Mike and Gayle (Bacon) McCullars will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Jan. 12, 2014.

The couple was married Jan. 12, 1974, at First Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., by the Rev. Dr. T.T. Crabtree.

Mike is the Director of Research and Special Projects for the Arkansas Educational Television Network Foundation and an Adjunct Instructor of Communication at the University of Central Arkansas and Central Baptist College. He is also the chairman of the Conway Men’s Chorus. Gayle is a 14-year stroke survivor and retired after 25 years in the dental field.

They have three grown children, Shawn, who is living in Chicago, Ill.; David, who is married to Cinda (Quinn) of Conway and living with their twin children, Eyan and Chloe in Austin, Texas; and Elizabeth, who is married to Paul Smyers of Conway and living in Vancouver, Wash.

Mike and Gayle will celebrate their anniversary later this year while traveling in Switzerland and Italy.