PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF
Steve became Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock in August 2001. Before coming to Little Rock, he served as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, for 10 years. From 1983-91, he was Dean of Students at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and before that served churches in Indiana and Kentucky. While in Indiana, Steve also served as a Visiting Instructor in Preaching for two years at St. Meinrad School of Theology, a Roman Catholic Seminary. While Dean of Students at Louisville Seminary, he taught as an Adjunct Professor of Preaching, and while in Nashville served as Lecturer in Church and Ministries at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Steve grew up in Kentucky, and is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.
As Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, it is Steve’s responsibility to provide overall spiritual leadership, pastoral care and administrative oversight to the congregation in its programs of worship and preaching, Christian education and spiritual nurture, service to the larger community, and fellowship within the congregation. He oversees, coordinates and supports the work of the Ministerial and Program staff, and serves as staff resource to the Worship Ministry, Stewardship Ministry, Outreach Ministry, Personnel Committee, and Nominating Committee.
Steve currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Lyon College and the Board of Trustees of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is on the steering committee of the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance, and serves the Presbytery of Arkansas as the Moderator of the Permanent Judicial Commission and as a member of the General Council.
Steve is married to Missie Hancock, a speech-language pathologist who is Director of Outpatient Services for Easter Seals. Missie and Steve have two sons: Matt, who is Assistant Men’s Baseball Coach at the University of North Alabama, and William, a student at Catholic High.
Steve enjoys playing tennis and following the University of Kentucky basketball and football Wildcats.
Lindy began as Associate Pastor of Belonging and Outreach in July 2013. Born and raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lindy has an appreciation for good food, warm hospitality, and the music of Dolly Parton. Lindy attended Presbyterian College in South Carolina, where she double majored in English and history, and she earned her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School for Christian Education in Richmond, VA.
In her role as associate pastor, Lindy works with the Outreach and Belonging Ministries and she enjoys helping people become more involved in both church life and community service.
Before joining the staff at Second, Lindy worked in the Office of Religious Life at Presbyterian College and as Interim Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.
Lindy is married to Dr. Robert (Bobby) Williamson, who teaches at Hendrix College and serves as parish associate at Second. She loves walking trails, rocking chairs, and visiting national parks and historic sites.
TRANSITIONAL ASSOCIATE PASTOR
The Reverend Marie Mainard O’Connell began as Transitional Associate Pastor for Congregational Nurture in November of 2016. She was born in Springdale, Arkansas and matriculated from Hendrix College and later earned a Master’s Degree in College Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. She attended New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated with a senior project in Human Trafficking, and highest honors in preaching and academics, with an internship as a hospital chaplain.
Following a brief stint as the Interim Director for Youth at Westover Hills Presbyterian Church, Marie accepted her first call as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. After their third child was born, Marie took a break from full time pastoral work to become the Site Coordinator for the Little Rock Young Adult Volunteer program of the PC(USA).
In her role as Transitional Associate Pastor for Congregational Nurture, Marie leads a number of teams responsible for care and nurture of the congregation, including Stephen Ministry, rEcess, the Card Ministry, Accessibility, Alzheimer’s Care and Visitations, as well as numerous Fellowship opportunities.
Jeannie was born in Montgomery, Alabama, graduated from Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham and from Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama with bachelor’s degrees in Christian Education and Religion/Philosophy. She graduated from Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia in 1983 with a master’s degree in Christian Education and received Church Educator Certification in May 2000. Prior to joining the staff in 1992, Jeannie has served as Director of Christian Education at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia and First Presbyterian Church in Fr. Smith, Arkansas. Jeannie serves the Presbytery of Arkansas as an Educator Certification Advisor and as a member of the Presbytery Resource Center Advisory Council. She also serves on the cabinet of the South Central Association of Presbyterian Educators.
Jeannie is married to Collins Andrews, who is retired from Acxiom Corporation and now works as a business consultant. Collins and Jeannie have three adult sons—Collins Andrews IV, who lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Boriana, and two daughters; Spencer Andrews and his wife, Jennifer who live in Little Rock; and Daniel Ford who also lives in Little Rock. Collins and Jeannie enjoy spending time with their granddaughters, Arkansas Razorback sports, and relaxing at nearby Lake Hamilton.
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
David is well-known to our church family. He is a member of Second Presbyterian Church and served as our Summer Youth Intern in 2012. David is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and served as a Young Adult Volunteer on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2013. He served several summers as camp counselor and assistant program director at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center. He has experience as Youth Director at three congregations: First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville, Arkansas, Lake Murray Presbyterian Church in Chapin, South Carolina, and First Presbyterian Church, Fort Smith, Arkansas. David has excellent relational skills, and interacts comfortably with youth, parents and volunteers. He has a passion for youth ministry, and for helping young people grow in the life of Christian discipleship.
