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 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.
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, and they have two children. He enjoys blogging, soccer, reading, tree identification, video games, racquetball, social networking, and the beach.
Christian A. Cheairs serves as one of the Associate Pastors at Center Grove. At the age of sixteen, he accepted his call to ministry and has preached in multiple platforms across the nation. After graduating from Hampton University, Cheairs served two years in the AmeriCorps program Teach for America where he taught 7th grade English in Houston, Texas and completed a Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. Currently, Rev. Christian Cheairs is envisioning and building a launch team for a church plant while serving as Associate Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in, Homewood Alabama. The goal is to explore and cultivate a contemporary worship experience, which fuses elements: performing arts, jazz, hip-hop, and gospel music.
Rev. David Thompson has been at Trinity since May 2005. He started as the Youth Director and is now the Executive Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries.
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 Montevallo and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary. 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 four daughters, Madelyn, Anna Blakely, Lily and Hadley. 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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.