• Walnut Ridge Arkansas
  • (870)351-7339
  • rjplatz12@gmail.com
R.J. Platz

R.J. Platz

Ministry Student

Personal Mission

I am a sinner saved solely by the grace of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus' great love and sacrifice for me, I am compelled to give my life in love and service to Him and His people. God has called me to lead His people in the local congregation as they advance the Kingdom of God, to care for His people through counseling, prayer, and guidance, and to proclaim the truth of God's Word to His people and to a lost world. All of these tasks must be done through humility and service. I am simply a sinner who God has chosen to use to advance His Kingdom on earth.

Personal Information

  • Raised in Lake City, AR
  • Engaged to be married to Kodi Graves on May 14, 2016. She is obtaining a degree in early childhood education, and enjoys volunteering her time to ministry when she can.
  • Current church membership is at North Main Baptist Church, Jonesboro, AR
  • Saved and baptized at the age of 15
  • Called to the ministry at the age of 17
  • Multiple short-term mission trip experiences within the U.S.
  • Long-term goals: obtain master's and doctorate degrees, then pursue a career in teaching at the college level
  • The spiritual gifts most manifested in my life are teaching, knowledge, and prophesy


I grew up in a legalistic church, where I was indirectly taught that God’s love for me depended upon how I dressed, what type of friends I chose, what type of music I listened to, etc. This constant burden repelled me away from church and the things of God. However, at the age of 15 I had the Gospel presented to me in a clear way at a youth rally, and I accepted Christ because I was tired of running from His will. I did not fully understand the Gospel of Grace at this point, but over the next few years mentors poured into my life and I began to gain understanding. When I was 17, a godly man in my life urged me to go on a mission trip to Wichita, KS. While on this trip, I felt called into the ministry. Since that point, God has been teaching me a huge amount of things about His Word, His love, and how to love others. I could not be more excited to be a part of His ministry, and I am anxiously looking forward to whatever the next step is in my life.

Work History

Work History

Youth Intern

May 2013 - Aug 2013
Brookland Baptist Church, Brookland, AR

My responsibilities included administrative work, odd jobs, spending time with youth, occasionally teaching, and bridging the gap between students and parents in ministry.


Dec 2013 - May 2015
The Dark Side Coffeehouse, Walnut Ridge, AR

My responsibilities included making coffee, cleaning, cooking, and promoting the business.

Youth Intern

May 2014 - Aug 2014
First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AR

My responsibilities included weekly teaching, planning multiple youth trips, organizing storage areas, odd jobs, and maintaining close relationships with students.

Youth Pastor

Jan 2015 - Sep 2015
North Main Baptist Church, Jonesboro, AR

My responsibilities included teaching three sessions weekly, planning youth events, maintaining a budget, and planning ministries.

Sales Associate

Nov 2015 - Present
Lifeway Christian Stores

My responsibilities include stocking shelves, tidying up, customer service, and running a register.

Volunteer Experence

  • Member of the Cast, a creative drama ministry at Williams Baptist College, 2012-2016
  • Lead coordinator for local missions team at Williams Baptist College, 2013-2015
  • Taught an 11 week adult Bible study on Biblical literacy at Brookland Baptist Church, September to December 2015
  • I grew up on a farm, and helped with many different chores



Christian Ministries: Biblical-Theology major; communications minor, theatre emphasis

Aug 2012 - May 2016
Williams Baptist College

3.37 Cumulative GPA

High School Diploma

May 2012
Calvary Baptist Academy


  • Robert Foster, Associate Professor of Christian Ministries, (870)759-4149, rfoster@wbcoll.edu
  • Josh McCarty, Campus Minister at Williams Baptist College, (214)868-5447, joshmccarty27@gmail.com
  • William Vassar, Pastor at First Baptist Church Hoxie, (479)387-6740
  • Gary Brown, Pastor at North Main Baptist Church, (870)578-8788
  • James Marconi, General Manager at Lifeway, (870)972-0606, james.marconi@lifeway.com