Dr. Thomas C. Townsend ~ Senior Pastor
Dr. Tom Townsend has served Trinity Baptist since January, 2016. During the past five decades of ministry, he has pastored churches in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. Additionally, he has served as the Director of Development and Communications for the Florida Baptist Children's Homes, VP for Development and Communications for the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children(now Sunrise Children's Homes) and as the Executive Director of Life International, a ministry to orphans and orphanages in Ukraine.
He has led many mission teams to serve outside the US and is also involved with mission efforts in our state that include disaster relief chaplaincy and pregnancy centers.
Dr. Tom and his wife, Mary Jo, have five children and ten grandchildren. His life verses are Philippians 3:10-11 "I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participate in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death..."
Reverend James Feist ~ Minister of Music
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was Jim’s home until graduating from high school. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force before landing in Tampa, Florida.
Jim attended the University of Tampa where he met and married his wife, Melody, both music majors, before his senior year. Jim was valedictorian of U.T.’s 1983 graduating class, earning a Bachelor of Music degree with a double concentration in music theory and music education.
Jim has worked for the Internal Revenue Service since September, 1986. In January, 2002, he was promoted to the Office of Appeals as a Settlement Officer. In 2012, Jim was selected as National Settlement Office of the Year.
Although his training and personal experience in music were primarily secular, since his salvation, Jim has dedicated his life to presenting spiritual music that encourages the listener to focus on Jesus Christ, and the ministry’s participants to grow stronger in their Christian faith and walk.
Paula Conners ~ Secretary
Born and raised in Kingsport, TN, Paula and her husband, Jim, moved to Florida in 2005. They joined Trinity immediately after moving into the area. In June of 2013, Paula joined the staff full time as Executive Secretary. Prior to that she was the business administrator in a family owned construction company.
Paula has served in several different ministries of the church over the years, and is currently serving by singing with the Rise Up Ensemble, The Fanning Family Quartet and the choir. She also participates in the drama ministry.
Paula and Jim enjoy entertaining and spending time with their friends and family, going to the beach, traveling in their RV, bike riding, and cooking.
Susan Porter ~ Secretarial Support
Susan was born and raised in California. She also met and married her husband, Jim there. Eventually they left California and moved first to Colorado, then Kansas, and finally Florida after they both retired.
Susan held a variety of jobs but retired from the IRS in 2015. The first order of business after moving to Sun City Center, FL was finding a church…. Trinity Baptist. Susan has recently taken on the part-time position of Secretarial Support.
Susan’s passion has always been music. She sings in the choir, small groups, solos, plays with the chimes and sometimes directs the choir. She also finds herself highly involved in the Easter and Christmas dramas.