Pastors & Staff

Dr. Richard Hipps

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

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” (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

Worship and Music Pastor

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 my wife, Lindsey. We have been married since the spring of 2009. We have three wonderfully-wacky girls; Bella, Randi and Piper. 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’ as 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 if you’ll refer to the above, I have three daughters. If I have free time, I’m outdoors.
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

Jonathan Crouch

Student Pastor

My Story:  Hey there! Thanks for checking out our website. I am the newest pastoral staff addition here at Trinity, and I can tell you that the welcome and warmth that I have felt since arriving has been unmatched at any other church I have been in. God saved me when I was six years old, and I have been on a faith journey with my Lord since that day. At times it has felt like two steps forward, one step back; but praise God that He is faithful, even when we are not. When I was in middle school, I felt God calling me to full-time Christian ministry. I have had the opportunity to serve at churches in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. I received my B. A. in International and Intercultural Studies at Union University and my M. Div. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Born and raised here in Memphis, this area has been my home for most of my life.
My Passions:  I love teaching and preaching God’s Word. I especially love working with teenagers and young adults and seeing them be on fire for Jesus. Additionally, I love being active whether that’s working out in the gym or playing basketball. I can’t really sit still for too long. I love the Tennessee Vols and the Memphis Grizzlies.
My Favorite Music:  I love pretty much all kinds of music, except “screamo.” And I’m coming around more on country. Really anything that moves me, spiritually or emotionally, I love. My favorite is definitely Christian praise like Hillsong, Elevation, Vertical Worship, and Passion.
My Favorite Writers:  John Piper, A. W. Tozer, J. I. Packer, David Platt, Francis Chan, Matt Chadler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and C. S. Lewis are my main ones I read.
My Favorite Movies:  Anything with a lot of action.
6-Word Memior: Once a sinner; now a son.

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

Carol Jones

Office Manager/Pastor's Assistant

Carl Wharton

Building and Maintenance Supervisor

Debbie Allen 

Financial Ministry Assistant

Kay McCann




Mark Hall, chairman

Glynise Cox

Conn Ellis

Ray Johnson

Jim Lewis

Steve Roberts

Charles Briggs

Walter Crews

Steve Green

Ken Jones

Mike Morrison

Gaston Scott

Ann Cameron

Frank Davison

Jan Griffin

Martha Lander

Tom Patterson

Warren Smith

Jim Cavender

Rick DeZemplen

Richard Holt

John Lay

Todd Payne

Ben Todd

Joe Welch