Conway Seventh-day Adventist Church

A Brief History of Conway, Arkansas

Conway Company Organized in 1974

Conway company organized December 14, 1974. Photo courtesy of the Southwestern Union Record.

On November 24, 1973, several lay members from the Clinton and North Little Rock churches met together at the American Legion Hut to organize a branch Sabbath school under the leadership of Fletcher Elliott and Beal Knobel. Only a few families attended the Sabbath school at first, but attendance grew. On December 14, 1974, Elder James Herman, pastor of the Little Rock district, and Elder W. H. Elder, conference president, organized the Conway group into a company (Duffy, 1975).

Conway Church Organized in 1978

Conway church in 1978. Photo courtesy of the Southwestern Union Record.

In 1978, after meeting for five years in rented quarters or in James and Marie Knobel’s home the Conway congregation found a place for sale with the main auditorium seating 150, a fellowship hall and classrooms, plus an additional entire house. The property covered one-fourth of a city block (May, 1978). The Conway company was organized as a church on November 4, 1978 (Minutes, 1978).

Conway church on Robins Street in Conway, Arkansas. Photo courtesy of Stephen Burton.


(1978, Nov. 20). Executive Committee Minutes. Shreveport, LA: Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of SDA.

Duffy, Leah. (1975, Jan. 11). Southwestern Union Record, p. 9.

May, Bill. (1978, Aug. 24). Ibid., p. 12E.

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