James “Jim” A. Crain
Doctor of Theology
Born: February 5, 1952 in Longview, Texas
Family: Married Beverly D. Goodson of East Texas. Two children and grandchildren.
Education: Graduated McNeil High School, McNeil, Arkansas, in 1970. Attended United Electronics Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. Baptized and Licensed to preach by Mt. Zion MBC, Cale, Arkansas. Attended night Seminary Classes at Prescott, Arkansas in 1972-1973 under Brethren L. L. Clover and Fred Stevenson, Sr. Served four years in the US Air Force. Ordained by Liberty MBC, Shreveport, LA. Received Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Theology from LMBC.
Teaching Experience: Teacher at LMBIS from 1987-1989, and again beginning in January 2006.
Pastoral Ministry: Central MBC, Jonesboro, LA; Greenwood Hills Mission, Greenwood, LA; Stamps MBC, Stamps, AR; Park MBC, Presscott, AR; Central MBC, Bastrop, LA; Calvary MBC, Minden, LA.
Associational Work: Various local and state associational positions; Formerly a writer for ABA publications, present chairman of the ABA Standing Missionary Committee and editor for HBP Publications; Past-President of the American Baptist Association 2013, 2014.
Michael R. Wilkes
Master of Theology
Born: April 4, 1968 to Ray and Evelyn Wilkes in Merced, California.
Family: Married Kimberly D. Buck, daughter of Charles and Lynda Buck, on May 22, 1992. Two sons – Hayden and Hunter.
Education: Graduated Airline High School, Bossier City, LA, in 1986. Bachelor and Master of Theology from LMBIS (2008, 2009)
Teaching Experience: Substitute teacher at LMBIS 2008-2010. Instructor at LMBIS beginning in 2011.
Pastoral Ministry: Surrendered to preach at Bogg Springs in 1986. Ordained by Bossier City MBC in 1992. Pastor of Holleyman Chappel MBC, Maydelle, TX 1992-2005. Pastor of Whispering Pines MBC, Minden, LA 2005-present.
Associational Work: Moderator of First Springhill Association; Moderator of Louisiana State Association, ABA Enrollment and Finance Committee, Editing and proofing for Baptist New Testament Commentary, Director of Louisiana Encampment at Bogg Springs.
Master of Theology
Born: February 14, 1964 to Lloyd & Ada Cooper at Fort Smith, Arkansas
Family: Married Cynthia Dart, daughter of Maxie and Barbara Dart on September 17, 1983. One child – Hilary Elaine.
Education: Northside High School, Fort Smith, Arkansas; Westark Community College, Fort Smith, Arkansas; Bachelor and Master of Theology from LMBIS (2001, 2002)
Teaching Experience: Student teacher at LMBIS from 2000-2002. LMBIS Instructor from 2002 to present.
Pastoral Ministry: Associate Pastor, Liberty MBC, Shreveport, LA 1998-2000; Pastor, Hope MBC, Heflin, LA 2000-2002; Missionary Helper, Landmark Baptist Mission, Stonewall, LA, 2003-2004; Pastor, Landmark MBC, West Monroe, LA, 2004; Associate Pastor, Liberty MBC, Shreveport, LA 2004-2010; Pastor, Landmark MBC, Stamps, AR, 2010 to present.
Associational Work: BTC Quarterly Writer; Writing Committee and past member of Advisory Committee, Louisiana State Youth Encampment; First Vice Moderator Louisiana State Association (2009).
Master of Theology
Born: August 17, 1984 to Barry and Valerie Cater in Little Rock, Arkansas
Family: Married Julie Walker on November 19, 2005. Two children: Walker and Tatum
Education: Graduated Minden High School, Minden, LA in 2002; LMBIS 2004-2009. Received Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology (2004, 2009)
Teaching Experience: LMBIS Substitute 2001-2013; LMBIS Instructor 2013 – Present
Pastoral Ministry: Eastside MBC, Minden, LA 2004-2006; Calvary MBC, Hamburg, AR 2006-2008, Calvary MBC, Magnolia, AR 2008-present
Associational Work: Moderator of 1st Columbia Association; 1st Vice Moderator of Arkansas State Association; Arkansas State Missions Committee 2008-2012.
Joseph C. Stacks
Master of Theology
Born: March 3, 1982 to Clay and Norma Stacks in Little Rock, Arkansas
Family: Married Elizabeth Ann Rogers of Woodlawn, AR on July 17, 2004. Two children – Julieann and Holland
Education: Morrilton High School, Morrilton, AR; Emergency Medical Technician 2001; Southern Arkansas University: Associate of Science in Nursing-Registered Nurse 2004; Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2016; LMBIS: Bachelor of Theology 2014; Master of Theology 2015.
Pastoral Ministry: Ordained January 18, 2004 by Friendship MBC, Rison, AR; New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Rison, AR, December 2003-January 2010; Forest Grove MBC January 2010-present.
Associational Work: Arkansas State Mission Committeeman, Moderator of First Columbia Association, Director of Louisiana Encampment at Bogg Springs.
Born: March 12, 1958 to Ardell and Ethel Sherman in Monroe, Louisiana.
Family: Married Bruce Alwin Corley, son of Alebert and Chris Corley of Springhill, LA on October 16, 1982. One child: Albert “Brooks” Corley.
Education: Ouachita Parish High School, Monroe, LA; Northeast Louisiana University (ULM) in Monroe, LA; Bachelor of Arts in English and Speech Education, 1981.
Teaching Experience: English/Speech in Ouachita Parish 1984-1986; Children’s and Young Adult’s Librarian for Ouachita Valley Branch of the Public Library in West Monroe, LA 1986-1988; English in Vicksburg, Mississippi 1990-1997; English/Speech/Drama at Minden High School 1997-2007; English at Webster Parish Alternative School 2007-2011; LMBIS Librarian and English Instructor 2015-present; Minden High School Teacher of the Year 2001-2002; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2002; Webster Parish Achievement Center Teacher of the Year 2007-2008; and Webster Parish Teacher of the Year 2007-2008.
Associational Work: Secretary/Grammar Editor for HPB Publications 2012-present; Seminary Choir member 2012-present; AWANA Counsel Time Teacher.