Pastor Richard Whittington



We are a Bible-believing Church, committed to growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, & His word.

The Pershing United Pentecostal Church has served the families and communities of Central Arkansas for over 25 years. We are passionate about Jesus Christ and connecting people to Him. Our services are on Sundays at 10AM & 6PM and on Wednesdays at 7:00PM. Feel free to come worship with us during any of our services or contact us if you have any questions!



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Richard WhittinGton
Senior Pastor

Pastor Whittington’s ministry began in 1966 and his preaching ministry spans almost fifty years of service. He has served in various capacities across Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi. In the summer of 1994, he was elected pastor of Pershing UPC, succeeding his father. Pastor Whittington’s passion is for souls and spreading the gospel. Last year, Pastor & First Lady celebrated their 25th Pastoral Anniversary at Pershing UPC.

Pastor Whittington and his wife, Regina, have two children Taryn and Heather, two wonderful grand children, Cameron and Autumn, and great-grand baby’s, Aden and AdayInn.

Paul Billingsley
Assistant to the Pastor

Paul’s preaching ministry spans for more than 56 years. He has evangelized and assisted in several churches across the state of Arkansas. Paul and his family joined Pershing UPC in 1973 and has been assisting for more than 40 years.

Paul and his wife, Becky, have two sons and two daughters, along with 13 grandchildren and 4 great grand children.


What We Believe


About the Bible: We believe the bible to be inspired of God; the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living. (2 Tim 3:15-17)

About God: There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man. (Deut 6:4; Eph 4:4-6; Col 2:9; 1 Tim 3:16)

About Sin & Salvation: Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Rom 3:23-25; 6:23; Eph 2:8-9)

About the Gospel: The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (2 Thes 1:8; 1 Pet 4:17) by repentance (death to sin), water to baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (resurrection). (1 Cor 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Rom 6:3-4)

About Christian Living: As Christians we are to love God and other. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today (Mark 12:28-31; 2 Cor 7:1; Heb 12:14; 1 Cor 12:8-10)

About the Future: Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church. In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgement. The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death. (1 Thes 4:16-17; Rev 20:11-15)

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