Meet Our Staff

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Rev. Wade Giffin

Senior Pastor
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Rev. Wade Giffin became pastor at Trinity United Methodist in July of 2016 after serving seven years as Director of the Office Ministry for the West Ohio Conference. His tenure on the Bishop’s Cabinet and executive team allowed him a breadth of knowledge about clergy development, spiritual formation, and church leadership on every level.

Before his time at the Conference, Giffin served as Senior Pastor for seven years at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church in Hilliard, eight years at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and three years at Glenwood United Methodist Church in Columbus. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Xavier University and a Master’s of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary. His ordination in the United Methodist Church took place in 1991.

Before responding to God’s call to ministry, Wade worked for the Toys R Us Company first in store management and then joined the corporate headquarter team as assistant inventory control manager and director of advertising for the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana markets. Before retail, Wade worked in the Hospitality Industry primarily in hotels.

Giffin and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 28 years. Debbie provides customer service relations for a family owned logistics/warehousing company located in Groveport. They have two sons, Alex (24) who is the Director of Communications for Scioto Ridge UMC and a student at OSU, and Chris (19) who is attending Capital University’s Nursing Program.

Pastor Wade has an eclectic taste in music. At any one time, you could find him listening to pop, country, rock, gospel or classical music. Giffin also enjoys spending time out-of-doors in a variety of venues and activities and has an affinity for technology and cars.

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Rev. Katy Wheat

Associate Pastor for Mission & Adult Discipleship
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As Trinity’s Pastor for Mission and Adult Discipleship, Rev. Katy Wheat is passionate about helping others understand God’s call to love God and serve others through engaging study and meaningful outreach.

Rev. Wheat grew up in Worthington, Ohio and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish. Following college, she spent two years living and working in Washington, DC as a US-2 Young Adult Missionary with the United Methodist Church, where she worked through a local church with low-income and homeless residents to improve their living conditions and access to basic resources. She then earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

Rev. Wheat was ordained in 2015 as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. She has been in local church ministry since 2007, having served churches in Washington, DC; Munich, Germany; and Bethesda, Maryland. She is married to Rev. Peter Borhauer, Pastor at Miller Memorial UMC in Johnstown, Ohio. They have a young son and an active coonhound.

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Rev. Philip Brooks

Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Philip Brooks has been in ministry since 1968 having begun as a student pastor at age 20 pastoring churches on weekends through the last two years of college and all through theological seminary graduate school. He has continuously served as a pastor to local congregations except for a term as Superintendent of the Lima District. He retired in 2014 from Trinity UMC in Columbus then served as interim pastor at Bexley UMC until a new fulltime pastor could be appointed. In 2015 he was invited by Dr. Christopher Heckaman and the Trinity Staff Parish Relations Committee to serve as Pastor Emeritus assisting as needed at the direction of the senior minister.

Philip has pastored churches with memberships ranging from 17 members to 2,000 in both rural and urban settings. Long interested in the mission outreach of the church, he has led many mission teams around the world and served a number of years as the West Ohio Conference Secretary of Global Ministries. His “aspirational life motto” states: “Jesus Christ is Lord of the Church and of my life.”

Married to Rev. Gloria Brooks since 1978, they have two married children, a son who has been a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor and a daughter who is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Each child has a toddler-age son who brings great joy to their lives.

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Norm Hicks

Financial Secretary

Janet Linker

Organist

Andrea Ballou

Nursery Coordinator
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Katie Mehling

Mustard Seed Ministry Coordinator

I am excited to be the Toddler Ministry Coordinator.  Trinity has been an important part of family for eighty-four years. My great grandparents joined Trinity  in 1930. I was baptized, confirmed, and recently married here at Trinity.

I love working with children, from babysitting, teaching pre-school, and currently being a nanny for a Trinity family.  I studied Education at Ohio State and I am currently pursuing a degree in Child Development from Columbus State.

This new role allows me to work with children but also be involved in their  faith journey as well. Being able to continue the legacy of service like other family members is special. I welcome this new opportunity!

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Ronald Adkins

Maintenance Supervisor
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Jimmy Gaston

Custodians