Senior Pastor: Bill Etheridge
At the age of 15, God called Bill Etheridge to be a preacher. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1979. In 1983, he received his Master of Divinity from Emory and completed his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia in 1990.
Bill married his wife, Becki, in 1995 and they have three children, Will, Wesley and Mary E. Bill and Becki love spending time with their family, but are also avid dog lovers! They have three dogs – Angel, Sam, and Coco.
After living in Georgia and Florida as a young child, Bill’s family moved to Sylacauga, Alabama in 1969, a place he considers his hometown. He considers that His mother, Betty, still lives there today. Bill loves being a preacher and feels it has been a great privilege to serve in the North Alabama Conference.
Associate Pastor: Joe DeWitte
Beth loves children and believes that children’s ministry instills a love for Christ and provides the foundation for a lifelong relationship with Him. After volunteering in Children’s Ministries for many years, Beth became Director in 2007, and she has since attained her Para-certification in Children’s Ministries. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, for the excitement of knowing that the Lord has specific plans for every child. Beth and her husband Russ have one amazing teenage daughter, Sarah. She enjoys spending time with her family, and would just about rather be at the beach than anywhere on earth.
Director of Youth Ministries: Drake Roberts
Modern Worship Director: Andrew Harbison
Andrew is very musically gifted and loves leading Grace Vision. He not only sings and plays the electric guitar, but he also plays the mandolin, the saxophone, drums, bass and the piano. He has served at several churches in the area. We are blessed to have him and his wonderful wife, Hayley, as part of the FUMCT family.
Director of Music Ministry: Karen Marrolli
Karen comes to us from the United Church of Christ in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she was the Director of Choral Ministries from 2010 to the present. She developed children’s and youth music programs, as well as conducting sanctuary choir rehearsals and services. She has an undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition and a Master Degree in Sacred Music and Choral Conducting, both from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Karen earned her Doctoral Degree in Musical Arts, with a major in Choral Conducting and a minor in Music History, from Louisiana State University in 2010. We are excited to welcome her as our first full-time Director of Music Ministries.
Kids First Director: Amy Gulledge
Amy has been involved with Kids First for twelve years, first as a lead teacher, then as the School Age Coordinator. During this time, she helped Beth Burden with Children’s Sunday school classes. She also recently retired from Trussville City Schools after twenty-eight years of employment, which included an aide in Exceptional Education and the preschool classroom. She and her husband Richard have been married for thirty years and have two daughters – Felecia and Gabrielle. They have one dog, and four cats. Her hobbies include being crafty, beginner crochet, and Zentangle art.
Accompanist: Russell Williams
Russell has a very talented pianist/organist who has been with us for two years. He accompanies our Sanctuary services on the piano and helps with many other programs throughout the year. He also oversaw the renovation of our Sanctuary organ in 2013.
Director of Finance & Administration: Mollie Lyle
Mollie oversees finances and administration at FUMC Trussville. She loves being part of the church and has enjoyed meeting and working with all of the church members. She always has a pot of coffee brewing and invites you to come join her and have a cup. Mollie and her husband Bill live in Springville. They have a son, a daughter-in-law, three dogs and a cat.
Doorkeeper: Brett Fulton
Secretary: Candy Strickland
Food Services: Trinita Franklin