TRANSITIONAL COORDINATOR FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES
Britton Varn is delighted to be serving on staff once again! She is working with our current youth and young adult staff members (David Mills, Blake Tierney, and Erin Beard), consulting with them as they plan and implement ministry with youth, young adults, and young families. She will help start our transition into a new staffing model, which will include a full-time Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, in addition to part-time folks working with youth, young adults, and young families. Britton served as Youth Director here from 2007–2011. She and her husband, Chris, and four kids (Riley, Gracie, Kira, and Declan) have been active members here since then.
Britton is a graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas and has been doing youth ministry professionally for 14 years. She served as Director of Jr. High Ministry at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas prior to coming to Second Presbyterian. From 2011–2015, Britton was the Director of the denomination-wide Presbyterian Youth Workers’ Association. In addition to her work at Second Presbyterian, she is currently serving as the Coordinator for Youth Ministry for the Presbytery of Arkansas.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Dr. Bevan Keating is our Director of Music. Bevan is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at UALR. Originally from Canada, he earned bachelor of education and bachelor of music degrees from the University of Western Ontario. He went on to earn a masters degree and then a doctorate in Conducting from The Ohio State University. He and his wife Kira, who is also very gifted musically, and twins Brock and Blythe, born in April 2010, live in the historical Governor’s Mansion District of Little Rock.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Fondly known as “Miss Mary” by children and adults alike, Mary has served as Associate Director of Music since August of 2001. She directs the Children’s choirs and oversees the children’s bell program, directs the 6-12th grade youth bell choir, the Day Ringers, and the advanced adult ringing ensemble, Exultation Ringers. In the summer she leads a choir camp, (M.A.D) for children grades 1-5, instrument camps, (Orff) for children grades PreK-5, and directs the Summer Ringers handbell choir. Miss Mary also leads music in Sunday Church School for preschool age-5th grade and the music for the summer Vacation Bible School program.
Mary’s education includes a B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. There, she specialized in music for K-8. She has also attended multiple clinics on the Orff process, Kodaly, and studies offered through Chorister’s Guild and P.A.M. (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) music conferences. Mary is the host for the Central Arkansas Orff Chapter, and hosts events for the Arkansas chapter of the AGEHR Handbell Musicians of America. She is a faithful conferee at the Worship and Music Conference in Montreat, NC each summer. She is also honored to be serving on the faculty at the Mo-Ranch/PAM Worship and Music Conference this summer as the children’s choir clinician.
Mary enjoys reading, cooking, and painting. Mary and her husband, Ismail, enjoy playing with their sons, Dawson and Eren.
Adam Savacool studied organ with Russell Hodges at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. As a student, he was the first prize recipient in the organ division of the Biennial Student/Collegiate Auditions of the National Federation of Music Clubs. A church musician for the past 28 years, Adam currently serves as the organist of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. Recently he has accompanied the church’s Adult Choir on tours of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and western Canada. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteer work for the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs. Adam joined the staff in August 2008
9 O’CLOCK MUSIC COORDINATOR
Sarah Jane was born and raised in Arkansas. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She attends Second with her husband, Alex, and daughter, Layla. She has worked as a church musician in the Little Rock area since 2006. While attending UALR she became involved in many of the adult and children’s music programs at Second Presbyterian Church. She has attended several P.A.M. music conferences including Montreat Worship and Music Conference. She has been an energetic and enthusiastic vocal leader in our Contemporary Service since 2013.
CHURCH BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Aileen became a member of Second Presbyterian in 1983 and joined our staff in January 2013. She has been active at Second Presbyterian as an ordained elder and deacon, assistant clerk of the Session, moderator of the Stewardship, Outreach and Worship ministries, moderator of the Nominating and Music Director Search Committees, Sunday morning office participant, bus driver and volleyball participant. Aileen previously worked as an Accounts Receivable Manager at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Accounting Manager for Nuvell Financial Services and Regions Corporation and auditor with Ernst & Young.
Aileen is a graduate of Duke University (MBA) and Centre College of Kentucky (BS). She is the daughter of Park and Betty Jean Moore. Her extended Little Rock family include sister Janie Rash, niece Lucy Vitela and nephew Michael Vitela.
DIRECTOR OF PLANNED GIVING
Malinda has been a member of Second Presbyterian for 32 years. She began her work in this newly-created position in November, 2007. In her years at Second Church, she has served on two search committees, held several leadership roles on the youth network team, and has helped with confirmation, stewardship, and Sunday school. She is a member of Presbyterian Women, Second Readers Book Club and a Bible study group at the church. Malinda is married to Larry, an architect, and they are the proud parents to two adult sons, Bolton and John. Malinda earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Arkansas, College of Business Administration. Prior to joining the church staff, she worked at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, Attorneys at Law as a paralegal in securities law.
She enjoys swimming, yoga and biking for fitness and playing bridge, reading, travel and knitting for relaxation. She is also a lover of dogs.
