A New Church in 2002
On Friday, May 24, 2002, the De Queen Spanish company signed a warranty deed to purchase the Sixth Street Baptist church (Harmony Baptist Church of Horatio). The property included both the church and a parsonage on West Haes Street. That evening the De Queen Spanish members held their first meeting in the new church facilities. The newly acquired stone structure was made possible by the generosity of both local church members and members from other churches (Newsletter, 2002).
De Queen Spanish Church Organized in 2003
The De Queen Spanish company was organized as a church on March 8, 2003 (Minutes, 2003). In 2005, Pastor Alfredo and Carmen Castro moved to Texarkana and began working steadily meeting with members and conducting Bible studies. Carmen met with a women’s group that studied together and met each day to pray that God would enhance their mission in their homes and communities. The Castros began an active outreach program in both De Queen and Texarkana, and young families became active in the churches (Castro, 2006).
(2002, Jul. 1). Newsletter, Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, p. 3.
(2003, Feb. 13). Executive Committee Minutes. Shreveport, LA: Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of SDA.
Castro, Alfredo. (2006, Feb. 1). Southwestern Union Record, p. 10.