CBF Arkansas Staff


Dr. Ray Higgins
Executive Coordinator
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Ray Higgins has served as Coordinator since 2005. He was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas. He’s married and has two post-college sons. He has served as a senior pastor, seminary ethics professor, special projects coordinator, and youth minister. He has degrees from Baylor University (Ph.D. in Religion/Christian Ethics), Southwestern Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Arkansas (B.A. in Philosophy). He continues to teach ethics part time in a medical school, and for seminaries and colleges. He has led mission trips to Chile, Bulgaria, Canada, China and Slovakia, participated in a disaster response trip to Haiti, and traveled in Europe. He is a loyal Razorback fan.


Janee' Tisby
Executive Director, Together for Hope Arkansas
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Janee', a Grandview, Missouri native, graduated from Stephens College in 2006.  Janee’ became convicted about the inequities in the education system during her senior year and applied to teach with Teach for America (TFA), a national organization committed to placing teachers in under-resourced school districts. Through her TFA placement, Janee’ taught 5th grade in Indianola, Mississippi, and “fell in love with the challenges and possibilities of the Delta.” Janee' comes to TFHAR after several years working with Teach for America Mississippi, most recently as Chief of Staff.  Celebrating her tenth year in her “adopted home,” Janee’ is married to Jemar, a PhD student at the University of Mississippi, and they have a six-year-old son, Jack. According to Janee, Jack is a “professional wild thing” and her “favorite travel buddy.”

Roy Peterson
CBFAR Disaster Relief Field Coordinator
Treasurer, Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ARVOAD)
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Roy split his childhood between Fayetteville and Little Rock and has always called Arkansas home. A graduate of Little Rock Central High School and UALR, he earned his degree in Accounting and Business Administration. His professional career has encompassed business, public accounting, and state government, where he  is currently employed. Roy began his career in disaster relief when he and a friend felt the call to serve after Hurricane Katrina and has been involved leading teams on recovery and clean-up/reconstruction ever since.  He volunteers, “when he can be useful," at his church and with his son’s Boy Scout troop.

Tiffany Pickett
Communications Specialist
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Tiffany hails from rural North East Arkansas. She attended Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas where she received a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a minor in Christian Ministries in 2011. In 2015, Tiffany graduated from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University with a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Christian Social Ethics. She was also the first recipient of the Tom Logue Scholarship awarded annually by CBF of AR. She has managed the Social Media and Website for renowned Christian Ethicist Dr. David P. Gushee as  well as the Admissions department of Williams Baptist  College. Tiffany loves all things social media, pop culture and  Christian ethics. 

CBF Arkansas Leadership


Mica Strother, Moderator, Second Baptist Church, Little Rock

Chase Callahan, Moderator-Elect, First Baptist Church, Jonesboro

Dr. Patricia L. Griffen, Past Moderator, New Millennium Church, Little Rock

Harriett Phillips, Recorder, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock


Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas
Coordinating Council

Marilou Brodie, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock
Adrianne Cade, Christway Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock
Chad Causey, Second Baptist Church, Little Rock
Mike Dacus, Hot Springs
Charita Futrell, Christway Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock
Dr. Stephen Garner, First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia
Dr. Ray Granade, First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia
Steve and Gale Golden, Rolling Hills Baptist Church, Fayetteville
Dr. Judy Harrison, First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia
Sharon Heflin, Second Baptist Church, Little Rock
David Henry, Second Baptist Church, Little Rock
Tony Hoyle, First Baptist Church, El Dorado
Regina Hunt, New Millennium Church, Little Rock
Rodney Landes, First Baptist Church, El Dorado
Joni Lee, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock
Vickey Mullally, First Baptist Church, Jonesboro
Rev. Marty Pike, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock
Dr. Roby Robertson, Calvary Baptist Church, Little Rock
Rev. Cinda Smith, Batesville
Chris Smith, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock
Dr. Drew Smith, Arkadelphia
Steve Strickland, Calvary Baptist Church, Little Rock
Robin Yates, First Baptist Church & Magnolia Road Baptist Church, Jonesboro

Consultants to the Finance Committee

Dale Carter, Little Rock
Roy Peterson, Little Rock

CBF of Arkansas Pastor-Chaplain
Peer Learning Groups

Rev. Steve Sheely—Facilitator, Northwest Arkansas Group
Dr. Chester Thompson—Facilitator, Southwest Arkansas and Eastern Arkansas Groups
Dr. Preston Clegg—Facilitator, Central Arkansas Group

Arkansas Baptist Women in Ministry

Rev. Megan J. Pike—Facilitator

CBFAR Chaplains Network

Chaplain Steve Sullivan—Facilitator

Arkansas Serving in CBF & Partner Organizations

Dr. Chris Ellis, Little Rock—CBF Missions Council
Dr. Charlie Fuller, Little Rock—CBF Governing Board; Chair of Illumination Project
Dr. Randy Hyde, Little Rock—CBF Ministries Council
Kevin Heifner, M.D., Little Rock—Chair, Baptist Center for Ethics Board of Directors
Mica Strother, Little Rock—Member, BJC Religious Liberty Council