Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Stephen Smith

Pastor
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

Interim Director of Children's Ministries

Contemporary Worship Leader

910-455-4814, ext. 229 
Kim is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary & holds a Master of Art 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

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

Interim Music Director
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.  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.


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.

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

Preschool Lead Teacher

Jane Blackmore is the Director and Lead teacher atTrinity 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. 227

Sue Healy

Assistant Preschool Teacher

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.

Holly Shepherd

Nursery Coordinator

Debby Marsh

Webmaster
A 20-year Navy veteran, finally completely retired (well, at least not getting paid!) Debby grew up in the Methodist Church.  Born in Alabama many years ago, christened, baptized and confirmed at Irondale Methodist Church near Birmingham.  A Methodist preacher's kid, she enjoyed a nomadic existence, which was exended when she married into the US Navy. Then, joining her husband, she began her own career in the service in 1979.  Bob, a retired Navy Corpsman, and Debby, now a retired Chief Petty Officer, returned to Jacksonville in 2001. Once at Trinity, she joined the chancel choir & has been active in Trinity's music program ever since.  She has served as UMW Treasurer, TUMC Newsletter editor, Admin Assistant & on the Monday Counting Team. Active in Jacksonville Host Lions Club and currently is regent of the Jacksonville DAR Chapter.

Caleb Smith

 Lead Sound Technician
A recent graduate of Houghton College in New York State, Caleb is a pre-law student with a major in political science and a minor in history.  As the head audio visual technician, he has over five years of experience working with sound and projection in the church. In his free time, he enjoys running and eating good food at Chipotle.