Pastors & Staff

Stephen Smith

Steve Smith grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and has lived in North Carolina for the last twenty-six years. Earning his undergraduate degree at Auburn University in Economics, and his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, Steve served as the youth pastor at Jarvis Memorial UMC for 14 years, and has a heart for young people.  He developed his passion for missions working with teenagers.  As the Lord redirected his call, ministry took a different turn.  He was appointed as senior pastor at Bethel UMC, serving there 7  years.  His next appointment was at Salem UMC, where he served for 5 years.  Steve was appointed to Trinity UMC in  June 2016.  Pastor Steve loves to introduce people to Jesus and help them grow in their knowledge and love of Christ.  He is committed to missions that reach out locally and beyond.  Steve loves to body surf and is an avid swimmer.  

Matt Jackson

Discipleship Pastor
We are excited to welcome Matt Jackson as the Discipleship Pastor for Trinity.  He has served our congregation faithfully for so many years and we believe that he will continue to serve Trinity United Methodist Church with love, selflessness, and distinction.  As a Discipleship Pastor, Matt’s efforts will be focused on working with small groups, our military community, and providing leadership to increase the overall membership here at Trinity.  Matt’s full-time job is at MCAS New River as an Avionics and Wiring Engineer for the MV-22 Osprey Aircraft in support of the U.S. Marine Corps.  He is a Certified Lay Minister and has been part-time pastor at Haw Branch UMC for four years. Since 2010 he has been working as a small group leader with Trinity’s youth.  Matt continues to reach out and find new ways to serve the Lord.  

   Kim Smith

Director of Children's Ministries

Interim Contemporary Worship Leader

Kim is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary & holds a Master of Arts in Religion in World Mission & Evangelism. Her undergraduate degree in Communications & Spanish is from Western Michigan University.  She has 36 years of work experience in ministry, serving as Director of Christian Education and in Youth & Children’s Ministries.  After serving churches in CA, WA, TX, FL and KY, she created the Praise Band at Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church in Greenville & directed it for seven years.  She also has 7 years of experience teaching Spanish in public and private school settings & 4 years as a Guidance Counselor.  Kim and Pastor Steve have three children and one grandchild.  “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13
910-455-4814, ext. 229

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. 223

Cheryl Arthur Kite

Director of Music Ministry
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.  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.

Administrative Assistant

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.  

Jennifer Schreiber

Interim Preschool Director

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.

Janice Laverde

Nursery Coordinator


Sound Technician

Interim Sound Technician