Staff

Rodney Hagans Jr.

Rodney Hagans Jr.

Pastor

Rodney is in his eleventh year as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church.  He attended Penn State University and went to seminary at Duke Divinity School.  Rodney enjoys reading theology and almost all forms of music. Currently, he enjoys playing his upright bass with Trinity Strings, the house bluegrass band.  He and his wife Cheryl love being a part of the Trinity community, eating at the great local restaurants and spending time with their three six-year-old granddaughters. 

Andrew Tripp

Andrew Tripp

Director of Children and Youth

Andrew Tripp has been the Director of Children & Youth for Trinity United Methodist Church since 2014.  He oversees all of Trinity’s children and youth ministries, including the children music program and a very active youth group.  The children and youth of Trinity explore Christian faith and the great teachings of Jesus in a fun and welcoming environment.  The youth group meets once a week for a time of fellowship with other teens.  This group engages in community outreach programs and missionaries.  Andrew is a native of Macon Georgia and moved to Asheville in 2007.  He is a graduate of LaGrange College with a BA in Creative Music Technologies.  Andrew and his wife Jessica work tirelessly for various missions in the Dominican Republic and for Jessica’s non-profit organization, Heart of the Cross Ministries.  They currently reside in Swannanoa, North Carolina and have two children, Autumn and Liam. 

Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

Office Manager & Director of Music

Lee Thomas has been the Director of Music at Trinity United Methodist Church since 2003.  Lee oversees the music ministry and directs the Adult Choir, hand bells and various other small ensembles.  Lee is a native of Harrisburg, North Carolina and resident of Asheville since 1996.  He received his undergraduate education in music from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee and his graduate coursework from the University of South Carolina and Towson University.  Lee has been active as a church musician for twenty-five years, having served several congregations in North Carolina.  In his free time, Lee enjoys genealogy, working puzzles and reading a good mystery.  

Nolan Anthony

Nolan Anthony

Organist

Nolan Anthony has been the Organist and Piano Accompanist at Trinity United Methodist Church since August 2014.  He began organ studies in 2012.  He soon became substitute organist in several churches around Asheville including Fletcher United Methodist Church, Christ School Chapel, Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.  Nolan currently is a student of Kyle Ritter, Organist at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville.