Pamela Eischen Johnson of Cabot was recently called as the president of the Relief Society organization for the Searcy Arkansas Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Relief Society is a women’s organization that celebrated its 150th anniversary this year.
Johnson will provide training and guidance to local relief society presidencies in eleven congregations in the northeast quadrant of Arkansas.
Johnson was born in Minnesota. She holds a degree in Physical Therapy which she practiced over a 36-year career before her retirement. She spent ten years active duty in the U.S. Air Force which gave her the opportunity to live throughout the world with her husband, John. They are the parents of two grown daughters and enjoy spending time with their grandson.
As Johnson embarks on this new church assignment which places her leading 1,645 women, 18 and older, she reflects on counsel by worldwide church leader President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: The perfect place to begin is exactly where you are right now. Though we all have weaknesses, we can overcome them. Indeed it is by the grace of God that, if we humble ourselves and have faith, weak things can become strong.
Johnson succeeds Lisa Richardson of Quitman who served in the volunteer position of Relief Society president for three and one-half years. Johnson will be assisted in her duties by two counselors and a secretary. Brenda Kay Adair Kifer of Monette, and a member of the Jonesboro congregation, will serve as first counselor. Lisa Marie Facer Park of Cabot will serve as second counselor. Codee Marie Park Brown, formerly of Cabot, and now attending the Beebe congregation will serve as the organization’s secretary.
Kifer is a retired high school and college English teacher and spent her career in southeast Missouri. She and her husband, Tommie, moved to northeast Arkansas in January. They have two children and three grandchildren. Lisa Park is an Elementary P.E. teacher at Cabot School District. She and her husband, Eric, have three children and the third grandchild on the way. Codee Brown is a graduate of Cabot High School and returned last fall from an 18-month volunteer church mission to Micronesia-Guam. She works at Safari Pets in Cabot while continuing her education. She and Nash Brown were married this month.
The four women have extensive backgrounds of service and are anxious to put their experience and inspiration together in sharing the light of Christ as they minister to women and families. For more information about the Relief Society, group service projects, and meeting locations visit LDS.org.