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Heart, Mind, Faith

By Lara Hightower

This article was published March 18, 2018 at 6:00 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER "His sermons are filled with knowledge and insight, and they're so meaningful. When you're sitting there, you feel as though he's talking directly to you -- but everyone else feels that as well. That's when you know it's a great sermon." -- Deacon Stacy Grovey

“When he hears a call, you just have to believe it. You have to wait on it. I keep having to learn the lesson in my own life that God’s timing is perfect, and it’s not always my timing. Steve has a deep faith and has definitely followed a nontraditional path in his ministry. Yeah, I do think it’s hard as the spouse of a minister — especially one that was kind of new to her own faith to believe in his call. … We talked a lot and we prayed a lot, and I think the fact that Steve is an excellent communicator was helpful.” — Marla Sheely

“He’s just a really good community member, a good friend to all types of people and has made a real difference in the lives of, especially, the people in our support group … He really has meant a lot to the parents. If you talk to any of them, you would get the same type of report from them that you get from me because we all love him.” — Dr. Susan Averitt

“A friend of mine is in [Parents Left Behind] and she has told me, repeatedly, that he has such a gift for that ministry. [Sheely] has always said he feels like he’s just there to facilitate because he’s never lost a child. But the people who he ministers to feel as though that’s one of his God-given gifts.” — Deacon Stacy Grovey

Steve will do anything in the world for you. He’ll drop what he’s doing at the drop of a hat — doesn’t ask how or why — and says, ‘I can be there to help you out.’ First and foremost he’s a man of God. He’s a great friend. He has a wonderful sense of humor. He’s just a genuinely good man.” — Greg Lunn

“And he’s such a humble guy. He went to Yale Divinity School! When we’re out somewhere, I always try to point that out. He blows it off, like it’s nothing, but to me, that’s pretty amazing.” — Rob Earp

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Tex Holt

Springdale

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The Rev. Steve Sheely, pastor of Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, has a distinct memory of the moment he committed his life to Christ. The college student had just finished his freshman year at Oklahoma State University, and in the heat of an Oklahoma summer, he was trying to use physical exercise to work through the rough breakup of a relationship. He was discovering, that although he could tire his body, he could not tire his mind.

“When he hears a call, you just have to believe it. You have to wait on it. I keep having to learn the lesson in my own life that God’s timing is perfect, and it’s not always my timing. Steve has a deep faith and has definitely followed a nontraditional path in his ministry. Yeah, I do think it’s hard as the spouse of a minister — especially one that was kind of new to her own faith to believe in his call. … We talked a lot and we prayed a lot, and I think the fact that Steve is an excellent communicator was helpful.” — Marla Sheely

“He’s just a really good community member, a good friend to all types of people and has made a real difference in the lives of, especially, the people in our support group … He really has meant a lot to the parents. If you talk to any of them, you would get the same type of report from them that you get from me because we all love him.” — Dr. Susan Averitt

“A friend of mine is in [Parents Left Behind] and she has told me, repeatedly, that he has such a gift for that ministry. [Sheely] has always said he feels like he’s just there to facilitate because he’s never lost a child. But the people who he ministers to feel as though that’s one of his God-given gifts.” — Deacon Stacy Grovey

Steve will do anything in the world for you. He’ll drop what he’s doing at the drop of a hat — doesn’t ask how or why — and says, ‘I can be there to help you out.’ First and foremost he’s a man of God. He’s a great friend. He has a wonderful sense of humor. He’s just a genuinely good man.” — Greg Lunn

“And he’s such a humble guy. He went to Yale Divinity School! When we’re out somewhere, I always try to point that out. He blows it off, like it’s nothing, but to me, that’s pretty amazing.” — Rob Earp

Next Week

Tex Holt

Springdale

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