Meet Our Staff




Dan Elmore, Lead Pastor


Carolyn Hyman, Administrative Assistant

          Carolyn is married to Bernie and they have three daughters and five grandchildren. Carolyn was born in Windsor, VA but grew up here in Smithfield, and graduated from Smithfield High School. Carolyn joined the team at Trinity United Methodist as secretary in August, 2003. She has been very happy here at Trinity, and loves all the members of the church. She is a member of the Seekers Sunday School Class and a member of the UMW. She has participated on Missions Trips to Kentucky and Nashville. Carolyn works part time, in the office with Brenda Cox.

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 Brenda Cox, Administrative Assistant

          Although originally from Tennessee, Brenda grew up in Newport News and is a graduate of Warwick High School and James Madison University. She has served in other United Methodist churches as a youth coordinator, usher, Sunday School teacher, UMW Vice President, Council on Ministries Chairperson and Director of Missions & Children’s Ministries.  With the youth, she has participated in 12 mission trips to Appalachia and a VIM trip to Mississippi to help with Katrina disaster.   At Trinity, she is a member of Seekers class, teaches 5th & 6th grade Sunday School every third month, and is Vice President of the UMW.  She works part time in the office from 12:30pm to 3pm. Brenda is married to Richard, and they have one daughter, Amy.

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 Joyce Franklin, Minister of Visitation

          Joyce was born into a wonderful Christian family just outside of Windsor Va. and grow up there on the farm. After high school, Joyce fell in love and married Chuck Shumate, who was soon to become a Methodist minister in the Virginia conference.  Chuck and Joyce served 7 appointments in the Virginia conference. In 2013 Chuck went to heaven to be with his Maker. Joyce enjoys working with many different generations in the church. However, the elderly and children hold a special place in her heart. She is enjoying visiting with the mature and wise members of our church community and hearing their stories because they have a lot of wisdom to share. 

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Bekah Elmore, Youth Director



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 Kimberly Orrock, Director of Children’s Ministries

          Kim Orrock is our Director of Children’s Ministries. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Her teaching experience is varied including a natural science museum, Sea World, a rehab center for adults with acquired brain injuries, and a private Christian school. Family time is very important to Kim. She especially enjoys spending time with her family playing games, cooking, doing crafts, and visiting science museums and zoos.
          The children of Trinity United Methodist Church have been a blessing to Kim and she has enjoyed her time spent with them. Her lessons engage children through hands on activities, skits, games, cooking, science, and fun. She loves her volunteers who regularly come to her with ideas for missions, trips, and projects. She emphasizes the importance of prayer and how much God loves each and every child. Her goal is to make each child feel loved and valued.

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Richard Winfree, Director of Music

          Richard has been playing piano since he was in the 6th grade, and have been playing for churches since he was 16 years old. He has always loved singing in a choir and making music with others. Richard holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters in Music Education. In addition to working at Trinity as the Director of Music, he works in York County as an elementary music teacher. He loves having the opportunity to create music with everyone from 5 years old on up to 95.

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Nancy Pile-Griffin, Lay Leader


           Nancy was born in Newport News, but her family lived on both sides of the James River for most of her life. Nancy was first introduced to Trinity at the age of 2. She remembers the “basement” nursery and early education Sunday school rooms with her friends as well as a multitude of changes in Trinity’s structure and leadership throughout the years. Since 1993, she has, directed the Angel Singers children’s choir, joined the Chancel Choir, led multiple Youth activities and served in Youth missions, helped inaugurate the Rivers of Life Praise Team, and joined the 2012 Haiti Mission endeavor. In 2015, she initiated a Small Group entitled ART-FULL, which features lunch and a creative medium coupled with devotions and discussion of spiritual topics. She succeeded John Edwards as Lay Leader in December of 2013. Her connection with Trinity runs deep and she cherishes her role as Lay Leader.

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 Becky Ringler, Pianist

          Rebecca is a Brittle girl from Wakefield, VA and played for her church there growing up. She has loved music all of her life, and besides my family, was encouraged to play and sing by older musician friends. (The singing came later.) Rebecca moved to Smithfield in 1987 and started going to Trinity soon after moving. She has been involved with the early service since it began.

 Judy McNure, Nursery Coordinator

          Judy has been the nursery coordinator at Trinity for many years. She is also an Algebra teaching assistant at Smithfield High School. Judy is married and has 3 sons. She often enjoys chaperoning school and church events.