Vestry

Each member of the vestry is typically voted in for a 3 year term, some less to replace a Vestry member retiring before their term is complete. New members are voted in at our Annual Meeting each January. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Vestry, please speak to a member of the clergy or a current member to express your interest.

Senior Warden – Kate Smith (elected 2021)

After moving to Clarksville 22 years ago, my husband Chris and I were received and confirmed at Trinity. We also have had all 3 of our children baptized here (2 confirmed, 1 to go!). I currently serve on the Parish Ministries Council as Outreach liaison, where my favorite ministry is organizing the annual Christmas basket and potluck lunch benefitting Nashville Cares. I have also served as a member of Trinity’s Altar Guild for about 10 years and lector regularly.

In the past, I have been a Trinity youth group leader, Godly Play teacher, handbells and choir member, Sunday school teacher, and Wednesday night study group leader. I am the Youth Services Coordinator for the Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville and have led Girl Scout Troop 779 here at Trinity for 15 years. I love hosting parties and kayaking (though not necessarily at the same time, but hey! I’d give it a shot!), and Chris and I are about to be empty nesters. Trinity is truly my home and we are committed to serving God and sharing Christ’s love alongside our church family.

Junior Warden – Will Green (elected 2019)

My name is Will Green and I was born and baptized into the Episcopal Church in Springfield Missouri. I was raised in Sherman, Texas attending St. Stephens until I left for the military at 20.  As the oldest of seven our family occupied an entire pew on Sundays. As an Acolyte under the careful watch of Father James Garrard I seldom missed a Sunday from ages 9 to 14 at the 8 o’clock service.  Confirmed by Bishop Stanton at 13 I felt comfort in our Church.  As a teen my father reminded me weekly of the church’s address on Crockett Street and that service starts at 1000.

The unsung heroes of the Episcopal Church are the vestry, who work behind the scenes making the Church run.  As parishioners we should be reminded how we would benefit others for the greater good of mankind and that as individuals we are capable and steadfast in influencing others in Christ-like behavior. In 2007 while stationed at Ft. Campbell I attended Trinity for two years before joining my fiancé in Washington State.  In that time I volunteered as a co-coordinator for the financial peace university program offered to our parishioners.  That experience was humbling, gratifying, and solidified memories with members of Trinity which to this day I still appreciate.  Father Mickey’s blunt advice and humble leadership was what I needed at the time.

My approach to problem solving and obtaining results is assertive.  I like new approaches and have an inquisitive and open attitude toward change. I don’t mind trying new ideas.  I am generous with my time in helping others, but may sometimes promise more than I can deliver because of natural optimism. I work best when interacting with others and prefer working in a social environment. I enjoy critical thinking and problem solving challenges.  I prefer to explore all possible solutions before making decisions. I am still active duty military and will be for the next two years.  We are raising a 4 year old and commitments are sometimes longer than the day allows.  I’m humbled in your consideration and will do my best.

Paige H. Barbeauld (elected 2021)

Originally from Gallatin, Tennessee, I moved to Clarksville with my husband, Thommy, in 2014. We started attending Trinity later that year, and we love the Church family we found here. Since joining the Trinity family, I served on the Parties & Picnics Committee for several years, and I am currently involved with the Room In the Inn and F.U.E.L outreach programs.

I am an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, a non-profit law firm in Clarksville. I am active with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, the Tennessee Rehabilitative Center, Montgomery County Master Gardener’s Association, and the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Tennessee Bar Association. During my free time, I enjoy going on adventures with Thommy and spending time with our families.

Serving our community and church family is important to me, and I look forward to continuing that service through the Vestry at Trinity.

Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal (elected 2020)

I was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the Washington Metropolitan Area. I am married to       Dr. Arthur Neal and have a daughter (Lynnette), 2 sons (Mark  and Arthur, Jr.) and 2 grandsons (Jefferson and Arthur III). I received my B.S. and M.Ed. from Howard University and my Ph.D. in Special Education and JD from The American University. My professional career includes serving as a teacher, University professor and attorney. Over the years, I have served the community in various roles (e.g. Chairperson of the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross, President of Clarksville Civitan, President of the Dover Chapter of Links, Inc., Life member of NAACP, Conference Chair, Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice, and Chair, Montgomery County DMC Task Force).

