Meet Our Staff
Preston joined 2BC as pastor in May of 2013. Both he and his wife Rebecca are native Arkansans, growing up in the delta of Eastern Arkansas. They have two sons, Paxton and Truett, who keep their parents laughing and on the go.
Preston pastored churches in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma before coming to 2BC. He received his BA in Christian Ministry from Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, AR. Later, he earned both a M.Div. and D.Min. from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX.
Preston is a Razorback fanatic, but just about any athletic event captures his interest. He will read just about anything, but he is a sucker for southern novels. Some of his favorite authors are Frederick Buechner, Lesslie Newbigin, Fred Craddock, and Annie Dillard. He also enjoys both reading and writing poetry. He is always interested in a good movie. Preston loves his native state of Arkansas and is in awe of its varied beauty. Above all, he is energized by spending time with his family and friends.
Preston enjoys walking with the church on the journey of faith and leading the congregation through service. He believes the church is full of awe and wonder. One of his greatest joys is meeting new people and building relationships where life can be shared. His greatest vocational passion is creatively preaching the good news so that it builds up the church and announces the Kingdom of God. You can email Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINISTER of worship
Suzanne was born and raised in Arkansas, having grown up in Crossett and Stuttgart. She joined Second Baptist Church in 1991 after graduating from Ouachita Baptist University with a B.A. in music. She took the position of accompanist in 2000. Since then her role has grown from playing for worship and rehearsals to planning, coordinating, and directing all aspects of worship. She loves the diversity of 2BC as well as its desire for authenticity and transformation not only in worship but also in the other callings this church values. She and the worship planning team are extremely intentional to utilize all gifts from all ages when planning for worship and special services. Each of us have a gift to offer our Audience of One – whether or not it is a musical offering. Our heart’s desire is to always put God at the center of our worship.
Suzanne teaches private piano lessons on occasion and volunteers time as a tutor through MLK Reads. She also enjoys cooking for her family. She and her husband Randy have three children, Mallory, Emma, and Harrison. You can email Suzanne at email@example.com.
Minister of Mission and Outreach
Chris is the Minister of Mission and Outreach at Second Baptist Church. He moved to Little Rock to join the 2BC staff on July 1, 2006. His wife Elizabeth is a Family Nurse Practitioner and they have three sons: Silas, Micah, and Ian, who keep them extremely busy.
Chris is a beach bum from Florida who's landlocked in Arkansas, though he's fallen in love with Natural State. After receiving a B.S. in Biblical Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic College he went to Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas, where he received a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Global Mission. Finally, he received a D.Min. from George Fox Seminary in Global Leadership.
Chris loves to be outdoors as much as possible. He loves to camp, hike, run, and almost anything else that gets him outside. He's an ideal REI and Ozark Outdoor poster child. Even more than the outdoor stuff, Chris loves to travel (as much as he can, as far away as he can). Two of his favorite places in the world are the Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech, Morocco and England's Lake District.
On a less exotic note, Chris loves to read. Some of his favorite authors include Brian Mclaren, J.R.R. Tolkien, Wendell Berry, N.T. Wright and Darrell Guder. He also loves good conversation about theology, mission, and current events. He's passionate about seeing the Church become a missional community and impacting global issues such as peace, injustice, poverty, and oppression and seeing the gospel take shape and form in places where it has not.
Minister to youth and Families
Logan Carpenter has been serving as the Minister to Families for Second Baptist Church since June of 2008. Logan works alongside a number of lay leaders to facilitate ministries to youth, kids and their families. He and his wife Christy have three children: Ellie, Levi and Annabelle.
Logan graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 (whoop), serving as a student ministry associate at University Baptist Church in Houston for three summers during college. He then went on to earn his M.Div. from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in 2008 and while in seminary he had the privilege to be the youth and children's minister at New Journey Church in Midlothian, VA. Logan is passionate about students and helping them to experience God in a very real and personal way. He loves to spend time with kids of all ages in teaching times, in small groups, or just having fun, talking about things that truly matter to them. If you attend a church function and are looking for Logan, go where you see a bunch of kids and look for the big guy.
In his spare time Logan enjoys playing or watching sports, with a tendency to obsess over all things Aggie. He likes to play games, watch movies and spends most of his free time hanging out and having a blast with his wife and kids. You can email Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
minister to children and families
Deanna Atkinson serves as the Children’s Minister at Second Baptist Church. She received her BA from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR in Graphic Design and Biblical Studies. She pursued a 15 year career in graphic design while waiting for God to work out her calling in ministry. Through many hours of volunteer service in the nursery, Sunday school, worship arts and as as active participant on the Children’s Ministry Team planning Second Baptist’s children’s events, she found herself with a passion for the importance of children at the heart of God’s kingdom. Children are incredibly trainable disciples, and the forming influence of the gospel can have a life-long, fulfilling effect on their growing lives.
Equipping their parents to be the primary disciplers is a second passion as Deanna is a mother herself and enjoys partnering with parents as active participants in the spiritual formation of their own children. Through years of serving and waiting, doors opening and closing accordingly, she now serves as our children’s minister.
In addition to loving on and playing with kids, Deanna still loves to use her creative talents in her freelance graphic design work, as well as cooking and crafting. She is a foodie with an incurable case of wanderlust and loves to travel near and abroad. She enjoys the company of all people big and little, and a potluck dinner party with these friends is her favorite way to spend a Friday night. A Louisiana transplant, she now resides in North Little Rock. You can email Deanna at email@example.com.
