Frank Fowler, Senior PastorReverend Dr. Frank L. Fowler III, Senior Pastor

Dr. Frank Fowler is the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. He is a native of Hackettstown, and Trinity was his home church as a young man.

After earning a BA degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, he served for two years as an Associate Pastor in Plainfield, New Jersey, and eight years as pastor of the United Methodist Church of Newfoundland, New Jersey. During that time, he earned a Ph.D. degree from New York University.

He is married to Karen Fowler, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who is an accountant. Together they have five daughters, Faith Fowler, Angela Fowler-Hurtado, Christina Fowler, Savannah Connolly and Emily Watson. They live in Great Meadows, New Jersey.

Dr. Fowler is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and a clergy member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the UMC.

Rev. Fowler can be reached at 908-852-3020 X12 or

Pastor Jennifer Smith WalzReverend Jennifer Smith Walz, Associate Pastor

Rev. Jennifer Smith Walz is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She has been part of Trinity’s pastoral team since 2012 when she and her husband, Robert (Bobby) Walz, moved to New Jersey due to Bobby’s role with Thor Labs, the company he’s worked with for many years.

Rev. Smith Walz is a native of Texas who grew up in the United Methodist Church. Her undergraduate degree in mathematics is from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After college, she went to Duke University Divinity School in North Carolina where she earned her Master of Divinity degree. Immediately after seminary, she worked for a year as a Chaplain Resident at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ.

Her first pastoral position was on the staff of the 1,800 member Paradise Valley UMC in Paradise Valley, AZ, where she was an Associate Pastor with responsibilities in youth ministry, missions, adult education and general ministry areas. She served on the staff there for 6 years. In 2006, she was appointed as the Senior Pastor of the Desert Foothills UMC where she served for an additional 6 years. Other ministry experiences include small group leadership, retreat leadership, confirmation curriculum and leadership, and mission experiences. In 2010, she took a 13-week renewal leave in Peru and Costa Rica. Rev. Smith Walz has written spiritual articles for several publications. As a pastor, she has a passion for teaching and lay leadership development. She is a trained Leadership Coach and is a Spiritual Director in training.

Rev. Smith Walz’s interests are varied and include hiking, snowshoeing, dancing, playing the flute, and photography. She and Bobby delight in the joy of parenting their pre-schooler Elliot.

Rev. Smith Walz can be contacted at 908-852-3020 X13 or

Don GebhardReverend Don Gebhard, Associate Pastor

Rev. Don Gebhard earned a B. A. in Psychology and Business Management from Moravian College and a Master’s of Divinity degree from Drew University. He is currently an ordained deacon within the Greater New Jersey Conference.

Rev. Don Gebhard served as the Sr. High Youth Director at Trinity from 99-01. He then served a year as the Director of Youth Ministries at Bridgewater UMC before coming back to Trinity in the role of “Youth and Children’s Pastor.”

Pastor Gebhard grew up in Texas, then moved to the Hackettstown area in 1992 to finish high school. He is married to Jana Gebhard, who is a physical therapist and Hackettstown native. They live in Hackettstown, NJ with their daughter Olivia, son Micah, and spoiled beagle Jules!

Rev. Gebhard can be reached at 908-852-3020 X 19 or

Reverend Debra A. De Vos, Associate Pastor

Rev. Debra A. De Vos (Deb) is an ordained deacon currently serving as Associate Pastor at Trinity.  She earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Jersey City State College and a Masters of Arts in Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Studies from Drew University in 2014.  She begins a Doctorate in Ministry in Prophetic Witness and Service at St. Paul’s School of Theology fall of 2017.

Deb De Vos profile

She loves facilitating Bible studies and small groups. She enjoys working in small group ministry and helping people grow in their discipleship while building deeper relationships with God and others. Deb has a passion for spiritual formation, working with people to develop the practices that will help them grow in their faith journeys, falling deeper in love with God. She is a member of the Greater NJ Annual Conference’s Small Groups Resource Team. Deb is also now serving on the GNJAC Board of Discipleship and the Skylands District Committee of Ordained Ministry.

In addition to helping disciples grow deeper, Deb has a passion for helping those who were not born in this country navigate the processes and challenges that come with living in a foreign country and learning another language.

She is married to Robert, whom she met on a trip to the Holy Land taken with their respective churches and the Bishop in 2012.  Together, they have three adult children, Peter, Rachael, and Katie. In her free time, Deb enjoys reading, music, counted cross stitch, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends.
Rev. De Vos can be reached at 908-852-3020 extension 17 or

Ginny Thorp, Congregational Care Lay Minister
Ginny Thorp, Congregational Care Lay Minister
Ginny Thorp grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where she attended the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church throughout her childhood and teen years. She earned her B.A. degree from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio in 1982. At Wooster, Ginny was a Communications Major.

While at Wooster, Ginny met her husband, Tom and they were married in November 1982. After Tom completed his law degree in 1982, they moved to Hackettstown, Tom’s hometown. The Thorps have been residents of Hackettstown ever since and have raised their two daughters, Katie and Taylor, in Hackettstown.

In 1992, the Thorps became members of Trinity. Ginny became involved with the Brick Church Ringers, VBS, and small group ministry. In 2002, Ginny was hired by Trinity as its first Director of Children’s Ministry, a position she held for 14 years. God’s nudging in 2016 led her to her current position as Trinity’s Congregational Care Lay Minister.

As empty nesters, Ginny and Tom enjoy taking walks with their dog, Kona, traveling to visit their daughters, watching movies and following the Yankees. In addition, Ginny likes to knit/crochet, read and garden.