Rev. Brad Thornton
Brad began serving as the interim minister for Park Hill Christian Church in May of 2022. Prior to giving in to the call of ordained ministry, Brad was an attorney in Kansas and Nebraska for thirty years. For the past twelve years Brad has served churches in Arkansas and Iowa mostly as an interim minister and has completed training and coursework in intentional interim ministry and church transformation. Brad believes interim ministry is his calling and that the “in-between time” is a time and place where God works in churches and with members in a special way.
Brad holds an undergraduate degree from Kearney State College in Nebraska, a law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, and a M.Div. degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Between them, Brad and his wife, Jill, have three sons. One son lives in Hamburg, Arkansas with their three granddaughters. Two sons and a grandson live in in Des Moines, Iowa.
Brad is convinced that God is at work at Park Hill Christian Church and hopes to be a blessing to the church and the members for the time he serves as interim minister. Please let him know if he can be of any help or assistance to you.
Minister Billie Ann Dreher
Billie joined Park Hill Christian Church with her husband, John, and children in 1988. She has served God and our church as a Sunday School teacher, Membership Ministry chair, diaconate, elder, and now as a commissioned minister.
Billie is a graduate of Hendrix College and completed her master’s coursework in Interpersonal, Organizational, and Communication Skills from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With a deep love of teamwork and people, she is trained in team building and is a certified instructor in Process Communication.
In 2018, Billie was called to ministry on the parking lot of Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock. God, through the Holy Spirit and a loving, supportive church, has provided her a path to ministry by way of commissioning through the Great River Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
As Minister of Creative Arts, Billie serves our congregation through pastoral care and assists the staff and functional ministries in many creative ways. Please let her know if she can be of help to you or your ministry team.
Minister Logan J. Smith
Logan J. Smith began playing with the Cross Roads Music Team in 2009 and joined Park Hill Christian Church as an official member in 2010. He holds a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Central Arkansas and joined the PHCC Ministry Team in August of 2017. Logan is a multi-instrumentalist, focusing on Guitar, Bass, Trombone, and Electronic Music. He is also a BMI composer and has had compositions and arrangements performed all over the world, including the International Trombone Festival in Birmingham, England, and the North American Saxophone Alliance in South Carolina.
A graduate of Cabot High School, Logan received his college education at the University of Central Arkansas, where he studied Music Education under Dr. Paige Rose, Dr. Ricky Brooks, and Dr. Steven Smyth and Composition under Dr. Paul Dickinson. He also studied privately with Musicologist Dr. Jane Dahlenburg, Music Theory teacher Dr. Carl Anthony, and Trombonist Dr. Denis Winter. He was named Outstanding Student of the College of Fine Arts in 2006, served as President of the Kappa Iota chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia from 2005-2006, and Assistant Collegiate Province Representative of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s Province 4 in 2007. From 2007 to 2009, Logan worked as the Middle School Director/Brass Instructor for the Forrest City, Arkansas School District. From 2009-2011, he was a Graduate Assistant for the UCA Bands while pursuing a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting under the supervision of Dr. Ricky Brooks and Dr. Steven Smyth. From 2011-2013, he was the Director of Bands for Pulaski Academy, and from 2013-2019 he taught at Cabot High School where he was the Auditorium Manager and Technical Director for Theater, the director of the CHS Jazz Band, and taught Music Appreciation and AP Music Theory. Logan is currently the Music Instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton and teaches Guitar, Bass, and Winds at Palmer Music Company in Conway.
Logan lives in Conway with his wife, Allison, and daughter, Lauren Joy.
Leann Hatley has been the organist at Park Hill Christian Church since 2015.
She has been a collaborative pianist at the University of Arkansas Little Rock since 2007. Leann studied piano and organ under Harriet O’Neal at Arkansas State University where she earned a BA in Music with an emphasis in piano accompanying as well as a BS in Printing Management. She also plays for professional and local theater productions. Shows she has played include Sister Act, Mamma Mia!, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Annie, Into the Woods, Seussical, The Wizard of Oz, Bare: A Pop Opera, A Chorus Line, and Ragtime. In 2018 she played for My Fair Lady with Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, and she served as Assistant Music Director for Guys and Dolls in 2019. Most recently, Ms. Hatley played Keys 2 for the National Tour of Wicked at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock. Ms. Hatley also enjoys performing as a soprano singer and soloist.
Leann is the mother of two daughters and two sons.
Robin has been church secretary for Park Hill Christian Church since April 2017, and greatly enjoys serving this wonderful church family. She was born in North Kansas City, Missouri, but moved to North Little Rock when her father was transferred to the North Little Rock Union Pacific shop. She graduated from Sylvan Hills High School and then attended South Central Career College.
Robin holds a Bachelor’s in Education from UALR and was a teacher in North Little Rock for 15 years. She is a member of First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock. Robin lives in North Little Rock with her dog Charlie. She has two adult sons and is the grandmother of two smart and handsome grandsons.
Mary Beth Hamot
Mary Beth became Park Hill Christian Church secretary in August of 2002. She retired from that position in March of 2017. In April of 2017, she became our Administrative Associate on a part-time basis. Mary Beth was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but moved to North Little Rock at an early age and attended school there, graduating from North Little Rock High School.
She attends Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock and has been an active member for over 50 years. Mary Beth lives in Sherwood and has one daughter, Robin, and two grandchildren, Rachel and Ryan.
Jennie Gregory is the infant/toddler teaching and care coordinator for Park Hill Christian for the regular Sunday morning worship and Sunday School events as well as small groups and other church-related events. She has a degree in physical therapy and retired as Director of Rehabilitation and Neurological Diagnostic Services for St. Vincent Health System. She has 40+ years of experience in child and youth teaching and leadership in the church. She will tell you that after years of being a youth sponsor that making the shift to infants and toddlers was not difficult. She is now caring for the children of many of the “youth” she helped raise.
She and her family have attended Park Hill Christian Church since 1981. She and her husband, David, are the proud parents of two grown children and have four grandchildren. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended college at Ohio State University, but moved to Arkansas in 1974 and now claims Arkansas as home.
Tina “Gabby” Sherrill joined Park Hill Christian Church in September of 1999 with her husband, Rev. Steven Sherrill. She works full-time for the State of Arkansas as a Fiscal Support Analyst with the Department of Finance and Administration. Gabby loves children and finds great joy in holding infants. She came on staff in 2018 where she assists Jennie Gregory as a nursery attendant. Steven and Tina have two grown children, Alex and Piper, who were raised in our church.