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 Evans, Angela Fowler-Hurtado, Christina Fowler, Savannah Watson 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  ffowler@catchthespirit.org

Pastor Jennifer Smith WalzReverend Jennifer Smith Walz, Associate Pastor

Rev. Jennifer Smith Walz is a fully 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 jsmithwalz@catchthespirit.org

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 dgebhard@catchthespirit.org

Pastor Anthony Pami, Congregational Care Pastor

APamiPastor Anthony Pami is a graduate of Montclair State University (he earned his B.S. in Accounting in 1994) and is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological School.  Prior to becoming one of Trinity’s Congregational Care Pastors, Anthony served as Director of Middle School Ministries @ Trinity as well as leading the 8th grade confirmation process for several years.  Anthony has preached on a regular basis at Trinity Church since 2007 and also served as co-pastor of Waterloo United Methodist Church in 2008-2009.  Prior to that, Anthony was an active leader of Men’s ministries.

Anthony is married to Cheryl who currently serves as the Director of High School Ministries @ Trinity and, together, they have three children … Benjamin, Jacob & Elisabeth.  Anthony currently lives just a few miles from Trinity in nearby Port Murray, NJ and works (during the day) as a Client Service Director at Robert Half International in Saddle Brook, NJ.  His hobbies include being an avid sports and music fan as well as reading and writing.  Anthony’s approach and understanding of God and Jesus Christ are rooted, above all, in love and grace.  Pastor Anthony can be contacted at 973-975-5805 or apami@catchthespirit.org.

Reverend Debra A. De Vos, Associate Pastor

Rev. Debra A. De Vos (Deb) is a provisional deacon in the United Methodist Church currently serving part time at Trinity.  She earned a B.S. Deb De Vos profiledegree in Accounting from Jersey City State College and a Masters of Arts in Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Studies from Drew University.

She loves facilitating Bible studies and small groups.  She enjoys working with small group ministry and helping people grow in their discipleship while building deeper relationships.  She is a member of the Conference’s Small Groups Resource Team.

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, counted cross stitch, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends.

Rev. De Vos can be reached at 973-479-0384 or deb918@gmail.com