Senior Pastor - Michael Ritter
Welcome to the beach!!! It is a tough place to serve as a minister, but someone has to do it... why not me?!!
Hello, my name is Michael Ritter, and I am the minister at Trinity UMC. Ever since coming to Trinity in June of 2012, I have found Trinity to be a wonderful church home. The people here are exceptional at what they do best - love! With open arms and warm hearts, we look forward to making your experience at Trinity the same.
Now, let me introduce myself. I was born and raised in Walterboro, SC. I received a BA in Biology from the College of Charleston - (better known as the College of Knowledge) in 1995. I taught Biology and Physical Science for two years prior to being called into the ordained ministry. I received my Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2000. I have served as an associate pastor at St. John's UMC, Rock Hill, SC, pastor of the Grover Charge in Grover, SC and Pleasant Hill UMC in Indian Land, SC.
My greatest joy in my life is my family. My wife, Laurie, from Stone Mountain, GA, and I have been married 18 years. We have two children- Dow, age 15 and Emma, age 13. We share our home with our dogs, Doodlebug, Isabella and Gabriella along with our slippery friend, Eden, a ball python.
In my spare time I enjoy golf - (what a great place to be, right?), gardening, sudoku, racquetball, and sports in general. I love spending time out on the water fishing, crabbing, and shrimping. When not in North Myrtle, we like to spend our time in the mountains, Edisto Beach, Laurie's lake house in North Georgia and any place where God's creation can be observed and enjoyed.
Well, enough about me as now it is your turn. Come share with me your story as we worship together this Sunday.
Associate Pastor - Edmond Daniel
Edmond Daniel is a husband of almost forty years and proud father of nine. He was born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged after his three-year tour. He started performing musically at the age of five and still performs today with his sons, Matthew and Michael. He graduated from Temple extension In Silvers Springs, Maryland as a medical technologist. He received his biblical training at Duke University in North Carolina. He has been in the ministry for over two and a half decades.
Reverend Daniel started with an independent ministry in 1990, became licensed as a Pentecostal minister shortly thereafter, and finally became a United Methodist pastor in the mid nineties. He has produced and hosted the television program, Come to the Cross, for over twenty years. The production costs and the costs of equipment have always been a tithe to God from his wife, Blondie, and him. They have never solicited money for the program. His loves in life are God, his wife, his children, grandchildren, family and Trinity United Methodist Church. He now serves as an appointed associate pastor at the church he once called his home. He looks forward to many more years of service to God and God's people.
Director of Christian Education - Charles Pruett
Hello! My name is Charles Pruett. I consider it such a blessing to be part of the Trinity ministry! North Myrtle Beach is a great, diverse and active community. As the Director of Christian Education, my goal is to help the church facilitate great programs and activities that push us into deeper relationships with Christ, expand our understanding of the gospel, and also serve as incredible fellowship opportunities. I love that our church works hard to provide programs for everyone in our community, all the way from infants up to our vibrant senior groups.
I grew up in a small town in southern West Virginia. Without any big cities around, my brother and I learned to love the outdoors. If I wasn't playing a sport, I was in a river or hanging off a rock wall on the side of a mountain. I went to college in East Tennessee at Johnson Bible College (now Johnson University). I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Church Leadership and a second major in Bible.
My best friend is my incredible wife, Courtney. She is from the Syracuse, New York area, but since moving south, Courtney does not miss the snow. She works with a beach and golf resort in the area and teaches in-home piano for children. We like playing music together, reclaiming old furniture, playing Putt-Putt and ,of course, spending time on the beach.
We are both exited to be a part of the community here and hope that if we haven't met you yet, we will soon.
Youth Ministry Coordinator - Matthew Daniel
Hi, my name is Matthew Daniel. I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of such an amazing church family here at Trinity United Methodist Church. I am originally from here in North Myrtle Beach, SC. I was baptized here in Trinity UMC months after being born. I was raised at Salem United Methodist Church prior to my dad retiring from there as the pastor. I then moved back to Trinity UMC and began attending again in 2005. I graduated in 2015 from the Academy of Arts, Science, and Techology. I continued on to pursuing a bachelor's degree in Digital Arts and Music. I am currently attending Coastal Carolina University. While completeing my B.A., I have officially become a candidate in the United Methodist Church to pursure the position of becoming an elder pastor. Trinity United Methodist Church has been so gracious to assist me in being the church to guide and send me off into ministry. In beginning my ministerial work, Trinity has chosen me to be its Youth Ministry Coordinator. My love is for Christ and His people, and our youth are not the future, but rather the present. Therefore, it is an honor and privilege to serve them and help them to continue to grow in Christ. I have my beautiful best friend and wife, Tiana, and our handsome baby boy, Kingston, who have been on this journey with me. I am blessed to have them along with me as I seek to glorify God in all my work here at Trinity. Acts 20:24 says "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace...." This is my goal and focus not only in life but also here at Trinity as well. I am excited to see this church grow and be a part of its growth!
