Youth of Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff won awards and performed at the Regular Arkansas Baptist State Young Peoples’ 84th Annual Session and Youth Conference.


The session was held June 10-14 at New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff, where the Rev. Derrick Easter is the pastor.


During the conference, the state Rose Pageant was held for girls ages 2-18. Madison Bagby won first place in the pageant for 9-10 year olds. Jer’Leah Davis and Kaileigh Sanders qualified as runners-up in the competition, according to a news release.


The conference featured an oratorical contest as well.


“McErvin Bagby Jr. and Taylor Bagby did an excellent job delivering their speeches to win first place for youth ages: 9-10 and 11-12,” according to the release.


The step show included the Pine Hill Step Praise Team who “rocked the house,” a spokesman said in the release.


The Pine Hill Step Praise Team includes Kaileigh Sanders, Jayla Rodgers, Kyndal Higgins, Alex Brown, Kelsey Lacefield, Jermiyah Purchase and Zanyelle Huskey, Jer’Leah Davis, Glenn Barnes IV, Madison Bagby, Kaitlyn Lacefield, McErvin Bagby Jr. and Taylor Bagby.


The conference theme was “Still Winning in Christ Jesus.” On Sunday night at the event, RCA recording artists, The Walls Group, performed gospel music to a packed house.


“Congratulations to all Pine Hill participants for their courage, boldness and awesome talents,” the spokesman said.


Pine Hill member Cynthia Bullard is the state young peoples director. The first lady, LaDawn Barnes, is the youth director and daughter Christian Barnes is her assistant. The Rev. Glenn Barnes Sr. is pastor of Pine Hill.