Ministers’ Conferences


NPBA is not unique in its assembly of theological lecturers, in that, our association is not unlike many other associations who have fully compensated pastors as well as partially compensated pastors.  All pastors are full-time, they are just compensated differently.  Therefore, since some pastors, having two employers, are prohibited from taking place in daytime conferences, we have a daytime conference for pastors (called Ministers’ Conference) and an evening conference (called Bi-vocational Ministers’ Conference).


It is the desire of all of the pastors of this association that each pastor could attend each meeting, but realizing the demands placed upon pastors and the burden to minister to congregations … it is not possible.  The invitations are there for the taking.




Officers are:

President – Roy Thompson
Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, 10150 Brockington Road, Sherwood, AR   72120
phone 501.834.7593

Vice-President – Hiawatha Lewis
Pastor, Argenta Church, Currently meeting at NPBA Missions & Ministry Center,
4500 North Hills Boulevard, N Little Rock, AR   72116
phone 501.612-9850


The Ministers’ Conference provides fellowship, inspiration and information for senior and staff ministers.  This atmosphere allows friendships to be made and bonding to occur – which, in turn, strengthens our churches.

The conference ordinarily meets on Mondays at 11:00 AM with the exception of holiday weeks and the summer months where the NPBA Annual Golf Tournament marks the end of meetings until after Labor Day.  The Golf Tournament is sponsored by the Ministers’ Conference.

Each session varies in content and agenda.  The purpose of meeting is to give the ministers a tool for their tool belt which will be useful to them in the pastorate.  To promote camaraderie and sharing, the group goes to lunch together after the program.




Bi-VoConfLdrs2Officers are:

President – Barnard “Willie” Baker, Pastor, New Covenant Family Ministries, 1245 Parkway Drive, NLR, AR   72117; phone 501.442.2636

Vice-President – Calvin Marbles, Pastor, Disciples in Christ Ministry, 5402 Young Road, North Little Rock, AR   72118; phone 501.240.6499


Fellowship, inspiration, camaraderie, bonding and updates are the unwritten themes each time these pastors meet.  At the Bi-vocational Pastors’ Conferences the wives are invited to come with their husbands.  Dinner is served and we all eat around the table together enjoying fine repasts.  With a “family” type gathering around the table, praying together and joining hearts and minds we are bonded to each other both as earthly brothers and sisters as well as heavenly brothers and sisters.

The conference generally meets once each quarter on a Saturday evening at 6:00 PM with the exception of occasional schedule adjustments to meet needs.

Agendas vary from speakers to information about the happenings and upcoming events in which they will certainly want to be a part.  Everything happens in associational life to encourage, equip and engage.