Staff

 

Dr. Richard S. Hipps, Pastor

rhipps@trinitybaptistchurch.org

My Story: Patricia and I were born the same day - January 15, 1953. We met in high school, married in 1974, and have been in full-time ministry since 1975. This includes three pastorates in North Carolina and eleven years as missionaries to Brazil. We came to Trinity in June 2002. I am a graduate of Brevard College, Mars Hill College, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University. We have three children (our youngest died at age 4 in 1993) and 3 genius grandchildren who live in Atlanta.

Dr. Richard Hipps blogs at: richardhipps.com

My Links: Henri Nouwen - www.henrinouwen.org
NY Times - www.nytimes.com
Christianity Today - www.ChristianityToday.com
National Public Radio - www.npr.org
Baptist Today - www.baptiststoday.org

Publications: When a Child Dies(1996); The Focused Life (2010)

Favorite Music: The Moody Blues, Gordon Lightfoot, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Fagner (Brazilian Artist), George Strait, Bob Dylan

Favorite Writers: Henri Nouwen, C.S. Lewis, Philip Yancey, Charles Dickens

Favorite Movies: Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, The Bourne Trilogy

6-Word Memoir: Life is Tough, God is Good

 

Dr. Gerson Garros, Associate Pastor

ggarros@trinitybaptistchurch.org

My Story: Hi there. I'm happy that you are checking us out. I am also new in this church and I have been much embraced by this loving, caring and vision-filled community. My family and I recently moved to Tennessee from Porto Alegre, Brazil, where I was a pastor and Seminary professor for 25 years.

 

I studied Journalism (PUC-RS) and Theology (STBRS) in Brazil and have a MDiv and DMin from Sioux Falls Seminary, South Dakota. I also spent 2 years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, studying and working as a Resident Chaplain at Aurora Saint Luke's Medical Center. I'm married to Denise since 1992 and we have two children, Guilherme, or “Will” (19) and Georgia (18). They both started College here in Memphis.

Passions: Besides teaching, preaching and counseling, I love traveling, playing tennis, watching soccer and receiving friends. Even though I lived in urban setting, I'm always eager for the outdoor life of fishing, sightseeing and being surprised by the wildlife. Oh, and I love barbecues – yours and mine!

Books: My favorite authors are Bill Hybels, Henry Cloud, Phillip Yancey and the Brazilians Ed Rene Kivitz and philosophers Leandro Karnal and Luis Carlos Pondé.

Music: I enjoy Contemporary Christian and Folk music. If you catch me alone, you may find me worshiping while watching Matt Maher, Casting Crowns, David Crowder, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and some oldies like Harvest and The Imperials on Youtube. Some from Brazil: Titãs, Belchior and Gilberto Gil. 

Six-word memoir: Love God, love people, trust Jesus.

 

Ryan Heritage,

Minister of Worship & Music

rheritage@trinitybaptistchurch.org

My Story: I was born in Newton Mississippi (home of the Layzboy recliner) but I call home where I spent most of my life which is Anderson, South Carolina. After College I moved to Samford in Birmingham and eventually to Dallas, TX for a residency position at Wilshire Baptist Church. That's where I met the one that would change my life forever. Lindsey and I have been married now for over five years, but have known each other coming up on seven years now. We have two wonderfully-wacky girls; Bella and Randi. I love spending time with my family, going on vacations, hunting/fishing and other outdoor sports. I never expected to live the life I do after I graduated high school and am truly thankful for the many gifts that God has given me and the determination to use them to better the kingdom and share his love with others.

Favorite Music: Not a fair question to a music-guy! I would say everything except rap. While I enjoy 'classical' artists such as Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Holst, Berlioz and many more, I hold a special place in my heart for 80's rock. Sometimes 'I feel the need for speed' and the wind careens through my (now vacant) hair as I'm listening to Def Leppard driving down the road. 

Favorite Writers: Constance Cherry, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Brian McLaren are some of my favorites but I'll be honest with you here, besides the Bible and some particular authors, I don't read much. Not because I'm illiterate, but because I'd rather spend my time listening to music or outdoors learning through experience. 

Favorite Movies: Forrest Gump, Dumb and Dumber, Family Man, Green Mile, Lord of the Ring Trilogy, All of the Star-Trek AND Star Wars movies, Oh so many…

Six-word memoir: Thankful God walks with me everyday

 

Rev. Jeremy Shannon,

Minister to Students

jshannon@trinitybaptistchurch.org

 

My Story: I was born and raised in Lexington, KY where I learned to love the Kentucky Wildcats and the Cincinnati Reds. I attended Georgetown College. It was at Georgetown that I met my wife Jenni, who is from Frankfort, KY and serves as a first-grade teacher. Jenni and I have been married since December 2011. In February 2016 we welcomed our daughter Crosley Lane into the world. In 2015 I received my Master of Divinity from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. One of the biggest accomplishments of my life is that I was inducted into the 2014 White Castle Hall of Fame. Aside from my obsessions with with sports and finding new restaurants, I enjoy spending time hiking and learning about local history. 

