Described by others as “wise beyond his years,” and recognized as a justice-oriented leader, Preston uses his knowledge and experience to teach the ways of Jesus and lead the congregation toward a greater vision. He is a gifted preacher and avid reader who has a way with words. Raised on a farm in the Arkansas delta, Preston loves to embrace his roots–especially when it comes to the Razorbacks! An avid sports fan and family man, An Enneagram 9, Preston loves spending his free time with his two boys, playing sports, and cheering on his sons’ sports teams.
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Preston Clegg, a native Arkansan, stepped into the role of 2BC pastor in May of 2013. Uniquely qualified for the position, Preston has pastored four churches for twenty-one years, consecutively: Strawberry Baptist Church, Strawberry, AR (2000-2003); Bruceville Baptist Church, Bruceville-Eddy, TX (2004-2006); Spring Creek Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK (2006-2013); and Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR (2013-present).
Pastor Clegg received his BA in Christian Ministry from Williams Baptist College (Walnut Ridge, AR) in 2003. Later, he attended George W. Truett Theological Seminary – Baylor University (Waco, TX) to earn his Masters of Divinity degree in 2006 and Doctorate of Ministry in 2013.
Preston has demonstrated a profound passion for his faith and community through the following professional partnerships and leadership roles:
- Board Member- Just Communities of Arkansas- 2017-Present
- Chair of Board- Just Communities of Arkansas- 2020-Present
- Board Member- Baptist Health Corporate Board- 2019-Present
- Board Member- Salvation Army of Central AR- 2015-17
- Coordinating Council Member- CBF Arkansas
- Moderator- CBF Arkansas
- CBF Advocacy Leadership Team
- CBF Racial Justice Leadership Team
A testament of his dedication, character, and talent, Pastor Clegg is the recipient of the McCall Racial Justice Trailblazer Award (2021) and George W. Truett Theological Seminary Preaching Award (2006). He has also been recognized as “Pastor of the Day” (2014) at George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
Combining his personal and professional passions, Preston utilizes creativity in his preaching to inspire and uplift the congregation. In his free time, Preston enjoys watching sporting events, reading, writing poetry, and spending time with his two sons, Paxton and Truett.
Associate Pastor of Worship Arts
“Queen of the Music Mash-up,” Suzanne serves as 2BC’s primary worship leader and spiritual formation “guru.” Described by others as “spiritually deep,” she uses her diverse talents to call others to contemplation throughout the life of the church. Suzanne is characterized by her sense of humor, humble nature, and keen ability to identify and utilize other people’s gifts and is an Enneagram 9. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time in creation; some of her favorite spots include Pinnacle Mountain and Lake Nixon Chapel.
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Suzanne Cain, a native Arkansan, took on full responsibility for Worship Arts after serving as the church pianist, Worship Arts Ministry Associate and Interim Worship Minister. She has been on the 2BC staff for over 20 years!
Suzanne Cain received her BA in piano from Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR). She completed a two-year cohort on spiritual transformation through the Transforming Center in Wheaton, IL. She was ordained by Second Baptist in 2020.
Suzanne has demonstrated a love for Little Rock by volunteering in her community as a tutor through the MLK Reads program at MLK Elementary and by spending time planning craft nights with the women at Dorcas House. Suzanne also participates in Cooperative Baptist Fellowship events, most recently by leading worship for General Assembly in Dallas, TX (2022).
Suzanne is passionate about worship and loves that Second Baptist does not limit what is presented in worship through the lens of a particular style. She loves encouraging children and youth to lead in worship and sees them as a valuable part of the congregation.
When she is not at work, Suzanne can be found on a hiking trail with her husband, Randy, or cooking for her three kids, Mallory, Emma, and Harrison.
Associate Pastor of Administration & Outreach
Chris is the guy you’ll meet at the door on Sunday mornings. With a voice that carries (you’ll hear him before you see him), this good humored, Enneagram 8, outreach minister will have you smiling and feeling right at home in no time. Known as the “Master of Multitasking,” he does outreach, administration, global missions, and so much more! You will rarely find Chris without a smile on his face and a hand to help. In his free time, this social butterfly enjoys spending time with others, hiking, camping with his family, and traveling the world!
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Chris Ellis, a native of south Florida has called Arkansas and Second Baptist Church home since 2006.
Chris received his BA in Biblical Studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, FL). Later, he attended George W. Truett Theological Seminary – Baylor University (Waco, TX) to earn his Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Global Missions and Portland Seminary to earn his Doctorate of Ministry in Global Leadership.
