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Pastor

Murray Snow

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For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Grace and peace to you and your household in the name of Jesus Christ! We give thanks to God for previous pastors who with this congregation of believers have built a church family filled with faith, hope and love on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the cornerstone. Susan and I are so excited to share our journey in Christ together in ministry with the people of Trinity and the surrounding area of Fountain Inn. Our prayer is that you will choose to begin or continue your journey in Jesus Christ with us in this place.

Now, for part of our story. Susan and I met through her music, fell in love and married in 2005. We share our home with one other family member. Hank is a white Siberian Husky and a rescue who brings us much joy. Susan and I love to camp in our RV and enjoy spending time outdoors, especially visiting the Appalachian Mountains. I also love to fish, especially from my kayak or by fly fishing mountain streams. Susan is a program director for a nonprofit, Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music, and a guitar instructor for the nonprofit. She has written many songs and has published two CDs with her former group, Oolenoy Valley. Susan teaches approximately 70 students (children and adults) in private and group classes to play traditional Appalachian music on the guitar. She is the Program Director for three of the nonprofit’s Evening Music Programs: The Church of the Redeemer – Episcopal in Greenville, First Baptist in Easley, and Clemson United Methodist Church. She also teaches guitar for CHEE (Christian Home Educators of Easley) at Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Powdersville. I have an adult daughter, Amanda Snow, who lives in Weaverville, NC. Amanda is a Budget Specialist for the Buncombe County School System.

I am a native of Spartanburg County, graduated from James F. Byrnes High School, received a diploma in Tool and Die and an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology from Spartanburg Technical College, a BA Degree from USC-Upstate, and a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary. I’m a lifelong Methodist and I received my call to ministry late in life. My previous career spanned 39 years and evolved from a Tool and Die Maker in a small company to a Tool & Mfg Engineer in the Automotive Division of Tyco Electronics. I was Bi-vocational during the last eight of those years as a pastor and engineer while I completed my seminary studies, having received my first appointment in 2002.

Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of my life. My personal experience of God is and continues to be one of love, grace, and mercy. God’s prevenient grace established me within a family of Christian heritage. God used different ministries of the church to form and nurture my emerging understanding of God and my relationship to him and to others. As a teenager and young adult, God’s call on my life came in the Lay Witness Mission ministry as a team member witnessing for Christ in churches and communities along the East Coast. Later as a young adult and with subsequent marriage, I drifted away from that calling and the Church. God used the baptism of my daughter Amanda as a means of grace to re-ignite the flame of the Holy Spirit within me.

My theology is Wesleyan, focusing on the grace and love of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God’s love for us is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and experienced through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit during worship and in our daily lives. My theology emphasizes salvation through what God has done for us through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what he does in us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Christianity is social and Christians are called to be God’s witness in the world by word and deed as the Body of Christ. Scripture is primary in our understanding of God’s will for our lives and must be contextualized into life through tradition, reason, and experience. We also emphasize the Sacraments by living into our Baptismal Covenant and celebrating the Lord’s Supper during our services of Word and Table along with other means of grace that nurture us on our Christian journey.

Susan and I truly believe that God has his hand on us and on you. We believe the best days for Trinity are ahead of us. We believe with all our hearts these words that Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20 “God, is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.”

Blessings in Christ,

Murray & Susan




Office Administrator

Shannon Morrison

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Director of Youth Ministries

Bryce Keely

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 I am 25 years old and love every minute of being involved with youth ministry! I grew up in Trinity UMC and spent 4 years away while off at Anderson University, majoring in Christian Ministry with a concentration in youth! I spent my summers during college (2013, 2014, & 2015) working at Lake Junaluska as part of their summer youth programs staff! Following graduation (May 2016) in August, I was offered to come back to Trinity and become the Director of Youth Ministries, which there was no way I could turn that down. This church means so much to me and it is amazing working with the youth here and teaching them to be the hands and feet of Jesus by being Fishers of Men, which is where our youth name comes from, Hooked!

My favorite Bible Verse is: James 4:14
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

 




Interim Children's Minister

Molly Reeves Culbertson

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I am a native of Fountain Inn, SC and a lifelong member of Trinity UMC. I received the privilege in March of 2017 to start serving my church in a different way than I had before. I am the children’s director and I enjoy spending time with the children of TUMC and watching them grow into wonderful servants. I think it is important to implement serving those around you at a young age, so we focus a lot on outreach ministries. 

Now some information about me, I graduated from Hillcrest High School in 2012 and then went to Wofford College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2016. In October of 2016, I married my husband, whom I met at Salkehatchie, a Methodist church ministry. We lived in Fountain Inn for two years and then moved to Laurens, SC. We have two fur babies who we love so much, Addie and Flip. Both of our families are very close so on the weekends you can find us hanging out with them. Alongside my job at Trinity, I am in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Piedmont Technical College. This is a profession that I am very passionate about. I graduate in May of 2020 and I plan to either go into pediatrics or geriatrics. 

 

Two Bible verses that I love come from a series that I have done with the children of Trinity. These promises God makes us are wonderful reminders that he is working in our lives. God works in all of us and as members of the church we all need to open our hearts to help God build His church. 

 

Philippians 2:13

“God is working in you.”

 

Matthew 16:18

“I will build my church.” 




Chancel Choir Director

Debbie Coker

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Mom's Morning Out Lead Teacher

Carla Underwood

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I'm the lead teacher at Trinity's Mom's Morning Out.  I've been working in the program since it began in 2000.  I currently teach the four year old children but I've taught in every class at some point during the last 19 years.  I love my job and feel privileged to be able to connect with the children and their families and tell them about Jesus.  I've made lots of friends throughout the years and that is something that I truly treasure about my job.
About me personally, I am originally from West Virginia.  I grew up on a farm with my dad and mom and my brother and sister.  I went to college at Marshall University and worked in retail after college.  My husband and I met in 1992 and married in 1993 and moved to Virginia with his job for 3 years.  After that we moved to Fountain Inn, SC in 1996 and have been here ever since.  I have two daughters.  My oldest is Emily and she is a pharmacist in Columbia SC.  My youngest is Jo and she attends Hillcrest High School.  We stay busy with different interests but we love to spend time together as a family as much as possible.
My Favorite Bible verse is   Isaiah 41:10 
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.




Custodian

Lindsay Waycaster

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