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About Presbyterian Kirk In The Pines

The Reverend William Bailey,
Senior Pastor.

Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines is full of interesting people. Our members come from all over the world, a variety of religious backgrounds, and have worked in just about every profession you can name. They are quick to make you feel welcome and eager to help wherever there is a need.

We think you will find the Kirk a warm, welcoming place to make new friends with a wide variety of opportunities for worship, education, fellowship and service to the congregation and the community.

The Kirk is ecumenical in spirit and open to all who seek to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which we celebrate the first Sunday of the month, is open to all who have been baptized in any branch of the universal Church. Regularly we offer classes for inquirers.

Come join our search to know, love, worship and obey the living Christ!

Our History
Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines is part of the nationwide Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbytery of Arkansas and Synod of the Sun.

In late 1980, when Bob and Lil Stire moved from El Dorado, Ark., to Hot Springs Village, their former pastor at First Presbyterian Church urged them to start a Presbyterian Church in the Village. The Stires began recruiting others and thanks to their diligence and hard work, the Kirk was chartered in June of 1981. On Sunday, March 24, 1984, a ground- breaking ceremony was held for a new sanctuary and fellowship hall. The first worship service was held on January 5, 1985.

From these drawing room beginnings, the congregation grew to over 700 members. In 1994 the Kirk helped establish a sister church in the Village, Woodlands Presbyterian Church, which was chartered two years later.

Our well-designed facility draws community groups from all over the Village for meetings, events and musical rehearsals. Over the years we have expanded the sanctuary and narthex and added a sophisticated sound system, a beautiful Memorial Garden with a columbarium wall and lawn garden for interment. The Fran Brown Library now stocks over 2,000 books for our members.

Our ministries have grown to include a wide variety of programs and fellowship groups to help us grow in the Lord, both as a church and individually.

About the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) enjoys intercommunion and interchange of pastoral ministries with other branches of the Reformed, or Presbyterian, tradition of Christianity, and also with our first-cousins of the sixteenth-century Reformation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. If your background is Christian Reformed, Reformed Church of America, United Church of Christ, or Congregational, you will feel particularly at home with us. We are part of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, that links more than 75 million Christians in over 100 nations. Our roots spring from Reformers John Calvin (French), Ulrich Zwingli (Swiss-German), John Knox (Scottish), and many others, as well as from the pre-Reformation leaders Peter Valdes (Italian) and Jan Hus (Czech). We view the Bible as God's inspired Word-source, as guided by the Holy Spirit, for the church's life, work and mission.

The Kirk is a caring, Christ-centered community where people who have left a familiar place experience family and receive a warm and friendly
  • We worship together
  • We study together
  • We share with others through missions
  • We care for each other
  • We play together
  • We make music together
    General Information
    Updated 04/16/14
Church Annual History PDF NEW 2013  
Session Committees:  
  Jerral Johnson, Clerk of Session  
  Mark Smith, Administration Committee  
  Ed Russell, Building & Grounds Moderator  
  Janie Smith, Congregational Care Moderator  
  Ruth Hamilton, Christian Education Committee  
  Dotty Rector, Communication Committee Moderator  
  Sally Fink, Evangelism Committee Moderator  
  Norma Stevens, Fellowship Committee Moderator  
  Sharon Gardner, Finance Committee Moderator  
  Helen Van Stone, Membership Committee Moderator  
  Priscilla Hayek, Memorial Committee Moderator  
  Ed Baldwin, Mission Committee Moderator  
  Dick Massey, Planning & Coordinating Committee Moderator  
  Dennis Zymboly, Stewardship Committee Moderator  
  Bruce McIntosh, Worship Committee Moderator  
Session Elders Class of 2014:Beginning a three-year term on the Kirk Session in December, 2011 and serving as committee moderators are (l-r) Dick Massey, Planning and Coordinating; Dotty Rector, Communications; Sally Fink, Evangelism; Janie Smith, Congregational Care and Ed Russell, Building and Grounds.
Session Elders Class of 2015: Joining the Session in December, 2012 to serve three-year terms and committee moderators are (from left) Bruce McIntosh, Worship; Ruth Hamilton, Education; Helen Van Stone, Membership; Priscilla Hayek, Memorial, and Jerral Johnson, Clerk of Session.
Session Elders Class of 2016 and committee moderators are (l-r) Sharon Gardner, Finance; Norma Stevens, Fellowship; Dennis Zymboly, Stewardship, and Ed Baldwin, Mission. Not pictured: Mark Smith, Administration. (Robert Sonnen photo)
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