Pastors & Staff

Dr. Matt Crawford

Senior Pastor

My Story: The Lord was gracious in allowing me to grow up in a Christian home in Merritt Island, Florida, with parents who made our faith and discipleship a priority. I received Christ as Savior at the age of twelve and was discipled in my home church’s vibrant youth ministry. While I was in high school, God called me into full-time Christian ministry. I met my wife Christie through Baptist Collegiate Ministries at the University of Central Florida, and we have been married since 2003. God has blessed us with five amazing kids! I completed a Masters of Divinity and a PhD at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I served as a Student Pastor, Discipleship Pastor, Campus Pastor, and Senior Pastor at multiple churches in Florida. My primary passions and gifts are teaching and administration. I love to see God’s Word change lives, and I love to see ministry goals become a reality. My pastoral priorities are to lead God’s people to live biblical, Christ-honoring, and gospel-centered lives and for church members to see themselves as missionaries wherever God has placed them!
Favorite Music:My taste is very eclectic – I study with Classical music in the background all the time. But I also love Alan Jackson, U2, Coldplay, Christy Nockels, Whitney Houston, Switchfoot, PFR, Jack Johnson, Harry Connick Jr., ELO, dc Talk, Austin Stone Worship, Trip Lee, City Alight Worship, and Exodus Music.
Favorite Books: Anything by C. S. Lewis, Knowing God by J. I. Packer, The Cross of Christ by John Stott, Onward and Adopted for Life by Russell Moore, Tactics by Greg Koukl, and anything by David McCullough.
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings original trilogy, The Mandalorian, Truman Show, and Downton Abbey.
6-Word Memoir: "God is faithful; trust and obey".
Publications:  PhD dissertation at Southern Seminary on C. S. Lewis and God’s use of beauty to draw people to himself, editor of study notes for 10-year revision of the Apologetics Study Bible, contributor to and LifeWay’s Facts and Trends.

Dr. Gerson Garros

Associate Pastor

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” and Georgia. They both attend The University of 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.

Jim Watson

Interim Worship and Music Pastor

My Story: I find great joy in being a Minister of Music! The Lord called into the ministry when I was 18 years old, and His journey for my life has been quite fulfilling. I am honored to serve along side the Trinity Baptist Staff and wonderful church members. God always makes a WAY!
My wife Judith and I have 2 sons, Chris and Ragan, 1 daughter, Laura McKee and as of last count, 5 beautiful grandchildren.
Favorite Music: Any Christian Music.. you name it!
Favorite Writer:Oswald Chambers
Favorite Movies: If you name an old movie, I'll probably say it's my favorite!
Six-word memoir:  "Without Him, I can do nothing"

Lisa Buckner

Director of Kids and Senior Adults Ministries

My Story: I was born and raised in Scottsburg, Indiana by a wonderful christian family. I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Retail Management/Business in May of 1983. I married my husband David Buckner in 1984 and we have two sons, Chad and Evan. In September of 1997 I was asked to direct Trinity Baptist’s Mother’s Day Out program and did for 18 years then I directed the children’s department for 8 years. My husband and I moved to Florida in 2015 then God called us back in September of 2018 to direct the children’s department back at Trinity Baptist. God also blessed us with a granddaughter in August of 2018 that also lives in Memphis.
Music I Love: The Cars, Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, Amy Grant and Prince.
Favorite Books:  “Where the Wild Things are, Mercer Mayer series, All Christmas books adult and kid versions and of course the Holy Bible.
Movies I Love: Wizard of Oz, The Color Purple, Love Story, Remember the Titans and all Hallmark movies.
Six Word Memoir: Thankful for God’s blessings and love.

Babette Wisdom

Director of Preschool Ministries and Mother's Day Out

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 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 Music:  Earth, Wind, and Fire, Stevie Wonder, and Fleetwood Mac
Six Word Memoir: Many beautiful reasons to be happy.

Nathan Chester

Pastor to Students

My story: Hey y’all! I am very, VERY excited to be the student pastor here at Trinity Baptist and pour into the lives of the students as well as the rest of the congregation. I’m also excited to be staying in the Memphis area where I have lived with my parents Steve and Alice for my entire life. I graduated from Briarcrest High School in 2016 and in 2020 from Union University with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry & Missions and Journalism. I now attend Mid-America Seminary pursuing a Masters of Divinity. I'm excited to see how the Lord is going to work in the future.
Passions: As a pastor, I obviously love preaching, teaching, and simply being in fellowship with other people. I’m a huge sports guy, especially basketball (you can likely find me at any open gym playing pickup basketball when there isn’t a cataclysmic pandemic going on). Tennis, football, soccer—you name it, and I’ll be there. I also love to write (probably good for a journalism major) and am a senior staff writer for Grizzly Bear Blues, a popular site that covers Memphis Grizzlies basketball. I’ve also written about various other issues for several other publications. Also, please invite me to your swimming pool!
Favorite Music:  Anything but country (with Johnny Cash, the best musician ever, being a lone exception, of course). I do enjoy contemporary Christian music and Lauren Daigle in particular ☺. I also like rap (am I allowed to say this?), Bruno Mars, and Kanye West.
Favorite Writer:I’ve read most of what C.S. Lewis has written, with Screwtape Letters being my personal favorite. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom is, in my opinion, the greatest memoir on suffering and a person’s eventual triumph over it through grace and forgiveness. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer radicalized me in a sense as to realizing the personal cost that being a Christ-follower can bring in a culture that despises them. In the realm of commentary, I enjoy reading David French and Thomas Sowell, and my favorite sportswriter is Zach Lowe.
Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Glory Road, Infinity War, Silence, Saving Private Ryan, Hacksaw Ridge
Six-word memoir:  "Imperfect vessel for a perfect God"

Carl Wharton

Building and Maintenance Supervisor

Debbie Allen 

Financial Manager

Kay McCann

Administrative Assistant



Todd Payne, chairman

Glynise Cox

Ken Jones

John Lay

Jim Lewis

Warren Smith

Joe Welch

Conn Ellis

Rick Bennett

Ken Frazier

Len Hamner

Jerry Keenum

Randy Norman

Debra Owen

Rachel Roberts

Daniel Roberts

Arthur Maples

Pinky Dike

Ken Smithart

David Buckner

June Snyder

Katie Onikeku

Randy Ward

Al Weir