Bro. Randy grew up on a rice farm on the outskirts of Jonesboro. In 1986 he married Monica Gibson, a missionary’s daughter who grew up on the mission fields of Costa Rica.
Randy was a 12 year Lieutenant with the Jonesboro Fire Department when the Lord called him to full time ministry. He served as a youth pastor, pastor, and North American church planter before accepting the pastorate of Herman Baptist Church in May of 2016.
He has a BA in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Faith Bible Institute. Monica is an ELL teacher for Jonesboro Public Schools.
Randy and Monica love to hang out with family and friends, especially their grand daughter Norah Grace. They love spending time at their cabin enjoying the outdoors whether it be hunting, four wheeling, or kayak fishing.
Bro. Robert (Bubba) Reese was born in a farmhouse outside of Harrisburg and has remained a lifelong Arkansan. He met his wife, Michelle, in Truman where they married and raised their family. She is a homeschool mom to their daughter Lillie.
Although Bro Bubba is a self-proclaimed “Jack of all trades, Master of none”....he spent most of his time as a truck driver.
He was saved in 1989 and eventually began feeling the Lord’s call to ministry to which he surrendered in 2007.
He pastored his home church for seven years until he joined the staff at Herman as Associate/Student Pastor in 2017.
Bro. Bubba says “I believe totally in the transformational power of Scripture. Christ saves you right where you are while you are who you are...however...He does not leave you there!”
He and Michelle are both graduates of Faith Bible Institute.
Justin and Kristen Luce are active members of the Jonesboro community and serve faithfully at Herman.
Justin is a CNC laser operator at Best Manufacturing, while Kristen is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at The Children's Clinic. With 3 children - Hunter, Addilyn, and Evan- and 2 dogs - Cheyenne and Hazel, they make family a priority.
If they aren't working on upcoming projects and programs with the little ones at church, they spend their time watching movies, doing outdoor activities, and going on "mini" vacations.
Growing up as a Baptist Preacher's son, Shaun had a love for the old church hymns at a young age, especially with his mom playing the piano at their churches.
Shaun serves the Jonesboro community as the Director of the Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, fulfilling his life-long dream of working with animals and sharing his love for hunting and fishing and the outdoors.
Both Shaun and his wife Yalanda, completed the Faith Bible Institute courses, and encourage anyone interested in learning more about the Bible to enroll. Yalanda works full-time with UAMS as a health professions recruiter and teaches Sunday school and works with The Gathering on Wednesdays.
He and his wife Yalanda, live on the South Fork River in Cherokee Village, where they enjoy kayaking and fishing with their 23 year old son, Hunter, who resides in Jonesboro.