Ministry Staff

Steven Smith

Senior Pastor

Steven W. Smith is a fourth generation pastor. After being a pastor for many years, Dr. Smith most recently served as Vice President for Student Services and Professor of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served on the preaching team at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. Dr. Smith is passionate about preaching and teaching preaching in the classroom. He is the author of two books on preaching: Dying to Preach, and Recapturing the Voice of God, and the co-author of Preaching for the Rest of Us, as well as related academic articles and chapters in books. He is currently busy with two other book projects. Most importantly he is married to his best friend Ashley and they have three children, Jewell, Sidney, and Shepherd.

Steven W. Smith is a fourth generation pastor. After being a pastor for many years, Dr. Smith most recently served as Vice President for Student Services and Professor of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served on the preaching team at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. Dr. Smith is passionate about preaching and teaching preaching in the classroom. He is the author of two books on preaching: Dying to Preach, and Recapturing the Voice of God, and the co-author of Preaching for the Rest of Us, as well as related academic articles and chapters in books. He is currently busy with two other book projects. Most importantly he is married to his best friend Ashley and they have three children, Jewell, Sidney, and Shepherd.

steven@ibclr.org

501-396-3311

Doug Pigg

Executive Pastor

Dr. Douglas D. Pigg received his Doctorate of Ministry and his Master of Divinity degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Bachelor of Science in Education from Samford University. Two decades of his 33 years in Florida, Doug served in one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. It was during this time that his expertise and passion for administration and staff development coupled with his care and concern for God’s people became his focus. Although Doug enjoys a friendly game of golf as well as fishing and hunting, he is most comfortable helping people thrive in their journey with Christ as they seek to follow where He leads. Doug and his wife Renee have three sons, Jonathan, David, and Timothy and most importantly four adorable grandchildren. 2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)

Dr. Douglas D. Pigg received his Doctorate of Ministry and his Master of Divinity degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Bachelor of Science in Education from Samford University. Two decades of his 33 years in Florida, Doug served in one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. It was during this time that his expertise and passion for administration and staff development coupled with his care and concern for God’s people became his focus. Although Doug enjoys a friendly game of golf as well as fishing and hunting, he is most comfortable helping people thrive in their journey with Christ as they seek to follow where He leads. Doug and his wife Renee have three sons, Jonathan, David, and Timothy and most importantly four adorable grandchildren. 2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)

dpigg@ibclr.org

501-396-3302

Mark Carter

Pastor for Discipleship & Missions

Mark Carter was born and raised here at Immanuel. He and his wife, Laura, have quadruplets, Michael, Katherine, Leslie and Ashley. Mark received a B.A. in Business Administration from Baylor University. As Associate Pastor for Business Administration, Mark manages our church operations and finances and also provides leadership for the church’s discipleship process. God has given Mark a passion for missional business, making reproducible disciples, marketplace ministry, and cross-cultural missions.

Mark Carter was born and raised here at Immanuel. He and his wife, Laura, have quadruplets, Michael, Katherine, Leslie and Ashley. Mark received a B.A. in Business Administration from Baylor University. As Associate Pastor for Business Administration, Mark manages our church operations and finances and also provides leadership for the church’s discipleship process. God has given Mark a passion for missional business, making reproducible disciples, marketplace ministry, and cross-cultural missions.

mark@ibclr.org

501-396-3346

Traci Hogue

Director of Women’s Ministry

Traci Hogue joined Immanuel in 1994, and joined the staff in 2004. She and her husband, Michael, have three daughters, Katelyn, Caroline, and Kennedy. Traci received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas in 1992. Traci wants to meet ladies right where they are and come alongside them – encouraging, supporting, praying and equipping them in their journey with God. She encourages women to grow in their relationship with Christ and one another through small groups, prayer meetings, fellowships, mentoring, and service opportunities.

