Meet our Staff

Jeff Cannon

Lead Pastor

Born in Great Lakes, Illinois, October 2, 1955.  Spent first 15 years in Michigan.  Attended High school in the Tidewater, Va. area.  Mr. Cannon was a staff member of Youth for Christ for 18 years, serving in virtually every area of ministry including state director for Virginia in 1985 and the National Board in 1990.  Jeff is currently the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Smithfield, Va.  Mr. Cannon lives at 326 S. Church St. Smithfield, Va with his wife Karen. (together they are the parents of 5 boys, all of whom are adults and making lives for themselves!).Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 10.25.23 AM

Jeff feels that his major achievement in life so far was being Captain of the Safety Patrol in sixth grade.

Jeff was an avid runner, competing in biathlons f and marathons until a mountain climbing accident in 1990 where he fell nearly 120 feet ended his running career and nearly his life. Jeff still actively bikes, plays guitar, and walks for recreation.  Jeff recently led a eleven member team from Smithfield Virginia to Haiti.  There they worked with children and helped with the construction of an eye clinic in a remote Haitian town.

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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. During their 33 years of marriage God blessed them with 5 wonderful daughters, 4 son-in- laws and 5 grandchildren (number 6 is on the way). Chuck and Joyce served 7 appointments in the Virginia conference. In 2013 Chuck went to heaven to be with his Maker. Joyce misses him greatly. He was a wonderful husband and father. These pass two years have been hard for Joyce; however it has also been an amazing time of experiencing God’s love and healing power.

Joyce enjoys her family, and she also enjoys walking, swimming and going to the YMCA.  Joyce has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood development from TNCC. She 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. We are excited for Joyce’s ministry at TUMC.

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 retired from Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. as Director of Lease Administration.  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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Robin Griffin

Youth Director
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Robin was born in Buffalo, NY In mid-July,  and has happily accepted the position as Director of Youth Ministries at Trinity UMC.  Her family has moved to Smithfield last fall and are enjoying getting to know the area. Robin has been involved in ministry for over 20 years, serving in many different capacities (staff and volunteer) such as youth minister, worship leader, Sunday school teacher and VBS coordinator etc… she has also served on several committees including Staff Parish Relations.

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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Robin Griffin

Small Groups Coordinator

Robin and her family moved to Smithfield in October 2015 from Roanoke, Virginia.

She has been involved in ministry in the United Methodist Church for 20 years serving in many different capacities (staff and volunteer) such as youth minister, worship leader, Sunday school teacher and VBS coordinator etc… she has also had the pleasure of serving on several committees including Staff Parish Relations. In July 2016 she joined the Trinity staff as Director of Youth Ministries and Small Group Coordinator.

She and her husband, Steven, have three children Krystel 29, Katie 26, and Dale 25. They were all born near Buffalo NY, but during the past twenty years have lived in North Carolina and Virginia.

Their oldest daughter has blessed them with two grandchildren, Riley 4 and Lillie 3.  They also have a chocolate Cocker Spaniel named Karmel Truffle and two cats.

Richard Winfree

Music Director

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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Kim Orrock

Director of Children's Ministries

Kim Orrock is our Director of Children’s Ministries. She grew up in Texas and has been living in Smithfield for almost 3 years. 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.  Her marriage to  Jeff Orrock led her to live in North Carolina  and now Virginia and together they have two beautiful daughters named Emily and Elizabeth. Their home is shared with a cat named Bella, a cockatiel, and a goldfish. 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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Webbie Sauls

Preschool Director

Webbie is a native of Newport News, Virginia who graduated from Warwick High School and attended Madison College (now James Madison University).  She is married to Glen, a Senior Marine Designer.   They have a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jason Booth and grandsons, Matthew and Jacob.

Webbie received an Associate in Arts and Science degree with a concentration in Education and a certificate in Child Care from Paul D. Camp Community College and is currently enrolled in the adult degree program at James Madison University working toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in the young child.  She served as a substitute teacher for TUMC Preschool during the 1996 – 1997 school year and joined the staff as aide in the fall of 1997.  She became the teacher for the 4-year-olds class in the fall of 2000 and was appointed Director in July of 2001.

Webbie has many years of volunteer experience.  She was an active parent volunteer in the Isle of Wight Public Schools for twelve years and served as president of the Smithfield Elementary and Smithfield High School PTAs.  She is a trained tutor in the Laubach Literacy method.  Webbie is a past president of the Smithfield Junior Woman’s Club and the Woman’s Club of Smithfield.

Webbie is a past president of Trinity’s United Methodist Women.  She has taught the Nursery Sunday School class and served as co-director of Trinity’s Vacation Bible School.   She is director of the Celebration Ringers (handbell choir).

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Rebecca Ringler

Pianist/Soloist
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. She and her husband, Terry have 2 grown children, and 1 grandchild with another expected in May.

John Cannon

Director of Media
John can be seen in the balcony on Sunday mornings at the 11:00 service recording the service, and is also one of our youth group volunteers. He enjoys volunteering at the Smithfield Little Theater, has participated on a number of national and international mission trips and believes missions are a very important part of a successful church ministry.
 

Judy McNure

Nursery Coordinator
Judy has been the nursery coordinator at Trinity for 3 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.