Our Mission

Our Mission is to strike a balance in these five areas: to reach our community and the world with the Gospel (evangelism); to train our members to walk with Jesus and be bold in their faith (discipleship); to regularly join together for mutual support and encouragement (fellowship); to strive to meet the physical, emotional,and spiritual needs of those in distress (ministry); and to display our commitment to our Lord in public and in private (worship).

What We Believe

At Concord Baptist Church we have a heart for reaching out to the community in an effort to show them the love of Jesus Christ. We believe that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16. In Matthew 28:19-20 it says: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” This is a commandment that should not be taken lightly and should be at the heart of every born again christian.

Our Ministry Leaders

Dale Walker
Dale WalkerPastor
Dale has been in ministry since 1982. He has served as a pastor, youth minister, music minister, and spent two years in vocational evangelism. He is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University (BA), Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Andersonville Theological Seminary (ThD). He has been at Concord since January 2006. Dale loves to read, hunt, sing, eat, and watch as much college football as is humanly possible. He has a passion for men’s ministry and mission.

Dale’s wife, Tami, is also a graduate of Arkansas Tech University (BS) and was an active leader at the Baptist Student Union where she and Dale met. She has been an accountant, comptroller, small business owner, librarian, church secretary, and a retail merchandiser. She loves gardening, swimming, camping, cooking, and Hallmark movies. She has a passion for women’s ministry, discipleship, and prayer. Dale and Tami married in 1986 and they have two grown children and two grandsons.

Joe Vallindingham
Joe VallindinghamMusic & Education Minister
Joe Vallandingham has served as Minister of Music and Education since 1996. He also works with the senior adult ministry. Before coming to Concord, Bro. Joe served on staff in six Baptist churches in Oklahoma.

“I believe one key to worship is involvement. I try to encourage the congregation to participate in singing. Therefore, I try to introduce new congregational songs by using the choir, and singing them in evening worship before we sing them on Sunday morning. Hopefully, this way the congregation will feel secure in singing new songs.”

While serving at Concord Bro. Joe has led 4 mission trips to Mexico. He and his wife, Glenda, have traveled with the Master Singers to Russia and Ukraine. They have also traveled to Peru three times with Tom Cox World Ministries. On the 2018 mission trip Bro. Joe was given an honorary doctorate by the Tom Cox Baptist Seminary in Trujillo, Peru.

He and Glenda are Oklahoma Baptist University graduates and Bro. Joe holds a Master of Arts from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Their son, Michael, is pastor of Eastern Heights Baptist Church, Bartlesville, OK. Their daughter, Christina, provides data analysis for industrial construction projects nationwide.

Audrey Nowotny
Audrey NowotnyPreschool Ministry Coordinator / Receptionist & Staff Secretary
Audrey is married to Matt Nowotny and is the mother to two boys, Joshua and Caleb Nowotny. She grew up the daughter of a preacher and began serving in children’s ministry by the time she was 13. She married Matt, an ordained preacher, in 2003 and served in the preschool and children’s department in their home churches. She has a love for children of all ages and a desire to teach them about God’s love for them. Upon joining Concord Baptist in March of 2017, Audrey began teaching in the children’s department on Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings. August of the same year, she took the position as the church secretary. Then, in the spring of 2018 she became the Preschool Coordinator. Audrey is passionate about teaching the preschoolers and Kindergarteners of Concord Baptist Church.

When she isn’t in the church office or working in the Preschool Department, Audrey loves to spend her time watching her boys play football, basketball, and baseball. She also loves to watch college football and the NFL, more specifically, Razorback and Bronco football. She also has a love for music of all genres and enjoys attending band concerts of her son, nieces, and nephews. Family is everything to Audrey and she loves spending weekends at the lake with her husband and boys, as well as traveling with them. She also visits her family in her hometown of Clarksville, AR as often as possible. Audrey is thankful for the family God has given her, and is grateful He called her and her family to Concord Baptist Church.

Gale Crawford
Gale CrawfordAdministrative Assistant
Gail Crawford is our financial secretary. She enjoys bookkeeping and is responsible for the day to day duties of keeping the church running efficiently.

Gail and her husband David have two children and two grandchildren. She enjoys traveling to Georgia to see her kids and grandkids participate in their many activities. Gail also enjoys singing, going to the lake, traveling, reading fiction, and dabbling in photography. One of her most memorable trips was her first mission trip to Peru in 2015. There she saw the Lord move in a mighty way in adding to His kingdom.

Andy Yardley
Andy YardleyYouth Ministry Coordinator
Andy Yardley has been a member of Concord Baptist Church since the age of 5. At the age of 6 he accepted Christ as his Savior. Andy has a passion for youth and has served as the Youth Coordinator since January of 2018. Before then, he served as the church’s Interim Youth Coordinator.

Andy was born in Houston, Texas, but has been raised in Arkansas. He is a graduate of Alma High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communication with a minor in Political Science from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Donna Yardley
Donna YardleyChildren's Ministry Coordinator
Donna Yardley is from Houston, TX. She and her husband Mark have been married since 1985. They moved to Arkansas with their son Corey in 1997 shortly before the birth of their second son, Andrew. Donna has been teaching children’s Sunday School, Mission Friends, AWANAS, and Vacation Bible School for more than 30 years. She previously served as Preschool Coordinator. She has served as Children’s Coordinator since 2012.
Chris Hart
Chris HartBuilding and Grounds Coordinator
Chris is a third generation Baptist minister. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastorate Ministry & Bible from Baptist Bible College in Springfield , MO. He has served for over forty years in the ministry and is now semi-retired. Chris currently serves here at Concord as custodian, caring for the building and grounds, and basically anything else Bro. Joe or Bro. Dale tell him to do. Chris likes the outdoors. He enjoys hiking, gardening, and thinking about which restaurant to eat at next, however, his real passion is winning souls to Christ. Chris is married to his best friend, Connie. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

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