Traci Hogue joined Immanuel in 1994, and joined the staff in 2004. She and her husband, Michael, have three daughters, Katelyn, Caroline, and Kennedy. Traci received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas in 1992. Traci wants to meet ladies right where they are and come alongside them – encouraging, supporting, praying and equipping them in their journey with God. She encourages women to grow in their relationship with Christ and one another through small groups, prayer meetings, fellowships, mentoring, and service opportunities.

traci.hogue@ibclr.org

501-376-3071

Matt Hubbard

Lead Student Pastor

Matt joined our Immanuel staff in 2012. He and his wife, Cassie, are native Arkansans and have a son named Jackson. Matt received a B.A. in Marketing from Southern Arkansas University and a M.A. in Christian Education (Student Ministry) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before coming on staff at Immanuel, he served churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas including the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Matt desires to come alongside parents in developing students, and everyone they are connected to; to help students know and own their faith and equip them to make reproducing disciples of Jesus locally, nationally, and globally.

Matt joined our Immanuel staff in 2012. He and his wife, Cassie, are native Arkansans and have a son named Jackson. Matt received a B.A. in Marketing from Southern Arkansas University and a M.A. in Christian Education (Student Ministry) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before coming on staff at Immanuel, he served churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas including the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Matt desires to come alongside parents in developing students, and everyone they are connected to; to help students know and own their faith and equip them to make reproducing disciples of Jesus locally, nationally, and globally.

matt@ibclr.org

501-748-3729

Rick Jaggars

Pastor for Adults 55+, Men’s Ministry & Pastoral Care

Rick Jaggars joined Immanuel in 1992. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two sons, Jonathan and Christopher. Rick received a B.S. from Tarleton State University in 1975 and a Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980. As Associate Pastor for Adults 55+ and Men’s Ministry, Rick assists the pastor in fulfilling God’s mission and purpose in the community and implements a process to accomplish it. Rick  strongly believes that each church is ordained by God to fulfill His purpose in ministering to the church body and surrounding community. As a staff member, he helps equip others to reach their highest level of God-given potential. He is passionate about building “big people” for God and not “big programs” for people.

Rick Jaggars joined Immanuel in 1992. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two sons, Jonathan and Christopher. Rick received a B.S. from Tarleton State University in 1975 and a Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980. As Associate Pastor for Adults 55+ and Men’s Ministry, Rick assists the pastor in fulfilling God’s mission and purpose in the community and implements a process to accomplish it. Rick  strongly believes that each church is ordained by God to fulfill His purpose in ministering to the church body and surrounding community. As a staff member, he helps equip others to reach their highest level of God-given potential. He is passionate about building “big people” for God and not “big programs” for people.

rick.jaggars@ibclr.org

501-396-3303

Eric Jones

Lead Worship Pastor

Eric Jones joined our staff in 2000. He and his wife, Missy, have one son and two daughters. Eric received an A.S. from Nashville State Technical Institute in 1985, a B.M. from Belmont University in 1996, and an M.M. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999. As Associate Pastor for Music & Worship, Eric directs and oversees the music and worship ministry at Immanuel. Eric uses his gifts to lead people in worshipping the Lord through music, and better equips them to use music as a method of worship.

Eric Jones joined our staff in 2000. He and his wife, Missy, have one son and two daughters. Eric received an A.S. from Nashville State Technical Institute in 1985, a B.M. from Belmont University in 1996, and an M.M. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999. As Associate Pastor for Music & Worship, Eric directs and oversees the music and worship ministry at Immanuel. Eric uses his gifts to lead people in worshipping the Lord through music, and better equips them to use music as a method of worship.

eric.jones@ibclr.org

501-396-3331

Chunhai Li

Chinese Mission Pastor

Chunhai Li was born in Heilongjiang, China. He experienced God’s healing power and was saved by Jesus Christ in 1993 at the age of 16. He received his Master of Theology from Nanjing Union Theological Seminary in 2005 and his Master of Religion from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma in 2010. Chunhai planted and pastored Northwest Mandarin Church and Lawton First Chinese Church in Oklahoma in the past ten years. In June 2018, Immanuel Baptist Church called him to be the Chinese Mission Pastor. He is married to his lovely wife Shasha and they have two children, Tiffany and Isaiah. His serving motive is “I am not disobedient to the vision from heaven” Acts 26:19.

