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. 


John Cook

Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Clarendon, AR

John Cook has served at three churches in his seven years of ministry, currently serving at First Baptist Church in Clarendon, Ark. As he told the church when he was called as pastor in February 2020, he is committed to “preaching the word of GOD with conviction but without hesitation, loving people, and being himself.”

Cook received his bachelor’s degree in communications from University of Memphis and his Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. In his spare time, Cook enjoys serving as a chaplain and volunteer firefighter for the city of Clarendon and spending time with his wife of 15 years, Kate, and their four children.

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.

Dale Noe

Senior Pastor
Brown's Chapel Baptist Church
Paragould, AR

Dale Noe currently serves Christ as senior pastor at Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church in Northeast Arkansas. With master’s degrees from Gateway Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Noe is currently completing his doctorate through Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His passion is seeing SBC churches being revitalized through evangelism and discipleship training. Noe also believes that revitalizing the Southern Baptist Convention is best achieved by an unwavering commitment to the Bible and the core doctrinal principles as expressed in the Baptist Faith & Message 2000, the Danvers Statement, and the Nashville Statement. He is further committed to standing against the Marxist influences of Critical Race Theory in both culture and 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.

Robby Sherman

Associational Mission Strategist
Little River Baptist Association
Nashville AR

Robby Sherman currently serves as Associational Mission Strategist in Nashville, Ark. Born and raised in Arkansas, Sherman is a fourth generation pastor and has earned degrees from Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Russell Threet

Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Mena, Arkansas

Dr. Russell Threet currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Mena, Ark. He has served on the Executive Board of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention since 2015 and holds degrees from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary and Masters International University of Divinity. Threet is also the Founder/Director of Mena Biblical Counseling, a ministry that provides biblical counseling and trains biblical counselors in Mena, Ark.

Matthew Wilson

Senior Pastor
Union Baptist Church
El Dorado, AR

Matthew Wilson currently serves as the senior pastor of Union Baptist Church. He has had pastoral roles with two other churches and has also 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.