Chris’s leadership is not limited to Second Baptist. He has served several other organizations through the following professional partnerships and leadership roles:
- Board Member- Together for Hope, Helena- 2016-Present
- Global Missions Committee Member, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship- 2016-2020 (Chair 2019)
- Toward Bold Faithfulness Task Force Member- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship – 2019-2020
- Board Member- Little Rock Community Development Corporation- 2008-2015
Combining his savvy administration skills and his love for people, Chris loves helping people connect to the church and to God’s work in re-making the world. He loves to see an idea take shape and then watch it turn into something only God could dream.
When he is not playing in spreadsheets or greeting at the church’s main entrance, you will most likely find Chris outside. He loves to camp, hike, and run. He loves to travel on his own and with his family. Chris and his wife, Elizabeth have three sons, Silas, Micah, and Ian.
Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Executive Director
Described by others as deeply thoughtful, contemplative, and organized, Andy serves as Director of Lake Nixon. A former professor, Andy employs his past experience to oversee current programs and create new ones. Passionate about caring for creation, Andy LOVES Lake Nixon and will take every opportunity to put you to work out there! Andy is an Enneagram 4. In his free time, he enjoys trail building, coaching rec league soccer, learning to play the banjo, and listening to music.
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Andy Black moved to Arkansas in 2019 when he became the Executive Director of Lake Nixon, though he has been visiting his parents Northwest Arkansas for about a decade. Bringing a variety of unique experience, Andy has served as the Program Director for Faith Covenant Community Services in Waco, TX (2003-2005); Adjunct Instructor in Religious Studies, Theology, and History at University of Dayton, OH, Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and Capital University in Columbus, OH (2007-20013); Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Bucknell University in Lewisville, PA (2013-2015); and the Lubbock Regional Director at the Texas Hunger Initiative through Baylor University in Lubbock, TX (2015-2019).
The majority of Andy’s education comes from Baylor University. He received his undergraduate degree in History from Baylor in 1997 where he was the History Department’s “Co-Outstanding Graduate.” He went on to receive his Master of Divinity Degree and his Masters of Arts degree in Church-State Studies from Truett Theological Seminary in 2003 where he was the “Co-Outstanding Graduate” again. He also received his PhD in Theology from the University of Dayton. He defended his dissertation “with distinction” in 2012.
Though Andy has spent the most of his professional life outside the church, he has been involved in lay leadership in various capacities:
- Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Music Ministry Member, Calvary Baptist Church (Waco, TX)
- Music Ministry/Worship Planning, First Baptist Church (Dayton, OH)
- Participant in Spiritual Reasoning Seminar
- Board Member- Saint Benedict Chapel Board of Directors (Lubbock, TX)
Andy considers it an honor and a privilege to have the full-time responsibility of stewarding the gift of Lake Nixon. His role as the Executive Director allows him to draw from his diverse experiences and training in surprising and exciting ways.
Andy spent about a decade growing up in Wyoming, where he developed a deep and lasting love for the outdoors. He has family roots in Oklahoma and Mississippi, and so it seemed fitting for him to split the difference and take root in the Natural State. He enjoys hiking and biking, playing and listening to music (started the banjo this year), reading books and maps, and cheering for the Baylor Bears. Though it’s “work,” he gets tremendous pleasure planning and building trails. When he was younger, he enjoyed regular games of pickup basketball and ultimate frisbee. These days, most of his exercise takes the form of chasing kids or simply exploring all the nooks and crannies of Lake Nixon’s 200+ acres, often with a camera at the ready.
Andy is married to Jennifer, who is an online instructor for the Baylor University School of Social Work. They have enjoyed settling in at Lake Nixon with their three children: Jonathan, Micah, and Hannah.
Associate Pastor with Students & Families
Brittany gets to spend most of her time hanging out with the church’s youth but when she isn’t doing that, she’s overseeing the kids’ programming, updating the 2BC website, or creating engaging social media content. Embracing the mantra that life should be lived joyfully, this self-proclaimed “Minister of Fun” is an Enneagram 1 and loves to plan epic theme parties and has been known to dress up as a unicorn…on more than one occasion! True to her outgoing nature, she’s the first to get up and dance like no one is watching or to cheer others on, especially her students. In her free time, she can most often be found on her patio with her dog Luna and a good playlist in the background.
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Born and raised in Kentucky and having lived all over the southeast, Brittany Stillwell is no stranger to the Delta. In 2019, after spending six months volunteering in South Africa, she found her way to Arkansas to step into her role as 2BC Associate Pastor with Students and Families. Prior to moving to South Africa Brittany served as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth at First Baptist Church in Memphis, TN (2014-2018). She has also served as a Minister of Music at Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, KY (2010-2013) and a Sabbatical Pastor at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church in Danville, KY (June & July 2014).
Brittany earned her BA in Music Education with an Honors in Vocal Performance from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. After teaching Middle School Choir in Irondale, AL for two years, she went on to earn her Master of Divinity from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in 2013.
