are: Kay Kotan, Rev. Herschel Richardson, John DiVito, Rev. Jessica LaGrone

Sunday November 10

Around the Corner & Around the World
Rev. Jessica LaGrone

God is calling the church to see and meet the needs of the world both globally and in our own backyards. Engaging the needs closest to us that we can see is often just as hard as imagining what is across the world that we cannot see. But God calls us beyond the walls of the church to see, hear, and care for the needs right around the corner, as well as around the world.

Sunday Night Youth Event  More information to come soon!

Rev. Jessica LaGrone

Rev. Jessica LaGrone became the Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky in 2014. She is an acclaimed pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer whose engaging communication style endears her to groups throughout the United States. A native of Texas, Jessica is an ordained pastor in the Texas Annual Conference at the United Methodist Church and previously served for nine years at The Woodlands United Methodist Church near Houston, Texas.

Rev. Herschel L. Richardson, Jr.

Rev. Herschel L. Richardson Jr. was appointed senior pastor of Grace July 1, 2018. His mission is to assist others in developing physical and spiritual health through a good foundation in Jesus Christ which leads to their understanding of God’s grace, mercy, and purpose for their lives. Rev. Richardson is an Elder in Full Connection in the Arkansas Conference and has a Diploma of Registered Nursing from Baptist School of Nursing and Allied Health in Little Rock, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.

John DiVito

John DiVito, M.Div, is a teacher of Biblical Worldview at Little Rock Christian Academy. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in History and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. While he currently lives in Little Rock, he is originally from State College, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Catherine have two elementary age children (Louis – 8 & Laurel – 5).

Kay Kotan

Kay Kotan currently serves as the Director of The Center for Multiplying Disciples for the Arkansas Conference UMC.

Kay is the author of multiple books/workbooks including Launching Leaders, Gear Up: Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized ChurchMission Possible: Structuring Your Church for Missional EffectivenessFull SchedulesBarren Souls as well as the co-author of the book entitledIMPACT!: Reclaiming the Call of Lay MinistrySmall Church Check-UpInsights on ProductivityStrategic Ministry PlanningRenovate or Die – Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on MissionMinistry 3.0 and Get Their NameTen Prescriptions for a Healthy Church and Necessary Nine – Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently.