Area Churches

Rector is home to several vibrant churches. Whether you’re looking for a large, contemporary congregation or a small traditional service, you’ll find it here. Below is a listing of all churches within the city limits. In addition, our area boasts many fine, smaller country churches on the outskirts of town and in the surrounding county.

First United Methodist Church

The history of Methodism in Rector goes back for 127 years. Located on the corner of Main & West Third streets, the current building was built in 1916 and has been extended over the years to include an education wing and a new fellowship hall, completed in 2006. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. with worship following at 10:50 a.m. Sunday evening services begin at 5:30 p.m. Youth fellowship is at 6 p.m. Sunday.Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, with women’s Bible study at 7 p.m. For more information, please call the church office at 595-2552. The current pastor is Rev. Jacob Lynn.

Fifth & Pine Church of Christ

An independent church of Christ, Fifth & Pine was established in the early 1900s. The original congregation was located across town before moving to its current location at the corners of 5th and Pine streets in what was once home to a Baptist congregation. The original building was extended and now includes a large sanctuary, educational facility and fellowship hall. Fifth & Pine welcomes all visitors. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Worship begins at 10:30. Sunday evening services start at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. For more information, please call 595-3020. The current minister is Ken Roden.

Rector First General Baptist Church

The First General Baptist Church was founded on August 31, 1952, as the McConnell Memorial General Baptist Church, and was located on Third and Hafford Street. In 1955, the name was changed to the First General Baptist Church of Rector. The church continued to grow and eventually had to relocated to its current new, larger facilities on Hwy 49 on March 2, 1986. The church continues to serve and help the community of Rector and its surrounding towns through various ministries. You will be warmly welcomed and will enjoy taking part in one of the exciting and relevant programs and worship services available for your entire family. Van Transportation is available for those who have no way to come. Sunday School – 9 am; Sunday Worship – 10 am & 6 pm; Wednesday Services – 7 pm. Location: 831 E. 9th (Hwy 49 across from Harps). For more information, please call 870-595-3825. Current pastor is Dr. Brad Gilbert.

Rector First Baptist Church

Rector First Baptist Church, established in 1886, is the oldest active Baptist church in Rector. It is affiliated with the Greene County Baptist Association, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. The church agrees with the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000 edition, as her statement of faith. She is composed of a variety of folks from various backgrounds, yet still blended together as a family with unity of purpose. Services: Sunday School 9 a.m.; Worship 10:15; Evening Worship 6 p.m. Wednesday services: Children In Action (CIA) 6:30-7:30; Weekly Student Led Service “Elevate” 6:30-7:30; and Midweek Bible Study 6:30. You may follow Rector First Baptist Church on Twitter or on Face Book at For more information, please call 595-3668. The current pastor is Laramie LeQuieu. Youth pastor is Daniel White.

Rector Primitive Baptist Church

Located on the corner of Hwy 49 and McNabb Street, Rector Primitive Baptist Church is home to a small but active membership that enjoys preaching and fellowship. Services are held on the first, second and third Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m. Invitation is open to all.

Life Change Community Church

The Life Change Community Church is located at 1206 South Phillips. Sunday School is at 10 a.m.; Worship Service at 11 a.m.; Wednesday Night Service at 7 p.m. The current pastor is Richard Raspberry. For more information, please call: 870-595-4820.

East Side Holly Island Baptist Church

East Side Church is appropriately located on the east side of town at Third and Hafford Streets. Originally established approximately six miles outside the city in what was once a flourishing farming community named Holly Island, the church moved to its current location in 198x. It is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Worship is held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. preceded by Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Sunday night services begin at 6 p.m and Wednesday activities start at 7 p.m. The current pastor is Gary Cox.

Ninth & Hafford Church of Christ

Ninth Street, also known as Highway 49, and the intersection of Hafford Street is the location of this quaint and beautiful 1950’s era flagstone and brick church. The congregation enjoys Sunday morning Bible study at 10 a.m., followed by worship at 11. Sunday evening worship is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and mid-week Bible study is held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

New Life Christian Center

New Life Christian Center is located at 704 South Hickman in Rector. That’s the corner of 7th and Hickman Streets. Times for services are: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.; Sunday evening 6 p.m.; and Wednesday 7 p.m. Follow New Life Christian Center on Face Book at or call 870-598-4012 for more information. The current pastor is Phil LaRue.