Nominees

Election of Officers • The Lord’s Day, December 6

Beloved in Christ,

As you probably know, the Session has called a Congregational Meeting following both morning services on December 6, for the purpose of electing officers (Ruling Elder, Deacon, and Trustee) for Trinity Presbyterian Church.  The meeting and voting for those worshipping in person will be the same as in previous years: paper ballots will be distributed during the meeting and then collected after the voting period ends.  Because of COVID-19 restrictions, however, we are also making available a drive through voting option to those who do not feel comfortable worshipping in person.

From 9:30-11:00 on the same day, members may vote by driving through the Porte Cochere.  Members of the Nominations and Elections Committee will be there with ballots for you to complete and then immediately return just as in the Congregational Meeting.  Please note that you must be present to vote (either in the Sanctuary or by using the drive through method).  No absentee ballots will be distributed, and there will be no online voting option.

One of the highest privileges of the Presbyterian system of government is the sacred right of the membership to elect those who exercise authority in the church.  No office in the Presbyterian church (Minister, Ruling Elder, or Deacon) is ever appointed; they must be chosen by the people. 

These are unusual and challenging times.  The ministry of the Church to a needy and broken world is needed now more than ever.  We hope that these measures will help to facilitate a safe and effective election for the church in the sure and certain hope that brighter days are ahead of us.

Sincerely,

W. Mark Anderson
Chairman, Nominations and Elections Committee


 

Elder Nominees for the Class of 2023

James Asberry Byram, Jr. – Jim became a Christian in 1968 at a Campus Crusade youth rally in Gadsden, Alabama. He was in the eighth grade. Before joining Trinity in 1982, he was a member of First Methodist Church in Gadsden. Jim served on the Session in 2007-2009, 2011-2013, and 2015-2017. He previously served on the Diaconate. He has served on several committees including Finance, Building, Shepherding, Adults, Missions, and Executive. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Trinity Presbyterian School. Jim has taught adult and children’s Sunday School classes. He has participated in mission trips to Jamaica, Mexico, and Biloxi, Mississippi. He holds degrees from the University of Alabama and is a lawyer with Balch & Bingham, LLP. He enjoys exercise, reading, and spending time at Lake Martin. Jim and his wife, Elisabeth, have one adult son and two grandchildren.

Lewis P. Chapman, Jr. – Lewis became a Christian in 1973 after hearing a gospel presentation at a Family Life conference. He was baptized as a child at Eutaw Methodist Church in Eutaw, Alabama. He joined Trinity Church in 1974. He has served as a deacon and ruling elder at Trinity. Lewis has taught adult Sunday School as well as home Bible studies and small groups on Wednesday nights. He has served on the FCA Board for more than twenty years. Lewis holds a BS degree in Math from Birmingham Southern College, a DMD from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and completed specialty training in Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a self-employed orthodontist in Montgomery. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, and reading. He enjoys spending time on his farm and with his grandchildren. He and his wife, Merri, have three adult children and six grandchildren.

William J. DuBose – Bill has been a member of Trinity Church for forty-eight years. He was previously ordained as a ruling elder at Oak Park Presbyterian Church. He has served as both deacon and ruling elder at Oak Park and Trinity. Bill has served on several Trinity Church committees including Worship and Music, Childrens, and Nominations. He serves as a member of the Chancel Choir and was part of a mission team to Rio Bravo. Bill holds his BS in Biology and Chemistry, as well as his DMD from the University of Alabama. He is a retired dentist in Montgomery. His hobbies include reading, yard work, aviation and hunting. Bill and his wife, Candy, have two adult daughters and two adult grandchildren.

Robert Wesley Hogan – Robert was baptized as an infant at Trinity Church, became a member in 1973, and reaffirmed his faith when his wife joined Trinity in 1990. Robert was ordained as a deacon in 1997 and as elder in 2006. He has taught sixth grade Sunday School and occasionally serves as a substitute teacher for ninth through twelfth grade youth. Robert has served on several committees including Worship and Music, Children, and Youth. He has participated in mission trips to Rio Bravo and to Reynosa, Mexico. Robert holds a BS in Commerce and Business and an MBA from the University of Alabama. His hobbies are bird hunting, fishing, and exercising. He and his wife, Jan, have one son and two daughters.

Davis Houghton Smith – Davis was baptized as an infant at Saint John’s Episcopal Church and has been a Christian for as long as he can remember. Davis joined Trinity in 2006 by reaffirmation of faith and was ordained a deacon in 2011. He has served on the Missions and Nominations committees. He teaches the Disciples Sunday School class. Davis has a BA in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He is an attorney with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Davis feels blessed with a passion for teaching. His hobbies are reading history books and fishing. He and his wife, Caroline, have a son and daughter: Houghton and Anne Emery.

