Where Everyone is Someone & Jesus is Lord

Pastor – Jacob Ricker


Jacob has served as Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Sparkman, AR since August of 2016.  Prior to New Hope, he served as pastor at First Southern Baptist Church in Bearden, AR and Smead Community Baptist Church in Sparkman, AR. Jacob has also served as a youth pastor and a small group administrator within the local church. He has had the privilege of preaching revivals, Discipleship Now Conferences, BCM events and preaching an evangelistic crusade overseas. He founded and was the CEO from 2011-2016 of Never Thirst, a 501©3 faith-based non-profit organization that provided bottled water to areas hit by natural disasters.

Jacob’s passion is to see people come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and help them to find and live out the purpose for which God created them. He believes this is done by developing a personal and intimate relationship with Christ! His mission in life can be summed up by three things: Loving God, Loving People, and Serving Both!


He is married to the love of his life and best friend, Holly. Jacob is also the dad to three great kids: Peyton, Caitlyn, and Megan.  He is originally from North Little Rock, AR.  They now resided in South Arkansas.

Jacob has an Associate of Arts in Business Management from ASU-Beebe and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Ministry and Leadership from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist Bible College.