Rev. Brian Erickson arrived at Trinity in June 2014 as the Senior Pastor Designate and, beginning in June 2015, assumed the full responsibilities of Senior Pastor. Brian was raised at Trinity and Vestavia Hills UMC, and is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Emory’s Candler School of Theology. For the first decade of his ordained ministry, he served as a college chaplain to BSC and then the University of Evansville, where his responsibilities included service-learning, Christian formation, and teaching. In June of 2009 he was appointed as the Senior Pastor to the First United Methodist Church of Alabaster, where he oversaw five years of tremendous growth in worship attendance, community involvement, and professions of faith. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the North Alabama Conference Board of Higher Education and a trustee for the Appalachia Service Project.
Brian is married to the former Mollie Lane Jackson, and they have three awesome kids. In his spare time, Brian enjoys woodworking, restoring vintage campers, playing the banjo, and cycling. He is the author of “The Theological Implications of Climate Control: Reflections on the Seasons of Faith,” which is exactly what it sounds like, a really long-winded book destined for clearance racks everywhere. He and his family love Trinity and would love for you to come see what we’re all about.
Rev. David Thompson has been at Trinity since May 2005. He started as the Youth Director and is now the Executive Pastor here at Trinity.
David was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL and is the son and grandson of United Methodist pastors. David earned a B.S. in Art from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary. David is currently a full time local pastor in the North Alabama Conference.
Before serving at Trinity United Methodist Church, David was the Youth Director at Latham UMC in Huntsville, AL. He is married to Tina, and they have four daughters, Madelyn, Anna Blakely, Lily and Hadley. David is a member of the United States Team Handball National team and has represented the USA in 2 Pan American Games, a World Championships and various other international competitions; he is the vice president of the USATH Board of Directors and sits on the Athletes Advisory Council for the US Olympic Committee. David enjoys time with family, sports and playing music. He shares, "our goal in ministry is to partner with families in growing up students in a Christian environment."
Kristan and her husband Jeremy have been a part of Trinity for several years and are active in the Relevant Sunday School Class. Kristan comes to us from UAB where she served as a Licensed Graduate Level Social Worker. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Alabama and a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Auburn University. Kristan has been involved in numerous outreach ministries, both domestically and internationally, through the Wesley Foundation at Auburn and her own volunteerism.