John E. Steiner – John became a member of Trinity in 1993. He was ordained as a deacon in 1998 and in 2002 as an elder. He has taught the Singles Bible Study, the Seekers Sunday School class, and has substituted in various other classes. He has served on many committees including Worship and Music, Finance, Missions, Congregational Care, Singles, Administration, and Building. As Missions Chair, he also served on the Executive Committee. John has participated in mission trips to Mexico and Jamaica. He has a BS/BA in Industrial Management from Auburn University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). John recently completed his term with the Retirement Benefits, Inc. Board, a PCA Committee involving benefit plans for elders and staff. He is currently a Managing Director of Welon Partners, an Investment Management Company. He is married to Laura Bowling Steiner and his hobbies include reading, golf, and hiking.

George Houstoun Waring V – Hous became a Christian in his youth and was baptized in 1975 in Alexandria, Virginia. He joined Trinity Church in 2014 by reaffirmation of faith. He has been involved in several ministries including Hurricane Cleanup, House to House, Neighborhood Cleanup, and Missions Week presentations. Hous has served as a Trinity missionary to Maxwell Air Force Base and a world-wide missionary with Officers’ Christian Fellowship. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, and a Master of Advanced Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the Officers’ Christian Fellowship Director of Field Engagement. His hobbies are remodeling, backpacking, disc golf, and birdwatching. Hous and his wife, Tami, have nine children and eleven grandchildren.

John Ward Weiss – John was baptized as an infant at Trinity Church and later became a communing member as part of the communicants’ class. He was ordained as a deacon in 1989 and in 1998 as an elder. He has served on many committees including Worship and Music, Education, Missions, and the Executive Committee. John has been a teacher for multiple Sunday School classes as well as Officer Training. He has served in the Chancel Choir for over twenty years and has led music for evening worship, Vacation Bible School, and mission trips. He participated in the Isaiah 55 Mission Trip in 2001. John holds a BA in History from Presbyterian College, a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He is an attorney with Gilpin Givhan, PC. His hobbies are music, fly-fishing, and reading. John and his wife, Menelle, have two children and one grandchild.

Herbert Skip Wilson – Skip professed faith in Christ at the age of ten and was baptized in Dothan, Alabama. He joined Trinity Church in 2010. He was previously ordained as a deacon and an elder at a local PCA church, and was elected as elder at Trinity in 2012. He has served on several committees including Childrens, Administration, and Finance. Skip has taught tenth grade Sunday School and participated in mission trips at previous churches. He has served as president of the Trinity Presbyterian School Board and a leader in Bible Study Fellowship. He received an AB degree in Biology-Chemistry from Samford University, and a DMD degree from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Prior to retirement in 2014, he was a self-employed Oral Surgeon and maintained a part-time teaching appointment in the Department of Oral Surgery at UAB. Skip and his wife, Maryann, are the parents of two sons and four grandchildren.

Deacon Nominees for the Class of 2023

J. Brian Atkins – Brian made a profession of faith and was baptized at the age of eight. He joined Trinity Church in 1997 by transfer of letter from Riverwood Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he also served as a deacon. Brian has served on the Worship and Music committee. He has served in the Chancel Choir for more than twenty years. He has participated in the House to House ministry, and has served as a volunteer with Montgomery Christian School. Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is employed as a civil engineer with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Brian enjoys spending time with family and reading. He and his wife, Kathi, have two children.

David Beach – David was baptized as an infant at Westminster PCA in Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up in the Church and accepted Christ around the age of five. He became a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church by transfer of letter in 2017. David has served as a camp counselor, and led Bible studies and devotions for campers and counselors. He has also served in the Youth Program at Vaughn Forest Church. David sings in the Trinity Church choir. He has a heart for service and is eager to serve in additional ministries at Trinity Church. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Education. David is a teacher at Saint James School in Montgomery, Alabama. His hobbies are singing, wood-working, and exercise.

Thomas Govan, Jr. — Thomas became a Christian at a very young age and was baptized at Grace Presbyterian Church in Metairie, Louisiana. He joined Trinity Church in 2008 by transfer of letter. Thomas is a member of the Disciples Class and has previously served on the diaconate. He has served as a teacher in a variety of capacities including: adult Sunday School, men’s Bible studies, youth small group, children’s Sunday School, and Children’s Church. He is a member of the Chancel Choir and the Men’s Quartet. Thomas has a degree from the University of Alabama and a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law. He is an attorney with the U.S Attorney’s Office. He also serves as a J.A.G. Officer in the United States Air Force Reserve. Thomas and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters and two sons.

