Meet Our Staff

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.

Rev. Katy Wheat

Associate Pastor
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As one of Trinity’s Associate Pastors, 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 Shalom UMC in Carroll, 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.

Chris Nall

Director of Worship, Non-Traditional
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Chris Nall comes to Trinity as part of our mission to elevate and enhance the Crossroads Contemporary Service to better serve the Tri-Village community. Chris is an accomplished church leader with 25+ years of experience creating and coordinating worship experiences. Nall is a singer, songwriter, coach, producer and director with a specialization in keyboard, drums and guitar.

Over the years, Nall has amassed a national following through his service in churches across the country. Most notably, he served 17 years at La Croix United Methodist Church where weekly attendance grew from hundreds to thousands, and the worship team expanded from 15 to 250 persons under his leadership. La Croix UMC is now one of the largest United Methodist churches in the country.

Nall has been given plenty of nicknames and held many titles in his many years of ministry and music, but most importantly Nall would say he’s just CALLED – called to love people through his music. His ability to unite his passion for music and the church and provide a worship experience that leaves people inspired, is a movement we look forward to bringing to our community.

Norm Hicks

Financial Secretary

Janet Linker

Organist

Lisa Riddle

Nursery Coordinator

Ronald Adkins

Maintenance Supervisor

Jimmy Gaston

Custodians