Trinity Community Church is led by a team of leaders. We practice shared leadership because we recognize that we are relational beings—people made in the image of a triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that life-giving community can only be formed in a congregation when it has first been shared among its leadership.
Jeremy & Jessie Linneman
Jeremy and Jessie Linneman are native Missourians, met at the University of Missouri, and returned home to plant Trinity Community Church. Jeremy serves as Lead Pastor, taking responsibility for the teaching, leadership and spiritual direction of the church. Jeremy was previously a staff pastor of of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, for seven years. He has an M.A. in Leadership, completed a residency with Fellowship Associates, and is the author of Life-Giving Groups. Jessie is a J-school grad, an artist, and small business owner. They have been married for more than 11 years and have three sons: Joseph (8), Jude (6), and Jack (3).
Mark & allison wOPATA
Mark and Allison Wopata both hail from Kansas City, attended Truman State University, and have been married for five years. Mark works as a business analyst and has an M.A. in theology. Allison works in communications/design and has an M.A. in counseling. Together, they lead a community group and serve on the shared leadership team.
Garrett & Nicole Pearson
Garrett and Nicole Pearson met at Texas A&M University and were married in 2015. After two years in Louisville, Kentucky, they moved to Columbia to join Trinity's leadership team. Nicole leads TrinityKids, has an M.A. in counseling, and works at Columbia Independent School. Garrett is executive director of City of Refuge and is completing his M.Div. in theology.
Lindsey Poenie recently moved to Columbia from her hometown of Louisville, KY. In addition to serving on Trinity's leadership team, Lindsey is an account strategist at Influence & Co. and serves in several local volunteer roles.
Board of Elders
The pastoral leadership team of Sojourn Community Church’s East Congregation serves as the external Board of Elders for Trinity. Kevin Jamison (Lead Pastor), Bryan Lopina (Executive Pastor), Larry McCrary (Pastor of International Missions), and Chad Lewis (Pastor of Spiritual Formation) will serve as elders until Trinity’s own eldership is developed.