Summer study on Paul's letter to the Philippians

Join us for an in-depth study and lively discussion of Paul's letter to the Philippians. Discover how Paul's hymn in chapter 2 is the focal point around which the rest of the letter is composed. This is an 8 week study on Wednesdays starting July 10, from 9:30-10:30 am in the chapel.

People Helping People

Are you looking for a way to serve our community on a more regular basis? Click the link below to see some of the opportunities that are available to us with general days/times. If you would like to serve on a team or just be informed of different mission opportunities fill out the form and we'll be in touch!

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Trinity Vision Team

Twenty years ago, the people of Trinity embraced a vision. It was a big, bold, and even risky vision. It was a vision that would require them to leave a familiar, comfortable, and well-loved home in order to move to a new and different land where God could continue to grow the ministries of the church. That vision led the people of Trinity to 4000 NW 53rd Avenue. Consider all that has happened as a result of the faithfulness of the congregation embracing such a courageous vision at that time.
 
Compelling visions are critical to the health and well-being of every organization. Periodically, the time comes to consider a new vision for a new season.
 
Such a time has come for Trinity. Catherine and Steve are grateful that a group of twelve people (a number that has a pretty good precedent in Scripture) has committed to journey together over the next year or so in exploring the question: “Where is God leading us next as the people called Trinity?” This group is made up of persons who are deeply faithful and reflect the broad diversity of the church. They cover every decade from persons in their 20s up to their 70s. They were prayerfully selected to serve by the Nominations and Lay Leadership Team. Their names: Tracy Burger, Randy Caton, Austin Council, Erica Davis-Jackson, Kathy Dixon, Bob Edmunds, Beth Haines, Melody Lozano, Brian Myers, Catherine Fluck Price, Steve Price, Danny Williams.
 
This team will meet for the first time April 21, at 1pm. I encourage you to be in prayer for them and for Trinity. Over the coming months, there will be opportunities for the team to receive input and feedback both from members of the congregation as well as our surrounding community. You can also stay informed on new developments by visiting this page anytime. Updates will be posted here following each vision team meeting.

Director of Operations

Are you looking for a position where your individual contributions are truly valued, your duties are part of a larger mission, and your work family is like a second home? At Trinity United Methodist Church, we strive to provide that “second home” feeling for our members and our staff team; where being big-hearted, Christ minded, Spirit led, and bound by love are the core values of our community of faith. Our beautiful, sprawling campus in North Gainesville is home to an engaged and active congregation of over 2500 members, numerous community outreach services and missions, vibrant ministries with children and youth, and our award-winning Stepping Stones preschool. We are searching for an experienced Director of Human Resources and Operations with a passion and appreciation for the principles of servant leadership, integrity, and the pursuit of excellence to support the over 100 staff who focus on these church initiatives: promoting and sustaining our faith that combines head and heart and hand. 

This unique position will manage all day-to-day HR functions including, but not limited to: recruiting staff (including background checks and driver qualification processes); policy development, implementation, and enforcement; performance management; training and employee development; compensation and benefits management (including FLSA compliance); employee relations; records retention; and regulatory compliance.

The Director of Human Resources and Operations will also oversee the Facilities, Finance, and Communication Departments, managing and leading the general business operations of the church. This pivotal position works closely with and reports directly to the Co-Pastors.

Along with traditional HR skills such as ability to maintain confidentiality, build rapport, excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical ability, and professionalism; knowledge of state and federal employment regulations and HR best practices, we seek a Director of Human Resources and Operations who is “hands-on” and friendly, self-motivated, efficient, solutions-oriented, flexible, trustworthy, and comfortable promoting and demonstrating a servant style of leadership.  He/she must exhibit good judgment and integrity and must have strong organizational, follow-up, and problem-solving skills. The right individual will also have business acumen, a collaborative style, and consensus-building skills. 

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ prior HR management experience in a position with responsibility for the HR, Finance, and Operations functions noted above. Previous experience with operational and personnel supervision over multiple departments of an organization is required.  A commitment to Christ through church and growing in personal faith, along with a willingness to commit to the vision of Trinity United Methodist Church and its ministries is required.  Prior HR experience at a church, ministry, or other non-profit organization preferred. BA/BS in Business, Human Resources, or a related field required. HR certification preferred. Strong computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications required.  Valid driver’s license and ability to travel within the home community required. 

If you are looking for a place where you can join other persons of vital and inspired faith in making a difference, Trinity United Methodist Church may be the place for you.  A salary commensurate with experience and credentials will be accompanied by a competitive benefit package. For confidential consideration, email your resume, a letter of interest sharing your faith practices, and your compensation history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  No phone calls or recruiters please.  Download the full job description here

At Trinity United Methodist Church, equal talent will always get equal opportunity.

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Welcome

We are so very excited to welcome Rev. Catherine Fluck Price and Rev. Steve Price as co-senior pastors of Trinity! During the month of July, Catherine and Steve will be away performing a wedding in Iowa, attending the United Methodist Jurisdictional Conference in Lake Junaluska, NC, and participating in the Simpkins Wesley Study Tour in England.  They look forward to their first official day in the office on August 1 and their first Sunday on August 7.  They will be starting a sermon series, "Who Is This Man?" on August 14, so please come and invite your friends, and they’ll look forward to seeing you then!

In the meantime, we figured you would probably want to know a little bit more about them, so here you go!

Rev. Catherine Fluck Price
Serving as one of the pastors of Trinity United Methodist Church is coming home for Catherine.  Born in Raleigh, NC, her family moved to Gainesville and began attending Trinity when she was only 18 months old.  Her father was on the UF faculty in Agricultural Engineering, and her mother owned and managed a local craft store, The HandiCrafters.  She and her two sisters, Ellen and Susan, were a part of the Children’s Ministry, the Youth Ministry and Sonlight Youth Choir.  She attended Littlewood Elementary, Westwood Middle, and Buchholz High Schools before attending Furman University in Greenville, SC where she majored in Religion.  She also served as a Trinity Summer Youth Intern following her freshman year, and that and other experiences led to her sensing a call to ordained ministry the following summer.    