Brittany has severed in a variety of denominational, preaching, and volunteer capacities including:
- Pulpit supply throughout the southeast
- The Festival of Young Preachers (2013 & 2013)
- Armstrong Preaching Scholar (2011)
- Nominating Committee Member- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (2020-present)
- State Coordinator- Baptist Women in Ministry in Arkansas (2019-present)
- Baptist Joint Committee Fellow (2021)
- Project Manager, Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (2021)
- Member of the ATS Self-Study Steering Committee, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (2018-2020)
- Moderator of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (2018-2019)
- Chair of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly Planning Team (2018)
- Chair of the Alumni Leadership Team, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (2016-2018)
- Member of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Coordinator Search Committee (2016)
- Member of Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council (2015-2019)
The thing Brittany loves most about her role with 2BC is getting to experience God through play. In her own words she explains, “I take great joy in walking alongside our youth as they ask questions and grow in their identity as People of God. I love looking for God in ordinary places and helping church members of all ages find ways to dream God’s dream.” More often than not, that means creating safe spaces for individuals to ask questions and in doing so, come closer to God. Ultimately, Brittany is grateful that her official job description at 2BC doesn’t limit her; rather, she’s encouraged to pursue her gifts and passions in a variety of ways.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, gardening, exploring new places, and hanging out with her dog Luna. A lifetime learner, Brittany loves taking classes and attending book club gatherings. Brittany is a certified foster parent and looks forward to ways she can create “home” for kids who need a temporary place to be loved and cared for.
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Associate Pastor of Social Work
As a licensed social worker, Kevin helps 2BC engage our downtown neighbors. You will often find him networking with Little Rock’s community organizations and connects our church family with various ministry opportunities. Raised in Houston, TX, Kevin is an avid baker and an intensely energetic indoor cycling instructor who will help you spin off all the calories he just fed you. Kevin is an Enneagram 6 and loves to watch the Great British Baking Show with his retired show dog, Romero.
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Raised in Houston, Kevin is excited to be an Arkansan. Kevin joined the 2BC staff in 2022–2BC’s first social worker on staff! He also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. Prior to moving to Arkansas, Kevin served as the Executive Director of Mission Oak Cliff in Dallas, TX (2019-2022). He has also served as a Church Support Manager for Buckhead Christian Ministry in Atlanta, GA (2018-2019) and as an Executive Specialist for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Decatur, GA (2016-2018).
Kevin earned his BS in Nutritional Sciences from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 2011. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University with a concentration in Community Practice and a specialization in “Church Social Work: Women and the Church” in 2016.
Kevin serves on several organizational boards:
- Clergy Sexual Misconduct Task Force (Task Force Member, 2021-present)
- Baptist News Global (Board Member, 2022-present)
- Baptist House, Perkins School of Theology at SMU (Board of Visitors Member, 2021-present)
- Central Seminary (Board of Trustees Member, 2021-present)
- Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University (Board of Advocates Member, 2022-present)
- Bread for the World (Grassroots Leadership Team Member, 2022-present)
Kevin loves the way he is able to be a connector of people and organizations through his role. As a social worker, he is passionate about making sure people have the relationships they need to overcome life’s challenges. He is overcome with gratitude when he sees people begin to believe in themselves and realize their God-given worth. He believes this is part of the Holy Spirit’s work in a person’s life to share strength and hope.
In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his husband, Chris, and their three dogs and trying out new restaurants. Kevin loves to bake sweets and make homemade ice cream. He counters this hobby by teaching indoor cycling classes.
Youth Ministry Associate
Described as a “2BC treasure,” Randall has used his mischievous sense of humor, leadership skills, and outgoing personality to serve the church in one capacity or another for what can only be described as “a very long time.” A magician by profession, Randall loves to entertain others and keep the youth on their toes. In return, they give him a healthy ribbing which he takes in stride because, after all, this Enneagram 8 is a big kid at heart!
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Randall Eller moved to Jacksonville, AR when he was 6 and considers Arkansas home. Randall works as a magician and for the Little Rock School District. He serves as the Youth Ministry Associate in his “spare” time. Prior to becoming the Youth Ministry Associate in 2020, Randall served as the Director of MLK Reads and Family Promise.
Randall received his Bachelor of Science degree in social work from Henderson State University.
Randall enjoys traveling and spending time with his family; wife Kasey, son Aaron, son Jonathan, daughter-in-law Molly, and grandsons Ethan and Ryan.
