Posted on : Sunday August 8, 2010

By Rebecca Canfield, Columbia Baptist Fellowship

Beryl Little was known throughout the BCM/D for his years serving with the Sunday School conference, now known as Horizons, providing guidance and his support for church leaders as an adult trainer and resource consultant. He also served as director for Skycroft Conference Center for four years.

Little was born in Amarillo, Texas, though he spent most of his life in the East. He studied journalism at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and then was drafted in the U.S. Army. He continued his studies after the army.

His job with Faith at Work Magazine brought him to Columbia, where in 1973 he joined Columbia Baptist Fellowship (CBF).  As CBF’s Sunday School director and teacher, he produced memorable Sunday School programs, combining his love of writing and teaching, to serve God.

He is remembered by his CBF family as an encourager and organized many CBF activities including the men’s ministry. He served with the people’s resources committee, and he helped organize the church’s annual Angel Tree activity and a winter coat drive.

Through his own company, The Training Group, Little worked with seniors through Florence Bain’s senior center, producing senior-oriented programs for SPRING (Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks and Groups) for 24 years.

Near to his heart was another self-founded company, Little Ideas Publishers, through which he self-published and marketed materials on thinking, learning, teaching and personal developments.
Little also taught middle school at Glenelg Country School. Of course we cannot forget Little’s other loves: cats, teddy bears and the Cowboys!

Little is survived by an aunt, Marcie Harper, and two cousins: Thomas L. Harper and Judith E. Pybus, all of Amarillo.