STAFF

Rev. Steve Manskar- Senior Pastor

pastorsteve@grtumc.org
Rev. Steven W. Manskar, D. Min. served in extension ministry as Director of Wesleyan Leadership with Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee for 19 years. He traveled across the United States and the world leading workshops and seminars on Covenant Discipleship groups, small group ministry, and Wesleyan leadership, theology and practice. He also leads the annual The Wesley Pilgrimage in England. Steve is excited to be a pastor again.

Ed Perkins- Minister of Visitation

perksperch@gmail.com
It is a blessing and a joy for me to once again be a part of the wonderful staff of Trinity UMC as part-time Minister of Visitation. I was Senior Pastor here at Trinity from 1996 until 2006 when I retired. My wife, Shirley, and I are blessed with three wonderful daughters and sons-in-law and seven terrific grandchildren. That’s my unbiased opinion! Prior to my ten years as Trinity’s Senior Pastor, I was Lansing District Superintendent for six years. Prior to that I served as pastor at Fremont UMC, and prior to that at Bronson UMC. Pastor Steve and I work together, along with lay volunteers, to provide pastoral care to the people of Trinity.

Betsy Weems- Church Administrator

office@grtumc.org
Hi, I’m Betsy, your Church Administrator. I come to you with 35 years of experience with the United Methodist Church, and am passionate about all our denomination stands for. Me and my husband, Jim, are proud parents of four adult children and eight grandchildren, and enjoy lots of family time with them. We are active members of Cornerstone UMC, where I serve as a GriefShare Leader and in the childcare area. I am honored to be working for you as well as supporting your Trinity staff!

Nichea Ver Veer Guy- Discipleship Pathway Director

orangecelt00@aol.com
I would like to welcome children and their families to our program. I have worked to provide safe, inviting learning environments with quality age-level curriculum. I take seriously my role in advocating and nurturing children in their faith development. I also embrace parents and guardians in their role in Christian Parenting by providing opportunities for their spiritual development and fellowship. I am excited to be in community with such a progressive church ministry.

Matthew Witkowski- Community Ministries Director

m.witkowski@grtumc.org
My name is Matthew Witkowski and I started at Trinity in January of 2015. I am married to Laura Witkowski and we have a son named Kasen. I am an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing (especially fly fishing). I also love to read. I am excited about my role as the Director of Community Ministries because it allows me to meet new people, build exciting programming and bring people in the community together. I love the pursuit of education in all forms and believe in the power of building a caring community around children to help them succeed.

Joey Jacobson- Youth Director

j.jacobson@grtumc.org
My name is Joey Jacobson and I am so honored to be serving our youth. I am a native of Grand Rapids. I went to Western Michigan University and discovered my faith and the United Methodist Church during my time there. I live in Allendale with my twin brother and assist with taking care of my father. In addition to working at Trinity, I also work full time for Booking.com. I love games, politics, baking, cooking, music, and reading, and I can be easily bribed with snacks.

Joy Murphy- Treasurer

Randy Burghart- Music Director

r.burghart@grtumc.org
Randy Burghart, Trinity's Music Director, is a seasoned choral director who has prepared works in a wide range of musical styles, from combo-based worship music, to musical theater, vocal jazz, and large-scale choral masterworks. As Music Director and Conductor of the Choral Society of Grand Rapids he prepared the chorus, conducted the annual concert season, and directed long-range planning. He is excited to be a part of the Trinity team!

Jane VanHof- Organist

janevanhof@att.net
Church music has always been a part of my life. As a fifth-generation pipe organist, I learned the craft of playing the organ from an early age. For over twenty years I have worked as an organist, accompanist, choral director, handbell director and director of music at area churches. In addition to church work, I teach full-time in the public schools, parent three sons, sing in the "Bach Chorale," and play the viola. I'm excited to make music with the Trinity faith community because they truly live out the mission to be a "church without walls."

Andrea Gay- Children’s Choir Director

Andrea.Gay@kentwoodps.org
Andrea Gay, Children’s Choir Director, is in her 17th year of teaching Vocal Music at Crestwood Middle School in Kentwood, MI. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Curriculum. Andrea enjoys spending time with her 2 children (Kenzie & Jimmy), her husband (Jim), her dog (Rocky), and her extended family. She is also an avid Tennis player and enjoys running 5K's and practicing Yoga. Andrea is thrilled to be a member of the Trinity United Methodist Music Team and is very eager and excited to begin making music with the children and youth of this community.

Kristen Gifford- Child Care Coordinator