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About Our Church

St. Joseph's
Church History

Welcome to St. Joseph's Catholic Church! Established in the late 1800s in Tontitown, Arkansas, we are a close-knit parish community with a rich history.

the Faith

Our church was founded by devoted Catholic families seeking a spiritual home, and over the years, we have grown together, embracing change while staying true to our traditions.


Today, we continue to be a beacon of light, spreading love, unity, and service to the community. Join us as we honor our past, celebrate our present, and build a bright future together at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Welcome Message 

Rev. Arokiasamy Madhichetty Irudayaraj

Welcome to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Tontitown, NWA, a Church known for history, tradition and friendship. We have had strong roots of Catholic faith for 125 years. Ours is one of the oldest Churches in Arkansas. Our faith community is also known for celebrating the Grape Festival for the past 124 years. It’s a harvest festival that brings people together to celebrate, rejoice and thank God for His generous blessings. 


We are glad to welcome you to St. Joseph's to celebrate our Catholic faith and grow in friendship with Christ and each other. We love and support one another in our pilgrim journey. At St. Joseph’s we have several events for all age groups to mature in their knowledge of God.


May God bless you and keep you. May St. Joseph through his prayers provide for your needs.


Welcome to St. Joseph’s…



Father Samy

Ordained in 2001 Diocese of Nellore, India

Meet Our Staff


Administrative Assistant

Melinda Whinnery

I have been the Administrative Assistant here at St. Joseph Catholic Church what will be 5 years in September. My duties include keeping track of the parish registrations, the weekly bulletin, the arts and crafts vendors for the Grape Festival, record keeping for Baptisms, Weddings, and all sacraments. I was a 4th generation native Californian before I moved here to NWA 5 years ago and have 2 adult sons, and 2 of the cutest grandson’s you could meet. I am a dog mom to a 1 year-old, Bulldog named Moosie and love baking, quilting and classic cars.


Business Administrator

Paul Scouten

I have been the Business Administrator here at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for 7 years. My duties involve managing the parish finances as well as room reservations and supporting Fr. Samy and other volunteer/staff members in whatever special projects we are engaged in at the time. I am a faithful lifelong Catholic. I have been married to my beautiful wife Michelle “Z” for over 15 years and am the proud father of three children, Adah (13), Marcus (11), and Augustus “Gus” (7). I enjoy seeing the beauty of God’s creation through camping and hiking and am overjoyed and proud that I get to serve the Lord in my daily duties and do my part to bring about the Kingdom of God.

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Youth Minister & Parish Life Coordinator

Donna Zoba

I am the new Youth Minister/ Parish Life Coordinator for St. Joseph Catholic Church. My role as Youth Minister will be to plan a combination of spiritual growth opportunities, social outings, and service outreach activities for our middle and high school youth grades 6-12. In my role as Parish Life Coordinator, I will act as a staff liaison for all volunteer led groups and ministries. I will be involved in growing our volunteer data base as directed by pastor recommendation or parishioner desire with pastoral approval. I will communicate information about all our ministries via the church website, social media, and via a semiannual bulletin insert. I will be the point person for our monthly Parish Fun Night. I am a cradle Catholic with a love for the Lord that I want to share with our young people. I have over 20 years teaching experience in grades Pre-K-12 in both the public and parochial school setting. I have been involved in church ministries for over 40 years. Before moving to NWA seven years ago, I was a volunteer parish coordinator/catechist for a special needs' faith formation program ages 6-adult at a Catholic church outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. I look forward to getting to know all of you and working with you at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Tontitown.


Director of Religious Education

Marie Meints

Marie is the Director of Religious Education at St. Joseph's. She is the wife of Steve and mother of Lucas, Tyler, Nolan, and Lilah.


Facility Manager

Richard Ptak

Our Deacons

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Dan Daily

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Dan Hennessy

Committees and Ministries

Eucharistic Ministers
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