Religion briefs

The Rev. Dr. Keith Hearnsberger - Submitted photo
The Rev. Dr. Keith Hearnsberger - Submitted photo

Church celebrates

minister, 40 years

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- As it prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of its founding, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church announces the call of the Rev. Dr. Keith Hearnsberger to serve as its new rector.

There will be a regular service at 4 p.m. today. On Sunday, there will only be one service at 10:30 a.m., marking Hearnsberger's first service as Holy Trinity's new rector.

Holy Trinity welcomes all members of the community to attend Holy Eucharist services at 4 p.m. Saturdays, and at 8 and 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday's 10:30 a.m. services are also streamed online and can be viewed on the church's YouTube and Facebook pages or via the church website

"As Hot Springs Village continues to grow in every way, so does our inclusion of all backgrounds and perspectives, embracing all of God's children," Susan Read, Senior Warden at Holy Trinity, said in a news release.

"We are thrilled to offer Father Keith a hearty, warm and genuine welcome as the fifth rector in our 40 years as a church here in the Village. He is an energetic priest, a sincere and joyful pastor, a spiritually grounded preacher and teacher, a change facilitator, and promises to be an enthusiastic leader."

Hearnsberger currently serves as vicar of Church of the Good Shepherd, Little Rock, and is chaplain at St. Francis House, also in Little Rock. He holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, having majored in educational leadership within music education.

"Reflecting his decision to choose a congregation devoted to numerous pastoral and outreach ministries, he also serves as a spiritual leader of the prison ministry across the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas. A native Arkansan, Hearnsberger presently lives in Little Rock with his spouse, Dustyn Spencer," the release said.

"Pastoral ministry is my passion, and I look forward to celebrating our Lord and earthly lives with every member and visitor at Holy Trinity," Hearnsberger said in the release. "I've treasured my interaction with members of the congregation so far and look forward to this opportunity to which God has led us."

He said he hopes to "become fully involved with life in Hot Springs Village and all it has to offer."

Hearnsberger follows the tenure of The Reverend Neil Kaminski, who was called to a new church in Eufaula, Alabama, in December 2021, following eight years at Holy Trinity.

HGH Men's fellowship

breakfast set for Jan. 7

"Let Us Rise & Shine," a Men's Fellowship Breakfast sponsored by HolyGhost Headquarters Men's Department, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in the fellowship hall, 1900 Hobson Ave.

The speaker will be Apostle Jessie Franklin, empowerment leader, Empowerment Zone Ministries.

There will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast for a $10 donation.

photo Apostle Jessie Franklin - Submitted photo