Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder, Senior Minister
Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder, a native Arkansan, has been an ordained pastor in the UMC for twenty-four years, serving rural, suburban and urban congregations. Her passion is outreach, mission and making and equipping disciples for the 21st century.
For a decade Rev. Betsy was involved in mission work in Ekaterinburg, Russia working in prisons. She has served the church’s global mission board (GBGM), has been a local missionary, served on the Arkansas Hospice Foundation Board, SVI’s Visiting Nurses Association Board, the Harmony Health Charitable Clinic Founding Board and is currently on the Arkansas Zoological Foundation Board, which supports fundraising for the LR Zoo. Betsy was chosen in 2011 as one of the survivors for the American Heart Association’s Go Red program. She has given prayers at major city and statewide events, including serving as Chaplain for the Day for the United States House of Representatives. She has also written columns for the Religion Section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and for two years wrote a “mommy blog” for the paper’s site, “littlerockmamas.com.”
Rev. Betsy and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder, former Congressman for the Second District of Arkansas, now an executive with Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, have been married nine years and have four sons, Penn (6), Wyatt, Sullivan and Aubrey (4—triplets!), as well as two dogs, Dottie and Powder.
David Glaze, Diaconal Minister of Music
David is now in his 27th year as Minister of Music at Trinity, after being in a similar position at First UMC in his hometown, Camden, Arkansas. He has degrees from OBU, where a scholarship has been endowed in his honor. He did his educational requirements for becoming a diaconal minister at SMU in Dallas. At Trinity, he coordinates the music for the worship services, during which he plays and conducts from the organ console or the piano. David currently has two CDs out, Christmas…Simply (piano) and Pedals and Pipes (organ). He is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the 60-member River City Men’s Chorus which was recently named 1st Runner-Up in the Best Live Entertainment Category in the Arkansas Times “Best of Arkansas” competition. The RCMC performs at Trinity!
David lives with Shelby and Cocoa, two beautiful miniature long-haired dachshunds. Some of his hobbies include working in the yard and teaching himself to paint. Highlights of David’s life include playing a Mass at St. Peter’s, the Vatican, as well as performing with the RCMC in cathedrals in Rome and Assisi. Also, one of his fondest memories is being invited to play (on Cole Porter’s piano!) at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel when then-President Bill Clinton hosted the heads of state of the United Nations. He also really loves movies and live theater (especially in New York!).
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.
Gayle Fiser, Minister of Congregational Care
Gayle is a commissioned Community of Hope Lay Chaplain with training in death and dying as well as a hospice volunteer. She previously served in another UMC church as chair of Pastoral Care with 8 teams under that umbrella. Gayle's special interest has been various methods of prayer such as experiential, relational, innovative, etc and her favorite practices are Centering Prayer and walking the labyrinth. Along with a UMC deacon, she collaborated on the design of a Prayer Room with experiential areas that was featured in an issue of the Interpreter. She is a retired founder and director of an academic medical business organization and a graduate of UALR. Gayle and her husband Paul have 2 four-legged therapy dog children (Angel and Allee) and enjoy traveling.
Charles L. Stanley, Director of Worship Arts for Children and Youth
Charles Stanley is from Nashville, Arkansas, and is active in the art scene in central Arkansas as a pianist and vocalist. At Trinity, he serves as Director of Worship Arts for Children and Youth. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University, having experience in choral music, keyboard, and planning and leading in both non-traditional and traditional styles of worship.
Within the central Arkansas arts community, Charles has directed such musicals as Quilters, GodSpell, Strike Up the Band, and Nunsense. He has appeared in productions of The Mikado, The Secret Garden, The Marriage of Figaro, Into the Woods, The Fantasticks, Side Show, and Anyone Can Whistle.
Tarah Elliott, Communications Specialist
Tarah is the Communications Specialist here at Trinity, which means she is the point person for all external and internal communications. She is a 2013 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, where she graduated with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in graphic design. Before coming to work at Trinity, she was the Creative Director at Elliott Electrical and, before that, she was the Opinions Editor at "The Signal."
When she isn't at work, Tarah enjoys a variety of activities, including reading (she prefers thrillers and horror), listening to music, creating art, traveling, restoring unloved furniture, being a vigilante crimefighter alongside Batman, and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.
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.