Architect Jerry Brackett had studied under E. Fay Jones at the University of Arkansas and admired his Thorncrown (CR17) and Mildred B. Cooper (BN15) chapels, but he did not want to simply replicate Jones’s work. This gabled and open timber-roofed building with a heavy timber frame is a simplified modern version of Jones’s designs. Large clear windows and a skylight fill the interior with light. Funding for the five-hundred-seat chapel came from Steve Manley, who rebuilds airplanes at the Walnut Ridge Army Air Field and flies them daily over Williams Baptist campus.
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