Rev. Brian Erickson arrived at Trinity in June 2014 as the Senior Pastor Designate and, beginning in June 2015, assumed the full responsibilities of Senior Pastor. Brian was raised at Trinity and Vestavia Hills UMC, and is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Emory’s Candler School of Theology. For the first decade of his ordained ministry, he served as a college chaplain to BSC and then the University of Evansville, where his responsibilities included service-learning, Christian formation, and teaching. In June of 2009 he was appointed as the Senior Pastor to the First United Methodist Church of Alabaster, where he oversaw five years of tremendous growth in worship attendance, community involvement, and professions of faith. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the North Alabama Conference Board of Higher Education and a trustee for the Appalachia Service Project.
Brian is married to the former Mollie Lane Jackson, and they have three really awesome kids. In his spare time, Brian enjoys woodworking, restoring vintage campers, playing the banjo, and cycling. He is the author of “The Theological Implications of Climate Control: Reflections on the Seasons of Faith,” which is exactly what it sounds like, a really long-winded book destined for clearance racks everywhere. He and his family love Trinity and would love for you to come see what we’re all about.
Rev. Nathan Carden was appointed to Trinity in June 2012. A native of Andalusia, AL, Nathan was raised in Waycross, GA, the son and grandson of pastors. He is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University (B.S. & M.A.) in Nashville, TN. Nathan earned his M.Div. at Vanderbilt Divinity School and is pursuing his doctorate in the Beeson program at Asbury Theological Seminary. Nurtured in the faith within the Church of the Nazarene, Nathan and his family joined the North Alabama Con. of the United Methodist Church in 2010. Prior to serving in North Alabama, he served in a variety of roles at churches in TN, FL and GA. Nathan serves as mentor to new clergy and on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
Nathan is married to Kameron, a graduate of UGA and UF. She is a speech pathologist at the Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind. They have a son, J. Henry (8), and daughter, Amelia (5). Nathan enjoys conversing about big ideas, building things, trying to catch fish, and playing together as a family. Nathan shares, "I have privilege of sharing the grace of God with others and joining God's work to renew all things. That might be the best job in the world."
Reverend Jack M. Hinnen came to Oakmont in June 2015. He brings over sixteen years of ministry experience to Trinity and serves as the Minister of Oakmont Campus. From Dadeville, Alabama, Jack graduated from Auburn University in 2003 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia in 2006 with a Masters in Divinity. Jack is married to the former Cheryl Smith. He enjoys blogging, soccer, reading, tree identification, video games, racquetball, social networking, and the beach.
Rev. Suzanne Pruitt serves is the Associate Pastor of Christian Formation. Suzanne left the field of teaching to answer the call to ministry. She was first certified in Christian Education and Youth Ministry. Later she felt God’s nudge to become a Diaconal Minister and from there an ordained Deacon in full connection. She was subsequently consecrated in 1996 and ordained in 1999. She served as the Director of Youth Ministry for eight years and then Minister of Adult Discipleship at Wesley Memorial UMC (Decatur, AL) from 1988-2001. She served at Saint Mark UMC (Seneca, SC) from 2001-2004 as the Minister of Discipleship. Suzanne has served at Trinity for the past eight years as Minister of Christian Formation. Suzanne’s responsibilities are adult small group studies, adult Sunday School and Confirmation.
Suzanne has two adult daughters, Kimberly and Lindsey and granddaughter Addison. She enjoys warm water exercise, watching movies and reading books.
Rev. David Thompson has been that Pastor of Student Ministries since May 2005. David was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL and is the son and grandson of United Methodist pastors. David earned a B.S. in Art from the University of Alabama and is currently in Seminary at Memphis Theological. David is currently a full time local pastor in the North Alabama Conference.
Before serving at Trinity United Methodist Church, David was the Youth Director at Latham UMC in Huntsville, AL. He is married to Tina and they have three daughters, Madelyn (5), Anna Blakely (3) and Lily(1). David is a member of the United States Team Handball National team and has represented the USA in 2 Pan American Games, a World Championships and various
other international competitions; he is the vice president of the USATH Board of Directors and sits on the Athletes Advisory Council for the US Olympic Committee. David enjoys time with family, sports and playing music. He shares, "our goal in ministry is to partner with families in growing up students in a Christian environment."
