Dr. Conner is a pastor to me, but most importantly he is a friend. He has encouraged my growth and development spiritually and professionally. He is one of the few pastors in the central Arkansas region who has continually promoted mental health awareness, ministry, and education for churches. He has dared to forge new ways of awareness and ministry towards reducing old taboos about Christians and depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Dr. Conner is an example of following the number one and number two commandments: He loves God with all he has, and he loves others sacrificially. In an age and culture of cynicism, dissension, and hostility, his love through humility, vision and action is most needed.
Arkansas Baptist News
I regularly contribute to the Arkansas Baptist News, the largest religious publication in our state. I’m currently working on a feature story for the April 18 edition in conjunction with Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention month.
This story will offer perspective from a number of key leaders in Arkansas regarding noIt only the current statistics regarding abuse but also the underlying cultural issues that increase the abuse risk in families.
In addition to Sunday School lesson commentaries, I have produced several articles for the ABN in recent months. Here are a couple of them:
“The opioid crisis hits home for Baptist family” (10/8/2018)
“Suicide: A growing issue in a changing culture” (7/29/2018)
I was also interviewed on the ABN Podcast:
“The Church & Mental Health” (12/2014)