Rev. Daryl Blanksma, Pastor, was appointed to Trinity in July 2017. He is a graduate of Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Daryl is an ordained elder in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church where he has served since 1990. Before coming to Eugene Daryl pastored churches in Vale, Pendleton, Seaside, Roseburg, Milwaukie, and Toledo, Oregon and Boise and Wilder, Idaho. He has a degree in music education from the University of Idaho.
Jennifer Williams is the Trinity Church Secretary. She has several years experience working as a church administrator and is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Psychology. Jennifer moved to Oregon in 2010 from Southern California with her husband and teenage son. She loves to fish the McKenzie River and spend time outdoors. She’s a trained chef and enjoys cooking for friends and family.
Kristyn Stephens is the Messy Church Coordinator here at Trinity. She’s a busy mom with two young boys and is an active member of the church. Her role as MC Coordinator works closely with volunteers to plan the monthly worship service and dinner. Kristyn is also a pre-school teacher at Mazxwell Road Preschool. She loves meeting new families and welcomes everyone with a smile.
Ursula Damgaard is the Choral Director at Trinity. Ursula received her Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in music (voice and piano) from Augustana University College. She completed her A.R.C.T. Teacher and Performance Diplomas for piano with the Royal Consevatory of Music. In December of 2002 she completed her Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oregon. During her graduate studies, she continued to study voice.
Ms. Ursula has taught piano and voice privately since 1994, as well as taught as an adjunct instructor at Eugene Bible College for five years and as an elementary music teacher at Eugene Christian School for two years. She directed the music program at Ballet North West Academy for eight years and continues to co-direct and teach at Harmony Roadhouse Music Studios LLC. She has accompanied vocalists and instrumentalists since 1990 and worked for churches as pianist and vocalist since 1988. Ms. Ursula worked at Trinity United Methodist Church as sub-pianist and organist for four years and is excited to return to TUM Church as the choir director.
Ursula and her husband Rod reside in Eugene and are blessed to be a part of a great community.
Jim Greenwood plays piano at Trinity on Sunday mornings as well as other locations throughout Lane County. He is very active in local theatre and was a professor in the music department at Lane Community College. Jim is a respected and sought after musician in Lane County and we are fortunate to have him share his talents here at Trinity UMC.
Liz Wigham plays piano at Trinity UMC. She is a mother of four who has lived in the Eugene area since 1982. Liz is very active in the local music community, volunteering several hours each day playing piano in neighborhood schools, allowing music and theatre programs to remain alive and thriving, regardless of district budget cuts. She performs locally on a regular basis at multiple venues, including the Hult Center for Performing Arts. In addition to this, Liz is pianist for the Eugene Community Orchestra, and she is owner/operator of Sharp Accompaniment, a business which provides live music for performances and events. She also serves as Ambassador for the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Michigan which provides creative outlets for children who are facing adversity. Through this program, she helped to initiate a creative writing program run by best-selling author Chip St. Clair. Liz is also a local coordinator for International Cultural Exchange Services, placing and supervising high-school exchange students in area schools and arranging for local students to study abroad.
Sherry Smith is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Trinity. (bio coming soon)