About Central Baptist

Central Baptist Church

An Authentic Family Around the Whole Gospel for the Glory of God and the Reaching of the Nations!

The phrase above is the assertion of our commitment to be a church – not a club or an organization – but a CHURCH!

We are striving to be a family. We do not want to be a club or a clique or a sect. We want to be a place marked by selfless love, peacemaking, patience, kindness, and mercy. We are striving to be centered on the gospel, the good news that God has come to the world in Jesus and has made a way through the cross for us to come home! We are striving to bring glory to God.  We do not exist for ourselves.  We exist to bring God glory! We are striving to reach the nations.  We think the Great Commission, Jesus’ call to go into all the world and make disciples, is as binding on us today as it was on the original disciples.  So we are a going, sending, reaching church!

This is who we are striving to be.  Won’t you come join us in this journey?

Our Doctrinal Convictions

  • Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6).
  • The Bible is “God-breathed,” without error, and authoritative (2 Timothy 3:16).
  • Salvation is the free, already-paid-for gift of God’s grace to sinful man which is received through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • There are two eternal destinations:  heaven and hell. One’s standing with Jesus Christ determines one’s eternal destiny (Matthew 7:13-14).
  • Jesus Christ is coming again (John 14:1-3)!

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Leadership and Staff

Wyman Richardson
Wyman RichardsonPastor
Wyman and his wife, Roni, are the parents of Hannah Richardson. He has served as the pastor of Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas, since January of 2011. Wyman received a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of South Carolina, the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Beeson Divinity School. Previously, he served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia, Stonecrest Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia, and Jimtown Baptist Church in Burneyville, Oklahoma.
Thomas Sewell
Thomas SewellAssociate Pastor of Missions & Operations
Thomas and his wife, Jenny, are the parents of three sons and two daughters. Thomas has a B.A. in Religion from East Texas Baptist University with an emphasis in Youth Ministry and Church Administration. After being in student ministry for 9 years in Texas, he spent almost 6 years as Central’s student minister before transitioning into his new role. Thomas’ two favorite things about ministry are seeing Christians lead others to Jesus and watching people grow on the mission field. He also loves tacos, Barbeque, coffee, donuts, spending time with family and cowboy cooking.
Kasey Earl
Kasey EarlMinister of Music and Worship
Kasey has served as the Minister of Music and Worship for Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock since November of 2018. He has his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music – Percussion from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Prior to his time at CBC, Kasey served at multiple churches in Arkansas including Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock as Associate Worship Pastor. He also leads The Kasey Earl Band, performing at many different events across the state. Kasey and his wife, Amanda, have one daughter, Emmy Lou.
Randal Ballew
Randal BallewMinister to Students
Randal has served as the Minister to Students for Central Baptist Church NLR since February 2020. He studied Student Ministry and Sports Management at Williams Baptist University, Bacone College and Arkansas State University. Prior to Central, Randal served as Student Minister at multiple churches in Arkansas including Village Creek Baptist Church, formerly known as The Newport Campus of Central Baptist Church Jonesboro and Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Batesville. Randal and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Kaleb and Kooper Jack.
Laurie Milholland
Laurie MilhollandDirector of Children’s Ministries
Laurie has served as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Central since 2003. She holds a B.S.E. from the university of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to Central, Laurie served as an elementary school teacher in Sherwood. She grew up in Arkansas, has been married to Glen for over thirty-seven years and has three children—Dustin, Jeffrey and Sarah—and one granddaughter, Mia.
Luci Stephens
Luci StephensFinance/Membership Assistant
Terry Wright
Terry WrightMinistry Assistant
Becky Bird
Becky BirdMinistry Assistant
Dana McCall
Dana McCallChildren's Ministry Assistant
Rebekah Byrd
Rebekah ByrdMother’s Day Out Director