At BCLR we affirm the priority of spiritual leadership. The local church is to be led by a plurality of godly leaders whose role is to care for the family of God (see Functional Duties of an Elder).
Our Philosophy of Ministry regarding Church Leadership explains more about spiritual leadership in the local church.
PAUL HAMLINE is the Pastor of Equipping and Missions. Paul has been a member of BCLR since 2002 and an elder since 2005, having previously pastored in Missouri and overseas in East Africa. Paul received his BS in Religion from Southwest Baptist University in 1978, his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College in 2010. He is also a certified counselor with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors. The Lord blessed Paul with parents who understood God’s love for the church. God used his parents’ faithfulness to the church and the faithfulness of those who taught him God’s Word to draw Paul to Himself at an early age. It was through the regular teaching and preaching of God’s Word that the Lord opened his eyes to his sinfulness and need for repentance and salvation in Jesus Christ. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses and compassions toward Paul have created within him a passion for God and His Glory.
Paul and his wife Gail enjoy studying God’s Word, reading, hiking, bike riding, traveling and being with family. They have two children and eight grandchildren.
KENT KOLSTAD is the Pastor of Family Ministries at the Bible Church and joined the staff in 2013. He served as an elder in a local church in Wisconsin before attending the Masters Seminary. Kent is a graduate of the Masters College and Seminary and is currently enrolled in the MABC program at Masters College. Kent comes to us after serving in the Seattle area for many years. He has served in various churches and capacities from Solo Pastor to Adult Ministries Pastor and brings much life and ministry experience with him.
Kent and his wife Marie have been married 41 years and have four grown children: three sons and a daughter. They also have seven grandchildren. Kent and his wife love to hike, enjoy good coffee, and just hanging out together. Kent enjoys tennis and sports in general.
KEITH PHILLIPS is the Pastor of Worship at the Bible Church of Little Rock and joined the staff in 2014. Prior to his time at BCLR, Keith served as a pastor and elder at churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and Ohio. He received his B.M.E. from Jacksonville State University in 2001, his M.Div. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004, his M.M. from East Carolina University in 2007, and is currently completing his D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as well as pursuing a D.Min. from Reformed Theological Seminary. Through God’s provision of these experiences and educational opportunities, Keith’s desire is to shepherd well the flock of God, promoting greater growth in godliness among the body and fostering an ever maturing, biblical understanding of corporate worship, or our meeting with God.
Keith is married to his beautiful bride of twelve years, Stephanie, and they have one daughter, Kara Eliana. They enjoy spending time together, whether it be serving in ministry, traveling (to the beach especially), fishing or being outdoors in general, and watching ECU Pirate football.
TIM SENN is the Pastor-Teacher of the Bible Church of Little Rock. Tim has been a member of the Pastoral team at BCLR since 1997, beginning in Student Ministries, then transitioning into Adult Ministries in June 2010. He received his B.A. from Clemson University in 1993 and his M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary in 1997. While in college, God graciously opened his spiritual eyes at the age of 19 to realize his need to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ, rather than in his own ‘filthy rags’ of self-righteousness. Since that time, his single passion has been to know Christ more and to make Him known to others. Tim and his wife, Hannah, have five children and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and riding bikes together.
Read Tim’s full testimony here.
|Jim Clardy||David Adams|
|Mark Etherington||Gary Bass|
|Paul Hamline||Wayne Cranford- Vice-Chairman|
|Mike Hefner – Chairman||Michael DeLon – Chairman|
|Kent Kolstad||Charles Dunlap|
|Ray Lippig – Vice Chairman||Jimmy Fetterly|
|Mike Meadors||Joe Gerke|
|Keith Phillips||Keith McCullough|
|Tim Senn||Mike Mitchell|