TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
OUR CHURCH STAFF
Lindsay Ballance Collins
Lindsay was born and raised in Fremont, NC where she was baptized as a member of Fremont United Methodist Church. Lindsay is a proud Tarheel! She graduated from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history and political science. Lindsay’s parents are farmers and she grew up on a hog farm. She also worked for a few years for the NC Department of Agriculture before entering seminary! Lindsay is a 2012 graduate of Duke Divinity with a Master of Divinity and UNC-Chapel Hill with a Master of Social Work. She was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2016. She is joined by her husband, Daniel, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, who currently serves with Fayetteville-area Habitat for Humanity. Lindsay and Daniel have two children: Eli & Lucy. Lindsay enjoys knitting, puzzles, gardening, and reading. Lindsay has served churches in Durham, Robbins, and Roxboro. She is thrilled to be back home in eastern NC and closer to the NC beaches that she loves.
Trinity United Methodist Church is so happy to welcome member Sharon Parish as our newest Administrative Assistant. Sharon, along with Melanie Wohlford and Jackie Goodnight, graciously filled in over the last two months as a volunteer administrative assistant. We are so happy to welcome her fully into this role. Sharon, began this role on a permanent basis in May. Be sure to stop by and welcome her into her new role!
Music Ministries Director
Melanie is a native of Elizabethtown. She attended East Carolina University where she received a full four-year scholarship and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorary music fraternity for the upper 1/5% of graduating seniors. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Music, she accepted a position as band director in Bladen County, as well as being the choir director at Trinity. She taught at 2 high schools as well as numerous feeder schools for 9 years, while pursuing a Master’s degree in school Administration and Supervision. During this time, she received numerous awards and served in leadership positions for many educational organizations for music. She studied with Frederick Fennell, the world renowned conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Tokyo Kosei Wind Ensemble, and her bands received many of the highest performance ratings during musical adjudication. In 1988, she left music education to accept a position as flight attendant for a major airline. For 10 years, she traveled around the US as well as international destinations and was afforded the amazing opportunity to see new places and experience new cultures. In 1998, after the birth of her son, Rollins, Melanie moved back to Bladen County with her husband, Barry. She returned to music education, as well, as an elementary music teacher and was able to teach her subject using a world view approach due to her extensive travel experience. In 2011, she returned to Trinity as Director of Music Ministries, the position she currently holds. She directs the Chancel Choir, Trinity Ringers, and Grace Notes handbell choirs. In 2020, she retired from public school music and the lead arts teacher for Bladen County Schools. She and Barry live in Elizabethtown with their two rescue dogs, Willie and Vinny.
Sound System Tech
Nelson was born in Salisbury, NC. He grew up 5 miles south of Salisbury and calls China Grove his home town. He was boy number 4 of 5 children. He graduated from South Rowan High School and attended NC State. He became a marine in May of 1969. The marines taught him electronics and he is a trained avionics technician. He holds an FCC Radiotelephone license with radar endorsement. He exited active-duty marines in 1976 as a Staff Sargent with one child and a wife. He came to Elizabethtown in 1979 to work as a technician for the highway patrol. In 1990 he married the love of his life, Jackie. He has one stepdaughter and two daughters. He was baptized in Faith Baptist Church, Faith, NC and came to Trinity Church while Fred Davis was pastor. Nelson has served Trinity as a sound technician for decades. When he started, the tower chimes were eight tracks!
Although he love the hills, red clay and granite of his youth, he has been in the sand and flatland most of his life. This is home.
Laura was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and moved to North Carolina at the age of 6. Laura became an active member of the Bladen County community in her preteen years, candy stripping at a local nursing home, playing recreational sports, and participating in a mime group through Bethlehem United Methodist Church in White Oak. She is a graduate of East Carolina University and has a degree in Allied Health Sciences. In 2008, she returned to the classroom and completed the requirements through the NC Teach program and is a licensed Special Education Teacher for Bladen County Schools. She is currently the EC teacher at Clarkton School of Discovery, where she also coaches girl's soccer. She is married to Evan Hall of Lisbon and they have two boys, Owen & Holt. Laura enjoys traveling, fishing and boating, spending time with family, and watching her favorite players (her sons) on the ball fields.
Sunday: 10:00 AM