Trinity's New Senior Pastor

We are very pleased to announce that the next pastor at Trinity UMC will be Reverend Christina Shaver. Reverend Shaver currently serves at St. Paul UMC in Gulf Breeze and will start at Trinity in early July. She has been the pastor at St. Paul for the last 8 years. Prior to that, she was the associate pastor here at Trinity for 6 years. Her husband, Jonathan, and Christina have been married for 11 years and have 2 boys, James (8) and George (5). Christina commented that she “loves Trinity and knows God is at work through the people of the church.”

We look forward to welcoming Reverand Shaver and her family back to Trinity!

Our Team

  • Rev. Mark Lilly

    Interim senior Pastor


  • Melissa johnson

    Student Ministry Coordinator


    Melissa Johnson began as our receptionist in 2014 and became our assistant youth director in 2018 after volunteering and interning with our youth group for several years. A Ft. Walton Beach native, Melissa was raised at Trinity United Methodist Church with her grandfather, John Remine and nanny, Annie Ferguson. She is an alumni of the University of West Florida (Go Argos!) and has a degree in Children and Society. For many years Melissa knew her calling was to work with the young people in her community. One summer at Oakwood Experience at Blue Lake, Melissa felt her calling to ministry and has been full speed ahead ever since. Melissa married her high school sweetheart, John and they have a daughter, Jane (2020) and two fur-baby cats, Piper and Kona. She has a passion for people, adventure and friendly competition. Her passion for others doesn’t end with the church, Melissa also works for Okaloosa County as a substitute teacher. In her free time she can be found bingeing Netflix shows, enjoying a football game with good food or planning her next road trip with friends.

    Life Verse: "Leave your simple ways and you will live;  walk in the way of insight." Proverbs 9:6 (NIV)

    Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy & The Office

    Favorite Book: Love Does by Bob Goff

  • Jessica McClung



    Jessica McClung was born and raised here in Fort Walton Beach and grew up in First United Methodist Church. Jessica is a 2020 Northwest Florida State College alumni with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Project Management. After graduation, she was able to get her foot in the door on Eglin AFB as a contractor. Jessica has always had a heart for children and received her calling to ministry work while she was a leader at Blue Lake during a summer camp for students and has now answered her calling by taking on the role of kid ministries here at Trinity. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family (specifically her new niece). She also loves to spend time outdoors playing disc golf or going to the beach to watch sunsets. Jessica is a Florida Gators fan and spends her Saturdays watching college football with friends and family.

    Life Verse: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10

    Favorite TV Show: New Girl

    Favorite Food: Pizza

  • Mariah Picot

    traditional music leader


    Mariah Picot has spent her life in the arts. From childhood musicals, to piano bars, to studying acting with teachers from the HB Studio in NYC, to a couple of stints as an Elvis [impersonator] backup singer, she has led an eclectic life that has all prepared her for being a church choir director.

    She is back in the Panhandle after 15 years in Dallas, where she was brought to work with a music agent after Rita and Katrina wiped out a lot of work that she had with a jazz quartet while living in Panama City. Dallas had incredible advantages as to the resources available. She was able to write a musical that she had started in Panama City at the Unity Church there and get it up on its feet to have 'professional reads' with actors and musicians. She was also an accompanist at an acting studio for 10 years and saw kids grow up to be young professionals and go off to college.

    Somewhere along the line, while she was the music director at First Christian Church in Lewisville, TX, she fell in love with choral music. She was conducting the choir from the piano. The church eventually merged with another First Christian church, and she became the conductor and helped the church grow its choir and repertoire.

    As fate would have it, or the hand of God, another natural disaster was influential in bringing her back to Florida. She lost her teaching studio [piano & voice] during the pandemic, and even as people started returning, the adults still had their own challenges and had to drop out.

    She is delighted to be the new Traditional Music Leader at Trinity United Methodist Church to help grow the music program. There is lots of info on her website.

    Her door at the church is always open.

    Favorite Verse: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

    Favorite Book: The Artist's Way

    Favorite Food: Fajitas

  • David yetter


    David began serving at Trinity in October of 2019. He is a native of upstate NY, Binghamton, NY. He received his B.Mus. & M. Mus. degrees from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ in 1976 & 1978 respectively. While at college he sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir in orchestral/choral concerts with the NY Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Washington, DC, the Pittsburgh Symphony, & the Atlanta Symphony. In Aug. 1986 he came to Christ UMC in Jackson, MS to serve as Assistant Music Director, organist/accompanist. It was at this church that David met & then married his wife, the former Susan Spann. in July 1988.   David served as Wesley Biblical Seminary chapel pianist & graduation ceremony organist from 1987 to 2015. David also served as a music instructor & private piano instructor at a small Christian college, Wesley College, 18 miles south of Jackson, MS from 1997 to 2010. He enjoys traveling, American History, reading, & aquaria. The Grand Tetons National Park in NW Wyoming is proof of our Almighty God’s handiwork! He is a HUGE fan of UKY Wildcat basketball & love all the reruns of the 1970s TV series: “EMERGENCY!”

    Life Verse: "When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." Matthew 26:30

  • josiah drew

    worship leader


    Josiah was born and raised in suburban Alabama. He grew up in the church and has been playing in a church band since he was 16.  While not leading worship, Josiah is currently in performance training but his ultimate passion is spreading love and smiles! He is also passionate about applesauce. 

  • John Peters

    Business Administrator


    John has been a part of the Trinity staff since July 2023. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served for 20 years as a Meteorologist. After retiring, John and his wife, Mary, and their eight children decided to remain in the area. Since then, John has earned a degree in Business Administration from Purdue Global University. He has spent his time volunteering at Trinity, including serving on our Trustees team as well as various organizations in the area before working as a part-time facility manager here at Trinity. 

    Favorite TV Show:  "Alone" on the History Channel

    Favorite Musician: Dermot Kennedy

  • MaKenzie Johnson

    communications & operations

    MaKenzie Johnson has been a part of the Trinity staff since October 2020. A former military dependent born in the Midwest, MaKenzie has spent most of her formative years growing up in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. During Junior College, MaKenzie was able to spend a year studying abroad in South Korea, which helped fuel her love of travel and exploring different cultures. She is a 2013 graduate from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After graduation, she was fortunate enough to work in the field of Student Activities in higher education for seven years until she decided to answer God’s calling to work at Trinity and assist in spreading the message that Trinity provides spirit-filled ministries and worship opportunities to equip people to become disciples of Jesus Christ. MaKenzie was baptized in 2007 and has had a heart for God ever since. In her free time, MaKenzie enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid book reader/collector, a massive New Orleans Saints fan and the proud mom to a beautiful baby boy, Wrenly, as of June 2022.

    Life Verse: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17

    Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones Favorite Book: The Hunger Game series by Suzanne Collins.

  • Gabrielle Banks

    Office Assistant


    Gabrielle was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach and is currently stationed in the area with her husband and daughter at Eglin AFB. She has worked locally as a listing coordinator for the Domenech Group at Keller Williams and as a Makeup Artist for weddings. She enjoys fishing at the beach with her family, boating, and reading.

Trinity Leadership Team

Leadership at Trinity United Methodist Church is an outward demonstration of our shared vision and values.