Preschool Ministry Associate
Described by others as passionate and gifted, Jessica, known as “Ms. Jessie” to her students, actually attended the 2BC preschool ministry herself! From former pupil to now teacher, Jessica uses her talents and outgoing personality to care for our youngest learners, RiverKids: infant – Kindergarten. Affectionately known as “the one with all the goldfish crackers,” Jessica, an Enneagram 9, divides her time between our preschoolers and serving as a Registered Behavioral Technician at Pediatrics Plus in Little Rock.
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Jessica was born and raised in Little Rock, AR and has been a part of the 2BC family since she was in preschool. She has even served as a 2BC intern and Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp Counselor! Jessica currently works full-time as a Registered Behavior Technician at Pediatrics Plus. She has a BA in Community and Family Services and a BA in Communication and Media from Ouachita Baptist University where she was a member of the Carl Goodson Honors Program. She also has her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Jessica thinks the kids and families are the best part of her job at 2BC. She loves the wonder, excitement and silliness of our kids and that she gets to tap into her inner-child each week through singing, dancing, stories, silly faces, and games.
When she isn’t playing with 2BC’s youngest members, Jessica is usually spending time with her large extended family that live nearby. She can also frequently be found cozied up at home watching movies, taking on new organization projects, and she always takes advantage of her Sunday nap!
Dr. W. Hulitt Gloer
Everyone’s favorite professor, Dr. W. Hulitt Gloer has been a part of the 2BC family for many years serving as an interim pastor (2005), Scholar in Residence (2018), and now Scholar Emeritus (2020). Hulitt has a knack for making the Bible come alive and loves sharing his passion for Christ and scripture with others. He is a proud and long-time Baylor Bear (sic ‘em!). But his greatest sense of pride comes from his family: his wife, Dr. Shelia Gloer, two sons and granddaughter.
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Dr. W. Hulitt Gloer is our Scholar Emeritus. Dr. Gloer graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Greek and religion and received a master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate in New Testament studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After receiving his doctorate, he went on to study at several universities, including Hebrew-Union College, Eberhard-Karls University and Cambridge University.
Dr. Gloer has served as pastor, professor, instructor and teacher in different churches and universities during his lifetime, but here at 2BC, we are forever thankful for his time where he served as our interim minister in 2005. He is the editor of several books as well as author of As You Go: An Honest Look at Jesus’ First Disciples. Dr. Gloer has written several articles for such publications as Biblical Illustrator, Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, Review and Expositor, Perspectives in Religious Studies, Baptist Peacemaker, and Layman’s Bible Dictionary. Also, he has led multiple conferences and studies throughout the U.S. and holds several honors to his name.
In 2000, he joined the faculty at Baylor’s University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary as professor of preaching. Upon his retirement in 2018 from Baylor University, Dr. Gloer was named Emeritus Professor of Preaching and Christian Scriptures.
In 2018, Dr. Gloer returned to Second Baptist Church to become the Scholar-In-Residence. As the Scholar-In-Residence, he assisted 2BC in leading discipleship and spiritual formation ministries such as our Clergy/Lay Academy, Second Studies, and several other bible studies and classes.
He officially retired in 2020 and was named our 2BC Scholar Emeritus upon his retirement. He continues to teach 2BC’s Second Studies and Clergy/Lay Academy, where his only requirement is that “you have a desire to learn more about the Bible.”
Dr. Gloer is married to Dr. Sheila Gloer. She is also a retired professor from Baylor University. They have two sons and are the proud grandparents to a granddaughter.
Though Brittany was born in Virginia, Arkansas has been home since she can remember and has been the Pastoral Assistant at 2BC since 2016. Brittany loves interacting with the members of 2BC and helping in any way she can. She is highly organized which helps her effectively serve our members in a variety of ways.
When she isn’t managing all the day-to-day details of the church, Brittany enjoys a quiet and peaceful life out in the country of Saline County with her husband and two sons. Her family is very involved in the Scouts, BSA and loves traveling to different places and spending time together—especially Disney World!
Greg has called Arkansas home since he first moved to Little Rock in 1974 and has been a part of the 2BC staff since 2019. Greg has always been a “numbers” person. After 35 years working in IT and finance for the North Little Rock School District, the role of financial secretary is a perfect fit. Greg finds his work at 2BC fulfilling because in the grand scheme, it is “taking care” of something greater than all of us.
When Greg isn’t crunching numbers, you can find him traveling with his husband Lanny and spending time with their four children, and ten grandchildren!
Tamela moved to Arkansas in 2001 from a small city in Mississippi and been a part of the 2BC staff since 2021. She loves that she was a part of the 2BC congregation before she became a part of the staff. She and her son Justin have been a part of the Second Baptist family for several years and they love it! Tamela makes our building look and feel like the welcoming place she knows it to be.
When she isn’t making the place sparkle with her skill and smile, Tamela enjoys watching old movies and playing old board games with her son. They also love to play tennis and darts.