MLK Reads Coordinator
Randall was born in Munich Germany. He attended Henderson State University and graduated with a BS degree in Social Work. While at Henderson he was very active in Baptist Student Center life. During his time he chaired most of the committees as well as serving as president. Randall was also the international student liaison for the University, serving as a mediator for international students. After completing his degree he filled in as the associate BSU director for the Baptist Student Ministries at the University of AR, Monticello. From there he attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY for 1 year. As he is fond of telling, after one year his professors told him his talents would be best used elsewhere.
After his seminary stint, Randall returned to LR and worked as the house manager for Youth Home. From there he worked with Brownie Ledbetter at AR Career Resources as a project director. After that, and for the next 23 years, Randall was a full time professional magician. He still averages weekly performances somewhere in AR or the US.
Randall is an avid thrill junky, sharing roller coaster trips with his 2 sons, Jonathan and Aaron who are the pride of his life, just ask him, though you will also have to ask him to stop talking about them. His biggest claim to fame, however, is his wife Kasey. (Nobody can quite figure out how he convinced her to marry him). Together they live in Sherwood, AR. You can email Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brittany performs a variety of essential office tasks serving as our Pastoral Assistant. She and her husband JW have two boys. They are very involved with Boy Scouts of America where they serve on various committees, both at the pack/troop and district levels. She is active in her church and enjoys meeting with her bible study group. Brittany and her family also love to travel around the U.S. Their travels allow them to reconnect as a family and enjoy new places together.
You can email Brittany at email@example.com
Linda Lee Moore
Linda, our Financial Secretary, is originally from Memphis, TN. She and her son William moved to Little Rock in 2000. Linda joined the 2BC staff in December 2008. In her spare time, Linda loves spending time with her friends and family, going fishing, watching movies, and listening to Bon Jovi. You can email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herb is a Little Rock native and has been worshipping at 2BC for 24 years. He serves as our Building Administrator / Facilitator. He and his wife, Kay, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Herb enjoys being involved with 2BC's missional opportunities and is also very active with the Disaster Response Team. When he's not at work, you can find him fishing along one of Arkansas' many lakes and rivers.
Barbi has been a worship pianist and church accompanist for 47 years beginning as a teenager in her home church of First Baptist, Albuquerque, NM. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. She has served in churches in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Florida, where she also directed children’s choirs, handbells and instrumental ensembles.
She joined the staff at 2BC in October 2016 and is also currently teaching piano lessons. Her full time job is sewing, alterations and quilting for the public. Hobbies include gardening, scrapbooking, flea marketing and spending time with Ken, her husband of 43 years. They have 2 sons who are married and 5 grandchildren that give them great joy in life.
Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Program Director/Educator
Jeremy is equally excited to lead both the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and the Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp programs.
Throughout his life Jeremy has walked many paths, but through this new role at Lake Nixon Outdoor Center he has been blessed to find the most meaningful work, guiding youth from prekindergarten through elementary on their many adventures and building their faith in God.
Jeremy is a kid at heart, who is lucky enough to have married the love of his life, Elizabeth Spann. They have been blessed with two children, Kenneth and Miles. Jeremy brings to this new role a background in environmental science, his experience as a middle school educator, and serving the community through the Little Rock Climbing Center.
Jeremy seeks to provide the children and families of Central Arkansas with a trusted environment to grow, play, and learn. He looks forward to growing a meaningful relationship with the wonderful community surrounding Second Baptist, and fulfill his calling to serve through Lake Nixon Outdoor Center. You can contact Jeremy by emailing him at email@example.com.
Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Program Developer/Lead Educator
Monica is our Program Developer/Lead Educator and she has been with us since summer staff orientation back in late May 2017. She whole-heartedly believes that children should have the opportunity to connect to the outdoors and is astounded at how everything she has done up until this point has prepared her for this amazing opportunity.
Monica is a native Texan, but got here as fast as she could. She moved to Little Rock in 2008, after falling in love with it while visiting family here for many years. She loves to surprise outsiders with stories of some of the beautiful places here, but always stops short from telling all she knows because she would really like for Arkansas to remain a secret.
She has two children, Tristan and Lucia, whom she chooses to spend time with above just about anyone else, and never takes for granted the gift of being a parent.
After backcountry guiding for several years in Colorado and Wyoming, nine years in the classroom and ten years homeschooling her own kids, Monica then tutored dyslexic students at Catholic High School before serving in her current position at Lake Nixon. Monica is an avid rock climber and often enjoys climbing in Northwest Arkansas, as well as in other parts of the U.S.
After doing her own research into outdoor preschools for many years, Monica could not be more excited to have this chance to provide this nature immersion experience for young children right here in Little Rock. You can email Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Facilities Manager
Rick assumed the role of Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Facilities Manager in July 2017. Rick was born in Montgomery, Alabama but grew up in Calgary, Alberta Canada in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He moved back to the United States in 1992 and his daughter Katharine was born just a few years later. He attended both the University of Calgary and John Brown University in Arkansas where he received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Management.
Rick's diverse background of being a 14-year veteran docent with the Little Rock Zoo, owning and operating his own landscape company, being a manager for a large, international service company, teaching for a local real estate school as well as the American Red Cross, and having obtained extensive experience in the construction field, have all prepared him for the exciting and varied duties of managing the facilities at Lake Nixon.
Rick loves all things outdoors; golfing and tennis, hiking, boating, bird watching and he plans on obtaining his Master Gardener's Certification in the near future. You can email Rick at email@example.com.