 

Favorite Writers: Wendell Berry, Leonard Sweet, Joe Posnanski

Favorite Movies: Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, Dead Poet's Society, Groundhog Day, Patch Adams, The Shawshank Redemption

 Favorite Music: Andrew Peterson, James Taylor, Jars of Clay, NEEDTOBREATHE, Rich Mullins

 Six-word memoir: Shine on! Press On! Go on!

 

Rachael Russell,

Director of Preschool Ministries

rrussell@trinitybaptistchurch.org

My story: Born in Texas but raised in Memphis, I met my husband, Jeremy, in the first grade and we've built a home in Arlington with our soon-to-be two year old son, Jake. The five years leading up to Jake's birth were spent serving as half of a duo that specialized in assisting pre-k to 1st grade students with speech difficulties at Munford Elementary School. Before that, much of my time has been spent working with preschool children in both daycare and school settings. As seen by my past, I really enjoy working with kids, especially with preschoolers!    

Here are a few books that I love:  Anything by Jane Austen, Little Women- Louisa May Alcott, The Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Williams, What's So Amazing About Grace'- Philip Yancey, One Thousand Gifts- Ann Voskamp, Captivating- John and Stasi Eldredge, The Applause of Heaven-Max Lucado

This is a small taste of what plays the most on my iPod: The Laurie Berkner Band (this is Jakes favorite), U2, Anberlin, Van Morrison, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, OneRepublic, Josh Groban, The Beach Boys, The David Crowder Band and The Muppets. 

Movies I love: There are so many! Anything with Audrey Hepburn or Cary Grant, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story 1,2 & 3, Mr. Holland's Opus, Little Women, Sense and Sensibility, Enchanted, What's Up Doc' (a great slapstick comedy), and The Princess Bride. There are so many more but I am making myself stop now.

Six word memoir: God's love has overcome my brokenness.

 

Babette Wisdom,

Mother's Day Out Director

bwisdom@trinitybaptistchurch.org

My Story: I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona in a Christian home. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in December of 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism. I have worked 15 years as an MDO teacher at Trinity Baptist Church. I am now the Director for the Mother's Day Out program. I am married to Deron Wisdom and have two children, Elizabeth and Mitchell. I enjoy working with and teaching children. I am so very blessed to be able to exhibit God's love to the families and students at MDO.

MDO Facebook:   Trinity Baptist - Mother's Day Out

Favorite Book: The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers

Favorite Movies: The Italian Job and Steele Magnolias

Favorite Music: Earth, Wind, and Fire, Stevie Wonder, and Fleetwood Mac

Six-word memoir: Many beautiful reasons to be happy.

 

Kelle Wesson,

Director of Children's Ministries

kwesson@trinitybaptistchurch.org

My story: Born in Vicksburg, MS we moved to Germantown as I started Kindergarten. Attended Baylor University, where I graduated with Bachelors in Elementary Education.  Returned to Memphis area and began working in Christian Education. I realized that I loved the relationships that were built with students and teachers.  I loved watching children grow in their relationship with Christ and listening to them put in their own words what that meant. I have been in Christian Education for over 12 years. I have two children in elementary school, so I am able to see first-hand what grabs a child's mind and what touches their heart.  

Music I love: Luke Bryan, Lady A, Florida-Georgia Line, Ed Sheeran; Musical Theater - Wicked is one of my favorites; and anything with a good dance beat!

Favorite Books:  Jesus Calling - adult and kid versions, home decorating magazines; Kid series: Box Car Children, Skippy Jon Jones, The Tinker Fairies

Movies I love: everything Disney! Footloose, Knights Tale, Divine Secrets of the Yia Yia Sisterhood, Notting Hill

Six word memoir: Jesus loves me as I am

 

Carol Jones,

Office Coordinator & Pastor’s Assistant

cjones@trinitybaptistchurch.org

Cori McClain,

Education Ministry Assistant

cmcclain@trinitybaptistchurch.org

Jo Ann Tillman,

Financial Ministry Assistant

jtillman@trinitybaptistchurch.org

Tom Parsons,

Building & Maintenance Supervisor

tparsons@trinitybaptistchurch.org

Lisa Fairchild,

Organist

 

Maria DeBacco,

Pianist/Accompanist