Keith grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984 with a BA in English literature and while there served as a volunteer with Young Life. It was during that involvement that he met Dee Ann. Keith and Dee Ann were married in the summer of 1984 and immediately moved to New England where Keith entered seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Upon finishing his Masters of Divinity in 1987, Keith and Dee Ann returned to Denton, Texas where Keith became Area Director of Young Life. During the fourth year of serving in that role through various circumstances Keith began to feel God calling him to New York City. In 1992 he came to NYC to serve as the Associate Pastor to Gordon MacDonald at Trinity Baptist Church. A year later Rev. MacDonald resigned and Keith was asked to serve as the interim. In July of 1993 Keith stepped into the role of Senior Pastor at Trinity. In 2005 he received a Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell with a focus on Faith in the Marketplace. Keith and his wife Dee Ann live in Manhattan and have three adult children—Hannah, Benjamin and Claire.
Before attending Central Washington University, James was on staff with Young Life. During his university days he helped to develop a campus based ministry (SALT) through the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The ministry quickly grew from 40-some people to well over 700 in two short years. Upon graduating in 1997, James moved to New York where he attended Alliance Theological Seminary. During this time James worked as the Volunteer Manager for the mercy and justice ministry Hope for New York, where he developed strategic relationships between countless volunteers and over 20 faith based ministries. James also worked for Redeemer Presbyterian Church as Associate Director of Church Life where he focused on leadership development, spoke at many retreats geared for young professionals, and developed multiple community oriented ministries. In October of 2002, James married his wife Elizabeth. In March of 2003, James Left Redeemer and became the Associate Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church where he concentrates primarily on community and connectedness, small group development, evangelism, assimilation, and strategic planning.
Director, Worship Arts
Beth joined the Trinity staff as Choir Director in 2002 and in 2006 stepped into the role of Director, Worship Arts. After enjoying an 18 year career in the theatre and music industries, traveling the globe as singer, actor, and music director, Beth surrendered to the call to serve an audience of One. She holds a degree in music from Pepperdine University, completed graduate studies in Musical Theatre at Oklahoma City University, and recently received her Master of Worship Studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. Beth believes that worship - and life - is about boldly telling the Story of God, and fully embracing our roles in it. Beth's family will have you know that she is a native Southern Californian, though her accent when excited (or very tired) gives away a childhood spent in Ft. Worth, TX. She is abundantly blessed as wife to Roy and mother to Jaclyn Victoria.
Director, Children's Ministry
Cindy has served Trinity over a decade in various volunteer leadership positions including co-chairing the Christian Education Commission, serving on the nominating committee, leading a women's small group, and teaching sunday school. She joined our full-time staff in September 2002 to oversee our growing children's ministry. In her current role, Cindy's recruits volunteers who facilitate our sunday school programs and provide childcare during congregational special events. In addition to having been a driving force in the development of our 1st-5th grade Godquest Bible Adventure Workshops Cindy was instrumental in implementing our children's lending library. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Tennessee and a Masters in Elementary Education from Hunter College. A transplant southerner, Cindy calls Pensacola her hometown. She and husband John have three sons, Clark, Christian, and Cullen.
Director, Youth Ministry
We are excited to welcome our newest addition to the staff — Francisco. His deep passion for youth ministry and a clear sense of calling have brought Francisco and his family to Trinity last year (2012) by way of Connecticut. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he enjoys soccer, break dancing, surfing, chess, and learning foreign languages. Francisco received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Bible and Theology from Simpson University and an Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts.