Board Members Home > Board Members Chairman of the Board of Directors Tom Messer Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church A native of Northfield, Massachusetts, Pastor Messer relocated to Watertown, Wisconsin where he studied and received his degree from Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Following his graduation in 1982, he moved to Jacksonville where he began teaching and ministering at Trinity Baptist College. In 1987, he became the Assistant to the President and in 1991 was appointed Executive Vice President of the college. In November of that same year, Pastor Messer assumed the duties of an Associate Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. In December, 1992 he was called as Senior Pastor of the church and began oversight of a large and growing ministry, which includes Trinity Baptist College, Trinity Christian Academy, Trinity Rescue Mission and Women and Children's Center, Trinity Freedom Farm, and Trinity Youth Camp. In the course of his ministry, the church has completed over $15 million dollars in construction projects and improvements. In 2014 the church expanded its outreach by planting a second campus in the Oakleaf community of Jacksonville. Pastor Messer is committed to Biblical preaching, gospel centered ministry, and a passion for world evangelism. He and his wife Lisa were married in 1982. They have four children, Drew, Christie, Michael, and Jacob. Their daughter Christie and son-in-law, Patrick, have one child, Tripp. Treasurer and Secretary Mike Akins Business Administrator / CFO Mike Akins has served on the TCA Board since 2011. He was born, spent his childhood and graduated from college in Louisville, Kentucky. He began working at CSX in 1969 and also obtained his CPA license during his time there. CSX relocated him to Jacksonville in 1980. He continued to work as an accountant for CSX until 2004. Mike has served as the Trinity Baptist Church Chief Financial Officer since February 2005. He and his wife, Brenda have been married 46 years and have two daughters, Karen and Bethany, both graduates of Trinity Christian Academy. Karen also earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Trinity Baptist College and has taught at TCA for 19 years. He and Brenda are also the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. Mike’s hobbies include spoiling the grandkids and following the University of Louisville Cardinals. Board Member Bios Danny Baacke Danny Baacke has been a TCA board member since 2011. He is a TCA alumnus and was part of the first TCA graduating class in 1974. He has been employed by the United States Postal Service as a postman for 37 years. Over the years he has worked himself up from #690 on the seniority list to #5 in the city of Jacksonville. He and his wife, Berta, were married in 1980. They have three children, Leah, Brian and Allison. Two of his children have graduated from TCA and one is currently a junior at TCA. He is also the proud grandparent of two grandchildren. He has attended Trinity Baptist Church since April 1960. He accepted Jesus as his Savior August 4, 1963. Nick Berger Nick Berger has been a TCA board member since 2011. He is a part time adjunct professor at TBC and has worked as an IT contractor for the last 15 years. Previously, he served in the US Navy as an Avionics Technician, and worked at Bellsouth for 25 years in various capacities. He is a member of Trinity Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon, usher, nursery security, and assists in his Bible Fellowship class. He has been married to his wife Janet for 45 years and they have two sons, Jason and Justin who are both TCA graduates. Dr. Gordon E. Woods Dr. Gordon Woods has been a TCA board member since 2013. He is an alumnus of Trinity Baptist College. He served as the Professor of Science for 15 years at TBC. He currently is a missionary with Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples (BMFP), Bible Institute Division, which gives him the opportunity to help plant Bible Institutes wherever the Lord leads and to take Bible education to the mission field. He also teaches at the ARK Bible College and designs curriculum for Berean International Bible Institute. He and his wife, Pat, have been married for 50 years. They have two sons, Paul and John Woods. Jim Richburg Jim Richburg has been a TCA board member since 2013. He is employed on Trinity‘s maintenance staff and has previously worked for Southeast Toyota Parts Distribution Center. He and his wife, Tina, were married in 1971. He has four children, James, Christina, Sarah, and David. Three of his children have graduated from TCA and one from Trinity Baptist College. He also has six grandchildren. Rick Bullard Rick Bullard has been a TCA board member since 2011. He is a TCA alumnus from the class of 1984 along with his wife Darlene. He is employed as the President/CEO of Florida Accredited. He has been married to his wife for 30 years and they have four children, Ricky, Victoria, Lillie, and James. Two of his children are graduates of TCA and two are currently enrolled as students at TCA. Moises Santana Moises Santana has been a TCA board member since 2011. He has been working in the QSR arena for more than 30 years and is presently the Owner/Operator of Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs. He has been a member of Trinity Baptist Church since 2001. He has served in the Children’s and Spanish Ministries during this time and has served as a deacon for the last 5 years. His wife, Ana, has been a high school Spanish teacher at TCA for over 7 years, TBC Spanish Professor for 9 years and presently the Spanish Department Head. They have been happily married for 28 years. They have two children, Vianca and Moises. Both children are graduates of TCA.