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David Nellist

Senior Pastor
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"It is a wonderful privilege and a great honor to serve Trinity United Methodist church as the senior pastor. I love Trinity and the open inclusiveness that it stands for. I love it that the United Methodist Church has defined its mission: To make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the world. Jesus said, “Love one another, then people will know that you are my disciples’. John 13:35. Our mission is about love, the open, inclusive love of God. We are asked in the name of Jesus to learn what that love is all about, and by his strength, to transform the world. I invite you to be a disciple." - Peace, David
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Katie Orent

Parish Nurse
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Matthew Witkowski

Community Ministries Director
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My name is Matthew Witkowski and I started at Trinity in January of 2015. I am married to Laura Witkowski and we have a son named Kasen. I am an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing (especially fly fishing). I also love to read. I am excited about my role as the Director of Community Ministries because it allows me to meet new people, build exciting programming and bring people in the community together. I love the pursuit of education in all forms and believe in the power of building a caring community around children to help them succeed.
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Jim Borst

Chancel Choir Director
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I am very excited to be a part of the Trinity Church community. Church music of all kinds has been a passion of mine since I was very young, and I enjoy sharing this passion with everyone. Expressing the love of Christ through music ministry is paramount in our worshipping community. My prayer is that we continue to be a blessing to one another as we seek to honor God through music.
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Jane Van Hof

Organist
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Church music has always been a part of my life. As a fifth-generation pipe organist, I learned the craft of playing the organ from an early age. For over twenty years I have worked as an organist, accompanist, choral director, handbell director and director of music at area churches. In addition to church work, I teach full-time in the public schools, parent three sons, sing in the "Bach Chorale," and play the viola. I'm excited to make music with the Trinity faith community because they truly live out the mission to be a "church without walls."
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Kristen Gifford

Childcare Coordinator
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Zach Oaster

Eulogy Worship Leader
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Zach Oaster is a public sociologist, shepherd, and artisan. He is a full-time graduate student of sociology at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan as well as a longtime performer of music and organizer around social justice issues. Fifteen years working in non-profits and churches, seven years in radio, six years on television, and a handful of years in bakeries and kitchens have equipped Zach to be a skilled multi-disciplinary artisan and writer of compelling third-person bios. With his spouse Lindsay, they shepherd sheep and engage in local food initiatives in Rockford, Michigan.
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Betsy Weems

Church Administrator
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Hi, I’m Betsy, your Church Administrator. I come to you with 35 years of experience with the United Methodist Church, and am passionate about all our denomination stands for. Me and my husband, Jim, are proud parents of four adult children and seven grandchildren, and enjoy lots of family time with them. We are active members of Cornerstone UMC, where I serve as a Stephen’s Minister and GriefShare Leader. I am honored to be working for you as well as supporting your Trinity staff! office@grtumc.org
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Connor Maki

Youth/Community Ministries Coordinator
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Connor is the Youth Director at Trinity, as well as the Community Ministries Coordinator. He is currently attending Cornerstone University for his Bible major and Ministry minor. He enjoys teaching others about Jesus, and how God can change their life. He spends his days reading books, writing, and getting coffee with others.
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Victoria Sterzick

Carol Chior Director
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Carol Hillman

Kindermusik
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Carol has been a member of Trinity for 27 years. She belongs to the Chancel Choir with occasional solo work, and is one of the licensed Kindermusik teachers for our programing here at Trinity. Carol carries an Associate’s Degree from Ferris State University in Child Care, a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching from Central Michigan University with a major in Child Development and a minor in Vocal Music, and a Master’s in Teaching from Oakland University in Play Therapy. She also is a life-long member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and a fully licensed Kindermusik teacher. She can be contacted by anyone interested in joining Trinity's Kindermusik program.
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Nichea Ver Veer Guy

Discipleship Pathway Director
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I would like to welcome children and their families to our program. I have worked to provide safe, inviting learning environments with quality age-level curriculum. I take seriously my role in advocating and nurturing children in their faith development. I also embrace parents and guardians in their role in Christian Parenting by providing opportunities for their spiritual development and fellowship. I am excited to be in community with such a progressive church ministry.
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Andy Welford

Custodian
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