Whitaker Brodnax Hamilton, Sr. – Whit became a Christian and was baptized at the age of twelve at Brookwood Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He joined Trinity Church in 2003 and has previously served as a deacon. Whit has served on several committees including Transportation, Facilities, and Stephen. He volunteers with audio visual, as Servant on Sunday, and as an usher. Whit holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Business from Auburn University. He works with inside sales for SRS Roofing Supply. His hobbies include family time, children’s sports, hunting, fishing, and yard work. Whit is married to Stacy, Director of Children’s Ministries at Trinity Church, and they have two children.

Jeffrey Stuart Newsome – Stuart was baptized in 1976 at Thomasville Baptist Church in Thomasville, Alabama. He joined Trinity Church in 2001 by transfer of letter. He was ordained as a deacon in 1996 at Young Meadows Presbyterian Church. He has served on numerous committees including Mercy, Mission, Maintenance, and Building. Stuart has taught Children’s Sunday School and Pioneer Clubs. He serves during Vacation Bible School and as an usher. He served in the Marine Corps for eight years. He is in sales – VP, Strategic Partnerships with Alpha II, LLC. His hobbies are reading, art, yard work, and studying theology. Stuart and his wife, Mary James, have three children: Stuart, Jr., James, and Claude.

C. M. Aduston Rogers IV — Aduston came to know Christ during his childhood and was baptized at Trinity Church. He became a communing member of Trinity as part of the communicants’ class in 1988. Aduston was ordained as a deacon in 2008. He has served on numerous committees including Childrens, Outreach, Youth, and Facilities. He serves as a Servant on Sunday and as an usher. He has led youth small groups and served as a greeter. Aduston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Auburn University and is a general contractor with Burton Mac, Inc. He is an outdoorsman and enjoys fishing and hunting. He and his wife, Staci, have two children: Lallie and McPherson.

Todd M. Romanowski — Todd was baptized as an infant and became a Christian in 1987 during a conversation with his girlfriend, now wife. He joined Trinity Church in 1999 by transfer of letter. Todd was ordained as a deacon in 2000. He has taught Pioneer Clubs, Junior High Boys Sunday School and Jesse’s Boys Bible Study. Todd has served as secretary of the Diaconate and he was the Diaconate Chairman in 2019. He has served on the Finance, Youth, Missions, and Special Events Committees. He participated in a mission trip to Rio Bravo in 2000. Todd holds a Finance and Management degree from the University of Montevallo. He works in commercial banking with Cadence Bank. His hobbies are spending time with family, sports, and being outdoors. Todd is willing to serve in any area needed. He and his wife, Margaret Lois, have three children.

William Harrison Taylor — Harrison was baptized as a child in Troy, Alabama. He joined Trinity in 2011 by reaffirmation of faith. He was ordained as a deacon in 2015. He has served in several capacities at Trinity including ushering, adult education, and doorstep visitation. Harrison holds a BA in History from Troy University, and an MA and PhD in History from Mississippi State University. He is a Professor of History at Alabama State University, and, as a faculty affiliate, Professor of Church History at Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has published two books exploring the role of Presbyterianism in American history and the world at large. He enjoys reading, running, hiking, and tennis. Harrison and his wife, Denise, have two sons and one daughter.

Richard A. Williamson, Jr. – Rich was baptized as an infant at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He made a profession of faith when he was in high school. Rich joined Trinity Church in 1991 by reaffirmation of faith. He was ordained as a deacon in 1998. He has served on several committees including Finance, Transportation, Stewardship, and Youth. Rich also serves as a Servant on Sunday and as an usher. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He is the Director of Asset Management for 42 Equity Partners, LLC. Rich enjoys sports, reading, outdoor activities, and yard work. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children: Elizabeth, Ashley and Richard.

Trustee Nominees for the Class of 2023

John Ward Weiss – John was baptized as an infant at Trinity Church and later became a communing member as part of the communicants’ class. He was ordained as a deacon in 1989 and in 1998 as an elder. He has served on many committees including Worship and Music, Education, Missions, and the Executive Committee. John has been a teacher for multiple Sunday School classes as well as Officer Training. He has served in the Chancel Choir for over twenty years and has led music for evening worship, Vacation Bible School, and mission trips. He participated in the Isaiah 55 Mission Trip in 2001. John holds a BA in History from Presbyterian College, a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He is an attorney with Gilpin Givhan, PC. His hobbies are music, fly-fishing, and reading. John and his wife, Menelle, have two children and one grandchild.