Stephen E. Smith, Lead Pastor
Steve Smith grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and has lived in North Carolina for the last twenty-six years. He earned his undergraduate degree at Auburn University in Economics, and his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, in Kentucky. Steve served as the youth pastor at Jarvis Memorial UMC for fourteen years, and will always have a heart for young people. He developed his passion for missions working with teenagers. As the Lord redirected Steve’s call, his ministry took a different turn. He was appointed as the senior pastor at Bethel UMC, where he served for seven years. His next appointment was at Salem UMC, where he served for five years. Steve was appointed to Trinity UMC in Jacksonville at the end of June 2016. Steve loves to introduce people to Jesus and then help them grow in their knowledge and love of Christ. He is committed to missions that reach out locally and beyond. Having grown up in Florida, Steve loves to body surf and is an avid swimmer.
Anne Walker Sims, Associate Pastor
Anne is a Virginia native who was raised in Virginia Beach and feels most at home near the coast. She graduated from William and Mary with a BS in Environmental Science and Spanish, dreaming then of a career in Marine Biology and avoiding a call to ministry. After several years, she surrendered to God's call on her life to become an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and enrolled at Duke Divinity School. While there, she became a student pastor and married Ben Sims, an Alabama native and United Methodist elder currently on leave. Ben and Anne graduated in 2001 with their Masters of Divinity and a fierce loyalty to the Blue Devils. Anne has served United Methodist churches in the North Carolina conference ever since. She believes that following the Great Commandments to love God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving her neighbor as herself are the highest calling she can fulfill. She loves reading, crafting, and a short-lived TV show called Firefly, and she dreams of writing books and teaching workshops that help people feel more connected to Jesus and one another. She completed a Doctor of Ministry in 2010 at Drew University. Ben and Anne share two dogs: Bama Spirit, the incarnation of love and joy and energy, and Rosie, who is the personification of peace and will hopefully become a therapy dog.
Phone: (910) 455-4814, ext. 103
Michelle Oketcho, Director of Youth Ministries
Michelle joined our staff in February 2016. She grew up in the United Methodist Church where her father served as a pastor. She loves youth and watching them grow and learn in their faith.
Phone: (910) 455-4814, ext. 102
Meredith Bradford, Director of Children's Ministries
Phone: (910) 455-4814, ext. 109
Pam Taylor, Choir & Handbell Director
Pam grew up in Rocky Mount, NC and was an active member of Englewood Methodist Church. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music from ECU. Pam taught in Onslow County Schools for 31 years and retired in 2008. She joined the Trinity staff in 1988 as the interim organist/accompanist and subsequently became the Chancel Choir Director. She also directs the Trinity Youth Choir & the L. Will Pierce Handbell Choir. She loves to arrange and compose music, paint in acrylics, play tennis, and is a lady angler. Pam and her husband, Earl, have two adult children, Chase and Allyson.
Cheryl Arthur Kite, Organist
Cheryl is a graduate of East Carolina University in Sacred Music and Business Administration, and undertook masters studies in organ and choral directing at Northwestern University. Enjoying being at Trinity since 2013, she has served churches in the Carolinas and Illinois since she was in high school. Cheryl is a retired institutional advancement officer having served ECU, Northwestern, Florida State University, Long Bay Symphony, and Tryon Palace, and is now Executive Director of Carolina Coast Choral Arts. Her three sons and their families are the loves of her life, especially her four grandchildren.
Phone: (252) 717- 5667
Sue Thomas, Administrative Assistant
Sue is a New York native who first came to Jacksonville as a Marine bride. She received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University in Florida along with a Certificat D'Etudes Francaises from the Universite de Neuchatel in Switzerland. She worked for almost 30 years in the real estate, paralegal, and mortgage industries before making the career change to administrative assistant. Sue enjoys water aerobics, making stained glass, and playing with her grandchildren.
Phone: (910) 455 - 4814
Samuel E. Smith, Church Custodian
26 years ago Sam came to Coastal Carolina to visit his sister, one of his seven siblings, and he has been here ever since. Sam started at Trinity in 2003. He was once a ship fitter assembling the aircraft carriers Saratoga, John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln and the submarines Missouri and Buffalo. He was among the first crews to build liquid nitrogen gas (LNG) tankers. Sam has three sons, Derrick, Cedric, & Kenny, a daughter, Shonadsha, and five grandchildren. He enjoys basketball, football, fishing, and doing handyman work. He is known for his insightfulness and love of good food.
Roger Dunn, Financial Officer
Roger was born in Jacksonville and attended school in Swansboro. He spent many years working in Jacksonville in the retail industry and worked for Kmart for 10 years. In 1989 he began working in office supply for Grier Garrick in his Morehead City store, and in 1995 went to work for Staples as an Operations Manager until he retired in 2013. He and his wife Jane live in the Bogue community and attend Bethlehem United Methodist Church where they are very involved.
Jane Blackmore, Preschool Director
Jane Blackmore is the director/teacher of Trinity Preschool. She has been an educator for over 30 years and has served in this capacity at Trinity for over 20 years. Jane feels that the most important aspect of Trinity Preschool, as a ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church, is that young children are provided a quality early childhood education in an unapologetically Christian setting.
Phone: (910) 455 - 4814, ext. 106
Sue Healy, Assistant Preschool Teacher