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And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. (Jeremiah 3:15)
Jim and Tammy Whitley
Jim Whitley was elected pastor of New Beginnings Apostolic Church of Bryant in June of 2017, after leading the church from the inaugural service on January 1, 2017. An Arkansas native, Whitley has been a nurse for more than 25 years and has been in nursing leadership roles for over 15 years. Jim is also in his third term on the Quorum Court of Saline County.
Tammy Whitley, a local bank executive, is the wife of Jim Whitley and serves the church in numerous leadership roles, particularly coordinating special events that links the church with the community.
Jim and Tammy have two sons, Logan (21) who attends Henderson State University and Luke (16) who attend Harmony Grove School District where they are involved not only academically and athletically, but also serve the campus with their leadership in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Church Phone Number: 501-213-0032
Pastor Jim's Cell Number: 501-317-0654
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Tim and Trisha Barnett
Tim Barnett has served as Associate Pastor since the church was established, January 1, 2017, officially being elected to the position in June 2017. Tim graduated from Apostolic Bible Institute with a Bachelor’s in Theology. He was a Youth Pastor at the Apostolic Faith Church in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, for 10 years. In the Bryant area, he was a Children’s Pastor for three years and an Administrative Pastor for three years before becoming the Associate Pastor at New Beginnings.
Latrisha (Richardson) Barnett graduated from Apostolic Bible Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Theology and specializes in children’s ministry and grief recovery. She headed the puppet program at Apostolic Faith Church in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, for 10 years and has been a children’s minister in the Bryant area for six years before becoming the head of the Children’s Ministry at New Beginnings.
Tim and Trisha have three sons: Bradley (19), Robert (16), and Aaron (14) who attend(ed) the Benton School District.
Dennis and Janett Bledsoe
Dennis Bledsoe has been in ministry for over 35 years. He was appointed Associate Pastor in 2019. For the last 35 years, Bro. and Sis. Bledsoe have severed as Children’s Evangelist, Youth Pastors, and Assistant Pastors in California and Arkansas. Bro. and Sis. Bledsoe were the Pastors of Calvary Apostolic Church of Benton, before following the Leading of the Lord to merge their church with New Beginnings Apostolic Church of Bryant.
Bro. Bledsoe is currently the Arkansas State Presbyter for The Associated Brotherhood of Christians. He has the oversight of six churches in the State of Arkansas.
Janett Bledsoe has been a Sunday School teacher, Ladies Auxiliary and Pastor's Wife for the last 35 years. She currently is ministering through her "Courage to Heal" group on Thursday Nights for women who have been abused. She also serves as the Director of Bereavement Ministries.
The Bledsoe's have a son (Joel) and a daughter (Rebecca). Joel is married to Kendra Bledsoe with two boys: Noah Whitley and Kayden Bledsoe. Rebecca is married to Jeffery Primm with three children: Zoie, Logan, and Easton.
Bro. and Sis. Bledsoe are affectionately known to all as Bro. B and Sis B.
Bro. Bledsoe's Phone number: 501-326-5411
Joel and Kendra Bledsoe
Joel and Kendra were appointed Youth Pastors of New Beginnings Church from the very first service on January 1, 2017. In 2019 Joel and Kendra undertook a new role as the Family Pastor and Sunday School Superintendent.
A Bauxite, Arkansas, native, Joel Bledsoe has been an emergency services technician for 15 years, while also serving as a volunteer coach for numerous youth sports teams in Saline County.
Kendra Bledsoe, a local bank customer service representative, is the wife of Joel Bledsoe and serves the church in several leadership roles, primarily as a member of the Praise and Worship team.
Joel and Kendra have two sons, Noah (16) and Caden (13) who attend Harmony Grove School District.