Senior Pastor

Mike Sypult

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Pastor Mike Sypult was saved by the grace of God in 1973 and was called by God into the ministry in 1982. A native of Rogers, Pastor Mike is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Pastor Mike came to Friendship in July 1999 as Associate Pastor and was called by Friendship as Senior Pastor in 2006.  He and his wife of 36 years, Pam, have 5 adult children and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Student Director

Keith Oetting


Keith joined our staff in March of 2020 and is currently serving as the Student Ministry Director (7th-12th grades). He is a US Army veteran, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a degree in Business Administration, and has studied at Liberty University, John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, in pursuit of a Masters in Theological Studies. He served as Youth Director at his previous church in Elkins prior to relocating to the Springdale area. Keith has enjoyed a career with Tyson Foods, Inc for the last 22 years. The focus of our youth ministry is 3-Fold: 1) Kingdom Expanding, 2) Character Transforming, & 3) Culture Shaping (Student Ministry That Matters, Ben Trueblood).

Keith is blessed to be happily married to Neliza. They have 3 adult children and 2 teenagers.  

Children's Director

Mary Ann Brinkman

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Mary Ann joined our staff in the summer of 2017 after retiring from teaching first grade for 32 years in the Pine Bluff, Van Buren, and Springdale school districts. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Reading with an ESL Endorsement. Mary Ann was born in Ogbomosho, Nigeria when her parents were serving as missionaries there.  She grew up in Arkadelphia where she learned at an early age from her parents, that serving in church was a way of life. Because of that, God has used her in children’s ministry since her teenage years.  As Children’s Minister here at Friendship, she uses her experiences to  lead our Children’s Ministry to provide opportunities and an environment that guide children along their journey to know and understand God’s Word, while living out their faith every day. 

Mary Ann is married to David. Together, they enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren, dogs, and going camping.

" Teach me to do Your will,
for You are my God.
May Your Gracious Spirit
lead me on level ground."

Psalm 143:10(HCSB)

Financial Secretary

Barbara Wright

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