The fall semester is fast approaching for Williams Baptist College, and WBC is set to kick off the new school year by hosting a welcome back concert with a purpose. The concert, slated for Sunday, August 20, will feature We The Union, a collection of worship leaders from Central Arkansas. The concert will be held in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center beginning at 7:00 p.m., and all ticket sales will go toward sending Williams students on mission trips.

Based out of Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, We The Union writes songs and leads worship with a desire to encourage and empower churches to raise up generations of worshipers and to draw others near to God.

“Students of Williams Baptist College have been busy all summer long, all throughout the world, spreading the good news of Christ. It is apparent that missions are on the hearts of many of the students. From Northwest Arkansas to Peru, WBC students have traveled locally, nationally, and internationally. For many of our students, however, when it comes to serving the church, specifically through mission trips, their calling gets blurred by the amount of money it takes to go,” said Hayes Howell, WBC’s director of campus ministries.

Every year, dozens of Williams students serve on the mission field, both locally and globally. Missions trips are already in plan for the upcoming school year, with one set for stateside and two being international.

“My hope is that our Northeast Arkansas community rallies around our students to welcome them back to a new school year, but also supports their mission minded hearts. By purchasing a ticket to our welcome back concert with a purpose, you can help provide clarity for many of our students by allowing the cost of mission trips to decrease,” added Howell.

Tickets are on sale or $10 per person, or $30 per family (maximum 6 tickets). Tickets can be purchased by contacting Hayes Howell at 870-897-7701, or by email at They can also be purchased by visiting

Corporate sponsorships are also available. For details, contact Howell.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge.