BATESVILLE — M&P Community Bancshares has announced the addition of Kristin Owen to the Merchants and Planters Bank team as a mortgage loan processor in the mortgage lending department. Owen is responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate packaging of mortgage loans from pre-approval to closing.

After completing school in Vilonia, she enjoyed a lengthy career in the health care industry. She admits the mortgage industry has had its learning curves, but she’s quickly catching on and adapting. “It’s a complex industry, but it’s also very rewarding. I’m just transitioning from looking out for people’s physical health to their financial well-being,” said Owen.

Owen and her husband have three children, and in her spare time she can be found hanging out with them, watching movies, or taking the boat out for a spin.

“We are very pleased to have Kristin join our banking family. Her values and work ethic make her a great fit for the organization and a true asset in our lending department,” said Lee Conditt, president of the Batesville M&P market.

Owen’s office is located at 3081 Harrison St. in Batesville. She may be reached at 870-793-3600.

M&P Community Bancshares Inc. currently has assets exceeding $250 million and is the holding company for Merchants and Planters Bank and Merchants and Planters Insurance and Investment Services. Merchants and Planters Bank has offices serving the communities of Batesville, Southside, Searcy, Newport, Tuckerman, Swifton, Newark, McCrory and Des Arc. For more information, visit