PHBC’s Fields Centre, the former office of Dr. John McCullough Smith, sits at the corner of Woodlawn and Kavanaugh, directly across from the main church building. It was purchased by, and then gifted to the church, in 1988 by Frances and Leon Fields in memory of their son Leon Bonner Fields. It has seen several evolutions over the years. Originally, it housed the singles’ “Friday Night in the Heights” ministry and Disciples Sunday school class, all begun by the late Margaret Kolb. In addition, it has been used as Sunday school facilities for the young adults and youth, provided pastoral housing periodically, and was used as a storage facility for the youth group’s rummage sales.
For the last decade or so, through the original initiative of the Flock of Ages Sunday school class, it has been used to provide living quarters for those who have come to Little Rock to take advantage of the nearby facilities at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) or Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). The class put in many hours of work renovating and redecorating the Fields Centre in bright and cheerful colors.
The church maintains an “alumni” list of those who have stayed as our guests, as well as a memorial list for those who have died. One alum is Christopher Schroeder. Natives of Arkansas, at the time of his treatment Christopher and his family lived in Oregon. Christopher’s father, George, is now a sports writer for USA Today. In appreciation, he gave Dr. Hyde, our pastor, a copy of his coffee table book, Hogs! A History, the Story of Razorbacks Football. In it he wrote,
“Pastor Hyde: Words cannot express our gratitude to you and to PHBC for your kindness. Thank you for being a conduit of God’s love to our family. The Fields Centre is a wonderful ministry; we have been so blessed. May our good God bless you, George Schroeder.”
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