The Arkansas State Chapter is a state affiliate of the national Conservative Baptist Network formed in February 2020 to bring positive, biblical solutions that strengthen the SBC in an effort to fulfill the Great Commission and influence culture. 


Tom Hatley


Tom Hatley pastors the Immanuel Baptist Church Global Outreach Center in Rogers, Ark.  He has championed an approach to sustainable, rapid growth church-planting that is impacting several countries in South Asia.  Dr. Hatley has served as a trustee of several mission agencies, including serving two years as chairman of the International Mission Board of the SBC.

Russell Rhoden

Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Morrilton, Ar

Russell Rhoden currently serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Morrilton, Ark. Rhoden began his pastorate at Morrilton in January 2020. He has been in the ministry for 24 years, serving four churches all in Arkansas. Rhoden has been a senior pastor at three churches over the course of the last 17 years. Rhoden holds  a political science degree from University of Central Arkansas and is a 2004 graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Rhoden has served on various trustee boards both at the state and associational level, as well as various community organizations throughout his years of ministry. He is married to Becky, and they have three sons.

Matthew Wilson

Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Harrisburg, AR

Matthew Wilson currently serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Harrisburg, Ark. Previously, he has pastored two other churches and has served with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Wilson has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a certified biblical counselor. He is married to Bethany, and they have five children.

Arkansans form Conservative Baptist Network state chapter

Bossier City, La. — Arkansas joins the growing number of states and regions organizing state chapters of the Conservative Baptist Network today with six pastors and an associational mission strategist partnering together to lead the new chapter in the Natural State.

Among those leading the Arkansas chapter are John Cook, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Clarendon, Ark.; Tom Hatley, senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church Global Outreach Center in Rogers, Ark.; Dale Noe, senior pastor of Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church in Paragould, Ark.; Russell Rhoden, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Morrilton, Ark.; Russell Threat, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Mena, Ark.; Matthew Wilson, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church in El Dorado, Ark; and Robby Sherman, Associational Mission Strategist of the Little River Baptist Association.