CANVAS Staff and Leadership

The staff and leadership at Canvas Community is committed to and passionate about two things: Helping people find life and being absolutely laser focused on caring for our homeless friends and neighbors.  You may contact them directly or you can simply email if you have a general question about or for one of our staff members.

  • Rev. Carter Ferguson - LEad pastor

    Carter grew up in Little Rock.  He attended the University of Arkansas and earned his bachelors in European history.  After spending a short time living in Morocco as a missionary to Muslim college students, Carter decided to go to seminary, attending Asbury Theological Seminary and earning his Master of Divinity degree.  Six years ago Carter moved to Little Rock to pastor Canvas Community Church.  He's married to Ann and has a daughter named Nora.

  • Rev. Paul Atkins - Associate Pastor

    Paul grew up in Little Rock.  He attended the Universities of Arkansas and Missouri where he earned his bachelors and masters in music.  After spending some time being a sassy bassoonist in the Northeast, Paul moved back to Arkansas where he now is bi-vocational as an insurance salesman and an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, at Canvas.  Paul is married to Julie and has a daughter, Elizabeth.

  • Kenn Young - WOrship Leader

    Kenn Grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  He attended Carl Albert College as a vocal performance major and has spent nearly twenty years leading worship.  Kenn has spent the last eight years as a touring entertainer and is currently a resident entertainer at Willy D's Piano Bar in downtown Little Rock.  Kenn is also the host of a podcast called "It Needs to be Said," which discusses many of the polarizing topics that affect modern Christianity.  He is married to Allicia, has a son, Chandler, and a dog named Achilles.

  • RUBY BEAVER  - CHildren's Director

    Ms. Ruby is a student at UCA, studying to be a nutritionist.  She's also an active intern with UCA's Wesley Foundation; but more importantly she's brilliant with children.  Ruby doesn't just babysit the children of Canvas, she teaches them in some of the most incredible and hilarious ways about Jesus, the Church, and the Bible.

  • Ken Geller

    Ken has an incredible story that includes love, career success, incredible loss, homelessness, and the recovery of so much that was once lost.  He faithfully cleans and tidies up Canvas weekly and can be found serving in many other capacities in ministry to the homeless around our city.