Little Rock minister to serve as visiting pastor

Release Date: 2/7/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- The Rev. Dr. Debra C. "Debbie" Freeman, minister in residence at the Presbyterian Village in Little Rock and the outgoing moderator of the Presbytery of Arkansas, will be the visiting pastor at University of the Ozarks on the week of Feb. 21-25 as part of the university's Pastoral Study Leave Program.

The Rev. Dr. Debra C. “Debbie” Freeman

The Rev. Dr. Debra C. “Debbie” Freeman will be the visiting pastor at U of O as part of the university’s Pastoral Study Leave Program.

U of O will host the 116th Stated Meeting of the Arkansas Presbytery on Feb. 18-19. As outgoing moderator, Freeman will give the report of General Council during the meeting’s opening session of business on Friday, Feb. 18.

Freeman, who most recently served as pastor of Westover Hills Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, has served congregations in Arkansas, Virginia and Scotland. She comes from a family of Presbyterian clergy --- her father, two brothers and brother-in-law are all Presbyterian ministers. She is married to Jim Freeman, who is currently serving as interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Searcy. The Freemans have two children, Lindsay and William.

Freeman attended the University of Tulsa, Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va, and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. She is liaison with the Presbytery of Lacandon in Chiapas, Mexico. She loves reading, exercise, photography, Celtic spirituality, spending time with friends and family, traveling, music, movies, dancing, laughing, and experiencing God’s blessing in worship and service.

The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by university Trustee the Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Freeman is the 11th visiting pastor to take part in the program.

For more information about the Pastoral Study Leave Program, see http://www.ozarks.edu/about/spirituallife/pastor/.