National Urban Ministry Association

Workshop Leaders II

2:00 PM Friday

Impacting At-Risk Youth

Crossing Thresholds to Purposeful Life: HopeWorks & Hand Up Housing

Kyndra Thomas

     Kyndra grew up in North Little Rock. In May of 2013, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Kyndra served as an intern for two summers at River City Church (RCC) and also volunteered during the school years helping in the children's classes and as a teacher for the teen girls.


     After completing a third summer internship at RCC in May of 2012, she was asked to serve on staff as the children and youth minister. Kyndra met her husband, Mike, while they both served as interns that last summer, and they were married in January of 2013. Mike grew up at RCC and now spends much of his free time serving with Kyndra as they share Jesus with the youth group.


Kyndra Thomas

Children & Youth Minister, River City Church

North Little Rock, AR

Don and Deanne Williams

     Don and Deanne Williams have lived and worked in the inner city of North Little Rock, AR for eight years.  Their experience in serving the Lord’s church for sixteen years, in Metro Manila, Philippines, give them the unique ability to serve hurting souls of many of our inner city dwellers.  Their ministry through church planting, evangelism, and leadership development help provide a framework of reaching those in our society who struggle in poverty and hopelessness.


     Deanne serves as the Executive Director of HopeWorks, a personal and career development program.  Don serves as one of the ministers for River City Church and is the Executive Director of Hand Up Housing, a transitional housing program.



Donald Williams

Deanne Williams




Walking the ‘Hood with Jesus: Neighborhood Ministry

Ryan Lloyd

     Ryan grew up in Grubbs, AR working on rice farms and leveling land.  He surrendered his life to serve God in 2004, then went to Harding University in Searcy, AR to study the Bible and learn more about ministry.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Ministry in May of 2007 and moved to Manchester, NH to serve as an associate minister.  He moved to Newport, AR in November 2009 to help Dr. Anthony Wood and his wife Lisa plant an inner city mission church targeting people in generational poverty.


     The church started with 5-7 people in a H.U.D. apartment.  God has grown it to 59 youth & 41 adults since then.  Today there are three senior social work students from Harding University obtaining 400 hours for field placement.  The Crossroads CoC added their second full time staff member, Nolan Watson, as an associate minister on January 12.


The Church at Crossroads obtained its name because they are located in the Crossroads projects.  They focus on community, following God and leadership development.  College students and local church members volunteer in events and teaching classes along with social work field placement, summer apprenticeships, spring break campaigns and fall and spring intern positions.


Ryan continues to serve as the pulpit minister and evangelist in the Crossroads Church to this very day.




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