Noahs of Ark

The 2019 NOAC Board Elections are now open.

They will remain open until Nov 30, 2018.

For this year’s election, all board positions are open in order to realign the NOAC board to the newly established bylaws. Please see the detailed descriptions of each position on the NOAC Board Positions Description page found under Who We Are. Every position on the board now has very specific duties that will need to be carried out by the person elected to that position.

Due to the need to fill all 14 positions, there are several positions that during the nominating committee search process only one willing servant was identified. Abstaining from voting doesn't mean you are voting against a person, it means that at this time you do not feel comfortable voting on that position. In future years, the ballot will go back to rotating 4-5 members each year based on term limits of 3 years. Any listed as 1 year will rotate off Dec 2019. The one exception to this is the positions of: Past Chair, Chair and Vice Chair. Past Chair will rotate off, Current Chair will rotate to the Past Chair position and the Vice Chair will rotate to the Chair position. This means a new Vice Chair will be elected each year.

The first 8 positions oversee the function of the whole community. They ensure that as a community we stay true to the covenant with the Upper Room and oversee the general running of all community business. The positions of Team Selection, Agape, and 4th Day will chair subcommittees of 4-5 at large members in order to carry out the responsibilities of their positions.

The last 6 positions oversee ministry specific operations for the community. Ministries are different events created by Upper Room that the NOAC has signed a covenant to host. Currently, we are eligible to host: The Walk to Emmaus (for adults 18 and older); Chrysalis (for youth 15-17) and Face to Face (for senior adults 60 and older). Under this new structure, each ministry is to have a Lay and Clergy Chair. The Lay and Clergy Chair will work together with a subcommittee of 4-5 at large members in order to carry out the responsibilities of their position.

You can learn about each candidate running by going to the 2019 Candidate Profiles page found under Who We Are

You can cast your ballot electronically by going to 2019 NOAC Board Ballot under Who We Are. Or you can download a paper ballot by going to 2019 Paper Ballot under Who We Are and email or snail mail it. Email it to or

NOAC Board Elections

c/o Jo Bowie

14218 Hwy 5

Cabot, AR 72023

All paper ballot must be RECEIVED by Nov 30, 2018 to be counted.

We thank you so much for taking the time to vote. It has been an honor serving on the board and we look forward to the wonderful things to come through this new board structure.

Your 2018 Board Members

Please submit all applications with sponsor form and walk fee to the registrar so we can fill all open walks.

Noahs of Ark Emmaus – Registrar

Connie Moody

PO Box 1654

Heber Springs, AR 72543

If you have questions please email her at:


Empowering Leaders through Emmaus & Chrysalis to be the hands and feet of Christ


Fourth Day Leaders Embodying Jesus Christ


Our ByLaws can be found under Who We Are for you to read.

Applications to attend a Walk, Face2Face or Chrysalis can be found under the About section.


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Noahs of Ark Emmaus Community,

As most of you probably know, the Noahs of Ark Emmaus Community is in a covenant relation with The Upper Room in Nashville for using their materials and guidance in organizing and implementing Walks to Emmaus, Chrysalis Flights, and Face to Face Encounters. Periodically the Upper Room updates their manuals to reflect the most current information regarding how to run these events and our organization. This guidance is based on their work with hundreds of Emmaus communities throughout the world who offer thousands of events annually.

The most recent revision of the Emmaus Ministries Community Manual was published in 2017. The Noahs of Ark Community is in the process of studying these materials and making changes that will improve the effectiveness of our community. With this goal in mind, the NOAC board has voted on revisions to our bylaws to implement a new governing structure.

The following information comes from the Emmaus Ministries Community Manual under the heading Community Board of Directors. "Once a Community hosts or assists with multiple ministries (Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, Face to Face, Journey to the Table3), the Emmaus Ministries Office recommends that the board take on a Governing Board structure. Managing several ministries and multiple lines of responsibility can become cumbersome. This structure will ensure that each ministry area has the appropriate focus to handle the day-to-day workings, as well as have the needed representation and voice on the board."

You will find the details of this Governing Board structure within the proposed bylaws revisions. The proposed bylaws can be found under Who We Are > Board By Laws

Please take the time to read them, compare the new structure to the one currently in use, and decide if you think the change will be advantageous to the NOAC. If you have questions, please email them to us at or contact a NOAC Board Member.

The 2018 NOAC Board

Existing By-Laws can be found under Who We Are > Board By Laws

Alicia Finch-McCastlin – Little Rock

Becky Vaughn-Holsted – North Little Rock

Bill Fish – Hot Springs Village

Brenda Purifoy - Malvern

Chris Walthall – Hot Springs

Drew Boyles - Bigelow

Jo Bowie - Cabot

Marilyn Hockaday – Nashville

Martha Stewart - Conway

Patsy Hale – Camden

Rose Gagnon - Hope

Sherry Shearer – Heber Springs

Shari Coston – Hot Springs

Wade Townsend - Hope