Clergy and Staff
The Rev. Dr. Frank W. Hughes has been named as our Interim Rector beginning September 1, 2017. Dr. Hughes is a native of Texarkana, Texas, and was educated in the Texarkana, Arkansas, public schools. He graduated from Hendrix College in 1975. In 1976 he enrolled in Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, graduating with the Master in Divinity in 1979. He then continued to study the New Testament and early Christian literature at the University of Chicago, receiving the M.A. in 1981, the same year he was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Northwestern University in 1984. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Göttingen, Germany, in 1986-87. From 1998 to 2004 he taught New Testament at Codrington College in Barbados.
In parish ministry, Dr. Hughes has served churches in Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as Louisiana. He has done seven interim ministries in Episcopal churches. Most recently he was rector of St. John’s Church in Minden, Louisiana. In particular, Dr. Hughes enjoys presiding in liturgies, preaching, teaching, and visiting people in hospitals. He was elected as an Alternate Deputy to the General Conventions of 1997, 2015, and 2018. He has served as an Examining Chaplain in the Dioceses of Central Pennsylvania and Western Louisiana. From 1994 to 1997 he was Ecumenical Officer of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.Among his hobbies, Dr. Hughes enjoys cooking and music (and is also an organist!) He comes to us along with his 73 pound Labrador mix, Pepper. We look forward to many wonderful times ahead with Dr. Hughes. Future events will be planned so that members of the parish will have opportunity to meet and get to know Dr. Hughes better.
As a New Testament scholar, Dr. Hughes has spent a lot of time researching the Pauline letters. His first book was Early Christian Rhetoric and 2 Thessalonians, published in 1989. He is co-author of The Corinthian Correspondence: Redaction, Rhetoric, and History (with Robert Jewett) which will appear with Fortress Press next year. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars, and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. His blog is www.studyingthegospels.net.
Bill joined the staff of Trinity as Director of Music Ministries in January 2008. He graduated in 1990 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a double major in organ and choral music from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Bill attended seminary at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University and the course of study program at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
An experienced church musician, Bill has served as organist and music director for churches in Oklahoma and Texas. He holds the Colleague certification with the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association. Bill is married to Heather and they have two daughters, Sarah and Maddy. Other family members include their three dogs, Mac, Jasper and Oliver.
Tim Baker joined the staff of Trinity Church in September of 2012, and serves as the Parish Administrator. He is a twenty-five year youth ministry veteran, having served churches in Kentucky, Florida, New Mexico and Texas. Tim is a graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky with a BA in Bibilical Studies and a MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. Tim is the author of several books for teens and youth workers. Tim is married to Jacqui and they have three children, Nicole, Jessica, and Jacob.
Jacqui Baker joined the staff of Trinity Church in the spring of 2016 as the Director of Children’s Ministry. She graduated from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, in 1992 with a B.A. in Psychology. She has worked alongside her husband in youth and children’s ministry for the last 26 years. Jacqui is in her thirteenth year as a piano teacher. She enjoys seeing the spark of light come on in a child’s eyes when they finally understand what is being taught, whether it is the piano or the Word of God. Jacqui is married to Tim Baker and they have three children, Nicole, Jessica and Jacob.
Rae Dickson joined the staff of Trinity Episcopal Church in January of 2016. She works with Junior High and High School age students as Director of Student Ministries. She teaches Chapel at TST in Longview and Old and New Testament at TST in Marshall. She has been the Youth Director at St. Michaels and all Angels, Trinity Episcopal in Marshall, and Trinity Episcopal in Longview. She has two grown daughters, Ashley and Ryan, and two children at home, Samantha and Auby.
Leno Mancilla - Sexton
Leno serves as our sexton, maintaining the properties of Trinity Church, Trinity House, and the Trinity Conference Center. A gifted "fix-it" man, Leno keeps all of our properties clean and in good working order. Leno joined our staff in 2003 and has been an invaluable blessing to the life of our church. Leno is married to Maria; they have five children.
George Pliler serves Trinity as a "jack-of-all-trades." He coordinates maintenance of the church facility, schedules lay ministry volunteers, serves as an assistant verger, and also manages endowment board resources and properties. George is a former US Navy Lieutenant and retired mechanical engineer. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he worked at Texas Eastman in Longview for 32 years. He married Marie in 1964. They have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. His favorite pastimes are running and fishing.
Billie Padgett has been with us as our main office volunteer since August of 2008. A native of Corpus Christi, she graduated from Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi with a B.A. in Elementary Education with specialty in reading. Prior to teaching for 25 years in the Corpus Christi and Longview ISDs, she worked for the Land Department of Pan American Petroleum as a secretary.
Billie has two daughters, Terri and Tracy, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. Her favorite hobby since retiring is quilting. She is an active member of Trinity Church and is involved in Altar Guild, Daughters of the King, Bereavement and Prayer Shawl ministries.
A "vestry" is a committee elected by members of a congregation to serve with the church wardens in managing the temporal affairs (finances and properties) of the church.
The current Vestry Members are:
- Brenda Alexander
- Spencer Alford
- Christy Collins
- Karen Frith
- Kathy Gray
- Linda Leath
- Robert Maly
- Christine Prior
- Gayland Rushing
- Cherry Sikes
- Jack Welge
- Bryan Wilks
- Cherry Sikes, Senior Warden
- Robert Maly, Junior Warden
- Andrew Snell, Treasurer
- Tricha Wilcox, Clerk of the Vestry