Several pastors, ministers and laymen of Phillips County completed the first of what are planned to be many classes for the area. Through a program called “The Delta Connection,” The Southern Baptist Convention has launched classes to enhance education and training levels for those in the field of ministry. The first 8-week class was “Systematic Theology” which covered Old and New Testament teachings. SBC area representatives and coordinators are listed as follows: Dr. Robbie Tingle – team leader of Ministry Missions, Rev. Tim Wicker – group leader for Church Planting, Rev. Willie Jacobs – Urban Church Planting strategist, Rev. Robert Fielding – group leader Missions Mobilization, Rev. Joe Gardner, association missionary. Participants in the class that received certificates of completion included: Deacon L.T. Sims, Rev. Jarvis Smith, Rev. Vincent Bell, Rev. Leroy Carter III, Rev. Kenion Williams, Rev. Mac Williams, Rev. Albert Staples, Rev. Randy Williams, Rev. JaSean Smith, Rev. William Watson, Rev. Earnest Womack Jr., Rev. Anthony Banks, Rev. Michael Larkin, Rev. Markus Thomas, Rev. Clayton Homewood, Rev. Jared Schindler, Rev Amos Newell and Rev. Cedric Pride.