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Karen Williams Named Executive Director for Together for Hope Arkansas

Karen Williams, a native of Helena-West Helena, Ark., has been named the new Executive Director for Together for Hope Arkansas.

Karen Williams

Williams is a 1975 graduate of Central High School. She graduated with an Associate’s degree from Northern Oklahoma College and Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. She has earned a Master’s degree in Human Services in Counseling Studies from Capella University.

Since returning to Helena in 2005 from Oklahoma, she has worked with Mid South Health Systems and Phillips County Development Center. She is also active in her church, Silver Cloud Missionary Baptist Church, where her husband, Rev. James Williams, is the Pastor.

During her career in Oklahoma, she worked in accounting and customer service with a major oil company, as a counselor with a non-profit organization, with the Department of Human Services, and as a social service director for a nursing and rehabilitation center. 

About being named TFHAR’s Executive Director, Williams said, “I am delighted to be a part of a ministry of churches and organizations committed to making a difference in Helena-West Helena and Phillips County. One of my favorite scriptures, Philippians 4:13, states, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ I am excited and humbled to continue TFHAR’s vision of creating opportunities for young people to succeed through leadership development, service, education and enrichment.

Dr. Chester Thompson, Chairman of the TFHAR Search Committee, Pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Camden, and Bishop of Agape Fellowship, said about Williams: “We are excited about the great future of TFHAR under the leadership of Mrs. Williams. She brings proven ministry skills, ideas and leadership from a local perspective to this agency that will prove to be an asset as the future of TFHAR continues to unfold in a new time and new season of ministry in the Delta region of the state of Arkansas.”

Ira Nealy, who grew up in Helena-West Helena, has been a local leader with TFHAR and has served in mission internships with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, said about Williams: “She is a perfect fit. She has a sweet motherly spirit and a heart for youth and the community. She understands that God is always present and that nothing is impossible when you have faith.”

Williams began her work on March 1.

Together for Hope Arkansas was created in 2002 as a rural poverty initiative and community development ministry by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta, Ga. CBF Arkansas, based in Little Rock, is a TFHAR organizational partner. THFAR’s focus is Helena-West Helena and Phillips County.

Learn more about CBFAR and Together for Hope:

Together for Hope Website –
Together for Hope Delta Website –
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas Website –

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