Williams Baptist College will have a new director of campus ministries beginning this fall. Hayes Howell will assume the campus ministry job, coming to Williams from the Journey Campus of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
“I am very excited to have Hayes join the WBC family as our director of campus ministries,” said Dr. Jeremy Dutschke, vice president for enrollment management and student services. “His business background coupled with his ministry experience, innovative mindset, and love of college students makes Hayes a perfect fit to lead our ministries on campus. Our students will be blessed to have him as their campus minister.”
Howell replaces Josh McCarty as director of campus ministries. McCarty and his family have moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where they are working as church planters.
Howell earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Arkansas State University before going on to earn his MBA, also from ASU, and a second master’s degree in theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
While Howell has spent time in the supply chain management field, he said he started to feel God’s call into full time, vocational ministry, with a strong pull toward college students. Most recently, he has served Central Baptist’s Journey Campus as both a student pastor and discipleship pastor.
“My wife and I are so excited to hit the ground running,” said Howell. “We love connecting with and encouraging college students and we look forward to what God has in store for campus ministries at WBC.”
Howell is a native of Jonesboro and is the son of Kathy and the late Dickie Howell. He and his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters will soon be residents of Walnut Ridge.
Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.