While living in the D.C. area, I was a member of the Church of Atonement Episcopal Church, Washington, DC and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Mitchellville, MD. I have been a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. I have been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Clarksville since 2003. My spiritual journey, as an Episcopalian, for numerous decades has led me to answer the call to serve in various capacities on both the parish and diocesan level. A few of the programs and services are listed as follows: ECW, Mission Council, Senior Warden (with and without a priest), Bishop Reynold’s Working Groups, Bishop Search Committee & Participant in Ordination Service of Bishop Herlong, Commission on Ministry, Vocational Exploration Program (Lay leader/mentor for the discernment program for those desiring to become a Priest for numerous  current and retired priests and deacons), University advisor for the Canterbury Club, Delegate to Diocesan convention, Contemplative Prayer Retreat, Room in the Inn, FUEL, Sunday School, Classes, Union of Black Episcopalian, and others. I have recently completed the Becoming a Catalyst training. The program is generously sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of TN   (EDTN)  Beloved Community Commission and the Curb Center at Vanderbilt University. I look forward to serving on the Vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church and ministering Christ’s love to our community, country and world via worship, prayer, service, and study.

 

Christie Crawford (elected 2019)

Originally from San Francisco, CA, I moved to Clarksville in 2017, after marrying my husband, Marlin Huddleston, a Clarksville native. I recently retired after a 35 year career in marketing and commercial banking at Wells Fargo, Bank of America as well as Bank of Hawaii, where I lived for 17 years. I have a degree in journalism/ marketing form Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from University of San Francisco in marketing/ finance and an Executive MBA from the University of Virginia in bank management. I was awarded Hawaii Small Business Lender of the Year 10 times as well as nominated for the state of Hawaii’s Women Who Mean Business award n 2016.

In the past 20 years, I have been heavily involved in non- profit work including Treasurer and President of the Kailua- Kona Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Hawaii Island Humane Society, Treasurer of Full Life- an organization dedicated to developmentally disabled adults, and Treasurer of Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua, Hawaii.

I was confirmed in the Episcopal church in Annandale, VA at age 16 and have attended Episcopalian churches in Virginia, Pennsylvania, California and Hawaii.  At Trinity, I have been involved with the Finance Committee, ECW, Trinity Travelers, Needles group,Treasurer of the Red Door Committee, and the recently formed flower guild. Outside of Trinity, she I am an artist and volunteer for Arts for Hearts.

I was warmly welcomed into the Trinity parish as I didn’t know a soul in Clarksville save my husband, his family and a few neighbors. My family strongly instilled in me a sense of service and community which I have continued wherever I go. If elected, I look forward to bring my skills, expertise, and passion to Trinity wherever needed and looking forward to developing new and deeper  relationships in the congregation.

Howell Foust (elected 2020)

I am a Clarksville native and Episcopalian by choice. I have served as Trinity’s Treasurer therefore been a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Finance Committee.   I have also serve on Buildings & Grounds committee, Strategic Planning committee and served on the committee that established the Parish Ministries Council. I am very interested in the Military Ministries. My son and I have a construction company, Blackpatch Development, and have built two homes for wounded veterans through the Helping a Hero organization. I also do consulting work for investment brokers and credit work for banks through Foust & Associates. I spend the least amount of time with the construction business, but enjoy it the most. My wife Sheila most recently served as Senior Warden, if you haven’t figured out the connection yet. We enjoy being “foodies” at home on the weekends by experimenting with new recipes and wines.

 

Laura Harpel (elected 2021)

I am a Clarksvillian “by default”, having spent many of my childhood vacations visiting grandparents (TB Foust and family) and various aunts/uncles/cousins here in town.  I moved back in 1982 after graduating from UTCVM and opened an equine ambulatory practice, followed by time spent at various local small animal clinics before settling into a permanent position at Fort Campbell VETCEN (where I work to this day).

I am a lifelong Episcopalian (with a brief sojourn at Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian VBS in childhood summers!)  I was confirmed at St. Peter’s, Columbia.  I have served as a past vestry member, and volunteered when/where needed on various church activities.  I have a fascination with the Holy Land and was able to check off my “bucket list” recently by traveling with Meghan and company to Israel where my favorite Bible stories took on new life and meaning!

I have been married for the past 36 years (gee- time flies!!) to the wonderful Phil Harpel.  We live in the Sango area of Clarksville with a veritable herd of assorted creatures-  four-legged, finned and feathered.

