Pastor: Bill Green
Faith-In-Action Coordinator: Diana Stoffer
Office Manager/Bookkeeper: Marian Needham
Music Director: Donna Grubbs
Choral Director: Dr. Jerome Wright
Bell Choir Director: Sue Ninemires
Organist: Pauline Olsen
Bass Guitar: Lee Harwell
Custodian: Maurice (Moe) Frazell
Bill was born into a parsonage, as his father was a United Methodist pastor, and spent most of his growing up years in Washington moving from place to place as his father served different churches.
After graduating from Central Washington University with a degree in Business Administration Bill was married to Jenny and together they went off to seminary, first at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA and later at Iliff School of Theology, where he graduated with a Master’s of Divinity. Bill was ordained in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference in 1978 and served churches in Bonners Ferry, ID; Montesano, WA; Connell, WA; Moscow, ID; and Bellingham, WA before coming to Trinity.
Bill and Jenny have three children, Sam and his wife Kayli who live in Columbia, MD, Melly and her daughter Sophi, who live in Sequim, and Tori who lives in Bellingham.
Bill and Jenny enjoy music, both playing handbells and singing, gardening, enjoying the great outdoors and playing with Sophi.
Bill is excited to be the pastor at Trinity and encourages you to contact him if you have any questions.
“We help people grow in unconditional love and service for God and each other.” Our mission statement guides our activities both inside and outside the church. We work together to define what it means to welcome our visitors, to affirm God’s message of hope and Jesus’ message of love, and to share our blessings and gifts with our community.
Diana came to Trinity United Methodist Church in 2002, along with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Sarah. After years of military transfers, the family’s mantra, “Home is where the Coast Guard sends us,” soon changed to “I want to live in Sequim for the rest of my life.” Jim’s retirement in 2010 made that dream a reality! So, after a career in Advertising and Business, and a long history of volunteer service that included Sunday School, Girl Scouts, PTA & PTO support, and community service, Diana answered the call to serve God, the United Methodist Church, and the communities of Sequim and the North Olympic Peninsula as our Faith In Action Coordinator.
She says, “For me, living faithfully means listening for God’s voice in my ear, and offering my hands to do His work. I treasure the opportunities He has given me to create meaningful relationships, to discern the path He wants me to walk, and to encourage my family, friends, and community partners to work together to create a workable vision for the future. Will you walk with me? Let’s talk.”
MARIAN NEEDHAM is the office manager and bookkeeper. She brings to her position a diverse background including a degree in graphic arts, followed by years in that occupation, vocational teaching, and several years in various office management positions. Marian also is the administrative assistant at the local free health clinic.
She has lived in Sequim since 1994. Marian, a Washington native, enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and gardening and considers herself blessed to be living in such a beautiful part of this state. She has a son who is currently serving in the Air Force.
Marian is pleased to have the opportunity to greet visitors to TUMC weekdays, welcomes the challenges that go with being a church secretary, and acknowledges that her job could not be done without the help of wonderful volunteers.
MAURICE FRAZELL (Moe) is the custodian at Trinity United Methodist Church. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and lived in Great Falls, Montana, before moving to Sequim. Moe considers Sequim the best place he’s lived and loves his work at Trinity. He enjoys the people here and especially looks forward to the Tuesday morning Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast. As he says, “What a great way to start the day!”
DONNA GRUBBS is our musical director and pianist. As musical director, she works with a very talented and caring staff planning the music for the worship services. In short, she helps to “pull things together and tie up loose ends.” As pianist, she plays the piano for the worship service, accompanying Trinity Singers, soloists, and other instrumentalists.
Growing up in Missouri, Donna remembers always being surrounded by music. Her earliest memory of enjoying music began as she listened to her father, grandfather and uncle play the piano, fiddle and guitar in a one-room school house while neighbors square danced. Her first choir experience was being a member of a Junior Choir in the Methodist Church. There were many years of piano lessons throughout elementary and high school, and pipe organ was studied in college. Donna graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in Home Economics and minor in Music.
Although Sequim has been a retirement home for the past nine years for Donna and husband Randy, they previously spent 30 years in Panama as Dodds teachers and six years in Okinawa, Japan where Donna taught Home Economics (now called Family & Consumer Science) and elementary music. All of these unique places provided musical experiences, serving as organist and pianist for many churches; director of children’s choirs; accompanist for high school choirs; community choirs and community theatre productions.
DR. JEROME L. WRIGHT, our choir director, is a local boy. Born and raised in the Everett/Mukilteo area, he excelled in music at an early age. His first public performance was on his mother’s local radio program, where, at the age of five, he sang “White Christmas”. Jerry received most of his musical education at the University of Washington. He thought he was going to be a high school band and orchestra director; however, his first job – at Mount Vernon High School – had one period of junior band and five periods of choir. He conducted his first adult church choir at the age of sixteen.
An Episcopalian, Jerry has served as a choral conductor in his own denomination and in Lutheran, Presbyterian and Disciples of Christ parishes. His last church choir position prior to his position at Trinity was Minister of Music at the University Christian Church in Seattle. While at University Christian Church, he conducted all the Seattle performances of “Missa Gaia” (Earth Mass) with his church choir, the Seattle Oratorio Society (that he founded), the Seattle Girls’ Choir and the Paul Winter Consort.
He has studied in master classes with some of the world’s finest choral conductors. For the last twenty-eight years of his official career, he was Founder and Artistic Director of the renowned Seattle Girls’ Choir. He toured with SGC to numerous foreign countries, and won first-prize awards in three international choral competitions.
But wait, there’s more! While at University Christian Church, he discovered a theological school just down the block, and started studying there. One thing led to another, and he was ordained in 1984 with a Doctor of Divinity degree. He is interested in the inner, spiritual aspects of making music, and this education has transformed his musical art in powerful ways. He is reorganizing the Olympic Girls’ Choir in Sequim that he founded in 1998.
Jerry was married to Suzann Worley (also a choral director), and has five children, eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
SUE NINEMIRES is our Bell Choir Director. She has played hand bells in Iowa, Illinois and Sequim. Sue has directed children, high school and adult vocal choirs and was a youth director at United Methodist Churches in Pontiac, Illinois, and Farmington, Missouri. She has a degree in elementary education from Simpson college, Indianola, Iowa and has taught elementary and special education in Illinois.
Sue has played percussion in municipal bands in Iowa, Illinois and Sequim. She is the vocal soloist for Sequim City Band; plays piano for the monthly birthday celebration at Avamere; and has sung in the Port Angeles Community Chorus, church choirs, Sequim Community Chorus and summer theater.
Sue has lived in Sequim 19 years and has three sons, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
PAULINE OLSEN is our organist and second pianist. She enjoys collaborating with the music team to plan music for Sunday worship and special events. During Lent 2014, she presented seven one-hour organ concerts of traditional and contemporary music inviting guest musicians and soloists to participate.
Pauline grew up in a parsonage and was tutored by a number of church organists. She studied pipe organ at Capital University Conservatory of Music, Columbus, Ohio.
Sequim has been Pauline’s home for over 20 years. She and her husband, Walter, moved here after she retired as Professor of Nursing at Peninsula College, Port Angeles. Walter was an Irish tenor who sang professionally, and Pauline accompanied him on piano and organ. After his death in 2011, Pauline accepted the position of organist at TUMC.
Lois’ Legacy, an exciting new TUMC ministry, is named for Pauline’s sister. Its mission is to promote self- directed choices for everyone in need of care. Lois moved to Sequim so Pauline could provide in-home care for her. She passed away in December 2012. See the mission page for more information about Lois’ Legacy.