Dr. Richard S. Hipps, Pastor
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.
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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. Tommy Simons, Associate Pastor
I spend my days..
Supervising pastoral and administrative staff, mining gifts of others, pastoral assistance, education and administration, liaison to several committees, visioning, teaching, problem solving
Spending time with family—Caren, Carson and Colton.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Christianity and History, Houston Baptist University (1981), Master of Divinity, Southwestern Seminary (1985) and Doctor of Ministry (Theology and the Arts) from Memphis Theological Seminary (Cumberland Presbyterian). I've been fortunate to serve three exceptional congregations following Seminary- Minister to Youth, Vestavia Hills Baptist, Birmingham, Alabama, 1985-1994; Associate Pastor, Willow Meadows Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, 1994-2007; Associate Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee, 2007 - present.
Community/Volunteer: Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Coordinating Council, Support Common Ground Memphis, www.commongroundmemphis.org
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Favorite Music: Bob Dylan, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, The Who, Chris Tomlin, Albert King, BB King, Explosions In the Sky, Tim Story, Foo Fighters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Widespread Panic, Jerry Garcia.
Favorite Authors: History: David McCullough- 'Brooklyn Bridge' 'Truman'
Faith/Devotion: Henri Nouwen, 'Life of the Beloved'; John Claypool, 'Tracks of A Fellow Struggler'; Frederick Buechner, 'Listening to Your Life'; Roland H. Bainton,' Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther' Parker Palmer, 'Let Your Life Speak'
Education/Administrative: Israel Galindo, Edward H. Friedman, Peter Steinke
Popular: Thomas Friedman, P.J. O'Rourke, Bill Simmons (espn.com)
Favorite Movies: The Third Man, Rushmore, Shawshank Redemption
Six-Word Memoir: Caren Carson Colton I Am Home
Ryan Heritage, Minister of Worship & Music
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
Josh Plant, Minister to Youth
My Story: I was born and raised in Austin, Texas to the best parents and family in the world. I attended college at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where I double-majored in History and Christian Studies and went to Truett Seminary at Baylor University after that. While in college and seminary I helped plant a church in Hewitt, Texas where I served as Youth and Worship pastor for six years. Right after seminary I married my wife, Camille, the most beautiful and perfect girl in the world. I love learning new things, exploring possibilities, and being as creative as my mind will allow me to be. The one thing I know for sure is that Christ died so that the world might be set to right and that we might have fellowship with the God of the universe.
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Oh man, so difficult Alison Krauss & Union Station, B.B. King, The Beatles, The Civil Wars, Coldplay, Freddie King, Hank Williams, Sr., Jay-Z, Jimmy Eat World, John Mayer, Jonny Lang, Led Zeppelin, Mat Kearney, Muse, Needtobreathe, Nickel Creek, Onerepublic, Passion Pit, Relient K, U2
Augustine, Abraham Joshua Heschel, C.S. Lewis, Donald Miller, Frederich Buechner, Greg Boyd, J.K. Rowling, John Caputo, John Howard Yoder, Jurgen Moltmann, Peter Rollins, Rob Bell, Roger Olson
Books That Have Changed My Life:
The Experiment Hope by Jurgen Moltmann
The Presence of the Future by George Eldon Ladd
The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
The Fidelity of Betrayal by Peter Rollins
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Favorite Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Independence Day, Lean On Me
Six Word Memoir: No hope but hope in Christ
Mrs. Lisa Buckner, MDO Dir./Dir. of Childhood Ed.
My Story: I was raised in Scottsburg, Indiana in a christian home and became a christian at the age of 9 at a Children's Baptist Church Camp. I graduated from Purdue University in May of 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Retail Management. I worked in the retail field for 10 years before starting to work with Trinity Baptist Church as the Mother's Day Out Director and was asked to also be the Children's Director for 1st - 6th graders two years ago. I am married to David Buckner and have two college age sons Chad and Evan. I enjoy working and loving children which is part of the reason that I feel God called me to work with them.
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Favorite Books: The Christmas Hope by Donna Van Liere and The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Favorite Movies: The Wizard of Oz, Remember the Titans
Favorite Music: Amazing Grace, Amy Grants Christmas
Six-Word Memoir: 'Happy that Christ lives within me'
Mrs. Rachael Russell, Director of Preschool Ministries
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.