Jake McCandless

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Jake grew up in Ashdown, AR where he graduated from Ashdown High School. He received his Bachelors degree from Central Baptist College in 2004 at Central Baptist College where he met his wife Amanda. Jake and Amanda have two daughters Andrea (2011) and Addison Grace (2013).  Amanda who taught kindergarten in the Mount Vernon-Enola School District has been promoted to a full time mom. Since that time Jake graduated with his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009.  Jake began his ministry serving as youth pastor in several churches in Arkansas, as well as serving as youth evangelist with Sold Out Ministries. Jake enjoys hunting and bass fishing.

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David McFerron

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David graduated from high school in Gentry, AR. He received his bacherlor's degree from Central Baptist College where he played soccer for the mustangs. David met his wife Megan at CBC. Megan works at Conway Regional Hospital. They have a daughter Genevieve "Evie" (2013).  David is finishing up his Masters degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David has served as youth pastor at other churches before coming to Mount Vernon. He also has served as worship leader for many youth and college events. David enjoys playing the guitar, golf, soccer, HALO, and He loves the Razorbacks. You may even hear David calling in to Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly in the afternoons.


Karen Ussery

Karen has the tough task of keeping our young pastors under control. Karen came on board in October of 2008. She is retired from the United States Postal service. She is married to Mark. They have two sons, Jason and John. They also have three grandsons, Jacob, Isaac, and Parker. Karen loves being a grandmother.


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