DIRECTOR OF NEW MEMBER RECRUITMENT AND ASSIMILATION
Catherine Allsbury is our Director of New Member Recruitment and Assimilation. Catherine is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin (B.S. in English) and Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv, M.A., and Doctorate of Ministry). She has experience in churches in Florida and Arkansas as Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Transitional Pastor. She also has extensive work experience in the information technology field. She also has twenty years of experience with Second Presbyterian Church. Catherine will be working with the Belonging Ministry: greeting visitors and inviting them into participation in the life of Second Presbyterian Church; helping new members to find their place in this large congregation. She joined the staff in May, 2016.
DIRECTOR OF YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Blake Tierney grew up in Sherwood, Arkansas and attended Hendrix College in Conway. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2014, Blake served through the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program at Our House in Little Rock. Hooked by the impact of Our House on homeless and near-homeless families, Blake stayed a year as an AmeriCorps member with the youth programs and has committed another year as the VISTA Leader. Blake will work primarily with young adults of Second, mostly those in their twenties, single and married. He joined the staff in May, 2016.
DIRECTOR OF YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Erin and John Beard are members of Second Presbyterian Church. Along with their children, Ansley and Milze they are active in a number of congregational activities. Erin is a Lead Teacher at the Second Presbyterian Church Preschool, where she has worked for nine years. She is active in the Maumelle PEO chapter. Erin will provide leadership for our ministry with families with young children. She joined the staff in May, 2016.
Paige has been a member of Second Church since 1994. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of two daughters, Mary Carol and Meredith. She is originally from Ruston, Louisiana, and graduated from Louisiana Tech University. Before becoming the Preschool Director in August, 2002, she was a teacher there for seven years. She is an Elder, is involved with handbells, teaches Sunday School and serves on the Children’s Ministry.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGER
Sage joined the staff as the Food Service Director in August of 1993. In March of 1999, Sage added the position of administrative assistant to the Business Administrator. Sage has served as a youth advisor for the Spy program for 10 years, a FAME leader, as well as serving as the Youth Ministry chair for several years. Sage is married to Joe and joined Second Presbyterian in 1987. Sage credits Joe with most of her knowledge of cooking and graduated from Bennett College. Sage is currently President of the Arkansas Chapter of The Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (USA). They have two children, Libby, who is employed by Crews and Associates. Chris attends William H. Bowen School of Law, works for Quality Petroleum and recently married Rachel Hope. Joe and Sage own Arnold Audio. She enjoys riding horses when possible, skiing, painting, gardening and sewing and generally being with family and friends.
Tracy has attended Second for many years. She is mother to a son and two daughters: Skyler, Cassie, and Gracie. She has been involved through the years in the FAME program, Spy Kids, VBS, and was a Sunday School teacher. Tracy is a member of PCUSA Administrative Personnel Association. She joined our church staff in 2012. Prior to that she was the Administrative Assistant at Grace Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. She is support staff resource for the Belonging and Outreach Ministries, Personnel and Church records.
Sharon rejoined the church staff in 2014 after serving from 2005-2012. Originally from Greenwood, Mississippi, Sharon moved to Arkansas in 1992 with two young children and immediately found a home at Second Presbyterian Church. She taught Sunday School on children and youth levels, including confirmation. Sharon was a youth advisor, has been on mission trips, and served as a confirmation mentor. As an ordained deacon, Sharon served on Youth Ministry and the Belonging Ministry.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE/CHILDCARE COORDINATOR
Karin joined our staff in April of 2012. Before that, Karin was in banking for 12 years. She is married to Guy Howze and they have 6 children, 4 of whom live at home. Karin brings a friendly, outgoing personality and top-notch organizational skills to the position of Administrative Associate and Childcare Coordinator and enjoys working with all of the parents and members of Second Presbyterian Church.
David joined our staff August 1, 1994. He has several years’ experience in custodial services, as well as construction work. In June 2011, he was named as Facilities Manager with oversight of buildings, grounds and church vehicles. David and his wife, Kristen, Principal at Arnold Drive Elementary School in the Pulaski County Special School District, have two adult children, Grant and Elizabeth. David enjoys camping and kayaking with his family and hunting during the fall.
CUSTODIAL STAFF (SEXTON)
Guy joined our staff in the spring of 1997. He has children, Haley, Heather and Gardner. In August 2003 he married Karin and gained three more children – Jake, Jody, and Josh. Karin is Second’s Childcare Coordinator. Guy’s favorite pastimes are golf and hunting, especially for deer.
CUSTODIAL STAFF (SEXTON)
Emily joined the Second Presbyterian sexton crew in September of 2015. She has a baby boy, Asher, who attends the Second Presbyterian Preschool. She enjoys cleaning, cooking and hanging out with friends on her days off. She enjoys fostering dogs and helping out with animal rescue. Her most favorite hobby is playing with Asher.