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Batesville Seventh-day Adventist Church 30 Gap Road Batesville, Ar, 72501 870-793-4688 Now On Facebook (click here)
Laurie and Joyce DeWitt
Laurie   and   Joyce   DeWitt   met   in   nursing   school   in   Little   Rock,   Arkansas   in   1969.     Neither   having   anything   better   to   do   decided   that   they   would   get   married.      This   happened in   1970.     A   year   later   a   bawling   baby   boy   entered   the   scene,   followed   by   a   dandy   daughter some 18 months later. Laurie and Joyce worked as nurses for a while.  Joyce needed to spend more time with the kids, so she worked part time.  Later Laurie organized a $500,000 insurance debit.  However, he felt called to work for the Lord, so he put that aside. A   year   was   put   in   selling   the   Bible   Story   and   related   books.      Then   some   nursing, some   more   insurance   sales,   and   whatever.      In   January   of   1979,   Laurie   and   Joyce   decided to   cast   their   future   wholly   on   the   Lord's   will.      Two   months   later,   Laurie   found   himself   taking theology at Pacific Union College above the beautiful Napa Valley in California.  Four   years   of   school   there   and   it   was   on   to   Texas   where   the   internship   began   in Edinburgh   and   Pharr,   Texas.      After   10   months   it   was   on   to   Galveston/Texas   City,   Texas. Then   Conroe,   Texas.   Then   Rusk   and   Elkhart,   Texas.   One   day   there   was   a   phone   call inviting   them   to   move   to   Alberta,   Canada   to   pastor   the   Lethbridge   church.   "Why   not?" Joyce said, so off they went for a exciting 3 year adventure. The   need   came   to   be   closer   home,   so   Laurie   and   Joyce   moved   back   to   pastor   in   the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference. They have lived and Pastored in the Batesville, Arkansas district for nearly 13 years. Besides   his   LPN   and   BS   in   theology,   Laurie   has   taken   1   Unit   of   Clinical   Pastoral Education    in    a    hospital    setting,    has    worked    with    Prepare/Enrich,    Marriage    Encounter, Binding   the   Wounds   (for   emotional   healing)   and   the   Peacemaker   seminar.      He   currently volunteers as Hospital Chaplian at the local hospital. His hobbies include computers, automobiles, and gardening. His passion is seeing people learn to love Jesus. Joyce   is   an   LPN,   and   has   4   years   experience   in   a   Chemical   Dependency   setting,   and has her PHT (putting hubby through). They have 3 grandchildren (can we show you the pictures?) that live out of state. They live more or less quietly with 2 cats.
Meet the Pastor
Laurie and Joyce DeWitt
Laurie   and   Joyce   DeWitt   met   in   nursing   school   in   Little   Rock, Arkansas   in   1969.      Neither   having   anything   better   to   do   decided that   they   would   get   married.      This   happened   in   1970.     A   year   later a    bawling    baby    boy    entered    the    scene,    followed    by    a    dandy daughter some 18 months later. Laurie and Joyce worked as nurses for a while.  Joyce needed to spend more time with the kids, so she worked part time.  Later Laurie organized a $500,000 insurance debit.  However, he felt called to work for the Lord, so he put that aside. A   year   was   put   in   selling   the   Bible   Story   and   related   books.   Then   some   nursing,   some   more   insurance   sales,   and   whatever.   In   January   of   1979,   Laurie   and   Joyce   decided   to   cast   their   future wholly   on   the   Lord's   will.      Two   months   later,   Laurie   found   himself taking   theology   at   Pacific   Union   College   above   the   beautiful   Napa Valley in California.  Four   years   of   school   there   and   it   was   on   to   Texas   where   the internship   began   in   Edinburgh   and   Pharr,   Texas.     After   10   months it   was   on   to   Galveston/Texas   City,   Texas.   Then   Conroe,   Texas. Then   Rusk   and   Elkhart,   Texas.   One   day   there   was   a   phone   call inviting   them   to   move   to Alberta,   Canada   to   pastor   the   Lethbridge church.   "Why   not?"   Joyce   said,   so   off   they   went   for   a   exciting   3 year adventure. The   need   came   to   be   closer   home,   so   Laurie   and   Joyce moved back to pastor in the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference. They   have   lived   and   Pastored   in   the   Batesville,   Arkansas district for nearly 13 years. Besides   his   LPN   and   BS   in   theology,   Laurie   has   taken   1   Unit of   Clinical   Pastoral   Education   in   a   hospital   setting,   has   worked with   Prepare/Enrich,   Marriage   Encounter,   Binding   the   Wounds   (for emotional   healing)   and   the   Peacemaker   seminar.      He   currently volunteers as Hospital Chaplian at the local hospital. His hobbies include computers, automobiles, and gardening. His passion is seeing people learn to love Jesus. Joyce   is   an   LPN,   and   has   4   years   experience   in   a   Chemical Dependency setting, and has her PHT (putting hubby through). They   have   3   grandchildren   (can   we   show   you   the   pictures?) that live out of state. They live more or less quietly with 2 cats.