Our Amazing Staff

Enabling us to help one another grow as deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ, courageously working to change our world.

Revs. Lynn and Ron Bartlow (Pastors)

Revs. Lynn and Ron Bartlow are both ordained clergy in The United Methodist Church. They are both graduates of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. After graduating with their Masters of Divinity in 2000 and 2001 respectively, Lynn and Ron continued serving churches in central Illinois for five years before moving to Arizona.

Ron grew up in Arizona, graduating from Mesa High School and Northern Arizona University (with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education). Ron began ministry working as an intern at First United Methodist Church in Mesa, continued it as a volunteer leader with the United Campus Ministry at NAU and working with youth here at Trinity Heights before moving to Illinois to attend seminary and serve churches as their pastor. Trinity Heights UMC is Ron's fifth appointment as clergy in the UMC.

Lynn grew up in north-central Florida, and is a graduate of Florida Southern College, which holds the distinction of having the largest single site of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. In addition to local church leadership, Lynn's experiences in ministry include working as a youth leader in churches in Florida, the production of a television ministry in Chicago, and serving as a hospital chaplain. 

We are excited to be in ministry together here in Flagstaff with you, and look forward to helping people connect with God and one another.

Kevin Lester (Director of Children’s Ministry and Family Programming)

Kevin works with families and kids birth-5th grade here at Trinity Heights, which means he basically has the greatest job ever - introducing kids to the God who loves them most. Volunteer leaders and Kevin are working to help kids build a solid faith that allow them to enjoy a relationship with God, their family, and the larger world for the rest of their life. How cool is that?

Kevin is a recent migrant to Flagstaff - but he is loving it! His wife, Sarah, and his son, Soren, are enjoying getting out and exploring the trees and trails in the city. If Buffalo Park had enough electronic outlets, and wifi, he would beg the church to put his office there. He is obsessed with board games and enjoys a good book or podcast as often as he can. But most, he really loves talking, especially about God, super heroes, and 80s/90s pop culture - just ask him. You’ve been warned.

 

Elisabeth Sims (Director of Youth Ministries)

Elisabeth is a "funner" who loves to play.  She has belonged to Jesus since a very young age.  She grew up in the heat of Phoenix with her parents and two older brothers, and lots of boy cousins... so she loves the cool weather and four seasons of Flagstaff, where she came for college and never left; and the fun of raising girls now!  Being a mom has made her braver in her life. 

Her family mission statement is: Love God. Love People. Choose Joy. Take Courage.  God's word tells us 365 times to take courage and have no fear, so she is trying to live into that.  She is a mom, daughter, sister, friend, mentor, and mud monkey.  She has a heart for the furthest out kids- having worked in child welfare and as a Young Life leader with teen moms.  Her Big Hairy Audacious Goal is to live at camp and to care for youth (about ages 16-24) who are transitioning from foster care and homelessness.  Camp is one of her favorite things in this world, probably because it is such a wonderful picture of Heaven- the feasting and game playing and worship and people and solitude and adventure and naps and beauty and fun.

Elisabeth loves the CHURCH, is a networker and a connector who loves both adventure and naps in the hammock.  Her favorite prayer is the Prayer of Jabez and she loves Zephaniah 3:17.  Better go look it up so you can talk to her about it!!  Elisabeth is psyched about working with the youth of the church.  Contact her with suggestions for great youth activities.

 

 

Shelly Kelley (Administrative Assistant)

 

Shelly Kelley joined our staff in March, 2015, as our administrative assistant. She is one of the first persons you are likely to connect with if you contact or visit the office.

Shelly and her husband, Tim, moved to Flagstaff in 2014 from the frozen tundra of Blaine, MN where they spent the last 11 yrs.  Shelly is originally from Texas and met her husband Tim, in Enid, OK, while attending Phillips University affiliated with the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Shelly grew up in Pampa, TX, and is basically a small town girl. Once she married Tim, they have lived in St. Louis, MO, Austin, TX, and Blaine, MN.   

Shelly and Tim have been married 29 years and are recent empty-nesters with three sons currently in college.  They are looking forward to starting this new phase of their lives here in Flagstaff as well as at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. Tim is a mechanical engineer with W.L. Gore here in Flagstaff. When not working, Shelly enjoys hiking, knitting, and spending time with friends.

Lynnette Swain (Church Treasurer)

Lynnette Swain joined our staff in January, 2015, as our church treasurer.  She oversees financial reports and accounts. If it is financially related, Lynnette is the person you contact in the office.

Lynnette was born in Northern California and raised in Southern California. She and her husband, Erin, moved to Flagstaff in 2006 from Southern California. They have two sons, Alex & Shawn. Their boys go to Cromer Elementary and are in Cub Scouts. Alex is a Webelos 1 and Shawn is a Wolf. Erin is an engineer for BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe). When not working, Lynnette enjoys great music (Bon Jovi), camping, her two pugs, being a den mom and spending time with friends.