Russell Nelson came to Trinity in July of 2016. Prior to his arrival in Birmingham, he served for eleven years as Director of Music Ministries at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, North Carolina. There, he directed adults, youth, and children in a multi-faceted Music Ministry, which helped lead the congregation in weekly worship, as well as other music events throughout each year. While in Asheville, he was also an active member of the community music scene, including participation as a chorister for the Asheville Choral Society and Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers. As a conductor, he worked as Director of the Hendersonville Chorale during the Spring of 2014, and as Interim Director of the Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir for the 2015-16 season. From 2002 until 2005, he served the congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida as Director of Music. Russell holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Anderson College in his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina. While studying at Westminster, he was a member of the renowned Westminster Choir, which serves as the resident chorus for the Spoleto Festival, USA in Charleston, South Carolina. He has studied choral conducting and group vocal technique under Joseph Flummerfelt, James Jordan, Heather Buchanan, and Richard Williamson. He is also a contributing author for the GIA Publications resource guide, Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Vols. 1 and 2. Russell has a passion for choral music, particularly the sacred genre, and enjoys working together with a very gifted music staff and laity to bring the worship community of the church together through singing, playing, and serving.
Mia Bass Toole has joined Trinity staff as the Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry. Originally from Homewood, Mia grew up at Trinity before attending the University of Alabama. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English before leaving Alabama to teach with Teach for America in Kansas City, Missouri. During her time teaching, she obtained her Master’s in Secondary Education, but realized her heart was in ministry to children and youth in the Body of Christ. She’s looking forward to the opportunity to serve her church family and support our children in any way she can. Feel free to contact her by emailing Mia at email@example.com.
Trinity, it’s great to be back home. My name is Mia Bass Toole and I’m thrilled to be starting as your Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry. I grew up at Trinity and graduated from Homewood High School before attending the University of Alabama. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English before moving to Kansas City, Missouri to teach with Teach for America. While I taught, I pursued my Master’s in Secondary Education, but realized that my heart was in ministry to children and youth in the Body of Christ. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve our church family and support our children in any way I can. Feel free to drop me a line my emailing me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Browning joined Trinity Childcare Development Center after a notable career in public school education in middle Georgia and several years teaching in Alabama high schools. She relocated to the Birmingham area to be near family and the birth of her first grandchild.
Ann has earned degrees in elementary education, special education, administration and supervision, as well as teacher leadership and curriculum. She has held various positions and worked with many age levels throughout her career. She began as a 4K teacher at TCDC in the fall of 2012 before being named director in the spring of 2015.
Numerous cherished memories Ann holds dear center around the life of the church. Both her father and her grandfather were ministers. Her mother, a concert pianist, performed the duties of choir director and church organist. Ann is thankful she learned to know and love the Lord early in life.
Ann believes she received the call to education after experiencing the joy of learning with her own three children. She is thrilled beyond measure to have an opportunity to combine her love of the Lord Jesus and joy of children with their delight in learning in her ministry here as director of TCDC.
Kristan and her husband Jeremy have been a part of Trinity for several years and are active in the Relevant Sunday School Class. Kristan comes to us from UAB where she served as a Licensed Graduate Level Social Worker. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Alabama and a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Auburn University. Kristan has been involved in numerous outreach ministries, both domestically and internationally, through the Wesley Foundation at Auburn and her own volunteerism.
Jessica Lane comes to us with a background in the Broadcast Television industry and has been at home raising her children for 8 years. She is a native of Savannah, Georgia, enjoys reading, cooking with friends, fly fishing, travel and very much considers humor a spiritual gift. The Lane family have been members of Trinity UMC since January of 2014. Jessica is thrilled to have come out of “retirement,” and looks forward to experiencing what God has in store for her as a Christian Formation staff member here at Trinity.