Pastors

& STAFF

Dr. Thomas Eugene Hatley

Head Pastor

Born: March 20, 1953 in Ft. Worth, Texas
Childhood: Oldest of three children (one brother and one sister)
Married: Peggy Jean May Hatley (October 23, 1971)
Family: 2 married children and 6 grandchildren.
Conversion: Came to know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior in the summer of 1971.
Baptism: First Baptist Church in Glen Rose, TX.
Calling: In the summer of 1972 the Lord made it clear to Thomas the call to preach the Gospel. He quickly surrendered and began pulpit supply work whenever possible. By December of 1973, Thomas was in the full-time pastorate.
Ordination: Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Caney, Oklahoma (1974).
Hobbies: Reading, working around the house, grandchildren, occasional sports activities.
Mission Trips: India, China, Vietnam, Middle East, Turkey, Thailand, Bangladesh, Haiti, Israel

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • 1971 - High school Diploma, Glen Rose High School.
  • 1978 - Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (Magna cum Laude), Criswell Center for Biblical Studies.
  • 1985 - Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (Summa Cum Laude), Criswell College.
  • 1985 - Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Dallas Baptist University.
  • 1994 - Doctor of Ministry, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

OTHER SERVICE:

  • Twice elected president of the Criswell College Alumni Association.
  • Served on the Nominations Committee for the Southern Baptist Convention and was appointed to the sub-committee that was given charge of the presentation to the Convention.
  • Served as President of the Arkansas Baptist Pastors Conference, 1999.
  • Eight years of service as a trustee for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • Served for 2 years as Chairman of the International Mission Board.
  • Served as Chairman of the Personnel Committee for the International Mission Board.
  • Served as Chairman of the South Asia regional committee of the International Mission board.
  • Served on the Strategic Directions assessment team.
  • Served on Board of Visitors of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Served on the board of trustees for Restoration Village Ministries of Northwest Arkansas.
  • Pastor Advisor for Fellowship of Baptist World Ministries
  • Served on Board of Trustees for Criswell College and Chairman of Academic Committee

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE:

  • (1972-1973) - Pulpit supply work
  • (1973-1976) - Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church near Caney, Oklahoma.
  • (1976-1981) - Pastor of Frink Baptist Church near Savanna, Oklahoma.
  • (1981-1986) - Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in McAlester, Oklahoma.
  • (1986-1992) - Pastor of Lochwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
  • (1992-Present) - Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers, Arkansas.
  • Currently Leading Training Conferences for Pastors in other countries.

Chris Cooper

Pastor of Student Ministries

Born: July 8, 1984 in Chickasha, OK
Married: Rebba Cooper (August 11, 2007)
Children: Elizabelle, Asher, Elliot, and Hannah Grace
Conversion: Chris was born again in 1997
Calling: Chris was called to the preaching ministry at the age of 21. He has been active in student ministries ever since.
Hobbies: Family, disc golf, camping, backpacking, ping-pong, ultimate frisbee, basketball, spike ball, hunting, fishing, .
Mission Trips: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Cambodia, Haiti, Ecuador, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Panama, Mission Arlington

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • 2002 - High School Diploma from Fayetteville High School
  • 2008 - Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Central Baptist College, Conway, AR (Summa Cum Laude)
  • 2018 - Master's of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Studies

Support Team

Bookkeeper: Jennifer Krisell
 Children's Ministry Assistant: Rebekah Benson
Receptionist: Bonnie Trumbo
Food Service: Kathy Davidson
Preschool Director: LeAnne Lynch
Lead Custodian: Dean Jetton
Nursery Director: Rebecca Wassman