Interim Pastor: the Rev. Dr. Karen Barrineau
The Rev. Dr. Karen Barrineau is a retired elder in The United Methodist Church, having served in the following United Methodist Churches in Middle Tennessee: As Associate Pastor at St. Mark’s in Murfreesboro; as Pastor at Estill Springs, as Pastor at Antioch, as Pastor at St. Bethelehem and as Pastor at Blackman; as District Superintendent in the Clarksville District; and in Retirement, as Interim Pastor at Blankenship UMC. Karen also served eight years as the Chair of the Order of Elders of the Tennessee Conference UMC(2000-2008). Married for 46.5 years, Karen and Barry reside in North Rutherford County on their 8 acre farm. Together, the Barrineau’s have 2 daughters, Laura (Bryan)and Linda (Steven), 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and an assortment of critters, including a horse, 18 chickens and a flock of 7 sheep. Hobbies include model trains, baseball cards, fiber arts, and cheering on Middle Tennessee’s Softball Team (and granddaughter Kirstyn Cuccia.)
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
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Wendy Bledsoe-Payne is a Nashville native and graduated from McGavock High School in 1992. At McGavock Ms. Payne and was a member of the McGavock Madrigal Singers under the direction of Mr. Bob Binkley. While in high school Ms. Payne had the extraordinary opportunity to sing with the Nashville Symphony Chorus for the performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Carmina Burana under the direction of Kenneth Schermerhorn and Dr. Raphael Bundage. Ms. Payne graduate of MTSU with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. While at MTSU, Ms. Payne was a member of the Chamber Chorus, Schola Cantorum and the Nashville Opera Chorus for the performances of Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, and The Magic Flute, all under the direction of Dr. Raphael Bundage. For the MTSU Opera, Ms. Payne sang the roles of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicci, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Elizabeth in The Crucible. In 1997 Ms. Payne Earned 2nd place at the Beethoven Competition in Memphis, TN and earned the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition. Ms. Payne has studied voice with Dr. Vigil Hale, Dr. Gerald Pope, Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer, and Margy Bredeman. Ms. Payne has been a soloist/section leader for Vine St. Christian Church, West End Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Ms. Payne is currently the Music Director at Trinity United Methodist Church. Ms. Payne has been the Assistant-Choir Director and General Music teacher at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for the past 4 years and is an active member of NAfMe, MTVA, TMEA, and ACDA.
Director of Youth
Sheryl Mabry came to Murfreesboro to attend MTSU and fell in love with the area. She grew up United Methodist and has been a member of Trinity UMC for about 10 years. Sheryl and her husband, Dave, have two children: Brandon and Kelsey.
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Leslie Trail, Co-Director
Leslie Trail grew up in Gallatin, Tennessee and has always had a heart for ministry. She met her husband while working at Cedar Crest Camp in the summer of 1998. After that, she served as the Youth Minister for Chapel Hill United Methodist church for two years until she married (2001). At that time, she became a member of Trinity Methodist Church. She has worked with the Children’s Committee and/or the Education Committees in the church since 2002. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN and a B.A. from Samford University in Birmingham, AL.
Jeremy and Leslie are raising two daughters. She also teaches high school English at Eagleville School and coaches their Cross Country teams.
Leslie has been a part of Trinity United Methodist church for many years and knows ebb and flow of the children’s ministry. She is excited to work with it during this season of growth. As a mom and teacher, she believes that children are at a critical moment in the lives of their faith and feels privileged to be a part of their growth. She is ever-a-student and is constantly looking for ways to see this program grow through education, play, and service. She is excited to see what God has in store for the children and ministries of Trinity!
Treasurer, Director of Pre-School
Rev. John W. Vaughan