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About Us

What We Believe



  • We believe in one God, revealed in three distinct ways:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

  • We believe Jesus was human and that he died on the cross.

  • We believe Jesus was divine, the Son of God and through the miracle of the Ressurection, he lives today.

  • We believe Jesus is our Lord and we are called to follow in his footsteps.

  • We believe Jesus is our Savior and through Him, we are forgiven our sins and can find eternal life.

  • We believe the Holy Bible is God's word.


From the United Methodist Church


Our Staff:
Rev. Dr. Patricia Riggs

Pastor Tricia joined the Trinity Family from Virginia Beach, VA. She has been in ministry since 1989, and Trinity is her fifth assignment. 

She grew up in the Tidewater region. Tricia and her husband, Mike, have two children and five grandchildren.

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Rev. Carol Bookwalter

Visitation Pastor

Carol Bookwalter is a retired elder in the Virginia United Methodist Conference; a mother of five with one son with his dad in heaven with Jesus. She loves visiting and talking with people about their life experiences and their walk-in faith. One of her joys in Christ is His call to prayer and sharing with others how much God has to offer them through Scripture and prayer. She entered ministry from Trinity UMC seeking to do pastoral care and discovered in the process a love for teaching, preaching, and sharing the miraculous ways Jesus has worked in her life. Carol’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and master’s in counseling and divinity. But the credentials are nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord. She is excited about the opportunity to be part of the ministry team at Trinity UMC.

Laura Monfils

Director of Children's Ministry

Laura has been the  coordinator of children's ministries at Trinity for seven years. She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was just 4 years old! Laura is a graduate of Liberty University where she met her husband Ryan.  They have three children.

Jordan McDougal

Church Coordinator

Jordan McDougal grew up in Richmond Virginia and moved to her husband's hometown in Poquoson in 2015.  She went to Christopher Newport University and played softball there, which is where she met her husband, Christopher. They have two beautiful kids, Brooks and Payton.  We also have a golden retriever named Lionel. 

Brenda Chapman

Financial Secretary

Brenda has been Financial Secretary at Trinity since April 2016. She is also the Assistant Director of Trinity Christian Preschool.

Brenda is married with three children. 

Brenda is a great addition to the Trinity family!

Leelan Nickisson

Sound and Media Tech

Leelan was born in Colorado, lived in 5 states, and has been working on becoming a world traveler. With a degree in digital media and a certification in audio technology, Lee is a new addition to TUMC, who enjoys photography, movies, video games, and cooking.

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Madison Davis

Nursery Coordinator

Madison Davis is a wife to Austin, mom to Cole and a stepmom to Riley. She currently works for Poquoson City Schools and has worked with children for most of her life. She graduated from Shenandoah University in 2018 with her undergraduate degree and received her Masters in 2021. She has worked mostly with children ages 1 to 6 years old. She has lived in Poquoson her whole life and has been a member of TUMC since she was 13 years old. She can’t wait to meet you sweet child in the nursery on Sunday mornings from 8:45am to 12pm! 

Job Opportunities at Trinity

Job Opportunities
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