Small Group Leaders

Douglas Allison

Pastor of Students
11th-12th Grades Boys Leader
Douglas Allison joined BCLR as the Pastor to Students in July of 2016. Douglas grew up at BCLR and the Lord saved him when he was twelve. The Lord opened his eyes to his own need for forgiveness and reconciliation to God while a teacher was explaining the Great Commission from Matthew 28.  He received his B. A. in 2010 and his M. A. in 2012, both from The University of Central Arkansas. Douglas served as youth intern at BCLR for 5 years before moving to attend seminary. He received his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in 2015. Douglas and Cammie have been married since 2009 and have four boys: Kenneth, Graham, Matthew and Levi. They love to read, go for walks and play sports.

Cammie Allison

7th-8th Grades Girls Leader
I’m wife to Douglas and mom to our four precious boys. I’ve been in and out of serving in youth ministry since the year after I graduated high school. I’m excited about coming back this year after being out caring for our babies the past several years. It’s my desire that the girls in our youth group experience the joy that comes from truly knowing, loving, and serving the Lord.

Tim Cain

Leader
Tim bio

Mark Etherington

9th-10th Grades Boys Leader
I have served in student ministries around 14 years now beginning when my oldest child started 7th grade.
My love for student ministries was developed in me as a child as my parents involved me in their bus ministry bringing children to church. My college training in ministry was focused on youth ministries which prepared me to become a youth pastor as well as working at a youth camp in the summer. I have loved student ministries at BCLR because I have been able to minister alongside my six children who have grown up in ROC and have the opportunity to impact young people for the gospel’s sake!

Nolan Games

Leader
This is my third year serving in student ministries. I have learned first-hand, after growing up in BCLR student ministries, the importance of faithful leaders who teach and serve, but also disciple. It is my desire to serve the future generation as I was served. My hope is that the youth of today will not graduate without knowing and loving Jesus. Greta and I have been married since 2020 and have one dog, Pip. We enjoy playing games, reading, lifting weights, swimming, and playing baseball.

Lori Harris

11th-12th Grades Girls Leader
I love serving in youth because I love the students! I love being their friend and mentor. I love pointing them to Jesus. I love how God can use a sinful, imperfect person (me) to love on the students. I love the relational aspect this has given me with my girls. It is a sweet blessing to continue friendships with them after they have left student ministry. I have served in student ministries for 11 or 12 years. I have six kids - seven including my son in law - every year we have a contest called “Pimp your Peep” where they decorate Peeps and whoever wins gets to keep the Peep trophy for the next year! I love a good party!

Callie Anna Oxner

9th-10th Grades Girls Leader
This is my second year serving in BCLR Student Ministries and I am one of the 9th-10th Grade Girls' small group leaders. I have attended the Bible Church of Little since 3rd grade, and have been blessed to worship and serve here ever since. I tutored and worked as an RA in college at Ouachita Baptist University, and also led several young women's discipleship small groups. My favorite things to do are read, play video games with my husband, learn new languages, dance, and craft.

Garrett Plunkett

7th-8th Grades Boys Leader
I joined SM in December 2020 to run the sound board, but quickly realized I had a heart for the students to serve as a leader. Last year I was a small group leader serving with the 9th -12th grade boys. I also serve as the SM Music Team leader (audio and scheduling), with Nina Tessin! I have previous experience leading students as a summer league baseball coach when I coached JV and varsity baseball players during my college years. I have a B.S. in Physics from Oregon State University and am currently completing my M.S. in Electrical & Optical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder. My hobbies include hiking, backpacking, and kayaking with my wife, and reading, studying, and writing about theology and the scriptures.

Jennifer Rahman

11th-12th Grades Girls Leader
This is my fourth year serving in student ministry. I have two adult daughters and one son-in-law. I love serving in youth, because I love getting to know the students and finding out what they are passionate about and what their struggles are and helping them to find answers from God’s Word to address their questions. The struggles faced by youth today are different than what I faced as a youth, but the truths needed to deal with them are the same. Praise God that His Word is timeless! I also love continuing friendships with my youth girls even after they have left student ministry. Fun fact about me: I have completed 4 half marathons (as a walker… I don’t run…ever!)

Sarah Ramsfield

7th-8th Grades Girls Leader
I have been a youth leader for four years. I love seeing the youth growing in the Christ. I also really enjoy sitting under Douglas’ teaching.

Nina Tessin

Leader
Serving in Student Ministry is one of my greatest joys. It’s a blessing to build relationships with students, see them come to know and grow together in Christ, and to work alongside fellow leaders. I’m a Texas native but have been in Arkansas for about 6 years. I have been at the Bible Church of Little Rock for almost the same amount of time. I love Jesus, being with my friends and family, coffee, tacos, working out, music and being outside.

Allen Thornton

7th-8th Grades Boys Leader
I love serving in student ministries for it played a big role in my life when I was a student. Love investing and sharing my own life experience as well as the gospel/theology within student ministries. I have served off an on throughout my time of 10 years at BCLR as well as 5 years prior at youth events and my home church. I love reading and the outdoors such as hiking and also working out... and the good kind of hip hop!

David Ward

11th-12th Grades Boys Leader
I am an RN at Baptist Health. This is my second time in 30 years to service in the Youth Group at BCLR. I'm fun, outgoing, love youth retreats, and love serving the church.

Tracy Ward

11th-12th Grades Boys Leader
I have served in youth group for three years. I love serving in youth because I did not attend church or participate in youth when I was growing up. I pray that I am able to provide biblical guidance and support to our young people as they travel through their teenage years and help them grow in their relationship with Christ.
Fun fact: I am very competitive and never back down from a challenge. I love being outdoors and spending time with my family.