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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

Rev. Tommy Simons, Associate Pastor

My Story: I spend my days…

·Working alongside a very gifted staff

·Supervising, mining the gifts of others, pastoral assistance, education and administration, liaison to several committees, visioning, teaching, problem solving

·On new adventures with Caren, Carson and Colton

·Watching children growing into a wonderful young man....seeing another get on school bus for very first day of school....i will not cry, i will not cry.

·Stealing time away with Caren-

I have a Bachelors Degree in Christianity and History, Houston Baptist University (1981), Master of Divinity, Southwestern Seminary (1985), two and a half years into Doctor of Ministry program, 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.

Married to Caren, from Lake Tahoe, California. We have 2 boys- Carson (10), Colton (5)

Community/Volunteer: Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Coordinating Council, Support Common Ground Memphis,

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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 (

Favorite Movies: The Third Man, Rushmore, Shawshank Redemption

Six-Word Memoir: Caren Carson Colton I Am Home

Josh Plant, Minister to Youth

My StoryI 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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Favorite Music:

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

Favorite Writers:

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'

Heather James, Director of Preschool Ministries

My story: I was born in Clearwater, Florida and raised in the Orlando area.  I am married to Robert and blessed with one daughter, Emmalee.  My husband is an Air Force Recruiter — we moved to Memphis in April of 2010. Preschoolers are my passion and service to families is my calling. I enjoy hosting guests in my home and connecting with family and friends.

Favorite Books:
The Bible, Children's Books focused on Preschool 

One Republic, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Breaking Benjamin, Johnny Cash, James Morrison, Jason Aldean, Adele, Marroon 5, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw

Madagascar (1,2&3), Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, Up, Shrek, Happy Feet, Notebook, Sherlock Holmes, The Vow, Pirates of the Caribbean

Places to travel:
Visiting my family and Florida — Disney Cruise with family

6 Word Memoir:
My God My Family My Strength


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