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Trinity Baptist Church
3115 Trinity Boulevard
Texarkana, Arkansas  71854 
Sundays @ 9:15am,  6pm
Wednesdays @ 6:30pm 
Trinity Baptist Church Staff
Thank you for letting us introduce our ministerial staff to you. We are proud of the team God has assembled here at Trinity and we believe that we can minster to any need you and your family may have. From birth to age 101 we have a staff person just for your age group.
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Ministerial Staff

Bill Saxby - Pastor

Bro. Bill was born and raised in South Louisiana.  That is where he met and married Lisa in 1980.  They have two sons:  Caleb and Levi.
Caleb is married to Amanda, they have two daughters.  They reside in Texarkana. Levi is a student/athlete at McNeese State University.
Bro. Bill attended Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been in full time ministry since 1988.  Bill accepted the call to be senior pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in the fall of 2007.

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Aaron Evans - Minister to Families/ Worship leader

After being called to full-time ministry as a teenager, I attended college and seminary and married Sheryl Bull-Evans in 1995. We had our first child, Sarah, in 1999. Soon afterward, I accepted my first full-time ministry position at Central Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 2001, we moved south so I could serve as Associate Pastor at Milestone Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. After our second child, Noah, was born in 2003; God called us to Fordyce, Arkansas where I served on staff at Beech Grove Baptist Church. In 2005, our third child, Leah, was born; and in 2009 I joined the staff at Trinity Baptist Church where I now serve as Music & Family Minister.

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Nick Riddle - Associate Worship leader

Nick has been surrounded by ministry His whole life. His dad is a pastor and his mother is a student minister, which led the family to churches in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. His brothers have also been ministers in churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Mr. Riddle trusted Jesus as His Savior and Lord when he was 8 years old. He surrendered to the ministry the summer of 2000 and began his undergraduate degree at Ouachita Baptist University. He graduated in 2006 with a B.M. in Church Music.  Nick has served churches in Little Rock, Ashdown, Pearcy, and Benton Arkansas. He started at Trinity Baptist in 2012. He is the proud parent of a puppy named “Pip”. Bro. Nick enjoys golf, baseball, football, basketball, food, and laughter. Under the Lord’s calling, Nick has been on mission trips to Shanghai China, Austria, Germany, and Brazil. His heart beats for the Lord and desires God’s children to fall in love with Him more and more each day.

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Mark Akin - Pastoral Care

Marks Bio coming soon!

Kent Mathias -  Education and Discipleship

Kent's Bio coming soon!

Charlie Elrod - Minister to Senior Adults

Under the leadership of our Senior Adult Minister Charlie Elrod we are striving to have a balanced ministry for the Senior Adult section of our church.  Charlie has been in the ministry since 1983 serving several Southern Baptist churches in the capacity of youth, recreation, education, administration, and as an associate pastor.  Charlie earned his master of arts in religious education. He brings a needed blend to this vital ministry of our church life.

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Jim Turley - Minister to Students

Jim was born and raised in Texarkana. He married Patricia Diane Farren in 1982. They began their ministry to youth at First Baptist Church - Genoa, Arkansas in 1983. They then served on part-time staff at Highland Hills Baptist Church and were called to full time ministry at Downtown First Baptist Church in 1990 where they served until coming to Trinity Baptist Church on March 1, 1995. 
They have two sons: Patrick, who is a professional drummer and works out of Nashville, Tennessee- playing with contempary Christian band -Bread of Stone and Joshua;  who attended Baylor University and is now in the minor league organization of the Detroit Tigers as a left-handed pitcher.
 Bro. Jim has attended seminary extension classes From Southwest Seminary from Ft Worth and has reached many youth in Texarkana for almost thirty years with lifestyle evangelism.  His favorite Bible verse is John 17:3 "that they may know you the ONE TRUE God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent"...

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Michelle Lawrence-  Junior High Director

Michelle's Bio coming soon!  

Paul Bragida - Minister to Children/Recreation

Paul Bragida received his Bachelor’s in Business Accounting and Audit in 2001, and in 2005 graduated from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN with Master of Divinity.  During seminary education, Paul was actively involved in the ministry of Crosspointe Baptist Church and Baptist Boys’ Ranch in Millington, TN.  He also participated in evangelism ministry at the Juvenile Court in Memphis, TN.  From 2006 to 2009 Paul was on the Member Development staff at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, TN working with new members and volunteers.  On April 5, 2009, Trinity Baptist Church voted to call Paul Bragida to be their Children’s Minister. Paul and Amanda Bragida have been married since September 30, 2006.


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Don Purifoy - Administrator

Don is a lifelong resident of Texarkana and a member of Trinity Baptist Church since 1986.  Graduating from Arkansas High School and attending Texarkana Junior College for 2 years, Don began 30 years of service in the wholesale and retail building material industry in sales/management.  On March 21, 2000, Don was called to his present position as Business Administrator of Trinity Baptist Church.  He and his wife, Johnnie, married May 26, 1972, have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.  Always deeply involved in the ministry of Trinity Baptist Church, he and Johnnie also love to play golf, travel, and spend time together.

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 Vickie Wickliffe- Preschool Ministry

Vicki was born in Alabama but spent time in many southern states while growing up.  Vicki attended Ouachita Baptist University and graduated from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.  She has been married to Verne Wickliffe, Associational Missionary for Southwest Arkansas Baptist Association, for 34 years.  They have two grown children, Kara (living in Little Rock) and Troy (living in Orlando, FL). Vicki has been working with preschoolers for 32 years as a teacher and director.  Vicki has also served as a  foster parent, and social worker.  In addition to her work at Trinity Baptist church Vicki also serves on the Weekday Early Education committee for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, on the board of trustees for the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and volunteers for The Friendship Center.

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Linda Anderson - Financial Secretary

Linda grew up in Morris, Illinois, but moved to Texarkana in 1986, when her husband, Arvin, was transferred.  She worked at Rose Hill Baptist Church as education secretary for six years.  Linda has been financial secretary at Trinity Baptist Church since August 24, 1992.  She has been blessed with three sons, two daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren.  Linda loves her church and the many activities that allow her to spend time with all of them.

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Patricia Turley - Administrative Assistant

Patricia Turley began working part time in the Trinity Baptist Church library and later in the Mother's Day Out Ministry beginning in 1995 when her husband Jim was called as minister to students.  In December of 1997, she became the part-time youth secretary and joined the full time staff on January 1, 2004 as administrative assistant.  She and Jim have two sons:  Patrick (23) and Joshua (21).   She enjoys Ladies Bible studies, teaching youth girls and singing in the choir!

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Ron Fellers - Trinity Christian School Adm.

Ron has been a member of Trinity Baptist Church since 1989 and has served as the superintendent of Trinity Christian School since 2006.  He is married to Deann, and they have two children, Reagan and Reid.  Ron received his Master of Business Administration in 2006 and is presently writing his dissertation for his Doctorate in Education. As a Christian school administrator, Ron believes that all truth is God’s truth, that God has placed parents as being responsible for educating their children, and that the Christian school is to come alongside and assist the parent with the educational process. The school accomplishes this assistance through Biblical integration in all aspects of the classroom ultimately developing a discipled student who thinks from a Biblical worldview, who is motivated to impact this world, and who is prepared for life in God’s eternal kingdom.!

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