Pastor Roy Smith
Rev. Roy Smith was appointed pastor of Trinity UMC beginning July 1, 2018.
Rev. Smith last served as Senior Pastor of First UMC in Russellville. He is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, Hendrix College and Duke Divinity School. He and his wife, Dr. Sandy Smith are the parents of a daughter, Martha, and a son, Andrew who with his wife Rachel are the parents of the first grandchild, Joey.
Roy has indicated three things that he values in his ministry:
1. He loves to preach and lead worship.
2. He is humbled by the opportunity to be with people in incredibly powerful moments in their live, such as baptisms, weddings, and times of grief.
3. He loves to see people grow and deepen in their journey of faith.
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.
Anne Stocks, Minister to Families with Children
Anne Stocks, twenty-two year member of Trinity United Methodist Church, joins the Trinity staff on August 6, 2018 as Director of its Ministry to Families with Children.
She follows Paul Owen who retired from that position at the end of April. He has been assisting on a part-time basis until a replacement was found.
Anne is leaving All For Kids Pediatric Clinic to take this position. She has a long history of active involvement serving her congregations, including working with youth groups and younger children, teaching Sunday school, setting up Vacation Bible School stages, and organizing and leading women's groups.
Trinity is grateful that she answered the call to work with its families with children.
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.