Keith Lunceford has been the pastor of the Park Avenue Baptist Church since March of 1978. A native Mississippian and son of a career military officer, he is a graduate of Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas.
During his ministry he has served the Jefferson Heights Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as a Youth Director, has pastored the Rowes Chapel Baptist Church in Humnoke,
Arkansas and the Beech Street Baptist Church in Crossett, Arkansas, and is in his 41st year as the pastor of PABC.
He is the author of two books: “Welcome to the Family” and “Loving Life at Big Creek.” He shared devotionals each day on local radio stations for more than 10 years. The services of PABC were aired twice each week on local television for more than 15 years. He wrote weekly articles for many years which were published by the Daily Citizen in Searcy. And for several years he served as an adjunct professor at Central Baptist College teaching young ministerial students about the practical aspects of ministry in local churches.
He is married to the former Rita Duncan of Little Rock. They have two children Lisa and Kevin who both live in Greenbrier, Arkansas. Lisa is employed by Quality First Insurance in Conway, Arkansas where she is the office manager and licensed insurance agent. Kevin owns and manages Del-Sur Construction Company of Conway, Arkansas. He designs and builds new homes and remodels existing structures.
The Lunceford’s have one granddaughter, Gracie, who attends school in the Greenbrier school system.
Chris McVay graduated from Central Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and is currently pursuing his Master in Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Chris has been the Youth Pastor at PABC for over a year. He loves to serve the church in everything he does. He is married to MiRanda who loves to serve alongside him. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and coaching Little League baseball.
Music and Education Director
“If you come to worship for any reason other then the joy and pleasure and satisfaction that are to be found in God, you dishonor Him…God’s greatest delight is your delight in Him” Sam Storms.
Kevin Prawl has served the members of Park Avenue Baptist Church for over 25 years; leading them in worship and teaching ministries. His love for God, church and music stems back to his childhood where he sang in church, played trumpet in band and was a member of high school choir. “Solo music is a nice personal expression to God, but corporate music is what thrills me because it allows many to share together in the experience of praise to our Savior.” After attending Central Baptist College in Conway, AR, where he studied music, he has served the Lord at several churches in Arkansas. During his years of ministry there has been many changes in the music and styles of worship. Finding an acceptable balance of traditional and contemporary styles is a big challenge but keeping the focus on Jesus Christ is his main objective. Kevin also loves leading the Kid’s Choir and the Adult Choir in musical programs throughout the year. These group are often asked to help lead our congregation in worship, adding to “JOY” that we give to the Father.
Kevin also serves the church as Commander of it’s AWANA program on Wednesday nights, which the Lord has greatly blessed for 22+ years. PABC has a wonderful AWANA staff who teach and interact with children from our church and the community in our AWANA clubs. Some of our AWANA staffers are in fact, former clubbers of our AWANA clubs. AWANA clubs teach children from 3yrs through 6th grade Bible scripture and spiritual truths so they can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Then they are led by their leaders to grow spiritually during their young lives with Biblical training. During the summer, when AWANA clubs are on summer break, you will find Kevin involved in Vacation Bible School (a big deal at PABC), church camp, youth events and children’s activities.
It is these passions (God, church, music and children) and the support of his wonderful, talented wife Lisa that inspire Kevin to be a faithful steward of the talents that God has blessed him with.
“Worship is to feel in the heart and express in an appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe” A.W. Tozer.
Kelly Hamilton is currently the registrar for Searcy High School. Family is everything to her. From baseball parks, football fields and bowling alleys to band and orchestra concerts,
she is the biggest fan of her two youngest sons and all their endeavors. She also enjoys any minute she can get with her two older sons and their families especially her six grandchildren. She seeks to serve the Lord daily, and loves serving with the little ones of the GLOW group and the youth of PABC!