Our Elders

The Elder Board is elected by the congregation to provide leadership, spiritual direction, and oversight of the various ministries of Village Bible Church. Faithful leadership involves promoting the spiritual welfare of the church, evaluating and establishing goals and priorities, and the ongoing development and approval of policy and procedure to ensure program effectiveness. 


Jim Neal

Jim Neal


Jim Neal and his wife, Ruth, joined Village Bible Church in 2005.  They moved to the Village from Maumelle, Arkansas but have lived in 5 other states.  Jim is a Board Certified Pedorthist and with Ruth owned Happy Footcare until semi-retirement in May, 2015.  They have 4 children, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  Jim traveled for 3 years as a professional Christian musician.  He was Director of Development for World Vision, and Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Youth for Christ/USA before moving to Arkansas to be president of Dad the Family Shepherd, a national men’s ministry.  He is a nationally known men’s conference speaker and author and has appeared at over 30 Promise Keeper events.  He is on the teaching faculty of Man in the Mirror Ministries. Jim has traveled to 35 countries.  He served previously on the VBC Elder board for 4 years. 

Dr. Mark D. Cain A

Dr. Mark D. Cain

Dr. Mark D. Cain holds graduate degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. Pastor Mark has been in pastoral ministry since 1980. Through sound Bible teaching and compassionate pastoral care, he has ministered to the congregation at Village Bible Church since 1997. His other areas of interest include reading - primarliy history, especially WW2, 'puttering' around the house on very easy house chores, and mowing his lawn, which gives him "immediate visible results from work expended" gratifiying!

He and his wife, Jane, are the parents of two children and two grandchildren.

Don Russell

Don Russell

Don Russell and his loving wife, Pat, moved to the Village from Virginia in 1998 and have been members of VBC since then.  Don is a retired Army officer who spent 4 years in bomb disposal and then got smart and transferred to Army Intelligence.  After retirement, he worked for a systems engineering firm for 18 years providing assistance to the DoD and the CIA in the areas of space-based reconnaissance and surveillance.  Don has served VBC as a Trustee, a Deacon, Treasurer, and as a Small Group leader and looks forward to serving the Lord and VBC as an Elder.  Don credits VBC,  Pastor Mark and our Men’s Bible Studies with his salvation and continues to study and learn from His word.  Don enjoys golf and duplicate bridge whenever he can.

Floyd Jordon

John Sowers

John Sowers, and his wife Trudi joined VBC in 2014.  This dynamic couple has been actively involved in servant ministry at VBC since.  John graduated from the Air Force Academy and made a career in the Air Force in Facility Management. After retiring from the Air Force, John was a college teacher.  While in the Air Force, he completed his degree in Civil Engineering.  John continues to serve on numerous boards within the Hot Springs Village community.  We are privileged to have John serve so faithfully, effectively, and cheerfully as a member of our Elder board. 

Bruce Davis A

Bruce Davis

Bruce and his wife, Joan, moved to Hot Springs Village in 1999 and joined Village Bible Church shortly thereafter.  Bruce has served as a trustee and church chairman overseeing the change in governance to our current form of leadership.  Both of the Davis’s have enjoyed short term mission trips and have been to Voice of the Martyrs in Bartlesville, OK, and Child Evangelism Fellowship in Warrenton, MO.  They are the proud parents of two children, 6 grandchildren and 7 “greats”! They share the vision of VBC of continuing to encourage faithful Bible study and sharing God’s truth with family, friends and others at VBC as well Arkansas, the United States and around the world.

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Dick Leach

Dick has been a regular at VBC since 2007 and became a member in 2011. He is a retired pastor/professor, having served churches in Colorado, South Dakota, Wisconsin and also Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wisconsin for over a span of 43 years. Dick was drawn to VBC by Pastor Mark's forthright Biblical preaching, the choir, and the Saturday morning Men's Bible Study. Dick lost his first wife in 1989 and married Wanda Murray(also a pastor) in 1995. Together they have six children, 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Dick says "I am honored to serve our Lord and this congregation on the Elder Board."
Larry Collins

Larry Collins

Larry and his wife, Cynthia, moved to Hot Springs Village in the late summer of 2004 from the Philadelphia area after his retirement from Sunoco in 2003. Larry and Cynthia visited a number of churches after moving to the village but they kept coming back to VBC because of the wonderful preaching, teaching and friendliness of the people. Larry has previously served on the church personnel committee as well as the Elder Board. Cynthia sings in the choir and serves on the art committee as well as the deaconess ministry team. Both love serving and participating in the life of Village Bible Church.