The Foundations of Trinity United Methodist Church

The Theology and Mission of the Church

Trinity Church is a Christian Community of 400 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:

  •  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

Dana Ward



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 junior in High School.


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

Melissa Hart

Director of Education


Melissa has been with Trinity since October, 2011. She earned her Bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis in vocal music in 1992 at The University of Toledo. In 2013, she earned her Master's degree in educational leadership from Bowling Green State University and is a licensed principal and teacher in the State of Ohio. Melissa taught music in the Toledo area for several years before entering the world of business. After many years of working in business, she decided to blend her education and business experiences by working in education finance and charter school management and development. Melissa's current position at Trinity includes all educational and discipleship programs for ages preschool through adults as well as church communications.


Melissa's loving family includes her husband, John, and their young son, Luke.

Beth VanVorhis



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!


Beth is a Bowling Green native and though she moved away for a few years, she is thrilled to be back and raising her 6-year old daughter (Evie) here!  They are looking forward to getting involved with choirs here at Trinity.

Ron Springstead



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.