Trinity United Methodist Church

Our Church


Trinity is a "come as you're comfortable" environment,  Everyone is welcome!

At Trinity, we think of ourselves as a loving family, and as such, we enjoy playing, learning, & serving together. We look forward to yearly church-family events such as camping trips, rally day, and a church-wide retreat known as Family Camp. There are also United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, & a Sisters In Ministry groups that meet at least once a month either for food, outreach, or education. The annual United  Methodist Men fishing trip and The United  Methodist Women's retreat is a blessed  and fun time spent in nature. Keep updated on these and other events for the whole church through our newsletter and website.

Children are always welcome in our worship services.  In addition, we offer continuous nursery care for infants and children up to 2 years old throughout our Sunday morning activities, There is a children's message especially for 3 year old - 2nd grade worshipers, as well as Children's Church.

At Trinity, everyone comes in our "back door".  You'll find visitor's parking spaces behind the building.  Once you enter one of the double set of glass doors, you'll find our sanctuary right in front of you.  If you turn right, you'll find restrooms, as well as the nursery.  If you turn left, you'll find our church office.  If you need, help, just ask one of the friendly Trinity folks you'll find.   We are all thrilled to see a new face and have the opportunity to share our church with you!


Our Staff


John Wesley Vaughan , 


John is responsible for helping the congregation to reach people for Christ, develop disciples and live lives of compassion mercy and justice. He preaches, teaches, works with leaders and tries to hang out with people as much as possible. He enjoys people dropping by to chat and his door is always open.


John is married to Melisa Derseweh, Senior Pastor at Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church. They have three children, Brandi, a middle school teacher in Nashville, Michael, who works for Mahle in Murfreesboro and Nathaniel, who is a criminal defense attorney.

Other Interests

John enjoys walking and weightlifting, riding his Gold Wing, and travel.  You can find him either walking the greenways in Murfreesboro, or riding the scenic roads with Melisa.  


B.S., Speech, Communications, & Theatre, Austin Peay State University

M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School

Ordained to Word and Sacrament in the United Methodist Church in 1986.

Connect with John

    • Blog name and link here

    • Email John


Sheryl Mabry, 
Director of Youth and Family Ministires

Sheryl Mabry serves as the Director of Youth & Family Ministries.  She came to Murfreesboro to attend Middle Tennessee State University and fell in love with the city.  She worked for 12 years in ministry with college students after graduation and now enjoys working with a broader age range here at Trinity UMC.  She has two children, Brandon and Kelsey, who both currently attend Discovery Elementary.  

Connect with Sheryl

    • Our Youth page

    • Email Sheryl


Jennifer Faauaa,
Church Treasurer

Jennifer Faauaa is the Church Treasurer and Preschool Director. Jennifer has been employed at Trinity almost fifteen years . Jennifer came to Trinity looking for a preschool and found that plus much more.  She is married and has two daughters, one in college and one in High School. 

Connect with Jennifer

    • Email Jennifer


Charlene Parkinson,
Music Director


Charlene has enjoyed a highly successful career as a choral conductor, educator, and church musician, serving churches in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee.  She is the founding director of music for the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, where she oversaw a program that included more than 300 participants in a variety of ensembles for young children through senior adults.  She currently serves as the Director of Music at Trinity UMC, where she oversees all aspects of the music ministry.  She also serves in the church office with her position as part-time secretary.  In addition to her responsibilities at Trinity, Charlene directs the Murfreesboro Symphony Chorus.  She is married to Michael Parkinson, director of the MTSU School of Music and resides with her family in Murfreesboro. 

Connect with Charlene

    • Music Ministry Page

    • Email Charlene


John Salaway,
Contemporary Worship Leader

John Salaway has been a contemporary worship leader for almost twenty years and has helped create TUMC's uplifting "Come and See" service which takes place on the first Saturday of each month at 5:30pm. John is a recording artist, published songwriter, and nationally endorsed multi instrumentalist who was recently voted "Nashville's indie pop artist of the year."

Connect with John

    • Come and See Page

    • Email John


Leslie Trail,
Children's Director

Leslie Trail is the Children’s Director at Trinity United Methodist Church. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Cumberland University and has been on staff for 3.5 years.

Connect with Leslie

    • Our Preschool Page

    • Email Leslie