Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Evangel Temple is to Evangelize the Lost, Edify the Saints, and Exalt Jesus Christ.


Leadership Team: Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.  

Pastor Don Hutchings, Senior Pastor

Reverend Don Hutchings

Reverend Don Hutchings has been the Senior Pastor of Evangel Temple since 1989. During this time, God has blessed the church with thousands of souls saved, and the congregation has grown from 128 to over 1,000. Pastor Don holds a Bible degree from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. His undergraduate and graduate degrees were earned at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.

He is very active in the community, and is currently serving as a City Director At-Large position, and is a current board member of FCA. Former Governor Mike Huckabee appointed Pastor Don to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee for Judicial District 12. He is an active member of the Noon Exchange Club and Rotary Club. 

On December 14, 2006, Pastor Don was given a “Spirit of the Frontier” award by the city of Fort Smith. This award is given to outstanding individuals in Fort Smith who have made a positive difference for good on the life of the community. It is the highest honor the city can give to a citizen.

Pastor Don and his wife, Carol, have been married for 41 years. They have three children — Celeste, Monica, and Evan. They are blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren — Zayne , Noah, Nasa, Asa, Abram, Owen and Cora.
Pastor Ryan Rose, Associate Pastor
Pastor Ryan joined our staff in September 2018.  He is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God, and has been serving in ministry since 2004.  He brings unique perspectives to our staff ranging from his studies in Interpersonal Communication, Counseling, Team Leadership Development, Broadcasting, Discipleship, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Men’s Ministries, and many others.  He and his wife, Tiffany, have three children: Kaden Alexander, Addison Kay, & Juliana Grace.  They also own Rose Auto Sales, a small car dealership in Fort Smith, Rose Auto Sales.
 Pastor Mike Nichols, Men’s Pastor
Mike and his wife, Celeste, are both graduates of Master’s Commission. Celeste received an Associates and Bachelor’s degree from UAFS. She is currently graduating with two Master’s Degrees from John Brown University.  Mike is a licensed minister with the Independent Assemblies, and has been on staff with Evangel Temple for fifteen  years.
Mike leads the Men’s Ministries program.  He teaches a Sunday School class for ages 20’s and 30’s in the Fellowship Hall Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  He is the head of our security.  Mike and Celeste have five sons.


Pastor Gene Riggins, Media & Youth Pastorgene riggins

Gene has grown up at Evangel Temple, and we are so blessed to have him on our team!  He teaches the Junior High class Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the media area above our new sanctuary.  Gene and his wife, Tara, live in Van Buren, Arkansas with their son, Micah.   


Pastor Charlie Murphy, Children’s & Family Pastor

Reverend Charlie Murphy
Charlie and his wife, Karen, have joined the staff of Evangel Temple after 25 years of full-time ministry, 22 of which were spent as lead pastors of Assembly of God churches in Arkansas.  Their goal in ministry is to bring people to a closer walk with Christ. 
The Murphys have come on staff at E.T. to be the Children’s and Family Pastors and help people find connections in this church family.  They believe it is important to the spiritual growth of the body of Christ to be connected as much as possible.  Leading Small Group ministries is a large part of helping people get connected to Christ and the Church.  Going forward, they hope to impact the church greatly by being involved as much as possible in multiple areas in the church.  They have two grown daughters, Hannah and Rachel.
Pastor Justin Ryan, Worship Pastor
The Ryan family started coming to ET in October of 1994.  Justin was raised in the ET children’s ministry, Royal Rangers, and then ET Youth.  He started playing drums in the youth band at the age of 12, and has had a passion for leading people into the presence of God ever since.  Under the leadership of Dino Hutchings, Justin learned and grew into a worship leader.  With the passing of Dino, a vacuum formed at Evangel Temple, and after a year of prayer, Justin was brought on staff as the worship minister at E.T.  Justin and his wife, Payge, have a daughter, Natalie Anne.


What we believe:

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Our Deacons We are blessed to have a godly board of Deacons at Evangel Temple.  Allen Sopshire, Ron Brooks, Troy Miller, Maria Amaya, Ron Shepard, Steve Chase, Dennis Partin and Honorary Deacon, Abram Sopshire  make up this wonderful board.  They are here to serve the congregation and the pastoral staff in any way they can.