Our Staff

Rev. David Garrett

Lead Pastor

Bro. Dave received his call to ministry in high school; church had always played a big part in his life, so it was a natural fit. He began preaching while a student at Lambuth College (Jackson, TN), where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at the School of Theology at Claremont (CA) in 1989 and was ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1991. Since then, he has served churches large and small across the Annual Conference.

“What I like about Trinity UMC,” he said, “is our mission statement: to love, grow, and serve. To me, that is the core of everything we are called to be.”

Bro. Dave is married to Karen, a speech-language pathologist and California native. Together they share the affections of two slightly overweight and indifferent cats. They also enjoy the company of several nieces and nephews who join them bicycling and in lake activities.

Jim Smith

WORSHIP DIRECTOR

Jim Smith has only been on staff at TRINITY United Methodist Church for a short while yet has quickly been made to feel quite at home. Jim grew up in the church, the son of a minister–father and musician–mother. The church is where he nurtured passion for music, grew in faith, and found direction. Jim earned his B.S. in Music from Southwest
Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri (1988) and a Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee (1992). Point of fact, Jim’s first music-related job was during Seminary, as Director of Worship and Music at Grace United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Jim’s leadership over the years has included
church choirs, community choruses, children’s choirs, and church praise bands.

Jim also proudly served in the Army National Guard. He served as Bass Trombonist and front singer with the 106th Army Band. Throughout Seminary, Jim was assigned to the State Area Command, 39th Infantry Brigade as a Chaplain Candidate. After Seminary, he was Battalion Chaplain for the 5/206th Field Artillery.

Jim has been married to Paducah native Nancy Allen Smith since April 2008. Jim is currently employed as a Hospice Field Chaplain. Jim and Nancy are proud of their recent WKU graduate, daughter, Savannah. And Yankee is the cat-dog of the family.

 

Gabby Seymour-Lacefield

Preschool & Nursery Director

Mrs. Gabby began her time at Trinity UMC as a preschool teacher for the 3 and 4-year-old students of Kids Thrive. She moved to the 4 and 5-year-old classroom and has earned her credientials to serve as the Director of Kids Thrive Preschool.

Gabby is married to Matt, and have three sons (Seth, Ray, and Jase) as well as a Bull-Mastif named Winnie. Their family enjoys spending time together in the outdoors, specifically hiking and watersport adventures.

Gail Massey

Administrative Assistant

Gail Massey joined the Trinity UMC team in late March of 2017 as our Administrative Assistant. She Serves as a volunteer Stephen Minister and Leader. Gail enjoys family game nights, arts & crafts, traveling and anything to do with animals.

Jacob Shelly

Youth Director

Outside of his role as Trinity’s Youth Director, Jacob Shelly loves spending time with his wife Hannah and their pup, Wyatt. He also enjoys adventurous outdoor sports, such as white water rafting. Jacob joined the Trinity team in 2019 and has continued to build lasting relationships with our youth and inter-church community.

Rodney Williams

Custodian

Rodney Williams has shown his love and care for our facilities by overseeing any and all needs related to our campus. Mr. Rodney ensures that our spaces are safe, clean, and. ready to serve God in several capacities. Rodney has been married to Mary Ann for over 43 years, has two daughters, Christi and Sarah, and six grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 18. He’s a Mustang enthusiast who enjoys restoring cars in his free time. Rodney also travels as a consultant for PNL Railway.