John Holt (elected 2019)

I became a member of Trinity in 1971 when my parents moved to Clarksville (the year I was born).  Trinity is where I was baptized and confirmed. I attended Clarksville HS then received my B.A. at Carson-Newman College and went on to attain my law degree at the Humphrey’s School of Law – University of Memphis. After some time away, my wife Liz and I returned to Trinity in 2009.  I have previously served on Vestry from 2012-2015.  I have resided in Coopertown, TN, since 2003 and currently own a law firm, The Holt Law Firm, P.L.L.C – in Springfield TN. Liz and I have three kids (Sarah, Harrison and Jack) who are all active in Youth Group and serve as acolytes.

Quentin Humberd (elected 2019)

I relocated to Tennessee following 13 years of active military service as a physician in 1992. My wife Terrie and I raised 3 children here in Clarksville but due to our frequent moves we had never established a church home. I was drawn to Trinity some years later, as I often hear others mention to me now, due to a need for spiritual guidance and questions about God’s plan for us. Larry and Jeanie Faust provided that connection in 2004, and I was confirmed at Trinity in 2005. With the help of so many at Trinity I became involved in a variety of initiatives in my first years, including the initiation of Room in the Inn and Financial Peace University. My wife Terrie, though never a member, was in large part the reason I got involved in these service activities. I have since served as a lay reader but then was not able to continue as much active involvement due to my work schedule and my wife’s illness. When Terrie died in 2016, Trinity was there and such a support for me and my family for all that was needed. Then I was truly blessed again to have the support of Trinity when I met a wonderful woman, Vanna, and we were married at Trinity 2 years ago.

Some may know of my work as a pediatrician both in Clarksville and later at Fort Campbell, and my work on behalf of children across the state. These years of experience in serving on boards and leading professional organizations I believe provides me with the background and preparation to serve you all on the Vestry, now that I have retired from medical practice. Trinity has provided me with so much over the years, I feel it is my time to step forward and offer what I can to help direct this fine congregation. Your support would be much appreciated.

John Eiland (elected 2021)

My wife Lesli and I began attending Trinity in 2016. We were confirmed and welcomed into Trinity the following year. A Colorado native, I met my Lesli, wife to be, in college at University of Northern Colorado where I obtained a BA Bio, BS Nursing and MS Nursing. I was raised American Baptist and transferred to the UMC when I married a cradle Methodist.  Our daughter is a veterinarian in Savannah, GA.  Even though we transferred every 3 yrs or less, we were always active in the church including adult education and the men’s/women’s groups both in the States and abroad. Since joining Trinity, I have been to La Gonave, Haiti on a mission trip partnering with First Presbyterian Church and involved with SAFE (Soldiers and Families Embraced) including serving as President of the Board. I retired with 23 yrs of active duty Army time, at which time Lesli and I settled in Clarksville. After the Army, I surveyed hospitals for The Joint Commission for nine years and since 2014 I have been the Senior Research Associate for Ofstead&Associates. Lesli is the In-Patient Lactation Consultant at BACH on Fort Campbell.

Kenneth “Trey” Robertson (elected 2021)

I have been a parishioner at Trinity since 2019. I graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 2012 with a bachelors in Civil Engineering, and then assigned to Fort Campbell in 2017 serving with both the Division Artillery and 2d Brigade. I was confirmed in 2020 and currently serve on the parish Evangelism and Welcoming Committee, as well as participating in starting a Young Adult Bible Study.

My hobbies include Trivia at Strawberry Alley, discussing urban planning with anyone who will listen, and learning the fine art of ushering with Adam Fleming. I have been married to Chris Whipple since 2015, and we have the cutest corgi in the parish named Ajax, whom you may have met or seen at Trinity’s Blessing of the Animals.

Brian Schafer (elected 2021)

I became an Episcopalian at Christ Church Cathedral in 1999 and was an active member there until moving 5 years ago to Clarksville to help my  partner, Jim Vickers, care for his elderly father. Since joining Trinity Parish I have been involved with the Flower Guild, Trinity Travelers,  facilitated an adult Sunday School class and my partner and I have prepared the Wednesday evening parish supper.

Treasurer – Beverly Kimbrough

Clerk of the Vestry – Bethany Kelly

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