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Fellowship has ten staff members and is led by an elder board comprised of six laymen. We are excited about the direction of Fellowship and know that God is preparing us for wonderful things ahead.

Our leadership team is supported by a wonderful group of volunteer ministry team-leaders, community group leaders, and coaches. We are big fans of team-based ministry. We believe the burdens and blessings of ministry should be shared, and we should all participate in the work and the rewards of serving God’s kingdom. Now, let's introduce you to our staff!


Doug Grimes

Lead Pastor

Picture of Doug GrimesDoug received his undergraduate degree in Speech Communications from the University of Montana. Upon graduation, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and served at the University of Utah and Kentucky for eleven years. During that time, Doug also received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Doug brings 33 years of ministry experience to Fellowship as well as his passion for reaching people with the Love of Christ and teaching the Word in relevant and practical ways.

Doug met his wife, Susan, while ministering on staff with Campus Crusade. They have been married 32 years and have three grown daughters, Katie, Beth, and Sarah,  and a female dog. :) Doug and Susan speak nationally with Family Life Ministries, seeking to equip marriages with God's plan.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys working out, golfing, fishing, and anything else one can do outdoors.

To contact Doug, click here.



Tyler Blackburn

Associate Pastor

Picture of Tyler BlackburnTyler received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kansas State University in 2012. After graduation, he spent a year at the Kanakuk Institute, a discipleship program in Branson, Missouri. Upon graduation from the Institute, Tyler moved to Dallas, Texas to study at Dallas Theological Seminary. In May of 2016, Tyler received a Master's of Christian Leadership from DTS. Tyler is passionate about seeing others grow in their relationship with Christ through biblical study, theological training, and a substantive prayer life.

Tyler and his wife Lexis were married in March of 2014. The couple met while working as counselors at Kanakuk Kamps during college. In August of 2015, Tyler and Lexis moved to Searcy so Lexis could begin the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Harding University. Tyler and Lexis are thankful for the move to Searcy and the opportunity to be a part of the community at Fellowship.

In his spare time, Tyler enjoys creating memories with his wife, officiating high school sports, and activities that take him outdoors.

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Emily Wright

Children's Pastor

Picture of Shannon ChungEmily was born and raised in the beautiful city of Nashville, TN. She is graduating from Harding University, here in Searcy, with a degree in Bible and Family Ministry with a focus in children’s ministry. Emily has been our intern in Fellowship Kids will be transitioning to the full time Children’s pastor in late May. She has an interest in continuing her education by getting her masters at some point in the future. Emily has a passion for children to learn about the Lord in new and exciting ways and to grow into a personal relationship with Him.

Emily is not married but hopes to one day have a family. Right now she settles for being an aunt to her six nieces and nephews. She also hopes to be a dog mom in the near future.

In her free time Emily enjoys reading, baking, taking walks, and most importantly spending time with friends and family.

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Ben Pukas

Student Pastor

Picture of Ben PukasBen was born in the amazing city of Tampa, Florida where he was raised and received a love for the beach and the outdoors. He ended up staying in Tampa to get his degree in finance and economics at the University of South Florida, and to this day remains a die-hard Bulls fan. During his time at USF, he felt God calling him away from the business world and into the ministry world. Ben became a student pastor for Grace Community Church in Brandon, Florida, and a year and a half later moved to Dallas, Texas to be trained in the fellowship at Watermark Community Church for 10 months. Ben has a huge heart for students and for them to see that the abundant life is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ and that following Him can be fun and fulfilling, not boring and restricting.

Ben is not married but hope to one day have a family. He has a German Shepherd puppy, and she is like his child, and as such, is his family.

Ben loves playing and watching sports of all kinds, but doing things with people is what gives him the most joy. Whether watching movies (favorite movies are The Notebook and Remember the Titans), playing games or sports, or just talking, it doesn’t matter as long as he’s with the people he loves.

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Josh Starks

Lead Worship Pastor

Picture of Josh StarksJosh was born and raised here in Searcy, AR, and has a love for this community. He began leading worship in high school for a local parachurch youth ministry and quickly discovered a deep passion for worshipping God and leading others to do the same. This passion developed more over time as he had the opportunity to lead as a volunteer at a local church for seven years and at other local gatherings throughout the years. He believes that Jesus is simply worthy of our worship at all times, that it’s possible to exalt Him in the midst of the problems we all experience in life, and that we were even made for this.

After graduating with a degree in Information Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he worked for several years in the technology sector for a couple of corporations and a tech start-up. After the last corporate venture of working for Chick-fil-A, Inc. in Atlanta, GA, he and his family were thrilled to return to Searcy for him to join staff at Fellowship.

Josh married the love of his life, Leah, in 2007. They now have three beautiful children: Hosea, Everett, and India.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys conversing with friends over a really good cup of specialty coffee, reading, running, Fall weather, and going on dates with his wife.

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Chris Massey

Operations Pastor

Picture of Chris MasseyChris was born and raised in Sunny Florida and where he received his undergraduate degree in Communications from The Florida State University. After graduation, he interned with the student ministry at Biltmore Baptist Church in Asheville, NC. He then attended Kanakuk Institute, a year long youth ministry training program. Upon finishing with Kanakuk he joined the staff of K-Life Ministries and served in Harrison, Arkansas for three years. During that time, Chris also received his Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministries from John Brown University. Chris brings 15 years of ministry experience to Fellowship as well as a passion for students in the Searcy area, reaching people where they are, and sharing the Love of Christ with them.

Chris and Jen were married in August 2009. Chris and Jen met while he was on Staff for K-Life in Harrison and she was a volunteer with Searcy K-Life. Chris and Jen have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Stella Kate, Wallace and Ada.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys wood-working, sports, working out, and anything having to do with FLORIDA STATE.

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Kathryn Kidd

Ministerial Assistant

Picture of Kathryn KiddKathryn was born in Pontiac, Michigan and raised in Arkansas. Kathryn and her husband Mike have worked in ministry for over 20 years. Mike pastored for many of those years and Kathryn worked with the children, taught Sunday school, and organized vacation bible schools. Kathryn has worked in retail for the past 28 years as well as a small direct sales business where she leads a group of women.

Kathryn and Mike have been married 31 years. They have one son, Michael, Michael's wife Brianna, and 4 delightful grandchildren. Kathryn has many things that she enjoys doing. At the top of her list are spending time with family, serving the church, reading, watching movies, listening to music, and watching football.

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Scott Roussel

Operations Director

Picture of Scott RousselScott Roussel received his undergraduate degree in business at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. Upon graduating, he started his business career in Searcy and now has over 40 years of business experience in the Searcy area.

Scott married Laura Pollard, his high school sweetheart, and they have been married 40 plus years. They now have two grown children, their spouses and seven grandchildren.

Scott and Laura love spending time with their grandchildren and enjoy working out, travelling and hiking.

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Fellowship Bible Church, Searcy

Board of Elders

Doug Grimes
  Jim Davidson
  Will Cunningham
Roddy Lochala
  Tom Sledge



Contact Info

1009 E Beebe-Capps Expressway
Searcy, AR 72143
501.279.9900 |