ROCK Ministries Marks Milestone

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Local minister Chris Shelton of Piggott (right) had the opportunity to meet former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee recently. Shelton noted he spoke with Huckabee about the upcoming "A Call to Honor" event set in Paragould.

Reach Out Christ's Kingdom (ROCK) Ministries, headed by Chris Shelton, will celebrate three years in their original building on Sunday, March 10. It will also be the first day of services for a new church, Bible Fellowship, which will be lead by Neal Smith.

Chris, who recently retired from the state after more than a decade in child protective services, has authored a book, "It's Okay, You're With My Father" (A Child Abuse Investigator's Call to The Church).

Currently he is working on the next step of his ministry, a rally in Paragould called "A Call To Honor".

Shelton noted that while serving as an investigator in child protective services, that he recognized the problem in the breakdown of families. Following ministry school, he formed ROCK in an attempt to reach out to men and restore families.

"The goal of "A Call To Honor" is to have all those who attend leave "inspired and on-fire" for revival in their own churches and to go on reaching out and restoring families through the church," he noted of the event. He added the event is planned in the spirit of Promise Keeper's "Stand in The Gap" and the movie "Courageous" and is open to all.

The event is being held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April, 20 at the Paragould Community Center. Fox News Faith and Religion Contributor, and best selling author, Acton Bowen will also be sharing at the event along with former Gaither lead singer Buddy Mullins.

Shelton noted that, while he was grateful for the current location, he was pleased to have Neal Smith pasturing a church in the building. The church building was originally an outreach of First Baptist Church, and was later Emmanuel Baptist. Later it became the first home of ROCK, following a stint as a beauty salon and ladies fitness center, after Emmanuel's move to their new building near the fairgrounds.

Pastor Neal added that Bible Fellowship will have the same heart for people as ROCK, and welcomes all to attend.

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