Pastor Don Hall
Pastor Don was appointed to serve Trinity in July of 2016. He has been “officially” a retired minister for a couple of years. However, he approaches his work with a youthful enthusiasm and 37 years of experience serving congregations of all sizes. Prior to his entering into those years of full time pastoral ministry, Don taught public school music for six years in Arkansas. He holds a master’s degree in music education form Arkansas State University and a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology. He and his wife, Cheryl, have five children and nine grandchildren, a dog and two cats. When time permits they enjoy camping and fly fishing.
Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn, Minister of Music
Hee-Kyung grew up as a Methodist pastor’s kid, but served as the organist/choirmaster at Episcopal and Presbyterian churches, in California and Arkansas, before joining the Trinity staff. She has degrees in piano from the Juilliard School (MM), and Indiana University (DM), but also got to study the organ with Dr. Marilyn Keiser during her IU years.
Hee-Kyung came to Arkansas in 2007 as the director of the Keyboard Studies at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. She met her husband in Arkadelphia, Dr. Lei Cai, who is a professor of piano at Ouachita Baptist University. The couple often concertizes together (most recently at the Sydney Opera House in Australia), and regularly teaches in Asia in the summers. Before Henderson, Hee-Kyung held a full-time lecturer position at the University of California in Santa Barbara, during which time she released a commercial recording of Bach’s monumental work, Goldberg Variations (Available at amazon.com ). An avid chamber musician and a collaborative pianist, Hee-Kyung has held summer faculty positions at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Great Mountains International Music Festival in Korea (string program), Tatuí International Flute festival in Brazil, and an opera program Martina Arroyo Foundation, Inc. in New York City.
Paul Owen, Minister to Families with Children
As a native of Little Rock, Paul and his wife, Becky, have been members of Trinity for over 30 years. Both of their adult children are members of Trinity and were baptized in our original sanctuary which is now known as Martin Hall. He is starting his 5th year on staff. Before this position, he taught English, speech, and theatre at Bryant High School for 30 years. After retiring from the "school house", Paul managed The Disney Store and Banana Republic at Park Plaza . Becky, is a long-time member of the Chancel Choir at Trinity and is a teacher in the preschool here at Trinity. Their daughter, Melissa, is also a teacher in our preschool as well as a childcare provider with our cradle-roll children on Sunday mornings. Their son, Jeffrey, completed culinary school and is a sous chef. In his spare time, he enjoys creating a new yard at their new home.
Judy Gribble, Internal Communications
Judy is originally from Rector, Arkansas, in Clay Country, the very northeast corner of the state. She attended college at the University of Arkansas and graduated from UALR with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She continued her education at the University of Arkansas graduate School and Hampton Institute in Virginia . She began attending Trinity in 1982 and transferred her membership here when her daughter, Tisha was confirmed in 1987. She has been on staff for 14 years. She is married to Joe R. Gribble who is retired and they have one daughter, Tisha, who works at Camp Aldersgate as a special events coordinator. One thing people probably don’t know about her: that she picked cotton every year of her life until age 17. She loves to bake and her guilty pleasure is reading mysteries.
Jay Sweningson, Minister to Families with Youth
Jay was originally born in St. Paul, MN. He was born into an extremely poor, rough and abusive home life and then eventually, at the age of 5 1/2, was given up for adoption and spent over a year in the state's foster system. Shortly before his 7th birthday, he was offered a chance to come visit his half brother, whom he'd never met, in Houston, Texas. That "visit" turned out to be permanent as he was later adopted by the same amazing and loving parents who had adopted his brother. Jay grew up in Houston and still considers it to be his hometown. He moved to Hot Springs, AR in 1992 to attend Bible College at Applied Life Christian College where he received a Bachelors Degree in Education and later became ordained in 2001. Jay was the youth minister here at Trinity from 2000-2003. He then moved to the New Orleans, LA area and had been there until his return to Little Rock and his re-hire here at Trinity in 2009. Jay has a daughter, Rachel, and his son, Tyler, both of whom are what brings him his greatest joy. He also enjoys sports of all kinds, movies, music and just "walking life' with his friends and family.
Susan Garner, Financial Secretary
Susan Garner grew up in Middle Tennessee and graduated with a BBA from the University of Memphis with a major in Accounting. She has lived in Little Rock for 26 years in the Leawood subdivision and is a longtime member at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Her older daughter, Sara lives with her husband, Jack and their 11 month old daughter, Laney in Columbia, MO and Sara works for the University of Missouri. Susan's younger daughter, Stephanie, lives in Little Rock and teaches kindergarten at Terry Elementary. Susan is in charge of all the financial areas so feel free to contact her with any concerns or questions.