Chunhai Li was born in Heilongjiang, China. He experienced God’s healing power and was saved by Jesus Christ in 1993 at the age of 16. He received his Master of Theology from Nanjing Union Theological Seminary in 2005 and his Master of Religion from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma in 2010. Chunhai planted and pastored Northwest Mandarin Church and Lawton First Chinese Church in Oklahoma in the past ten years. In June 2018, Immanuel Baptist Church called him to be the Chinese Mission Pastor. He is married to his lovely wife Shasha and they have two children, Tiffany and Isaiah. His serving motive is “I am not disobedient to the vision from heaven” Acts 26:19.

anthony@ibclr.org

501-748-3742

Susan McClanahan

Director of Preschool Ministry

Susan McClanahan joined Immanuel in 1968. She and her husband, Bill, have a daughter, Tracy, two sons, Steven and Michael, and seven grandchildren. As Director of Preschool Ministry, Susan ministers to preschoolers and their parents through relationships, programs and activities designed to reveal the love of Jesus and impact their lives for eternity. She is called to aid in laying a spiritual foundation in children’s hearts beginning in infancy so when they reach the age of accountability, they will accept Jesus into their lives. She aims to build relationships, love children as Jesus loves us, and exemplify Christ in all she does.

Susan McClanahan joined Immanuel in 1968. She and her husband, Bill, have a daughter, Tracy, two sons, Steven and Michael, and seven grandchildren. As Director of Preschool Ministry, Susan ministers to preschoolers and their parents through relationships, programs and activities designed to reveal the love of Jesus and impact their lives for eternity. She is called to aid in laying a spiritual foundation in children’s hearts beginning in infancy so when they reach the age of accountability, they will accept Jesus into their lives. She aims to build relationships, love children as Jesus loves us, and exemplify Christ in all she does.

susan.mcclanahan@ibclr.org

501-376-7971

Phil Spigner

Pastor for Ministry & Leadership

Phil Spigner joined Immanuel in 1990. He and his wife, Wanda, have two sons, Brian (wife Kristen) and Ross (wife Caroline). Phil received a B.S. in church ministry from Mississippi College and a Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. As Associate Pastor for Ministry and Leadership, Phil, along with our members, seeks the Lord’s direction for the various ministries of Immanuel and helps our members grow and fulfill their call to serve Jesus Christ. The desire of Phil’s heart is to be God’s man no matter what task the day may bring, big or small, to be able to do it for the Lord.

Phil Spigner joined Immanuel in 1990. He and his wife, Wanda, have two sons, Brian (wife Kristen) and Ross (wife Caroline). Phil received a B.S. in church ministry from Mississippi College and a Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. As Associate Pastor for Ministry and Leadership, Phil, along with our members, seeks the Lord’s direction for the various ministries of Immanuel and helps our members grow and fulfill their call to serve Jesus Christ. The desire of Phil’s heart is to be God’s man no matter what task the day may bring, big or small, to be able to do it for the Lord.

phil.spigner@ibclr.org

501-396-3301

Brian Spigner

Pastor of Recreation

Brian Spigner joined Immanuel in 1990 and has been on staff since 2005. He and his wife, Kristen, have two sons, Slayton and Weston, and one daughter, Harper. Brian received a B.A. in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Ouachita Baptist University as well as an M.A. in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. As Associate Pastor of Recreation, Brian oversees all ministry and programming for Immanuel’s Recreation Center. Brian has always enjoyed sports and playing all kinds of games. In the Rec Center he uses his gifting for sports and recreation as a tool for evangelism.

Brian Spigner joined Immanuel in 1990 and has been on staff since 2005. He and his wife, Kristen, have two sons, Slayton and Weston, and one daughter, Harper. Brian received a B.A. in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Ouachita Baptist University as well as an M.A. in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. As Associate Pastor of Recreation, Brian oversees all ministry and programming for Immanuel’s Recreation Center. Brian has always enjoyed sports and playing all kinds of games. In the Rec Center he uses his gifting for sports and recreation as a tool for evangelism.

brian.spigner@ibclr.org

501-396-3321

Ross Spigner

Middle School Pastor

Ross Spigner and his wife Caroline joined Immanuel in November 2012. Ross serves as the pastor over our middle school ministry. He received a B.A. in Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University as well as a Masters of Divinity from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the staff at Immanuel, Ross was the student pastor for Second Baptist in Arkadelphia. Ross has a heart to see middle school students develop real impacting relationships with mature believers and develop God-honoring friendships with their peers.

