Trimble is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Illinois State University. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.
He was ordained a deacon and elder in the Northern Illinois Conference where he served two churches before transferring to the East Ohio Conference. He served churches in the Cleveland area and as the District Superintendent of the Cleveland District from 1996-2003.
Recipient of many honors and awards, He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1998 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the 2007 Bishop James S. Thomas Social Action Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action at Lakeside, OH. He continues to promote faith-based response to domestic violence and has encouraged the establishment of mental health ministries at the local church and conference level. He is also an active advocate for social justice, faith-based initiatives to address gun violence, as well as immigration reform. Trimble has preached throughout the United States and in Africa. He has also written a book, to support The United Methodist Church campaign Imagine No Malaria, A Faithful Church and a Healthy World: Reflections and Poems by Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble (2015). Trimble received 2015 Peace and Justice Award from Iowa Conference MFSA. In December 2017, he was the Graduation Keynote speaker at United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity for leadership in area of Global Health and Global Justice.
Trimble has been married since May of 1978 to First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble, a professional counselor and graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio. They are the parents of three adult children: Cameron, Candiace, and Julius Thomas.
Trimble’s personal mission statement is “to encourage all people with the love of Jesus Christ to rise to their highest potential or “Be Encouraged” for short.
Bishop Trimble is expected to preach during the Celebration of Ministry: Commissioning and Ordination Service, Thursday evening.
Bishop Michael J. Coyner is a retired Bishop in The United Methodist Church. Prior to retirement, Bishop Coyner served the Indiana Conference for 12 years. Before being appointed to the Indiana Conference in 2004, “Bishop Mike”, as most people call him, served the Dakotas Conference after being elected to serve as a United Methodist Bishop in 1996. An Indiana native, Bishop Mike grew up in Anderson. Throughout his time in The United Methodist Church, he has served churches of various sizes in Indiana. Bishop Mike and his wife, Marsha, currently reside in Indianapolis.
Bishop Mike will speak during the Saturday morning Prayer Breakfast.
I have two younger sisters, Cindy and Cheryl, who are both married and have kids. My mother, Nancy, still lives in Mishawaka and plans to visit us at Covenant often. I have a five month old Golden Retriever named Sadie who loves her new back yard. I enjoy walking and being in nature. I love movies, TV, and spending time with friends and family. I love College Football and know Notre Dame will go all the way this year. I believe the church is a gift from God and that through the Church lives are changed, community is found, and joy is experienced.
Rev. Koelsch will preach Friday, June 14, during the Celebration of Life Service.
After completing her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from the University of Evansville, Pastor Michelle graduated from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina with her Master’s in Divinity and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. While serving in full time pastoral ministry, she later completed certification as a Spiritual Director from The Benedict Inn and Conference Center in Beech Grove, Indiana.
Reverend Knight is a 2006 recipient of a $45,000 Clergy Renewal Grant from the Lily Endowment. She is a writer for the Upper Room daily devotional and has co-authored a book with her colleague entitled, He Said…She Said: Biblical Stories from a Male and Female Perspective. Michelle was an honored participant in the inaugural Bishop’s Leadership Academy for young clergy.
When not leading and loving her congregation, Pastor Michelle enjoys time reading in her hammock, writing, preparing for 5k events, scrap booking, and fun with family and friends. She is blessed with her husband, Eric, who is a software engineer. They have an energetic, musical, and clever daughter, Diana, who keeps them on their toes.
Rev. Knight will lead the Guided Prayer and Bible Study, Friday morning, June 14.
Rev. Warner will lead the Guided Prayer and Bible Study, Friday, June 14.
Pastor Rasmus will the keynote speaker during the Praise and Celebration service, Wednesday evening, June 12.