Trinity Baptist Church of Big Spring TX
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  • Scott and Shelly Kirkland
    Scott and Shelly Kirkland

    After ministering in the Los Angeles area for twenty years, Pastor Scott and Shelly Kirkland have returned to their native west Texas. Bro. Scott grew up in Abilene, graduated from Cooper High School, and went on to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Shelly graduated from Merkel High School and received her degree from McMurry University in Abilene. They served on staff in Borger, Texas for three years before the Lord called them to Southern California. Pastor Kirkland taught on the faculty of Pacific Baptist College for fourteen years and pastored an inner-city church in Gardena. The Kirklands have one son, Chandler, who will be a junior at Big Spring High School in the fall. They are excited to be back home and ministering to the great people of Texas.

  • TJ And Laura Lipham
    TJ And Laura Lipham
    Youth Pastor

    Bro. T.J. began attending TBC at the age of 16 after being invited by a friend. He was saved at the age of 17, and God called him into the ministry at the age of 18 . Laura (Davis) Lipham was saved at the age of 10 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Big Spring. Laura and her family joined TBC when she was in the 9th Grade. It was then that she met the love of her life (Bro. T.J.)! Laura dedicated her life to serve the Lord in the ministry during High School. Bro. T.J. graduated from Arlington Baptist College in 2003, and Laura graduated from ABC in 2004 as Valedictorian.


    After graduating Bible College, they served for 2 years as youth directors at the Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas before the Lord moved them to TBC. They have served on staff at TBC for the past 5 years.  They have been married for 8 years, and have three children (Andrew, Addison & Audrey).


    Bro. T.J.’s favorite verse of Scripture is Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Laura’s favorite verse of Scripture is I Timothy 1:12, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”


    Their goal in the ministry is to lead an active and exciting youth ministry in which teenagers are transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ, and trained to be His life-long disciples.

  • Steve and Paula Moses
    Steve and Paula Moses
    Minister of Music

    Bro. Steve was raised in church by Christian parents in Abilene, Texas, and came to know the Lord at the age of 12. He surrendered to the ministry at Singing Hills Youth Camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1972. Bro. Steve married his beautiful wife, Paula, in 1978. They both graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, where Bro. Steve received his BA in Music Performance. After graduation, Bro. Steve served at Canon City Baptist Temple, in Canon City, Colorado as Minister of Music and Christian School Principal, before moving to Big Spring and accepting a staff position at TBC in January of 1982.


    He has now been on staff at TBC for over 34 years, and loving every minute of it! Bro. Steve and Paula have two married sons; Ben (and Anne), and Ryan (and Lilly). They also have 4 beautiful grandchildren; Brooklyn, Hudson, Riley, and Camden. Though they don't live close, they are the joy of his life.


    One of Bro. Steve’s favorite verses of Scripture is Psalm 40:2-3 ... “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.”

  • Yvette and Greg Cotton
    Yvette and Greg Cotton
    Church Secretary

    In 1991, Mrs. Yvette heard about the Lord from her husband Greg on one of their dates before they were married. He told her that he loved her way too much to not tell her about the Lord. After talking to his Mom and Dad (Bro. & Mrs. Cotton) a little more, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior. The following Sunday she was baptized.


    Mrs. Yvette was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Weatherford, Texas from 1991 until October of 1993 when she and her husband Greg became members of TBC upon moving to Big Spring. Since joining TBC, Mrs. Yvette has taught 2nd Grade girls, and she and Greg served in the Youth Dept. for almost 10 years. Mrs. Yvette also sings in the church choir. She has served as full-time secretary since May of 2006.


    She and Greg have one daughter (Nita), and two sons (Toby & Cory).


    Mrs. Yvette’s favorite verse of Scripture is Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Her desire is to do what she can for Jesus because she “wants” to, not because she “has” to.

  • Earl and Natalie Permenter
    Earl and Natalie Permenter
    Church Custodian

    Bro. Earl has been attending services at Trinity since he was an infant. At the age of 14, he accepted Christ as his Savior during a Sunday morning salvation message preached by Dr. Claude Craven. Bro. Earl was baptized that night. His wife Natalie was saved at the age of 9 at a church in Arizona, but had never been scripturally baptized. And so, on Earl and Natalie’s first “church date” at Trinity, Natalie was baptized by Dr. Craven in the evening service.


    Earl and Natalie were later married at Trinity. Several years later, they were blessed of God to have a son, Nathaniel. Nathan was also saved and baptized at the age of 5. Bro. Earl was hired by Dr. Craven in August of 1990. He has grown to love his job and church family more each year.


    One of his favorite verses of scripture is Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”



Sunday School 9:45am - 11:00am
Sunday Worship Service 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday Service 7:00 - 8:00

Trinity Baptist Church
1701 E. FM 700, Big Spring, Texas 79720
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