Ross Spigner and his wife Caroline joined Immanuel in November 2012. Ross serves as the pastor over our middle school ministry. He received a B.A. in Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University as well as a Masters of Divinity from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the staff at Immanuel, Ross was the student pastor for Second Baptist in Arkadelphia. Ross has a heart to see middle school students develop real impacting relationships with mature believers and develop God-honoring friendships with their peers.

ross@ibclr.org

501-748-3718

Lindsay Venters

Director of Children's Ministry

Lindsay Venters joined the Immanuel staff in December 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Leavell College and a Masters in Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Adam, have the privilege of raising two sons, Beau and Rigby. She has served in various ministries in church including college, youth and missions ministries. She became a Christian at age 8, and one of her biggest influences was growing up with her father in Campus Ministry at LSU where her heart for the Lord, missions and people grew. As Director of Children’s Ministry she oversees all aspects of ministry to children in 1st-5th grades. She considers it a privilege and a joy to help children and families at Immanuel serve and grow in the Lord.

Lindsay Venters joined the Immanuel staff in December 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Leavell College and a Masters in Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Adam, have the privilege of raising two sons, Beau and Rigby. She has served in various ministries in church including college, youth and missions ministries. She became a Christian at age 8, and one of her biggest influences was growing up with her father in Campus Ministry at LSU where her heart for the Lord, missions and people grew. As Director of Children’s Ministry she oversees all aspects of ministry to children in 1st-5th grades. She considers it a privilege and a joy to help children and families at Immanuel serve and grow in the Lord.

lindsay@ibclr.org

501-396-3347

Brandon Watson

Young Adults & College Pastor

Brandon and his wife, Claire, have two daughters, Alex and Allison. Brandon received a B.F.A in Radio/Television/Film from Sam Houston State University, Teacher’s Certification from University of Texas at Tyler, M.A. in Biblical Studies and M.A. in Religious Education from Southern California Seminary. He also is a certified facilitator for Prepare-Enrich Marriage Assessments. He has served as a pastor in Texas and Colorado and was on staff at First Baptist Church Dallas before joining the team at Immanuel. Brandon is passionate about being gospel-centric, missional living, discipleship and building relationships. He loves leading young adults, coffeehouses, live music, all things mac, and sports (especially golf)!

Brandon and his wife, Claire, have two daughters, Alex and Allison. Brandon received a B.F.A in Radio/Television/Film from Sam Houston State University, Teacher’s Certification from University of Texas at Tyler, M.A. in Biblical Studies and M.A. in Religious Education from Southern California Seminary. He also is a certified facilitator for Prepare-Enrich Marriage Assessments. He has served as a pastor in Texas and Colorado and was on staff at First Baptist Church Dallas before joining the team at Immanuel. Brandon is passionate about being gospel-centric, missional living, discipleship and building relationships. He loves leading young adults, coffeehouses, live music, all things mac, and sports (especially golf)!

brandon@ibclr.org

501-396-3344

Support Staff

Librarian

Email: pat.ashworth@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-748-3716

Communications Director

Email: phillip@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-748-3762

Student Ministry Admin

Email: amanda@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3349

Housekeeping Manager

Email: wanda.bowie@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-748-3766

Food Services

Email: paula.brinkley@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3370

Serve Coordinator

Email: elizabeth@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3343

Receptionist

Email: laura@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-376-3071

Director of Operations

Email: tim@ibclr.org

Director of Admin

Email: amy@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3381

Digital Footprint

Email: laurin@ibclr.org

Event Coordinator

Email: sharon.hallmark@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-748-3710

Connect Ministries Admin

Email: laura.hart@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3307

Food Services

Email: diane@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3371

Children's Ministry Admin

Email: sarah@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-748-3738

sarah@ibclr.org

501-748-3738
Young Adult Women

Email: jnorton@ibclr.org

Finance Admin

Email: laurel@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3382

Missions Coordinator

Email: phyllis@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3355

Project Coordinator

Email: alicia@ibclr.org
Phone: 501-748-3703

Recreation Assistant

Email: cooper@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-748-3717

Facilities Manager

Email: darrell@ibclr.org

Accounts Payable

Email: susan.williams@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-396-3383

TV Producer

Email: dave.woodman@ibclr.org

Phone: 501-748-3732

Production Assistant

Email: dakota@ibclr.org