Rev. Nathan Carden joined Trinity as the Associate Pastor for Outreach and Contact Worship in June 2012. A native of Andalusia, AL, Nathan grew up in Waycross, GA as the son and grandson of pastors. He earned a B.S. in Communication Studies and an M.A. in Religion (theological studies) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN and went on to complete a Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Ordained in the Church of the Nazarene, Nathan was received as an elder in the North Alabama Conference in June of 2012. Prior to serving at Trinity, Nathan led the contemporary worship service at FUMC of Pell City, AL. He also served in various roles at churches in Nashville, TN and Gainesville, FL.
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, Jonathan "Henry" (4), and daughter, Amelia (1). Nathan enjoys reading, golf, fishing, 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."
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.
She is married to Glenn Pruitt, they have two adult daughters, Kimberly and Lindsey and granddaughter Addison. She enjoys warm water exercise, watching movies and reading books.
Rev. Drew Holland is the Associate Pastor of Welcoming Ministries and Young Adults. His duties include shepherding young adult ministries, engaging visitors and new members with the broader ministries of Trinity, overseeing the Menʼs Ministry, administering the Family Life Center, serving as the staff liaison to Troop 97, and all general pastoral duties. He has served in this capacity since June of 2010.
Drew received a B.A. in Language and World Business from the University of Tennessee in 2004 and a M.Div. from Duke University in 2010. Prior to responding to his call to ordained ministry, Drew worked as a banker in his hometown of Charlotte, NC.
Drew is married to Vaughan, a CPA with Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, and Moore in Birmingham. Although he is an avid sports fan, reader, and runner, he spends most of his time away from the church with his wife, infant son, Sam, and his two basset hounds.
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."