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Leon Barnes

Preaching Minister

Leon Barnes is our Preaching Minister at Central. He grew up on a farm in Alabama. He attended Freed-Hardeman University. He’s been preaching since 1964 and has written 15 books. He has been married to Linda since 1964 and has three children and nine grandchildren. Leon has been with the Central congregation since 1993.

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Wade Poe

Directional Minister

Wade is our Directional Minister at Central and oversees our group ministries, education, and ministry development in a variety of areas. Wade and his wife, Ranell, have been married @ 24+ years and have three great kids; Gabriel, Samuel & Elijah. Wade has been a part of Central since 1989. He is a graduate of Harding University (BA '89) & attended Harding Grad. in Memphis & the University of Central Arkansas (MS '96).

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Hannah Robison

Director of Communications, Finance & Administration
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Shannon Cooper

Youth/Family Minister

Shannon is our Youth/Family Minister at Central. He is a graduate of Harding University with a B.A. in Bible and has received his MDiv from Harding Graduate school of Religion in Memphis, TN. Shannon and his wife, Leslie, have two great kids, Josiah and Karis, and one on the way!


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Dennis Mitchell

Full-Time Shepherd

Dennis serves Central as a full-time shepherd and graciously volunteers on staff helping to coordinate new member classes, communications, and more! Dennis and his wife Anita have served in the Kingdom in Africa and in Louisiana. They are great servants for God and are sure to touch your life in a powerful way through the work they do as a couple and through the full-time volunteer work Dennis does as one of our newest staff members.

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Tammy Beck

Children's Minister

Tammy Beck leads our Central's Children's Ministry. Tammy grew up here in the Little Rock area. She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Freed-Hardeman University in 1989, and has been involved in teaching and working with children ever since. She has been married to Brian Beck for 21 years and their lives have been blessed with six children, Kyndra, Stephen, Michael, Holdyn, Hannah, and Joshua. The Beck family has been serving with the Central congregation since 1994.

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Travis Harris

Middle School / Youth Minister

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Chad Tappe

Worship Minister

Chad is our Worship Minister. Chad works full-time in the President’s Office at Central Arkansas Christian Schools. He is married to Andrea Tappe and they have 2 daughters, Ella and Livia. Chad graduated from Harding University with a BBA in Professional Sales and then with an MBA in 2005. Chad would love to hear from you about your favorite praise song!

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