B. J. Thomas
B.J. Thomas is the retired Senior Pastor and Bishop of The Pentecostal Church (Fort Smith, AR), Chairman of the Ministers Retirement Fund Board of Trustees, Retired District Superintendent of the Arkansas District UPCI, Honorary member of the General Board of the United Pentecostal Church International, State Chaplain for the Arkansas State Police and a retired Major in the U. S. Army.
Brother Thomas and his wife, Sondra, are the parents of three sons, David, Mark, and Aaron, and have six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They make their home on the beautiful Greers Ferry Lake in North Central Arkansas.
Aubrey L. Jayroe
Secretary / Ministerial Position
Aubrey L. Jayroe was the pastor of ConnectPoint Church in Forrest city for over 40 years. He is blessed with his wife, Donna, his son, Trent, Daughter-in-law, Heather, and grandchildren, Maggie and Ian.
He is an accredited tax advisor, accredited tax preparer, and Certified Tax Professional with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is the President of Jayroe & Company, Inc., a full-time accounting firm with over 1,600 clients specializing in income tax preparation and consultation with non-profit organizations. He is also the Vice-President of Jaypay, Inc. a firm specializing in bookkeeping services and payroll services across the United States.
Bro. Jayroe currently is the Vice-president and Chief Financial Officer of Tupelo Children’s Mansion and Secretary of the Minister’s Retirement Fund Board of Trustees.
He served as District Secretary of the Arkansas District for twenty years and has served in Arkansas as the District Youth Secretary, District Youth President, and District Foreign Missions Director.
He is the past President of the Forrest City School District and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forrest City Bank, NA.
David K. Bernard
General Superintendent / Ex Officio Member
General Secretary / Ex Officio Member
Thomas P. Harding
Thomas P. Harding has been with the United Pentecostal Church International for twenty-three years. Tom started with Home Missions in 1999 working on the quarterly publication, The North American Challenge. He later became the executive assistant to Jack Cunningham, general director of Home Missions. He continued in that position with Carlton L. Coon and then Don Hanscom, Director of Multicultural Ministries. Tom went to work in Global Missions and filled the role as Administrative Support Office Manager working for James G. Poitras. He is currently the executive assistant to Bruce A. Howell, general director of Global Missions.
Tom was the regional director for a world leader in CAD/CAM specializing in software engineering and hardware support. He attended Indiana Business College. After college Tom worked at Indiana Bell Telephone in long-lines engineering. He later designed plastic injection molds and progressive dies. He has taught CAD/CAM at MIT in Boston, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and in-house with Computervision Corporation in Woburn, MA.
Tom considers his most crowning achievement to be his beautiful wife of forty-five years, Betty. They are the humbly proud parents of two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren: four beautiful, talented girls and one boy!
John Larson is a fourth generation United Pentecostal. He met the love of his life, Judy, while at Western Apostolic Bible College (Christian Life College) in Stockton, CA. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have three married children. Their oldest daughter, Joy, is married to Rev. Daron Hudspeth. They have three children and pastor The Life Church in St. Petersburg, FL.
Their daughter, Jennifer, is married to Rev. Stephen Walmer. They have four daughters and reside in Nashville, TN and assist Rev. Tim Zuniga. Stephen previously was an associate pastor at Christian Life Center in Stockton, CA.
Their son, John Larson III, is married to Brandy (Miraflor) and they have a daughter and twin sons. He is also a licensed insurance broker and owns several insurance agencies in and around Chesterfield, MO.
John has been a licensed insurance broker for over 47 years. He primarily brokered through the Allstate Insurance Company but has appointments with over 20 companies. He is licensed in Property and Casualty Insurance, Life, Health, Financial Services, Disability Insurance, as well as Workplace Insurance. He had his Securities License and was a multi-million dollar producer while active in the business.
Robert L. Rodenbush
Robert L. Rodenbush graduated with a B.S. in Economics in 1990 from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and with a Juris Doctorate in 1993 from Washington University School of Law. Rob Rodenbush also holds an LLM in taxation and as part of his education studied International and Comparative Law in Paris, France and interned in Washington, D.C. with the Honorable J. Bennett Johnston, United States Senate.
Until 2004 Rob Rodenbush was a partner with the law firm of Lathrop & Gage L.C. where he focused his law practice on religious and tax-exempt organizations. Rob has served as legal counsel for the UPCI, the Missouri, Illinois and Indiana Districts of the UPCI as well as for ministers, churches and ministries. In addition, Rob serves on the Ministers Retirement Fund Board of Trustees, on the Board of Regents of the UPCI Division of Education, and on the Board of Trustees of Compassion Services International.
He maintains his license to practice law in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana; and, though now involved in full-time ministry, he continues to provide legal counsel to churches and ministers. An ordained minister, Rob serves as the Associate Pastor at Calvary Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Indiana and as the Executive Vice-President of Indiana Bible College.
Rob grew up in Ghana, West Africa, where his parents were missionaries and served on the Associates in Missions program in Africa and Europe. Rob and his wife, Jaye, have been married since 1999 and have two children, Micki Evangeline and Robert Mooney.
Tim Sullivan is an Ordained Minister in the UPCI and Senior Pastor of The Pentecostal Church, Fort Smith Arkansas. Tim and Lea Ann, have three daughters, Kaitlyn, Malorie and Gabrielle. He graduated from Jackson College of Ministries in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. Pastor Sullivan has filled the roles of Assistant Pastor, Pastor and Church Planter in Washington, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas as well as traveling and ministering in many churches and countries. Pastor Sullivan is also currently serving as District Secretary for the Arkansas District UPCI.