Lead Pastor Gary Bell is a passionate and anointed speaker with a contagious zeal for God. He grew up in rural East Texas, the son of Rev. Don and Elaine Bell. However, for a season he was not faithful to his early training. An accomplished guitarist, he spent several years traveling with various musical groups but ultimately surrendered to God’s call after a recommitting to Christ at the age of 19.
An ordained Assemblies of God minister, his formal education includes a B.S. in Pastoral Ministries from Southwestern AG Bible College and an M.A. in Theological Studies from the AG Theological Seminary.
His impressive ministry experience includes both evangelistic and instructional venues, service on many committees/boards, media ministry (radio and television), and previous senior pastorates in Morrisville, Missouri, and Tyler, Texas. He believes God sent him to Pine Bluff First Assembly in 2005.
Pastor Bell’s lovely wife, Julie, is an accomplished vocalist and the kids’ ministry administrator. They are a dynamic team and have one son, Bret.
Pastor Tim Bias possesses a unique mix of formal training, musical gifting, beneficial experience, and amazing accomplishments. Since receiving his Bachelor of Education degree (with a double major in voice and classical guitar) from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, Pastor Tim has a long history in full-time music ministry (serving in Hot Springs, Arkansas; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Lehigh, Florida).
He is notably gifted to minister across generational and cultural lines in a variety of styles and formats.
A phenomenal motivator and teacher, he is also gifted to “equip others” to excel in music ministry -- proven by his work with choirs, smaller choral groups, orchestras, technical and drama teams, and a music school with fifty-five students he started. He also composes, arranges, and scores music, is a music conference clinician, has contributed to live recording concerts, and has written articles for publication.
Pastor Tim’s wife, Leonna, is a gifted vocalist and keyboardist. They have twin sons, Brooks and Grant, who are already talented musicians as well.
An affinity for social media, a zeal for all things basketball, a consuming passion for students to fall in love with Jesus – all of these characteristics and more would be included in any description of high-energy Student Pastor, Andrew Longo.
Called into ministry himself at youth camp when he was only 12 years old, Pastor Andrew is committed to invest time and energy in reaching and training students. Because he knows that churches without emphasis on ministry to kids and youth are missing their greatest opportunity to impact the world, he is “all in” to build relationships with students that will encourage them to seek and find Jesus Christ, who longs to be their best friend. He actually calls student ministry the “joy of a healthy church.”
Pastor Andrew attended Central Bible College and Crossroads Leadership College but believes that the hands-on approach always works best with students. Most recently serving as Next Generations Pastor at Northwood Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, he now joins the First Assembly pastoral team – along with his new bride, Kaylee.
Pastoral Care Pastor
Though a staff member since 1996, Pat Hart’s devotion to First Assembly began decades earlier. She served in various volunteer capacities before being employed.
Since joining the staff, she has filled several roles to meet staffing needs. Her current responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of care ministry and Christian education. She is committed to making sure that constituents and guests feel valued and that people of all ages receive an effective presentation of the Gospel message at their level of understanding and then receive the training necessary to mature in discipleship.
Pat has a B.A. in English from the UA at Monticello and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Central Christian University. She has been a life-long student of the Word and other relevant topics, and it is her passion to see believers become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Pat has two grown sons, two sweet daughters-in-law, and one grandson and one granddaughter. She says they are the "joy" of her life.
Kids' Ministry Administrator
When Monte Coleman walked on at the University of Central Arkansas, nobody knew he would become the first player from UCA to be drafted by the National Football League (NFL), where he played sixteen years for the Washington Redskins. His career included four Super Bowls, with the Redskins winning three of those championships.
Personal honors earned include the UCA Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, the UCA Distinguished Alumnus Award (1999), the All-Madden Team, the Sports Illustrated Top 50 Athletes in Arkansas, and one of the 70 Greatest Players in Washington Redskins' History, etc.
Though he is head coach of the UAPB Golden Lions, he realizes that his call is not only to teach football skills but also to train young people to win the game of life. He travels extensively to speak, is committed to First Assembly ministry, and uses his influence and abilities for evangelism and discipleship. When he is not traveling, he lives in Pine Bluff with his wife, Yvette. They have three grown children (Jasmine, Kyndall, and Kyle).
Evangelist Yulonda James has a heart to see women whole and healed by the power of the Holy Spirit and believes that God has uniquely prepared her for that ministry through the work of the Spirit and wisdom gained through personal experience and education.
Under the covering of Lead Pastor Gary Bell and First Assembly of God, she ministers in women’s conferences, retreats, and revivals. She is also a teacher in the “For Women Only” Sunday school class at First Assembly.
Her educational preparation is diverse. Although she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1991, she attend Agape School of World Evangelism/Missions in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2000. She completed that study in 2002 and subsequently obtained ministerial credentials through Global University for the Assemblies of God. She is also a licensed cosmetologist and owns Great Expectations Beauty Salon in Pine Bluff.
Evangelist James has three children—LaKoyia, Tiffany, and Stanton.