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 (6) and Truett (2), 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.
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.
Minister for Congregational Life
Charlie Fuller is Minister for Congregational Life at 2BC. He came to 2BC in August, 2010 after completing the M.Div. degree at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Before that he spent nearly 30 years as a high school teacher, college professor, and part-time music minister. (He was interim music minister at 2BC in 1996.) His greatest accomplishments are his adult daughters Becky and Sarah and his greatest earthly gratitude is being married to Cindy, since 1980. (Cindy is the organist at 2BC.) He has some grandkids he’s awfully proud of, too!
Ouachita Baptist University grads will know Charlie as a former faculty member and Dean of the School of Fine Arts. Old North Little Rock Northeast High School grads will know him as the skinny guy in the yearbook (1975). Along the way he also went to school at Baylor, West Texas State, and Arizona State. He's also working toward the D.Min. degree at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
Charlie loves to read history, theology, and current events. Among his favorite authors are Frederick Buechner, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You'll find him on Facebook and Twitter, but he tries not to be obsessed with them. He likes to follow sports, especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball and the Baylor Bears. You can often find him at the symphony, the Arkansas Rep, or at a Travs game.
Charlie's greatest passion is people. His greatest joy is watching people become connected with each other and seeing the way Christ's love flows between them in community.
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's name is Elizabeth and she's a Family Nurse Practitioner. 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.
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.
You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisellis79.
Minister to Sr. Adults and Pastoral Care
James is the Minister to Sr. Adults and Pastoral Care at 2BC, serving since June, 1997. He also ministers to the people at the Albert Pike Residence Hotel.
James has two sons, Ethan and Lane, who are adopted from Bolivia, and one granddaughter, Oceanna.
Born in Arkansas, James graduated from North Little Rock High in 1963. In 1968, he received a B.A. in Psychology from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1972. He did additional study in the Hebrew Old Testament in 1978 at New Orleans Baptist Seminary. The Doctor of Ministry degree was conferred upon him in 1988 at the Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
James was the Assistant to the Pastor at FBC North Little Rock from 1973-74. He served as pastor of the following churches: Linwood BC, Moscow, AR, 1974-75; Runyan FBC, North Little Rock, 1975-78; Graves Memorial BC, North Little Rock, 1979-90; and Freeman Heights BC, Berryville, AR, 1990-92.
He enjoys following Razorback sports; visiting scenic nature settings and historic sites; watching movies that have redemptive value to them, such as: To Kill a Mockingbird (social injustice); Tim Burton's Big Fish (commitment in marriage); Hoosiers (inspirational with grace and forgiveness overtones); and his favorite funny, feel good Christmas movie, Elf. Mostly, James enjoys good times with family and friends.
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.
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 along with her husband Mason, and two sons, Miles and Grant.
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 has served as the case manager for Family Promise since January 2012 and currently serves as the MLK Reads Coordinator.
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.
Amanda, an Alabama native, spent her teenage and college years in east Tennessee, where she received a B.A. in Education from Carson Newman University, and worked as an elementary school reading specialist in Virginia before moving to Little Rock. Amanda became a member of Second Baptist in 2005 where she has spent much time volunteering with the children's Worship Arts ministry. She then joined the 2BC staff in 2009 as the Worship Arts and Administration Assistant and in 2011 became the Ministry Associate responsible for publications and communications.
Amanda and her husband Marion are a blended family, sharing their three children Brandon, Allison, and Garrison. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys performing with several local theater companies.
Pastoral Ministry Associate
Andrea was hired in January 2010 to be the Pastor's Assistant and is currently serving as a Pastoral Ministry Associate. She has lived her whole life in Little Rock and is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High School. She met her husband, Clay, while earning a B.A. at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
She joined 2BC in January 1999, and worked as the Extended Care Coordinator for a few years until her daughter, Ashley, was born. Ashley is a fourth generation member of 2BC, and is very active in the youth activities and programs that 2BC has to offer.
Andrea enjoys volunteering on her neighborhood association board, interacting with the families from Family Promise of Pulaski County, and has a passion for God's green earth.
Cindy holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Baylor University and a Master of Music degree with a Kodaly emphasis from Sam Houston State University. Although a voice major at Baylor, Cindy studied organ with Joyce Jones and also has a minor in organ from SHSU. For over thirty-five years, Cindy has served numerous Baptist churches in Texas, Arizona, and Arkansas as pianist, organist, and/or children's choir director. Retired from seventeen years of teaching voice, elementary music methods courses and accompanying at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, she is currently organist for The CenturyMen as well as for 2BC and enjoys spending her time visiting with family and friends, reading, and volunteering in mission endeavors at 2BC. Cindy lives in downtown Little Rock with her husband, Charlie. They have two daughters and sons-in-law.
Linda Lee Moore
Linda, our Financial Secretary, is originally from Memphis, TN. She and her son William moved to Little Rock in 2000. Her son and daughter-in-law, Lani, are active members at 2BC. 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.
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.
Lake Nixon Camp Administrator
Kathy, Lake Nixon Camp Administrator, was born in Washington state, moved to Missouri as a child and has lived in Arkansas since 1991.
Kathy became the 2BC financial secretary in 1996 and became enamored with the summer day camp beginning in 1997. Kathy retired from the financial secretary position in 2008 to care for her granddaughter but remains involved in all aspects of the Lake Nixon ministry. Her passion is to be able to present Christ to kids in a fun and safe environment.
Kathy has been married to Wayne for 38 years and they have three children and seven grandchildren. She is a member of the Maloch-McKinney Sunday School class, but seldom is able to attend because she is also a member of the Audio Visual team. Kathy enjoys working in the Gift Bag Ministry and on the Counting Committee. Kathy keeps busy caring for two of her grandchildren during the school year. In her rare spare time, Kathy likes to read and sew.
Lake Nixon Caretaker
Wayne is our Lake Nixon Caretaker, a volunteer position he inherited when his family moved to Lake Nixon. Wayne was born and raised in Missouri, where he earned a BS in Music at Southwest Missouri University. He obtained Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Wayne is a Board Certified Chaplain and is currently employed as a chaplain at the VA Hospital.
Wayne maintains all the equipment at Lake Nixon, fixes anything that breaks, mows, weed-eats, hauls trash, moves sand and anything else that needs to be done, all after a full day at the hospital. He still finds time to build campfires and give hayrides.
Wayne has been married to Kathy for 38 years and they have three children and seven grandchildren. Wayne enjoys singing on the vocal team and in the choir and loves playing the congas and other 'noisemakers'. In his spare time, he is an avid deer and turkey hunter.