Reverend Norwood V. “Woody” Brown, III is from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he and his family were active members of First Presbyterian Church. Growing up, Woody became an Eagle Scout and was a long-time camper and counselor at Kanakuk, a Christian camp in Missouri. These experiences impacted his call to the ministry. Woody received a business degree from the University of Arkansas and his Master in Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
Woody has served churches throughout our denomination as senior pastor for 30 years. He served as the senior pastor and head of staff of Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, a suburban church in Kansas City. While at Rolling Hills, Woody led the congregation to re-establish its sense of mission and vitality as a Community of Grace. With an emphasis on worship, care, and mission, the congregation intentionally reached across the sanctuary, across the street, and across the sea to change lives. Woody is passionate about vibrant and meaningful worship and walking alongside all of God’s people to support them in life’s journey. Most recently, the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas called Woody to serve as the Interim Pastor / Head of Staff. He served as their third Interim Pastor from August 2018 until February 2019.
Joining Woody at Trinity Presbyterian is his wife, Jennifer, and their sons Russell (22) and Parker (16). The entire Brown family is eager to become involved in life at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Woody commented about Trinity Presbyterian:
“I am honored and excited to serve the people of this great church. Truly, Trinity Presbyterian Church of McKinney is a strong, vibrant, and healthy community of faith. Together, we will grow in faith, care with love, and serve with joy. I hope the congregation feels free to call on me as needed. I look forward to joining the staff of TPC. I am eager to know the members and friends of Trinity as we will share life and faith together.”
Mally has served as the Associate Pastor at Trinity since 2005. Her focus at Trinity includes missions, evangelism, teaching Disciple Bible studies, pastoral care, back-up preaching, our Open Hearts ministry, and encouraging interfaith friendships through our Faith Neighbors ministry. She recently completed three years of study with HeartPaths Spirituality Center, receiving training in contemplative spiritual practices. Prior to her position at Trinity, Mally worked for years in youth and campus ministry.
Mally and her attorney husband Chuck have been married since 1985. They have two sons, Alec who lives in Los Angeles and Christian who lives in the DFW area. Their household also includes Mally’s father, World War II veteran Chet Rohn, Tucker (a rescued Labrador), and Bailey (a cantankerous feline). For fun Mally enjoys gardening, reading, going to the movies and trying out new ethnic food restaurants/recipes.
Phyllis received undergraduate degrees in Biology from University of Texas, Austin, and in English from University of Texas of Permian Basin in Odessa. After working at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas for several years, she returned to the UT system to study geology, receiving her PhD. She worked as an oil and gas explorationist for 14 years before leaving to attend Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary where she received an MA in Theology. She has taught adult Bible studies for most of the last 40 years in Baptist, Lutheran, and Episcopal churches and served various churches as Youth Director, Minister to Single Adults, and Minister of Education. Phyllis was ordained as a Baptist pastor in 2008, the first woman to be ordained in her church.
Phyllis taught at Houston Baptist University, and was director of their student ministry training program. After her husband’s death, she moved to Waco to take care of her mother and enrolled as a PhD student in Old Testament Studies at Baylor University where she completed all degree requirements except the dissertation.
She began teaching at Baylor in 2001, and continued until her retirement in 2011. Phyllis served as the Sabbatical Assistant at TPC during the summer of 2014. She found TPC to be a place where she could be part of a genuine, caring group of people serving God, and joined the church in the fall of 2014. She currently serves as Pastoral Assistant, focusing on the areas of discipleship and planning.
Phyllis Tippit was married for 33 years, until her husband’s death in 1998. They had two children, Leah, who lives with her family in Knoxville, TN, and James, whose family is here in McKinney.Phyllis has six grandchildren ranging in age from 13 to 35.
Ralph McCulloch Graham, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, observed the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a minister of the Presbyterian Church USA on June 13, 2010. He has been pastor of churches in Pennsylvania and Scotland, as well as serving as interim pastor or stated supply for fourteen churches in Texas and Arkansas. Rev. Graham has served congregations ranging in size from less than 50 (Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, and Leonard Texas) to 2,500 (Drumchapel Old Parish Church, Glasgow, Scotland).
Ralph and his wife, Jeannie (an ordained elder and retired nurse), have been married for 56 years. They have three married daughters: Heather Graham, Holly Baker and Leslie Vestal (Holly and Leslie are both TPC members); four granddaughters, one grandson, and one great granddaughter. Ralph and Jeannie have lived in McKinney since January, 2001.
Rev. Graham holds a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, Scotland; as well as a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Presbyterian), and an MBA from Trinity University. His undergraduate degree is from Muskingum College (Presbyterian), Ohio.
Dr. Graham was associated with Trinity University in San Antonio both as a member of the Religion Faculty and as an administrator. He subsequently served as Vice President of Lyon College, a Presbyterian school in Arkansas. He has taught at Texas Lutheran College and Schreiner College. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
His other ministries includes Program Director of Mo-Ranch, the conference center of the Synod of the Sun, and Coordinator of Mission Support for Presbyterian mission work in Northern Mexico. He has served at every level of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and recently served as moderator of the Examinations Committee of Grace Presbytery.
Ralph has been an active advocate for peace and justice in the Middle East for over forty years. He visited Israel-Palestine for the first time in 1964 when he and his wife drove from Glasgow, Scotland to the Red Sea in their VW beetle. His subsequent visits include four in the past decade. Dr. Graham has led international Christian pilgrimages for more than 30 years and has visited more than 30 countries.
Pastor Emeritus is an honorary title bestowed by vote of the congregation to a beloved former pastor. Don and Freda Andrews came to TPC in 1975 and served the congregation for ten and a half years before retiring.
During his tenure, the church was active in community ministry. Don helped prepare the congregation for the decision to move from the downtown area of McKinney to the growing west side. He has been active in the men’s ministry and has provided Pastor McCoy with many words of encouragement in the past seventeen years.
Don is a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. Below is a brief outline of his academic and pastoral ministry.
1942: Cambridge Business College — Cambridge, Ohio
1950: Muskingum University — BA, New Concord, Ohio
1953: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary — MD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1953: First Presbyterian Church — Linesville, Pennsylvania
1957: Church of the Atonement — Pontiac, Michigan
1964: Calvary Presbyterian Church — Fort Wayne, Indiana
1968: Northminster Presbyterian Church — North Canton, Ohio
1975: Trinity Presbyterian Church — McKinney, Texas