Rye Hill Baptist Church
11512 Old Hwy 71 South
Fort Smith, AR, 72916
9:45am - Sunday School
11:00am - Worship Service
6:00pm - Evening Service
OUR STAFF :
Michael Franklin - Senior Pastor:
Born in 1958 and raised in Lawton Oklahoma, where he lived out his first 36 years. He graduated from Cameron University in Lawton with a Bachelors of Science Degree in 1980. Bro. Mike has served as a Youth Minister in his home church, Cameron Baptist, for 14 years. He and his wife of 28 years,Lori, Johnathan, and SaraJane moved to Arkansas in 1994 to be the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church in Alma, Arkansas for 10 years. He became the Pastor of Rye Hill Baptist Church, Fort Smith, Arkansas in 2004.
As of February of 2011, he will completed 30 years in the ministry. He is currently working on a Masters Degree in Religious Education through Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Bro. Mike has been blessed to serve in 3 churches that have grown mightily under the direction of the Holy Spirit. He is truly a people person that loves to visit families, prospects, hospitals, shut-ins and nursing homes.
Steve Stewart - Associate Pastor/Worship Leader
Born in 1962 in Fort Smith, AR; Steve and his wife Denise have 2 children. Steve graduated from Northside High School in Fort Smith. Steve has been blessed to serve at First Baptist Church, Barling, AR, Central Baptist Church, Ft. Smith, AR, Cavanaugh Baptist Church, Ft. Smith, AR, and First Baptist Church, Arkoma, OK before joining the staff here at Rye Hill. Brother Steve enjoys the many different aspects of church ministry as well as leading God's people in true heartfelt worship.
Dale Montgomery - Children's Director:
Born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas; Bro. Dale and his wife Raye have 5 children. He is a graduate of Northside High School. He has an associate degree in buisness from West Ark College in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Bro. Dale has served at Westside Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas; at Bethel Baptist Church in Arkoma, Oklahoma, Lee Creek Baptist Church in Van Buren, Arkansas; and Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Van Buren.
Bro. Dale joined the staff at Rye Hill Baptist Church, September 17th, 2005. He has 34 years of experience in church work as a vocation. Bro. Dale is extremely gifted in Children's Ministry. From the AWANA program, Children's Choir, Vacation Bible School, to Children's Camps; he has always left each ministry with a solid foundation of Children's Ministry.
Brandon Halsey-Youth leader:
Born in 1987 and raised in Fort Smith, Brandon graduated from Southside High school. He has been married for four years. Brandon, Courtney and their son Bryson, who is 7 months old, live in Fort Smith. Brandon also graduated and has his Journeyman plumbing license.
Brandon has served in the youth ministry for four years. He led youth at Temple Baptist Church for a year. Brandon joined the staff at Rye Hill on February 28, 2010. He is currently discipling and building up the youth department by leading music, church camps, Bible studies and evangelism programs. We are blessed to have a young energetic and dedicated couple working with our youth.
Carla England - Church Secretary:
Carla was born in Monterey, California and was raised in Franklin Indiana. She and her husband Jerry have been transferred several times due to Jerry's job. They have been married for 39 years and have 3 grown sons. Carla graduated from Franklin High School in Indiana; she has a degree from Aristotle College for Medical Assistants. Carla has worked for the Children's Clinic in Springfield, Illinois, State Farm Insurance in Springfield, Illinois, and then also in Lowell, Indiana. Carla and Jerry have lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas for the past 13 years. They both have been active in every church they have belonged to. Carla joined the staff as Secretary at Rye Hill Baptist Church on January 2nd 2002. Carla has a servant's heart, loves people and her job.