Staff and ministry Leaders

Trinity is a blessed church that is lead by a dynamic staff of people who are great at what they do, who love to work collaboratively as a team, who minister the love of God out of the love they receive from God, and know how to have a good time.

  • Kurt Tomlinson - Senior Pastor

    As the Senior Pastor at Trinity, Kurt is excited about leading us into the future on how we can continue to make Disciples for Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.  Kurt's family includes his wife Elaine and kids Elizabeth, Jim and Anthony,  After growing up in Syracuse, NY, Kurt moved to Ohio while working for General Motors.  Then, following the call of God, he attended United Seminary in Dayton and has led churches throughout the West Ohio Conference.  As a United Methodist Pastor, Kurt has a passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people of all walks of life through leading worship, mission work and discipleship.

  • Julie Tarr - Associate Pastor

    Julie comes to Trinity United Methodist after being a Youth Director in her home-town United Methodist Church in Portland, Indiana.  Julie is incredibly passionate about youth and their development at disciples of Jesus Christ.  Her focuses in ministry are to Engage, Encourage and Equip people for ministry.  She loves outdoor adventures and time with family and friends.  Oh, and she loves coffee and ice cream!


    Amy Prichard is a retired elementary school teacher who loves God and teaching children about the awesome God who created them and loves them. Growing up in the church, Amy accepted Jesus as her Savior as a child and has been growing in that relationship ever since. Starting in her years of high school, she has been working in a church setting by volunteering with children's choirs, Sunday School, VBS, children's church experiences and after school programs; as well as leading youth and adult Bible studies and other activities. Since her retirement , Amy has also been teaching a middle school class and substitute teaching Cross Over The Hill, a Bible class for the public school students.  She and her husband Jay have 2 married, adult children and 3 grandchildren (whom they love visiting and babysitting). Amy and Jay also love traveling.

  • jody Bigham - OFFICE MANAGER

    Jody Bigham, is a long time member of Trinity United Methodist Church and leads our office ministry.  Jody is married with 2 adult daughters, and is working hard to plan a wedding!


    Deb has been the worship coordinator at Trinity since 2004 and a member of the Trinity family for nearly 40 years.  In addition to planning and organizing worship, she has taught fitness classes at the local YMCA for over 25 years.  Deb and her husband Rick are both Van Wert natives.  They have three grown children and six grandchildren.

  • Andrew Perry - CHOIR DIRECTOR

    Andrew grew up at Trinity United Methodist Church and took his love for his faith and for music and enrolled at Huntington University, majoring in Worship Leadership.  Andrews brings back to his home church that passion for God and worship as he leads our music ministry.  


    Melissa and her husband, Gary, joined Trinity 30 years ago when their children were young.  They were drawn to this church family because of their love for the Lord and each other, the study of Scripture, missions and outreach, and a strong commitment to training children.  Now they are a three generation family here with their grandchildren benefiting from Trinity's commitment to children and youth.

    Melissa feels privileged to have been part of Trinity's music staff for the past 15 years as the choir accompanist, pianist, and keyboardist for the praise team.  Being a part of this ministry is a blessing in her life.

  • Terri Schlenker - facilities

    Terri Schlenker is our wonderful and chearful custodian at Trinity.  Terri and her husband, Ed, have attended Trinity since 1992.  They have three children and six grandchildren.  Terri and Ed love their church family and feel increadibly blessed to have raised their children here.