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Donations in honor of Kristie stokes

If you would like to make donations to the family for medical/funeral expenses, there is a PayPal account. 

Use their email address: randkstokes@gmail.com


Donations are also accepted at the church. Designate for the Stokes and drop at our office or mail to

701 S. Main Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401

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Charitable donations should be made to the FBC Care Center in her name. Those can be made here by choosing "Care Center" in the drop-down menu.

Bruce Venable

senior Pastor

Bruce Venable has a love for Jonesboro that runs deep in his bones. It was here that he met his wife, Rita, while attending ASU. They were married in September 1981 and have two grown children - Chris and Ashley. Through his connections here, he developed lifelong friendships and mentorships that have molded his faith and prodded him forward, eventually leading him to return to Jonesboro after being away for further education and job experience to be ordained by FBC in 1994 and, as of 2015, back again as our Senior Pastor.  


The love for his Savior has been a part of his life since he accepted Jesus at the age of eight. Through the testimony of a devout mother, and the encouragement of countless Sunday School teachers, ministers, and friends, Bruce grew in his faith. He specifically remembers his call to vocational ministry during a missions conference in Louisville, Kentucky in March of 1982.


Bruce graduated from A-state in 1983 with a B.S. in Management and then went on to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX for a Masters of Divinity, which he completed in 1988. As of now, Bruce has completed all the required coursework for a doctorate degree through Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California and, pending the completion of his final project, he will officially hold his Doctorate of Ministry. His other educational experience includes courses in Theories in Counseling, Basic Skills for Counseling, and Marriage and Family Development. 


Bruce's experience before becoming FBC's senior pastor ranges from college ministry to leadership at the Associational level. All together, he's been in ministry leadership for over 27 years. 



To contact Bruce, email him or call our church office. 



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Here is a listing of small groups for the fall semester.  Most will begin after Labor Day week.  


Begins September 13, Wednesday 10am - MPR

Listening to God lead by Joy McNeil

Cost: $7/book; participants gather for prayer, fellowship, and Bible teaching


Kicks Off September 13, Wednesday 6pm - 3rd Floor of ED building

Financial Peace University (FLEX) - facilitated by Brett Barber & Tim Stewart

Cost: $90/materials; participants watch the teaching videos at home; group time is spent discussing the teaching video and homework


The Gospel Goes to Work - led by Kristie Stokes

Cost: $10/book; participants will watch a teaching video in class; workbook and devotions through the week


Essential Jesus - led by Jane Burton (Women’s only class)

Cost: Free; participants will have daily Bible readings and then discuss their readings as a group


September 10, Sunday 5-7pm - Fellowship Hall

Small Group Launch Party

Group homes and leaders announced; participants will be able to sign up for home groups; eat together; childcare is provided that evening.

Groups tend to meet every other week for fellowship, prayer, and Bible study.

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Adult Small Groups

Wednesday nights, 3rd floor in the ED building, from 6 - 7 p.m. 


Campus Map.


Contact Tim for more details. 

  • Brand: New Andy Stanley

    Co-ed

    leD by Brett & Selena Barber

    How should the world view the church? Unfortunately, we've created a brand for the church that Jesus never intended. But we have the opportunity to give everyone a Brand: New perspective.


    Quoted from  brandnewseries.org

  • Comparison Trap Sandra stanley

    Ladies only

    led by Jane Burton

    The temptation to compare is as near as your next chat with a friend, trip to the store, or check-in on social media. And whether you come out on top or come up lacking, there is simply no win in comparison. It s a trap. 


    Quoted from Amazon.com

Testimonial

By "Scooter Dan" Danny Clark

"You know, one of the great things about riding [motorcycles] is getting to talk and meet so many different people in the Biking community, and people of all different walks of life. But whatever that walk may be, one cannot help but hear the different ills and struggles people are going through. Our churches are no different. Being Christians does not shield us from society's ills and hurts. People are facing the possibility of losing a job, their homes, or maybe just struggling to pay their bills. Then comes the struggle with the hopeless and defeated feelings that can come with our struggles. 


With so many people in our churches hurting and longing for healing, you wonder how a pastor - or anyone working in ministry - is able to help hurting people find the healing the long for in their lives. You see a growing number of people in our churches and our communities turning to addictions, compulsions to try to escape the misery and to numb the pain. [It's] sad to say, they are abusing alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling, and one another. According to statistics, there are four million drug addicts, 16 million sex addicts, 18 million alcoholics, and four million food addicts. The list of addictions and compulsive behaviors can go on and on. 


So how does one cope? With the truth.


People need Jesus Christ, and people need more Christ faith-based programs like Celebrate Recovery. Such programs are a proven tool to point them toward healing and their one and only true Higher Power. The only true and lasting answer for those who are feeling hopeless and defeated is to turn to Jesus Christ! The Celebrate Recovery program is one of those tools that is a proven and effective recovery program. All one needs to do is read Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (the Beatitudes) to know Jesus would love Celebrate Recovery programs. (Matthew 5:1-13)


Today, you can find Celebrate programs in all different denominations. Gratefully, I attend one at my church. Yes, indeed! Celebrate is a program that is ALL ABOUT JESUS! 


Now He saw the crowds, He went up the mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them saying: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.' 

- Matthew 5:1-3


If you do not attend or belong to a church, you can still come to a Celebrate program - ALL ARE WELCOME - but my hope is you will come to Christ because he loves you.

Easter Photo Galleries


Easter Sunday was a great day! 

Thank you to everyone who spent the morning with us.


To download your photos from our Easter booths, click the button below. 


You'll be able to share or download your photos from the bottom right corner of each image. 


(*Galleries will be available until the first week of June 2017*)

first adult fellowship

On the third Sunday of each month, the young adults of FBC meet for dinner together! 


If you have kids, childcare is provided at the church from 5-7 pm. Drop them off with our teachers in the LIFE building at 5 and then meet in the LIFE Center Lobby. There, we'll pick a local place to go and eat together (dutch treat). After dinner, we'll head back to the church so kiddos can be picked up by 7 pm.


We'd love your company!


First Adult Fellowship

First Adult Fellowship is this Sunday evening at 5pm. On the third Sunday of the month (this Sunday) we will have a fellowship for young adults at FBC. We have childcare at the church from 5-7pm. We'll drop the kids off in the LIFE building and then go eat at a local restaurant (dutch treat). We'll gather in the lobby of LIFE building to decide where to go. The only catch - we need to be back by 7pm to pick up the kids! Look forward to connecting with you on Sunday.

Posted by FBC Jonesboro on Wednesday, September 16, 2015