The Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. recently honored the Rev. Larry C. Battles, DD, for his outstanding work and contributions to the community.


Battles is in his 38th year as pastor of Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church of Pine Bluff, where he’s been since 1981. He is serving in his second term as moderator of the Consolidated Saint Marion Baptist District Association and has served as director of programs for United Family Services Inc. for 24 years, according to a news release.


A native of Pine Bluff, he is a 1970 graduate of Merrill High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with degrees in sociology and military science.


Upon graduating from UAPB, he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army (military intelligence branch). Further studies include the University of Northern Colorado (in public administration) and Arkansas Baptist College (in religion, where he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree in May 1997, according to the release.


Additionally, Battles hold certifications as anger management specialist, parenting instructor and has been a crisis prevention/ intervention instructor (CPI) for five years. He is also employed by Paradise Funeral Homes of Pine Bluff/Monticello and he’s pursuing his license as a funeral director.


He has authored a manual entitled, The Work of The Baptist District Association Moderator. He has been honored by the city of Pine Bluff with two days named the Dr. Larry C. Battles’ Day, according to the release.


Battles was recognized by the state legislature as a pastor, working with young people and parents. He is listed in Who’s Who 2014-2015 edition. Battles also received the 2010 Arkansas Education Association Outstanding Citizen Award. He has received a Certificate of Recognition from then-Gov. Mike Huckabee and a citation from the Arkansas State Legislature.


PBICVR invites others to nominate pastors to be honored for his outstanding service.


“We ask congregation members to submit your pastor’s name if they have 15 or more years working in the Pine Bluff community. Submissions, picture and resume must be received not later than the 15th of the month,” according to a PBICVR spokesman.