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Trinity United Methodist Church Staff

 Rev. James (Jim) Watford

The Reverend Jim Watford is Trinity's Senior Pastor.  He is a native of Charlotte (the Mint Hill area of Mecklenburg County) and graduated from Charlotte Independence High School. Both of his parents were from South Carolina, as is most of his extended family, so he spent many weekends and summers of his childhood in the towns of Hartsville and Camden. His sister and her family still live in Mint Hill.  Jim is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Go Heels!!!) and the Divinity School at Yale University. For the past 18 years, he served as an Associate Minister at Jamestown United Methodist Church in Jamestown, NC (a suburb of both Greensboro and High Point). Jim has one son, Chris, who lives in Hudson, New York, and works as the marketing director at a nonprofit in Massachusetts. In his spare time, Jim enjoys reading, walking, rooting for all things Carolina (Go Heels!!!), and streaming TV.

 Rev. Kathy Randall Bryant

The Reverend Kathy Randall Bryant is Trinity's Associate Pastor.  Kathy is a graduate of LaGrange College and Duke Divinity School. She is involved in several areas of ministry at TUMC, but her primary area of focus is ministry with children, youth and families. Kathy is a Provisional Elder with our Conference, and in addition to her duties at TUMC, she will be completing her work for the Board of Ordained Ministry this fall and will appear before the Board in the spring of 2022. Kathy and her husband John, who is a UM minister, have two children, Rebekah (6 years old) and Eleanor (3 years old).

 Brenda Goldfaden

Brenda is Trinity's Director of Music and Worship Arts.  She is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where she majored in voice and piano; and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she earned a masterís degree in vocal performance.   She has served several churches in the Charlotte area and is happy to call Trinity her new home. She is also on the faculty of Central Piedmont Community College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and teaches voice and piano privately. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking & kayaking with her husband, Richard who plays French horn in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Brenda and Richard live in Mint Hill with their two rescue dogs and cat.

  Joy Amerson

Joy is Trinity's Office Administrator and general church organizer.  If Joy doesn't know it, it's not neccesary.  Joy worked for Cannon Mills and its succesor companies until 2003, after which she worked as a pre-k teacher prior to coming to Trinity.  She is married to Buddy Amerson, and between them they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  Joy is an animal lover and spends time volunteering at the Humane Society as well as pet-sitting for friends who have awesome pets.

Linda Rickenbacker

Linda serves Trinity United Methodist church as organist, pianist, and accompanist.  An accomplished musician, Linda is a graduate of Mars Hill College where she majored in Music Education with a concentration in piano.  She is a retired school music teacher, and has served as the accompanist for various choral groups throughout the Kannapolis - Concord area.

  Debbie Mishak

Debbie is the Director of the Trinity Pre-K Peacemakers.  She joined the Pre-K staff as the lead 4-5 year teacher in 2008, and stepped up to serve as Director in the summer of 2014, while continuing as the 4-5 year lead teacher.  Debbie is an experienced educator, who presents a calm, nurturing presence to both parents and students.  Don't let her quiet demeanor fool you, however.  Debbie is highly organized and can consider and analyze multiple options before making a decision.  Trinity is blessed to have Mrs. Debbie as our Pre-K Director.