Administrative Assistant - Leslie Volpe
Leslie Volpe comes to us from Long Island, New York where she worked at St. Joseph’s College in the Registrar’s Office while working towards her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. Her family moved to Newport Beach, California where she was the registrar in a small court-reporting college. When returning to Long Island, she subsequently obtained a position in the Registrar’s Office at Stony Brook University as Associate Registrar where she worked for 13 years. Loving Myrtle Beach, she moved down permanently and has been blessed to be given a chance to work as the Administrative Assistant at Trinity. Leslie is married to Lou and has two terrific children and a wonderful daughter-in-law and now a beautiful granddaughter.
Directors of Music - Albert and Melody Evans
Albert and Melody Evans are the Directors of Music at Trinity United Methodist Church. They have both been involved in music separately and together since they were teenagers. Albert was born in Lexington, NC and Melody in Clayton, NC, and they met when Melody's father became the minister at the church Albert's family attended in Lexington. They were both involved in the junior and adult choirs at the church. Albert was in the band in both middle school and high school, and Melody was in the chorus.
As a child, Albert's family worked from Memorial Day to Labor Day every year running a sports' and church camp in Windy Hill. They attended Trinity UMC during that time.
Director of Orchestra - Dan Vigo
Dan Vigo was born in 1989 in Greenwich, CT but was raised in Brewster, NY and was a graduate of Brewster High School in 2007. He went to Coastal Carolina University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2012. He has taught at North Myrtle Beach Middle School since then and has been the Assistant Director for the Band of Chiefs since 2014. Bands under Dan Vigo have performed in many areas, including: Quidditch World Cup, the Myrtle Beach Annual Jazz Festival, Music in the Parks, Showcase Music Festivals and Music USA Festivals. Personal performances include TUMC Orchestra, the North Myrtle Beach Community Band, Coastal Carolina’s Symphonic and Coastal Winds Band, Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band, CCU Pep Band, CCU Jazz Band, Pop 101, Clarinet Choir and Sax Ensemble. Dan Vigo has been serving at TUMC since 2014 and has had the orchestra perform for many occasions as well as to serve TUMC.
Associate Organist - Karen Meeker
Hi, my name is Karen Meeker. I live in Longs with my husband, Bob, of 51 years. We have three grown children and two grandchildren. We were both raised in New Jersey and have lived in many different areas of the country, now retired in SC where we vacationed for several years.
I am a graduate of Hood College in Frederick, Md with a BA in Sacred Music, majoring in organ performance. Past instructors outside of Hood College have included two internationally known concert organists, Stephen Hamilton, Minister of Music Emeritus at Church of the Holy Trinity, NYC and Donald Sutherland, coordinator of the organ faculty at Peabody Conservatory. Currently I am an active member of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists and am furthering my organ studies with a local instructor/composer. Since the 1960s, I have served as organist for various church denominations. In addition to playing the organ, I have enjoyed teaching piano and began working with beginning students while I was still in high school.
Besides God, family and my music, I have many other loves, including crocheting, counted cross stitch, reading, stained glass and most any craft activity. Much gratitude is given to Trinity for allowing me practice time on the church's organ before being hired as a permanent staff member. It is with great pleasure I am able to share my love of sacred music with the Trinity family. Instead of retiring, I am thankful to this church for giving me the opportunity to minister to God's people through music and hopefully touch their lives in a meaningful way as they worship.
Building Supervisor - Edward Klein
My name is Edward Klein, and I am the Building Spervisor here at Trinity. I am the proud father of two wonderful girls, one in college at Converse in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The other daughter is attending North Myrtle Beach High School. I have been with the church for more than seven years, and it is such a blessing to come here every day! Working at the church has helped me grow spiritually and brought me closer to God. I am still working towards my degree in college and working to make sure my family has what they need in life. Overall, it has been my pleasure to work at Trinity, and I am looking forward to many more years here, growing along with the church!
Financial Secretary - Barbara Tyson
My name is Barbara Tyson, and I am the Financial Secretary here at Trinity. I live in North Myrtle Beach where God brought me in 2006 to care for my mother, who passed to be with Jesus in April 2017 at the age of 91. Since being in this area, I have enjoyed various volunteer positions such as working Hope’s Kitchen at ODPC, tutoring adults in reading through the Literacy Council and working at Street Reach Ministries in Myrtle Beach. I was involved in the beginnings of North Strand Housing Shelter. I became a part of Trinity in 2008 through attending the Monday night Connection Praise and Worship Service. I developed a heart for Trinity and for the people here. It was a delight to become employed as the Financial Secretary in 2012.
I was raised in the small town of Ansonville, NC. I received my BA from UNC Charlotte, NC and my MA from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. I retired in 2006 from the State of NC where I was an Educational Diagnostician for the Developmental Evaluation Center. Next to Jesus Christ, my family is the most important part of my life. My beloved daughter, Nicole, and son-in-law, Heath, have given me two amazing grandsons, Myles who is 2 ½ and Ezra who is 16 months. These two precious babes have brought out more love in me than I ever thought possible. They make their home in Albemarle, NC, which is only three hours away, so visits are frequent. Praises to our Lord and Savior, King Jesus!!