East Union Baptist Church (EUBC) has been serving the Lord for more than 150 years now. EUBC was originally located near where Arch Street Pike crosses Lorance creek on the west side of Hwy 367. Documentation suggests that EUBC was organized about 1857. The church had 21 members when it joined the Pine Bluff association as a charter member in October of 1861. In 1875 the church moved its meeting place to the present location. In 1904 land was donated to build a white frame building on the present site and EUBC worshiped in this building until 1944. It was damaged by a storm and the church voted to build a new brick building during the period of World War II.
Since there were experienced craftsman in the congregation it was built with volunteer labor. In 1950 East Union added a pre-fabricated building behind the sanctuary and hosted EUBC’s very first Vacation Bible School. In 1952, Brother J.O Phillips (former Pastor) became the first missionary endorsed and sent out by EUMC. In 1968 Brother Paul Carroll organized the Collegiate Crusade for Christ and this group of college students, teenagers and sponsors traveled to South Carolina, California and Florida witnessing for the Lord. In 1970 EUBC experienced two fires: the parsonage burned in March and the church building burned in December. Services were held in this educational building until we were able to rebuild. Under the leadership of Brother Mack Walls (Pastor) EUMB called Brother Paul Roberts to serve as assistant Pastor and Youth Pastor. In 1994 the church called Brother Paul as Pastor and has continued to serve ever since.
EUBC’s continuous growth has called for more building programs and staff members. The Family Life center was built in 1995 and is used as a fellowship hall, basketball court for upward sports and AWANA ministries, in 1999 a larger sanctuary and additional classroom space was built and in 2009 the Teen Wing (Annex) was added onto the Life Center for the Youth Ministry. During his tenure Brother Paul has assembled a great staff: Dennis Holmes (Outreach Pastor), Jaycob Kramer (Discipleship Pastor), Mark Davis (Music Minister), Doug Goodman (High School Minister), Matt Terry (Middle School Minister), Josh Garcia (Children’s Minister), Lori Davis (Pre-School Coordinator), and Tanner Stoops (Ministry Intern).
Under Brother Paul’s leadership East Union has experienced great growth and has added many ministries and programs for children, teenagers and adults. EUBC started the AWANA ministry and Upward Sports ministry for children in the East End community and continues to reach boys and girls with the gospel. In 1997 EUBC began a youth conference called The Arkansas Youth Conference and continues to see lives changed as a result of this great conference. Just recently, EUBC continued the mission of Grace MBC by planting a Multicultural church and Hispanic Church in Little Rock. EUBC’s model for ministry is WORSHIP, CONNECT, SERVE. Worship is the entry point to get people into our church and into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Connect is the spiritual growth side by getting people connected to a group of people (LifeGroup) and getting them in the Word of God. Serve is the ministry side of getting people plugged into areas of ministry by serving others and serving God.
East Union's purpose can be summed up in three words: worship, connect & serve. If you want to know why East Union exists these three words paint an accurate picture of the heartbeat of this great church. We strive to lead people to worship God, connect with others and serve the world by remaining Biblically sound and culturally relevant.
Worship is essential to every believer's life. The greatest priority of East Union is that we lead people to worship God. We go to great lengths to make sure everyone experiences God in a clear, powerful and accurate way. You're always invited to worship no matter what your gender, age, race, nationality or background is. You will always be welcome to worship God with freedom at East Union.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. (Hebrews 13:15 NKJV)
Connecting to the Word of God and other believers is a major link in the chain of spiritual growth. Here at East Union we place a high value on connecting. You see, we understand that worship is the first step in experiencing God but the next step is to grow in the Lord. We offer several great LifeGroups (Bible studies) where anyone can experience spiritual growth and develop relationships with other believers. We would love, love to help you get connected to one of our great LifeGroups.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, (Acts 2:42, 44 NKJV)
Serving the Lord by serving others is the pinnacle of spiritual growth. East Union is a church that is known for serving others. The Bible is extremely clear in its mandate to spend our lives in serving others. We offer a variety of opportunities for people to serve for those in our community and around the world, and opportunities to serve in ministry right here at East Union. If you have a talent you want to use for the Lord, please see one of our staff member and we will get you plugged in, in no time.
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11 NKJV)