Our Staff

Pastor, Michael Stanfield mstanfield@trinity-presbyterian.org

Michael Stanfield is a native of Greensboro, NC. He moved with his family to the Richmond, VA area as a teen and subsequently attended the University of Virginia where he majored in psychology and Religion and soon felt the call into ministry. Michael is both an ordained Presbyterian (USA) minister and a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He received his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA., his Master of Education in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Tennessee State in Johnson City, TN and his Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. In his career as a pastor, Michael has served churches in Alabama, Virginia and East Tennessee. Michael has been married to his wife, Janet for thirty years. Together they have 2 grown children: Carl who is program director at Tall timber, a Presbyterian Conference Center in WA, and Grace who is an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Michael has a passion for the outdoors and an abiding fascination with healing and dreams, the latter of which led him to extensive studies in Jungian psychology. Michael has been in training as a Hakomi (mindfulness/body/experiential) psychotherapist in Asheville, NC and Bellingham, WA for the past four years. The Columbia Tribune published a short article about Michael, that you can read here.

 

Church Secretary, Lily Chan trinity@trinity-presbyterian.org

Church Secretary Lily Chan has worked at Trinity since 1990.  Born in Hong Kong, she came to the United States in 1969 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in hospitality and food service administration from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis/St. Paul. Lily and her husband, Paul, have two grown daughters, Natalie who works in New York City and Stephanie, who lives with her husband, Andrew Jacobsen in Hong Kong.  She enjoys gardening, playing bridge and working for social justice.

 

Financial Secretary, Ann Bouchard abouchard@trinity-presbyterian.org Ann was born and raised in Peoria, IL.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Western Illinois University, a Master of Education degree from Phillips University, and an MBA from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.  Ann served on the staff of First Presbyterian Church – Columbia for 27 years, first as the Financial Secretary then as the Director of Christian Education, retiring in June 2015.  Ann and her husband Chris have two married daughters (Megan and Amy) and six granddaughters – 3 in Columbia and 3 in Overland Park, KS.  Ann volunteers with the Mothers of Preschoolers Program (MOPS) at First Presbyterian, writes curriculum for two children’s classes, and rings in the FPC handbell choir.  She enjoys reading, playing duplicate bridge, and doing crafts.

 

Coordinator of Music, Carol Virkler cvirkler53@gmail.com

Carol Virkler studied organ with Dr. William Little during high school and with Prof. John Barr at Bridgewater College. She has studied the art of Service Hymn playing with Bradley Welch and Todd Wilson at the St Olaf College conferences on Worship and the Arts.  She has played the organ for Trinity since 1979. She has also served as Sanctuary choir director, Youth Choir director, and led children’s music activities. 

 

Adult Choir Director, Steve Yates yatessteve07@sbcglobal.net

Steve is a native of Jackson Mississippi and was reared there in the Methodist church. He began his career as a choir director while still in college at the University of Southern Mississippi where he majored in music education with an emphasis in voice. After a tour in the US Navy and a few years as a full time music and youth ministry director, Steve began working with United Parcel Service.  There he became an international training manager in IT and had the privilege of working in China, Hong Kong, Germany and Austria. He moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2001 to become music director at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  Steve and his beloved partner, Doug moved to Boonville in 2015. He is on the board of the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri and is an active member of the Columbia Chorale and the Columbia Chorus. Steve has a daughter and two wonderful grandchildren. He reports, “Doug and I are very thankful to be at Trinity and look forward to becoming a part of the Trinity family. I am enjoying working with the many talented musicians and volunteers at Trinity and hope to enrich the worship services with great music.”