Prior to Pastor Larry and Marilyn Burton coming to pastor the congregation of Hot Springs First Assembly in November of 2012, they served as Senior Pastor of McArthur Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas where they saw the church grow from 17 in attendance to over 1,100.
The Burtons have two grown children, Kristen Brown, married to Dr. Ross Brown, and Justin Burton, married to Melonie Roden Burton.
Pastor Burton grew up in a pastor’s home where he developed a love for both people and the Word of God and bases his leadership style on loving people, relevant teaching, prayer, relational evangelism, systematic lifestyle discipleship, and consistent grace.


When I Joined First Assembly Staff: November 2012
What Area/s of Ministry I Work in: Directional/Lead Pastor
My Family: Marilyn (wife), Kristen Brown 33 (daughter) married to Dr. Ross Brown, Justin 30(son) married to Melonie Burton, & Bradley Layne (grandson)
Education: SAGU & UALR
Previous Lines of Work: construction, warehouse, & sales
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Snack Food: beef jerky
Favorite Place in the World: home
Favorite Place to Pray: laying in the floor in the sanctuary
Favorite Hobbies: bow hunting & knife throwing
Favorite Sport: Football       Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Favorite Bible Story: David’s journey from shepherd to the throne
Best Advice Someone Gave Me: “To Grow, you must remove the impediments to Growth” Dr. Adrian Rodgers
Life Verse: “A barking dog is better than a dead lion”
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: The birth of our first child when doctors said it would be impossible for us to have a child.
Most people don’t know this about me: The doctor said I had polio as a child
The one book (besides the bible) I’d recommend to anyone is: “Making Peace with Your Father” by Dr. David Stoops