Our Staff

Pastor: Joey Olson
Deacon/Parish Nurse: Dr. Kathleen Charters
Office Manager/Bookkeeper: Marian Needham
Music Director:  Donna Grubbs
Choral Director: Dr. Jerome Wright
Organists: Pauline Olsen, Terry Reitz

To contact our staff, please write to church@sequimtumc.org or use the Contact Us page.

Pastor Joey Olson

Pastor Joey Olson
Pastor Joey Olson

Rev. Joey Olson retired from active ministry in July of 2014. Responding to a call from District Superintendent Mark Galang in August 2021, she became the full-time interim pastor at Trinity, serving from September 2021, through June 2022.

 She came to the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference from Dallas, Texas, where she served several churches with a concentration in Youth Ministry. In Washington state, she has pastored Ocean Shores, UMC., Mill Creek Cedar Cross UMC, and Port Angeles UMC. For a time, she served as District Superintendent of the Inland District.

Her education includes a BA (major in History) from Austin College, Sherman, Texas; a Masters of Theology from Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas; and training in Family Systems Process, studying with Rabbi Edwin Friedman, the author of Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue.

Joey is a passionate reader and loves the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula as she hikes, kayaks, and meditates on the beauty of God’s creation. She and her husband love to travel.

For her, serving God as pastor of Trinity UMC is an honor, a challenge, and a blessing. She experienced God’s calling as “urgent, unrelenting, and even humorous.” Her own spiritual life is blessed “by serving with the caring people of this congregation.”

Dr. Kathleen Charters
Dr. Kathleen Charters

Dr. Kathleen Charters is a retired United States Navy Commander and currently a commissioned Deacon in the United Methodist Church.

A Washington State native, she graduated from Washington State University with degrees in psychology and nursing, has a Masters in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, a Ph.D. in nursing with an emphasis on health information systems from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in Parish Nursing from St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute. As a Public Health Service officer, she served in San Francisco three years, and after joining the Navy served in Bremerton, Washington; Yokosuka, Japan; San Diego, California, and at a number of Department of Defense postings in Maryland and Virginia.

Kathleen’s spouse, Lawrence, is a retired Internet projects manager for NOAA and is currently working on a number of writing and photography projects. Their daughter Lykara lives in England with her spouse and their daughter.

Kathleen and Lawrence moved to Sequim in early 2018, and are delighted to return to the Pacific Northwest. Kathleen is warmed by her welcome to Trinity, and the opportunity to extend her ministry to the community.

Marian Needham

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 served in the Air Force and is currently attending college.

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.

Donna Grubbs Dec 2014

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 Wright

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.

Pauline Olsen Dec 2014

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 a 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.

Leadership

Administrative Council

Chair – Margaret Cox

Recording Secretary – Cynthia Zenner

Treasurer – Keith Lightfoot

Financial Co-Secretaries – Margaret Cox, Randy Grubbs, Hazel Blake

Assistant Financial Secretaries – Annie Clark, Eva Lundstrom

Lay Leader-Lay Member of Annual Conference – Jim Stoffer

Trustees Chair – Andy Pitts

Safety and Security – Ken Lillagore

Staff-Parish Relations – Patricia Guthrie

Nominations Committee – Joey Olson

Finance Committee Co-Chairs – Rena Blank, Eva Lundstrom

History Chair – Neil Parse

Education Ministry Team – Melody Romeo

Membership Team Co-Chairs – Jan Smith, Cathy McKenna

Missions – Jan Kreidler

Trinity Senior Ministries – Lou O’Hara

Worship Ministry Team – Marsha Chatfield

Sound & Sight Team Co-Chairs – Curt Alexander, Patty Davis

Trustees

Chair – Andy Pitts

Vice-Chair – Ken Lillagore

2022 – Ken Lillagore, Russ McKenna, Sue Trapp

2023 – Dave Croonquist, Andy Pitts, Wallace Teal

2024 – Marsha Chatfield, Rick Olson, Bruce Purdy

Committees

Kitchen Committee co-chairs – Eva Lundstrom, Cyd Savoy

Memorial Committee – Lee Chatfield

Lois’s Legacy – Pauline Olsen

Webmaster – Lawrence Charters