Clergy and Staff
New Rector for Trinity Episcopal Church Named
The Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church proudly and thankfully announces the association of The Reverend Dr. William Carroll as Rector, effective, April 7th.
Dr. Carroll, who prefers to be known as “Father Bill”, brings over 12 years of experience in parish ministry, mission development and theology education. Currently, Fr. Bill is Canon for Clergy Transitions and Congregational Life for the Diocese of Oklahoma communicating the vision for building up the Body of Christ in Oklahoma, especially in times of transition, conflict or crisis.Fr. Bill is committed to strengthening and supporting congregations and followers of Jesus as they work together to continue His mission in the world. He brings gifts of preaching, teaching, community building, evangelism, worship, and pastoral care. He is a graduate of Harvard University and earned an M.Div. and Ph.D. in Christian Theology from The University of Chicago Divinity School. He also holds a Certificate in Anglican Studies from the University of the South, Sewanee.
Fr. Bill and his wife, Tracey, who is also an Episcopal priest, are the parent of two children. Fr. Bill will be the celebrant at Trinity on April 7th, the Fifth Sunday of Lent. We are delighted to welcome Fr. Bill and his family to our Trinity Family and thank God for His guidance in this transition.
We are richly blessed!
The Rev. Dr. Frank W. Hughes has served as Interim Rector for Trinity since September 1, 2017. In parish ministry, Dr. Hughes has served churches in Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as Louisiana. He has done eight Interim Rector assignments, including Trinity Episcopal Church.
A New Testament Scholar, published author and experienced college professor, Dr. Hughes has sparked new interest in Bible literacy at Trinity and greatly enhanced Adult Christian Education participation in Sunday School and Evening Bible Studies, called “Soup, Salad and Study”.
Dr. Hughes will continue in his role as Interim Rector for Trinity Church until the arrival of our new fulltime Rector, Dr.William Carroll, or until he accepts a new interim assignment in another Diocese of Texas parish.
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.
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
- Christy Collins
- Karen Frith
- Linda Leath
- Steve Lindsey
- Robert Maly
- Dinah Rushing
- Cherry Sikes
- Wiley Thomas
- Jack Welge
- Bryan Wilks
- Cherry Sikes, Senior Warden
- Dinah Rushing, Junior Warden
- Andrew Snell, Treasurer
- Elaine Campbell, Clerk of the Vestry