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 ~ 1:00pm

“Teaching, Not Preaching; Evangelism Through the Classroom”
A workshop on reading through the Bible as a church.
Featuring: Kay Kotan, Rev. Herschel Richardson, John DiVito, Rev. Jessica LaGrone
Registration is required by contacting Rev. Claire Caldwell at 217-6710 or claire@stjameslr.org.

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.  She previously served as the Director of Equipping Vital Congregations for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her responsibilities include congregational revitalization and new church starts.

She is a CoachU and Advanced Coach U Graduate, an accredited coach (Professional Certified Coach – PCC) with the International Coaching Federation, certified Path 1 coach, and once served on the faculty at Coaching4Clergy. As a passionate lay person, she has worked in corporate America and was a business owner for more than 20 years. Kotan has been serving churches, pastors, conferences, and judicatory leaders for the past decade. She is most proud to be the wife of Bob for 27 years and the mother of their 24 year-old son, Cameron.

Sunday, November 10

8:30am, 9:30am, 10:55 am – Rev. Jessica LaGrone will preach in all services.
Sunday Night Youth Event
5:00pm – Rev. Jessica LaGrone to speak, St. James Youth Band to play.
Pizza and Mission Project from Methodist Family Health!