Save the Date for Baptist Prep's
11th Annual Stephen Holt Memorial Golf Classic Monday, April 17, 2017 at the beautiful Maumelle Country Club.
You can choose either a morning or afternoon round. This year's Holt Classic will be bigger and better. Last year, more than 130 golfers came out and we raised over $65,000 for Academics, Catastrophic Tuition Assistance and much more.
This year, proceeds will support faculty professional development and merit bonuses. For more information click here: http://is.gd/OurMission
If you are interested in playing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Stephen Holt
J. Stephen Holt, of Little Rock, was born in Leachville, AR, July 20, 1967, and died January 28, 2014, at the age of 46, from ALS. Stephen was diagnosed with both ALS and Lyme disease in July of 2013. Stephen loved the Lord, his family, his work as a lawyer, missionary service (especially in Paraguay) and hunting and fishing (especially with his son, Will, and his buddies at deer camp).
Stephen’s family: Patience Pruitt Holt (Baptist Prep Board Member), daughter Abbey Holt (Baptist Prep Alum, and Baptist Prep Teacher's Aide) and son Will Holt (11th Grade, Baptist Prep).
The son of a teacher and a farmer/businessman, Stephen had the opportunity to live in the small-town, agricultural environment that is much of Arkansas. He worked on the family farm along-side his dad, whom he loved dearly. "We were poor and times were tough. We were not a perfect family but my parents loved me and my two brothers," Stephen once said.
In kindergarten, Stephen met his lifelong best friend, Jeff Johnson, resulting in Stephen spending almost as much time in the home of Myrna and John A. Johnson as in his own home.
During high school, Stephen's competitive nature was, perhaps, featured most in showing his prized cattle. True to form, Stephen put in hours and hours of detailed attention to his cattle. He greatly enjoyed exhibiting (and winning) at local and regional events.
After graduating from the newly-consolidated Buffalo Island Central High in Monette, Stephen headed off for college at Arkansas State University with his buddies Shannon Sanders, Chad Ward and Jeff Johnson. It was at a freshman fraternity event that Stephen met Patience Pruitt. They dated through college and married shortly after their 1989 graduation (both with business degrees). Settling in Jonesboro, Stephen started his new career as a young banker. Their beloved daughter, Abbey Holt, was born in 1992.
Unexpectedly, during a term of circuit court jury service, Stephen-the-banker felt the call to become Stephen-the-lawyer. After prayerful consideration, Stephen and Patience decided to rent their recently-purchased home and move to Little Rock so Stephen could attend law school. Stephen excelled. He was chairman of the Moot Court Board, a semifinalist in the National Trial Team Competition, editor of the UALR Law Review, and graduated from the UALR Bowen School of Law with honors in 1996.
During law school, Stephen met fellow law student Bob Sexton and was employed by lawyers Mike Rainwater and Phillip Duncan as a student law clerk. After law school, Stephen joined the law firm of Duncan & Rainwater, P.A., where he was joined a few years later by Bob Sexton. Later, Mike and Stephen and Bob founded Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, P.A., which is now the largest plaintiff personal injury law firm in the state.
Stephen was devoted to his wife and children. It was in 1998 that the Holt family became four. Abbey was Stephen's sweet little girl always, and her father was so proud of her and loved her very much. In her special role as big sister, Abbey joined her parents in showering Will with love and affection. Will is a man of action, and Stephen loved that. What a joy it was for Stephen to introduce Will to hunting, fishing, golf and the many other pursuits that Stephen and Will so enjoyed together. How grateful was he for all the family trips taken, and for all the hunting and fishing adventures Stephen and Will shared.
Stephen had the joy of seeing Abbey through her formative years and knowing that Abbey is well on her way to her life as an independent adult. Stephen spent his last few months making preparations for Will's continued transition to adulthood. Stephen is a man with many brotherly friends, and the men in his life have continued the legacy of Stephen's fatherly investment in Will Holt.
While Stephen loved being a father and a lawyer/businessman, he all along had his heart quietly set on a bigger goal. Stephen and his brothers grew up with Christian parents. During revival services at the First Baptist Church of Leachville, 10-year-old Stephen Holt made public his profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He was baptized on 08/21/1977.
Years later during law school Stephen said he was confronted with the reality of how much time he was spending studying man's law and how little time he was spending studying God's word. Then and there, he resolved to change that. After law school, Stephen became a serious student of the Bible. His many hours of personal study included the recorded teachings of the Rev. W. O. Vaught, Jr.
Stephen's study led him to the conclusion that a disciple must do more than study.
The preaching of the Rev. Stan Paris, a former missionary, fostered in Stephen a strong desire to go and tell. The continuing sense of calling led Stephen to a semester-long class entitled "PERSPECTIVES," which is a college-level class on the historical, biblical, cultural and strategic perspectives of the worldwide Christian movement. During that class, Stephen to decide he needed to GO ... now, rather than wait until he retired (as he and Patience had long planned). Stephen promptly signed up for an annual church mission trip ... to Paraguay. There he met and began his work with Paraguayan pastor Augusto Vega. Stephen served as the Paraguay GO-team leader for Immanuel Baptist Church.
At the time he was diagnosed with ALS, Stephen was working to raise funds to help plant a new church in Paraguay. Such was the desire of his heart.