1410496158Jerry Grimes – Pastor

Jerry and Karin Grimes

moved to Fort Smith in August 2008 from Siloam Springs, AR where Bro. Grimes served as pastor for 5-1/2 years. Before moving to Siloam Springs they lived in Malvern, AR working with Emmanuel MBC for 12 years and while serving as pastor Bro. Grimes also served as an instructor at the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock, AR. Bro. Grimes also served as Youth Pastor at Holland Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Benton AR for 3 years.

Bro. Grimes has a Masters degree from the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock, AR and serves as Publicity Director for the Arkansas State Association of Missionary Baptist Churches. He also serves as Assistant Director of Meeting Arrangements for the American Baptist Association.

Jerry and Karin were married in 1984 and have two daughters, Katherine Blackford (husband Evan) and Laura Emory (husband Trey), and seven grandchildren.

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Evan Blackford – Worship/Youth Pastor
Evan and Katherine moved to Fort Smith in September, 2014. Bro Evan serves as Worship Pastor and oversees our youth ministies. 
Evan Blackford was born Aug. 29, 1986 and was Born Again 6 years later at Bogg Springs church camp. He was baptized by Centerfork MBC in Hot Springs, AR. After high school, he attended Central Ark Baptist Bible Inst. for 6 years and finished with a Masters degree in Biblical Languages. During that time, he served as Youth Pastor at Promise Land MBC in Hamburg, AR for 3 years. In July of 2010 he moved to Magnolia, AR where he has served as the MBSF Director at Southern Ark University and  the Music Director for Calvary Baptist Church. Evan was ordained in March of 2014 by Calvary MBC Magnolia, AR. 
Evan and Katherine have five children.