She and Steve met at Furman and began dating at the beginning of their junior year.  They were married in the Trinity Church sanctuary (then on 8th Avenue) a month after graduation.  They immediately moved to Jacksonville, where Catherine served as Youth Minister with Orange Park United Methodist Church.  After just one year, they moved to Atlanta where she went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Returning to the Florida Conference, she first served with Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tallahassee (Associate Pastor, 1991-1995), and when Steve returned to seminary (That’s another story!), she served Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham, NC (Associate Pastor, 1995-1997).  In 1997, they moved back to Florida and were appointed to plant a new congregation in the Lakewood Ranch area (Sarasota/Bradenton) and served there for 19 years (Co-Senior Pastor, 1997-2016). 

In her 26 years of ministry, Catherine has served on several Conference boards and committees including the Committee on Episcopacy (2012-2016) and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (2000-2012), serving as the Chairperson for the final four years.  She has also served as a delegate to both Jurisdictional and General Conferences.

Catherine walks with Steve and their dog, Teddy, several days a week.  She enjoys reading and arts and crafts.  She also loves to watch sports, especially Steve playing tennis.

Rev. Steve Price
Steve was born in Jackson, MS and spent most of his years growing up in Greenville, SC where his father served on the faculty in the Furman University School of Music, and his mother worked as the secretary in the Religion Department.  They were actively involved in First Baptist Church in Greenville, which today is one of the leading Cooperative Baptist Churches in the country.  It was there where Steve’s faith and calling were nurtured and where he first experienced both men and women in leadership in the Church. 

Prior to his senior year in high school, his family moved to Louisville, KY where his father served as the Dean of the Music School of Southern Baptist Seminary.  Moving away opened the door for Steve to be willing to return to Furman for college where he was recruited to play tennis.  At Furman he played number one on the tennis team and became an academic All-American, and earned a degree in Accounting.  Prior to his senior year, while working as a summer intern with Coopers and Lybrand Accounting Firm in Louisville, he experienced a call to ordained ministry.

After graduating and getting married, Steve worked as the Assistant Tennis Pro at Ponte Vedra Inn and Racquet Club near Jacksonville and then, a year later began seminary at Candler School of Theology with Catherine.  Halfway through his seminary education, he had a wrestling match with God and quit seminary.  He returned to teaching and playing professional tennis in the Atlanta area until Catherine graduated and they moved to Florida.

His bargain with God was to teach high school English and coach basketball and tennis, so when Catherine was appointed to serve in Tallahassee, he completed a Master of English Education at “that other school” (FSU).  He also began working as the Youth Minister at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church (1991-1995).  Ultimately God won the wrestling match, and Steve returned to seminary at Duke Divinity School graduating in 1997, ten years after he started.

During Steve’s 19 years in ministry, he has served in various roles with the Conference. He loves to preach at the Florida United Methodist Youth Camp.  He has served as the Chairperson of the East Angola/Florida Conference Task Force as well as the Chairperson of the Conference Ministry Protection (Risk Management) Committee.  He currently serves as a member of the Florida Conference Foundation and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

Steve is also a talented musician (voice and piano) and enjoys occasionally offering music in worship and even composing songs.  Steve loves all sports. He took up running for several years and ran both marathons and RAGNAR events.  In recent years he has coached high school basketball and always loves a good pick-up game.  Currently, he is back to his first love (other than Catherine) and is preparing to defend his title in October as the National 50s Clay Court Doubles Champion.

Catherine and Steve, partners in ministry and marriage…
During their tenure serving as the founding Co-Pastors of Harvest United Methodist Church, the congregation grew to be a vibrant, mission-oriented, disciple-making congregation.  What began with 3.8 members (Steve, their daughter, and Catherine, pregnant with their son), God grew to more than 1200 members in two locations reaching more than 750 each weekend.  They led a staff team of more than 30 (plus an additional preschool staff of 30).  Harvest is a community of faith committed to welcoming everyone, growing disciples, especially through small groups, and making a difference through mission and outreach in the Bradenton area and around the globe.  After having given birth to this congregation and serving with them for 19 years, there is no other congregation they would want to serve alongside, other than Trinity.  And they are grateful and honored to be appointed to serve as the pastors!

Catherine and Steve have two adult children.  Their daughter, Shelby Hart, graduated from Furman University in 2015 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Poverty Studies.  She works through Teach for America teaching 7th grade English in Lake City, South Carolina.  Teach for America primarily places recent college grads eager to make a difference in public schools in low income settings.  She is looking forward in August to starting the second year of her two-year commitment.

Sid, their son, has completed his first year at Mercer University in Macon, GA.  Currently, he is an industrial management major in the School of Engineering.  This summer he participated in a short term mission abroad program in South Korea where he spent four weeks teaching Robotics and English as a second language to North Korean and Chinese refugees, ages 15-27.  For the remainder of the summer he is serving as a Summer Youth Intern with Harvest United Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

Both Shelby and Sid played high school sports and were an active part of the youth ministry and youth and adult praise bands with Harvest.  Shelby was also a part of the music and drama programs in both high school and college.

 

 

 

Shannon Rosselle, Comptroller (416.3003)

Altar Flower Dedications

flowerdedicationWould you like to put flowers in the Worship Center on a Sunday morning? To reserve a date in honor or memory of someone or to the Glory of God, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (352-416-3016). Altar flowers cost $30 per arrangement.