Pastor Biographies

Rev. Dr. Charlie McNeil, Interim Lead Pastor

Dr. Charlie McNeil, one of the Interim Lead Pastors, is a retired Elder in the Greater NJ Annual Conference and has served under appointment for 30 years as both a pastor in this District and in extension ministries as a psychotherapist. He is a NJ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow in AAMFT.

After earning a BA in Psychology & Religion from Grove City College and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Drew University, he also attained a post-graduate Educational Specialist degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University.

He and his wife, Jane McKeever, have been a part of the Trinity UMC family for several years. Jane works part-time in the Church Office and is part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Charlie serves on the Lay Personnel Ministry Team and participates in the Men’s Bible Study. They live in Allamuchy with their cat, Ollie.

Charlie McNeil portrait

Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett, Interim Lead Pastor

One of the interim lead pastors, Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett was ordained as an elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual conference in 2006.  She currently serves as Associate Dean for Vocation and Formation, Associate Professor in the Practice of Public Theology, and University Chaplain at Drew University.  Tanya has been called to serve local church congregations alongside her academic appointment and has been appointed to interim pastoral positions at several GNJ churches over the last 15 years.  She frequently serves on the worship design teams for UMC jurisdictional and general conference events and was the lead writer for the United Methodist Women General Assembly and Mission U 2018. She graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in Communications, and from the Theological School at Drew with her M.Div. and Ph.D.

Tanya lives with her husband Ken and Boston terrier, Mick Jaggar, in Florham Park.  They have three grown children, Caty (Avery), Teddy (Maggie), and Liza, and grandson Jack.

Rev. Dr. Debra A. De Vos (Deb)

Rev. Dr. 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 Master of Arts in Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Studies from Drew University in 2014.  She earned a Doctorate in Ministry in Prophetic Witness and Service at St. Paul’s School of Theology in 2020. 

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 which gives her a seat at the Connectional Table.  Deb is the secretary of the Skylands District Committee of Ordained Ministry.  She is also the Northern Region’s Coordinator of Small Groups. 

In addition to helping disciples grow deeper, as a deacon, Deb has a passion for social justice especially for working towards dismantling racism. 

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, crocheting, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends.
Rev. Dr. De Vos can be reached at 908-852-3020 extension 17 or ddevos@catchthespirit.org

Rev. Jisun Nam, Associate Pastor

Rev. Jisun Nam is an associate pastor serving Family Ministry at Trinity Church. Jisun majored in Christian Studies and Child Studies at Seoul Women’s University before earning her A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and M.Div. degree at Drew. She continues to study at Drew as a student of the Master of Sacred Theology program with the primary focus on preaching.

Jisun has been involved in family ministry for over 20 years in multicultural settings. For her, it is a pleasure to see children and youths transforming by the Word of God, prayers, and the genuine love of faithful people around them. To help the young generation grow in faith, she utilizes her gifts of ministerial creativity, reaching out to others, and compassionate heart.

Jisun was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and is married to Kenneth who was her sixth-grade classmate. They have three children named, Neri, Nicholas, and Irene. Jisun loves books, conversations over a cup of coffee, and going on walks with her dog, Snooper.

Rev. Jisun Nam can be reached at 908-852-3020 extension 19 or jnam@catchthespirit.org

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.