The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth J. Callender, Pastor
Elizabeth began her ministry at Bentwood Trail Presbyterian Church in May, 2010. She came to us from National Capital Presbytery in Washington, D.C. where she completed internships and served in various capacities in her local congregation, including preaching, teaching, and serving as Elder. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) in Princeton, NJ, Elizabeth attended the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK before being awarded a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2011.
Elizabeth’s previous career was in architecture and design, having attended Rice University in Houston, TX, and graduating from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, with a Bachelor of Industrial Design.
As a mother of two adult children, Daniel and Katharine, Elizabeth spends her leisure time enjoying sports (especially cycling), cooking, traveling, reading and hanging out with friends, both the two-legged and four-footed kinds. Being a native Texan and having lived in Dallas previously, she is a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan.
We are very excited and blessed to journey along with Elizabeth in this latest chapter in the life of BTPC as we continue our service in our community as faithful representatives of Jesus Christ. As Pastor Elizabeth says, “It’s exhilarating to follow where God is leading us in worship, study, prayer and fellowship, so we may reach out and serve our neighbors. For, once we get to experience the life-transforming love of this gracious God through Word and Spirit, we can’t help but care for others with such awesome love.”
The Rev. Frank Brooks, Parish Associate
The Reverend Frank Brooks serves BTPC as the Parish Associate, sharing his knowledge, wisdom, experience, and the love for the LORD. Frank has a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts and a M.Div. from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. Before coming to BTPC, he served in various pastorates at Presbyterian churches in Plano, Lampasas, and Breckenridge, Texas. He was honored with the title of Pastor Emeritus from the First Presbyterian Church of Frederick, Oklahoma.
Frank and his wife, Margaret Karlen Brooks, are the parents of Marietta Huynh and Charles Brooks and the proud grandparents of three grandchildren: Timothy and Joel Huynh and Maggie Brooks. We are blessed to have the Brooks and Huynh families as part of our BTPC church family.
Gregg Wright, Director of Music Ministries
A member of the American Guild of Organists, Gregg has sung professionally with various groups including the Kentucky Opera Association. He founded the Wilkes Chamber Singers, NC, has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, served on the boards of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, the Wilkes County Chapter of the NC Symphony, and the Dallas AGO, and served various churches as Minister of Music, Worship, Education, and Youth.
Mr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Gardner-Webb University, NC); a Master of Church Music degree (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, KY) with a concentration in voice, organ, and religious education; and an Associate degree in Mortuary Science (Dallas Institute of Funeral Service).
Mr. Wright is employed at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as the Manager of the Institutional Review Board, which oversees the regulatory, scientific, and ethical conduct of research involving human subjects.
David Rodgers, Associated Director of Music Ministries & Organist
David Rodgers was born in Norwich, CT into a music family. His mother, an organist and soprano soloist, and his father, a tenor, encouraged David to study piano at an early age. David began piano lessons at the age of seven and was asked to play in church when only thirteen. When entering the seventh grade, David began to study the saxophone and participated in marching and symphonic band. It was not until the age of nineteen that David began organ training.
David has served in Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist, Bible, and Disciples of Christ churches throughout the state of Texas. He has served as Organist/Associate Director of Music for Eastridge Park Christian Church for over 20 years. In addition to keyboard responsibilities, he has directed children’s choirs, youth choirs, handbell choirs, the Instruments of Eastridge, and several acapella men’s ensembles. David has taught piano, organ, and saxophone lessons as well as accompanied Solo & Ensemble and All State UIL music students for the past 18 years. Currently, he plays saxophone with the Metropolitan Winds, performing regularly in the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Dallas City Performance Hall.
David is currently head of Corporate Brand Health and Customer Experience for JCPenney in Plano, TX. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M and an MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Texas. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Dallas Chapter American Guild of Organists, and has served as Treasurer of the Guild, Treasurer of the 2007 Region VII Convention, and Chair of the Investments and Finance Committees. David is a member of the Organ Historical Society, Choristers Guild, Who’s Who of American Businessmen, the American Marketing Association, and the National Advertising Research Foundation.
Monika Simmons, Financial Administrator
Monika has been active in Christian churches her entire life. She has used her gifts to serve the Lord by participating in everything from choir and praise music to women’s ministries and youth leadership, where she even served as the church bus driver, taking the children to camp.
Monika holds a degree in business and a real estate license. She brings years of business experience to the role of Financial Administrator at BTPC, having worked in accounting, customer service, and office and property management. Monika and her husband, David, have three grown children. They stay busy outside of church by taking care of their two cats, two dogs, and spending time as much time as possible with their young grandson, Luke.