Mary-Margaret Johnson (Ark Director)

Mary-Margaret Johnson is the Director of the Ark Early Childhood Learning Center, and is the "veteran" member of our church staff, having been on staff at the Ark for over a decade!

Mary Margaret was born and raised in Flagstaff. She lived in Greeley, Colorado  for 15 years where she married her husband Vince. They have been blessed with three awesome children. Vince and Mary Margaret are “empty-nesters” as their youngest child moved out two years ago and is attending college at Grand Canyon University. She has one grandchild who is able to spend every day with her at the ARK.

Mary Margaret began her employment at Trinity Heights and the ARK in August of 2001. She worked in the two year old room, moved to the preschool room, became the assistant director and ultimately became the director in January 2004. During her time as director, she has helped the ARK grow from a three room facility and approximately 40 children to the present 7 room facility that serves over 100 children (approximately 95 families). She feels blessed to be part of a wonderful, Christian facility.

When Mary Margaret lived in Colorado, she was able to stay home and raise her own children. Her passion for the childcare center stems from the fact that she wanted to create a safe, loving, nurturing and spiritual environment for those parents who aren’t able to stay home with their children.  It is a true blessing to watch the children grow, not only from the love and dedication of the staff,  but also with the love of God.  

Mary Margaret worships at the catholic church here in town, however, she has a love for Trinity Heights and is proud to call this her “other” church home.

James Hanson (Facility Manager)

Jim Hanson is our Trinity Heights Facility Manager, overseeing maintenance and repairs of our church facility as well as supervising our custodial staff.

Jim was born in Escondido, California on December 20, 1975. His mother, Elaine and father, John had two other sons at that time, Tom and John Jr. Early in his childhood he moved to Minnesota and then to New Mexico and then he spent his teenage years in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This is where he went to high school and met his high school sweetheart Renee, who he is still married to today.

In 1997 he moved to Flagstaff. He started working in the carpet and restoration business and then moved on to help Renée's father in a masonry business. In 2009 they welcomed their first son, Trevor and just 13 months later, had their second son, Connor.  They moved to Chino Valley in 2013 and moved back to Flagstaff in 2015.

Jim was raised as a Catholic and was an altar boy.  Jim enjoys biking, hiking, swimming, watching movies, gaming and traveling and spending time with his family.

Joe DuBois and Custodial Staff

Joe DuBois is our primary church custodian, and he receives help from Vince, Tyler, Blake, and others as needed.

Hey there -- I’m Joseph Dubois and I am the church custodian, set-up specialist and facility manager’s assistant.

I have been employed here for four years. I love being able to work here and serve the Lord and his people. I also am a church member at Trinity Heights.  My wife Nicole and son Christian (10 going to be 11 soon) and I found our faith here and it has been growing for five years through the support of Bible studies and the Arizona Walk to Emmaus.  We have found Trinity Heights to be an amazing church and we even volunteered with the Upward Basketball program where I serve as a coach for the last 3 seasons we hosted Upward at THUMC.

When I’m not here at church I enjoy going to the park with my wife and son playing football, basketball, soccer, and also hockey. I love to fish, hike, and camp.  During my free time I serve some of our very awesome ladies here at Trinity Heights helping with yard work such as pine needles, mowing, cleaning out gutters and shoveling snow.     

Paul Allen Lee (Accompanist)

Paul Allen Lee is the accompanist for our morning worship services.

Paul Lee is currently a staff accompanist at the Northern Arizona University School of Music and in his final year of doctoral work in collaborative piano at Arizona State University. At NAU, he has played for well over 120 students in four years, as well as serving as principal coach and pianist for NAU Opera productions of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, as well as a variety of one-act operas. He has performed throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and the southeast, as well as Italy and Germany.

At ASU, he studies with Andrew Campbell and Russell Ryan and has performed in masterclasses for noted collaborative artists such as Anne Epperson. In addition to his work collaborating with students across the ASU School of Music, his principal area of research is concert hall acoustics.

Paul holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Tennessee, where he studied principally with Kevin Class and David Northington. While at UT, he was the pianist for the Men’s Chorale, Wind Ensemble, UT Orchestra, and a rehearsal pianist for the opera program’s production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. He holds undergraduate degrees in piano performance and mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, where he studied primarily with Mary Louise Hallauer and was the pianist for the Women’s Chorale, Wind Ensemble, and New River Valley Symphony.

Linda Stamer (Choir and Music Director, Volunteer)

Linda Stamer is our volunteer Celebration Choir director, and also helps to arrange and coordinate other music ministries with our Worship Design Team.

Linda has been active at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church since fall of 2006.  In addition to being music leader at numerous Vacation Bible Schools and Summer Sunday School, Linda started the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir.  As of January 2014, she has been the Director of the Celebration Choir.  The members of the choir love singing under Linda’s direction and invite you to come and join in on the fun and this tight knit community.

During the week Linda can be found in the music department at Northern Arizona University mentoring the next generation of music educators. 

Chaz Schober (A/V Coordinator)

Chas Schober is the coordinator of our Audio-Visual ministry and equipment.

Biography to come

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