“Bear one Another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
— Galatians 6:2
Stephen Ministry Leaders
Kay Combs is a Little Rock native and has been a member of Second Presbyterian since 1995. She is married to Ben and they have three grown children, Melissa, and twins Christopher and Kathleen, four grandchildren, and a wonderful golden retriever! Kay has a BS in Education and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She taught in the public schools for fourteen years. She served two terms as an elder, was moderator of Children’s Ministry, served on the Outreach ministry, chaired VBS and co-chaired the planning and implementation of Bible Village. Interests include tennis, reading, spending time at the lake and her craft company, Lulu Ann’s.
Cathy Cravens Crass has been a member of Second Presbyterian since she was three which makes it over 50 years! In the church she has attended or led Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, served on the Diaconate and Session, chaired the Stewardships campaign and the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, more committee/ministries than she can remember and currently cooks for Stewpot. Cathy is a Stephen Minister and now leader. Outside of Church she enjoys volunteering in the community. Hobbies include pottery, gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She is married to Kevin and they have two grown sons, Will and Ted.
Jo Ann McQuade joined Second Presbyterian Church in 1981. Jo Ann has been very active in Second Presbyterian activities and served on the Diaconate and Outreach Ministries. Presently she serves on the Pastoral Care Ministry in several Committees as: A Stephen Ministry Leader for 16 years; Sunday Transportation coordinator; Team member for the Faith and Grief Luncheon Committee; Facilitator for Grief Book distribution; Member of Pray Knots; Serves as member of the Over 80 Card Ministry; and, is the Co-chair of Alzheimer’s Arkansas Support group.
Jana Villemez works with families and their children with multiple disabilities in an educational setting. She is married to Chris and has two grown sons that live in Austin, Texas and Cincinnati, Ohio. They have lived in Arizona, Idaho, Vermont, Southern California, and Little Rock. During these moves, she has been involved in Stephen Ministry in some form and is grateful to Second Presbyterian for allowing her to continue her path in caring for others in a Christ-centered way!
Laurie Stueart joined Second Presbyterian Church in February 2004. She currently works for HealthScope Benefits as a claims analyst. She was commissioned as a Stephen Minister in 2006 and as a Stephen Leader in 2014.
Rita Wooley has been a member of Second Presbyterian Church since 1985. She and her husband Brad, have two grown children, Elizabeth Dearing and Bradley Wooley. Rita has served on the Session, the Diaconate, and participated in many other ministries of the Church, including, (her most challenging endeavor) the development of Second Servings Cookbook. Previously commissioned as a Stephen Minister, Rita now serves as a Stephen Leader, and is responsible for coordinating the Continued Education for the current Stephen Ministers. Rita is also a second generation Stephen Leader, following in the footsteps of her mother, who attended the first training class in 1992.
Syd Adams is a native of Little Rock and has been a member of Second Presbyterian since 1987. She has previously served the church as a deacon. Syd is married to Greg Adams and they have two children, Lora and Noah. Syd has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from UALR. She works at Easter Seals Arkansas as a special education consultant. Second Presbyterian Church has been a unimaginable blessing in her life and she looks forward to the opportunity to serve the church and its members as a Stephen Minister on the Stephen Ministry of the Pastoral Care Committee.
Anne Brantley has strong Presbyterian roots. As a baby, Anne was christened Presbyterian at First Presbyterian of Little Rock. Her grandfather was on the board of directors at what is now Lyon College in Batesville. She became a member of Second Presbyterian in 1981 when Allen Smith married she and her husband Richard. Ann’s younger son Ben, was buried by Park Moore, in 1987. She says Second Presbyterian will always be her home! Anne hopes to give a little back to the church that has been so good to by serving as a Stephen Minister.
Cindy Edwards has been a member of Second Presbyterian Church for 20 years. She moved to Little Rock with husband Bill after graduation from the University of Arkansas. Cindy has taught FAME, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and served as a youth advisor and on the Diaconate. She has two grown daughters, Ashley Edwards Hill of Bentonville and Jessie Edwards Gillham of Little Rock. Cindy teaches 4 year olds at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School and enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling and being a new grandmother.
Barbara Lasley has been a member of Second Presbyterian Church since 1968. She has taught the Third Grade Sunday School class, worked with the children’s choir, Vacation Bible School and served as an Elder. She was born and raised in Dermott, Arkansas, graduated from The University of Arkansas and worked for several years in the oil and gas industry in Houston, Texas. Barbara married Jim Lasley in 1967, moved to Little Rock and together they had three grown children, Leah Shell (Philip Shell), Jimmy Lasley (Amy Lasley) and Brian Lasley (Jessica Lasley). They now have five grandchildren, John Shell, Rees Shell, Cross Lasley, Caroline Lasley and Claudia Lasley. Barbara works at The Lasley Company and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family. Second Presbyterian Church has been a most important part of her life in raising her family and enjoying the community of the church. Serving as a Stephen Minister is such an honor and privilege.
Susan Marsh moved to Little Rock about seven years ago after living in Michigan and Massachusetts when her husband accepted a position at UAMS. Susan and her husband have two grown sons who both live out of state. She worked for many years with people who have disabilities, and now does volunteer work mainly for UAMS, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild. Her hobbies include hiking, knitting and learning to play the piano.
Anne McCarley Anne moved to Little Rock and Second, with her husband Bob, and their three sons, Hyatt, Clark and John, in 1986 from West Memphis. Clark was an Eagle Scout with Second and John was active in Venture and the musicals. The McCarleys have four grandsons, Clark Jr., Cooper, Miller and Declan. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a BSHE. Anne grew up in the Episcopal Church in Osceola, Arkansas. She has served as a deacon, a member of the Stewardship and Nominating Committees and the Belonging Ministry. Anne is a realtor at Red Apple Real Estate in Heber Springs and is a docent at the Arkansas Arts Center. She has volunteered in the Little Rock community for over 25 years.
Barbara Vaught was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Arkansas in 1972, becoming an Arkansan enjoying nature in Little Rock and around Arkansas. Barbara worked for various employers including Arkansas State government, Arkansas Bankers Association, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and American Home Life/North Little Rock Funeral Home. She retired in 2011 to become a housewife to her dear husband of 20 plus years, Jerry Vaught, and was widowed in 2013. Since then, she has become more involved with church. She’s part of the Faith & Grief ministry and Stephen ministry. Barbara enjoys feeling part of the community of Second Presbyterian Church.
Chris Villemez moved to Little Rock from California in 1994. He has worked 29 years for Systematics, Alltel and now Verizon. He is married (Jana) and has two sons (Derek and Andy). He recently joined Second Presbyterian and likes reading, exercising, wood working and most things sports. Chris supports the Our House ministry and is a member of the Hospital Visitation team.