The thing I like the most about serving at Trinity is being a part of something bigger than myself.
My role as an Elder: I believe The Lord has gifted me in the areas of support and encouragement. My nature as an introvert has helped me develop an attentive ear. I have preached from time to time and I do not mind being in the pulpit, but I believe that God has gifted me in the area of support and encouragement and that is how I contribute to the church staff, the elder body and our membership.
I love our body and am thankful to be apart of what God is doing at Trinity.
My wife Cresta and myself, have been members of Trinity Baptist Church for 7 ½ years. I served as a deacon for 36 years in various churches prior to being elected as an Elder at Trinity. While continuing to be a servant, the rolls of elder are somewhat different than deacon. As an Elder we are called to devote ourselves to prayer and to shepherd the flock.
Even from our first visit to Trinity, it has remained a welcoming church and we enjoy welcoming and loving others. We have both served in many capacities in churches where we have lived. Colorado City, Sweetwater, Childress and San Angelo. Cresta and I have been married 50 years and have a son and daughter and three grandchildren. I was born in Sweetwater and moved to Trent in the eighth grade and finished high school there. I graduated from Texas Tech University with major in Ag Economics. Over the years, I have had careers in the USDA, banking, insurance and farming/ranching. I retired in 2011 from First Financial Bank but I am still active in farming and ranching.
Cresta grew up in Trent where we met in high school. She has worked in several schools as a teacher and retired from Sweetwater ISD in 2004.
Since retirement, we have also loved to travel all over the US in our RV and on several trips to other countries.
God has blessed me with many gifts that I have been fortunate to be able to use and tap into here at Trinity. I have been able to lead the Ramp Project, foreign and domestic mission trips, lead and co-lead life groups, be part of the leadership team for Regeneration, and serve as an elder. While I have grown in many areas, I still need God daily and have much room to grow. Failure is not an if but a when, but by His grace, love and mercy He picks me up dusts me off and points me back down the path He has for me.
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Jessica, for almost 17 years. She is one of the biggest blessings I have received from God. Her background in the mission field alongside her family and her devotion to God has aided immensely in my growth as a Christian. We have two children, Katie (13) and Allie (12) and are now raising a third child Jasmine (1), who we hope to someday adopt. We look forward to many more years serving God as He leads. We hope that much of that time will be spent here with our close friends and church family.
I want to thank God for each of you and for the love you show us.
Ashley Barns - Student Minister
Kellen Bowhay - Office Administrator/Worship Minister
Bonnie Ruiz - Nursery Assistant
Dana Stuber - Children's Director