Pastor Philip L. Hathcock
Phil Hathcock retired in 2013 after forty-one years as a pastor in Arkansas. A native of Fayetteville, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas with a major in broadcast journalism. He received his seminary degree from the Divinity School at Duke University.
Rev. Hathcock’s appointments in the Arkansas Conference included eight years in Siloam Springs and a twelve-year tenure at First United Methodist Church, Conway. He was appointed Superintendent of the Central District in 2004. For the three years prior to his 2013 retirement he was Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop.
He has chaired the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Council on Professional Ministries, and the Order of Elders. He was a delegate to the 1996 and 2000 General Conferences. He has thrice served as a Trustee of Hendrix College. He has been a frequent preaching instructor in the Local Pastor’s License School and the Extension Course of Study. He received the 2013 Barnabas Award for his service in the encouragement and training of clergy.
For over twenty years he has been an on-air volunteer for the state public television network and was appointed by Governor Beebe to the Arkansas Educational Television Commission.
Phil and his wife, Gwen, reside in Maumelle, Arkansas. They have two children and four grandchildren.
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.