The Foundations of Trinity United Methodist Church
The Theology and Mission of the Church
Trinity Church is a Christian Community of 150 souls that is a part of the United Methodist Church. We strive to be an open and inclusive people that practices a Christ centered faith grounded in four things:
- HOLY SCRIPTURE,
- The historical, theological and liturgical TRADITION of the church,
- The disciplined use of REASON, and
- A carefully pondered and self-reflecting relationship with life EXPERIENCE.
Our Mission is that of Making Disciples for Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
We seek to meet this mission by creating and sharing ministries that work to:
- Create new places in our faith community for new people.
- Train and equip our young for faithful leadership in the world.
- Address the causes of poverty and hunger.
- End Communicable diseases in third world countries.
The discipline we employ is John Wesley’s “Three simple rules…”
- Do No Harm
- Do Good
- Love God
It is our pleasure to announce that we are promoting Beth Van Vorhis to Director of Christian Education and Outreach. Beth has previously been serving as the Church Secretary. Beth will be assuming responsibilities related to education, operations, marketing, communication, and church events. The SPRC was very excited by Beth’s enthusiasm and vision for growing our church attendance, her passion for Christian education, as well as her business education and background experiences. Congratulations, Beth!
We appreciate all that Missy Hart has done here at Trinity. She will continue through June 30th as Beth transitions into her new job.
As Beth transitions to this new role, Lucy Pullins will temporarily assume the church secretary responsibilities, while the SPRC determines the direction for this role in the future. Lucy will staff the church office three mornings a week, 9:00 am -12:00 pm, starting June 1st.
Unfortunately, given the extensiveness of recent staffing changes, there will be no 2018 VBS.
Please join us in welcoming Beth into her new role!
Reverend Ward became pastor of Trinity Church in July, 2014. Since his graduation from seminary, he has served churches in Centerville, Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio. He enjoys writing, teaching, and helping people deepen their faith.
He is married to Lilanthi, also a United Methodist Pastor, and they have a son, Samuel, who is a freshman at the University of Cincinnati.
Education: BA in English from The University of Toledo, 1990; M.Div. from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 1996
Ordination: Deacon in 1994 and Elder in 1998 in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church
Incoming Pastor - July 1
Reverend Andrea Curry is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church in the West Ohio Annual Conference. She is married to Will Curry. Together they have a sweet beagle named Franklin and a sassy cat named Trudie.
Andrea is a graduate of United Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Divinity. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Fine Art from Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio where she grew up. Andrea has served churches in Springfield, Columbus, and is currently serving in Fayette, Ohio.
Andrea is passionate about missional ministry and enjoys helping people discern their gifts and skills to share the good news of the Gospel. She believes the church is not just a building but a group of Jesus followers who strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world around them. Andrea enjoys hearing the life stories of the people with whom she serves in ministry. She strives to live out intentional listening in deep ways. She believes that, “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable”-David Augsburger. Her favorite scriptures are Deuteronomy 6:4-9, John 3:16, and Ephesians 2:8-10.
In their down time, Andrea and Will enjoy checking out new restaurants, strolling the halls of the Toledo Art Museum, and competing at board games. They love to watch old reruns of Seinfeld and never miss an episode of Survivor. They love to laugh and enjoy making new connections in the community in which they serve. They look forward to joining you in ministry on July 1, 2018 and are praying for you through this season of transition.
Director of Christian Education and Outreach
Beth has worked in K-12 education (St. Ursula Academy in Toledo and Garfield Heights City Schools) and higher education (Case Western Reserve University and University of Toledo) for many years as an administrative assistant. She is detail-oriented and welcomes whatever challenges may come her way. In addition to her secretarial and communication skills, you will also find that she has outstanding interpersonal skills and a great sense of humor!
Ron Springstead has worked at Trinity for seven years. Ron has many jobs as a sexton for Trinity: included in the list is grounds keeper, maintenance, (electrical, painting, pest control, structural, roof), custodial work, and he was instrumental in the recent remodeling ofthe sanctuary. Before starting here at Trinity he worked in a foundry for 22 years. He and his wife Karen live here in Bowling Green. They have one son. Ron enjoys working here at Trinity, but when he does retire, he is going "Pure Michigan." He and his wife have a cottage there.