On Sunday, Jacksonville hosted the semi-annual conference of the Searcy Arkansas Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with 720 in attendance. J. Devn Cornish from Utah and Douglas B. Carter from Florida were assigned from church headquarters to visit the conference and reorganize the leadership of the stake which is the equivalent of a diocese.

David M. Lewis of Jonesboro was called as the new stake president with Barton Sherwood of Rose Bud as first counselor and Phillip Misseldine of Jacksonville as second counselor. The three will serve in a voluntary capacity, overseeing eleven congregations of the church in the northeastern quadrant of the state. Each will continue working in his professional career. Lewis is a medical doctor, Sherwood owns an equipment dealership, and Misseldine directs a UNIX operating system team in Arkansas.

The local meeting house is located at 6556 Heber Springs Rd W. in Quitman. The public is invited to worship service at 9:30am on Sunday mornings. For more information about the church, visit Mormon.org or contact the local missionaries at 501-908-2710.