Evelene Tweedy Navarrete Sombrero – Senior Pastor
Tweedy is a full-blooded Dine’ (Navajo) from Inscription House, Arizona. Born to the Kinyaa’ ‘aanii clan for the Tliz’ila’ni clan. Tweedy attended and graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah. She then moved to Lawrence, Kansas and attended Haskell Indian Junior College and graduated with an Associate Arts Degree in Social Work. Following that same year she entered Ottawa University to receive her B.A. Degree in Social Work and a minor in Psychology. After her graduation she began working for her tribe in Gallup, New Mexico. Later she became interested in working for the church and moved to Shiprock, New Mexico where she joined the Shiprock UMC and became their Christian Education Director. From there she moved to Kansas City, Missouri to work at St. Paul’s School of Theology in their new program – International School for Native American Ministries. Later it became the National Center for Native American Ministries and moved to Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.
Tweedy has had a wide variety of experiences working in different churches. She also worked for the Reorganized Latter Day Saints in Independence, Missouri and when she entered seminary worked for the Disciples of Christ and the Presbyterian Church as their Youth Director. Tweedy entered Seminary at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Was ordained Deacon in 1988 in the New Mexico Annual Conference and in 1992 was ordained Elder in the Desert SW Annual Conference.
Bob Klein, Church Administrator
A life-long United Methodist (Bob was baptized as an infant at Trinity) Bob has returned home to serve as the Church Administrator for Trinity. As the Church Treasurer for many years, Bob’s expanded role now includes the general administrative responsibilities for the Church. Bob has previously served churches in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties as Church Administrator prior to returning to Yuma to work for a school district and an Indian tribe. Bob has completed classes through Candler School of Theology at Emory University to be certified by the General Council on Finance and Administration as a Church Administrator. He has also served as the President of the Desert Southwest Conference Council on Finance and Administration. In addition to working at Trinity, Bob is also serving as the “lay person assigned” in providing pastoral leadership to the Ft. Yuma United Methodist Church.
Laura Surguine– Music Director
Laura Baldasano comes to Trinity Methodist Church with a broad range of experience in choral performance and arts administration. Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she performed masterworks with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. After teaching high school chorus for four years, Laura moved to Arizona to pursue a Master’s degree from Arizona State University, where she worked directly with Dr. Gregory Gentry and the ASU University Choir. Upon graduation, Laura spent eight years in Arts Administration as Director of Education with Arizona Opera and Opera New Jersey, building state-wide relationships betweens schools and partnering arts organizations. While serving on the boards of Opening Minds through the Arts and Arizona Alliance for Arts Education, Laura acted as a member of the three-person panel to select the composer for the official anthem of Arizona’s bicentennial through the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Laura continued her work in choral music through her very first position at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. For fourteen years Laura returned to conduct during the annual celebrated Lessons and Carols, as well as act as Assistant Conductor to the Baldwin Choir of New York City.
Laura is honored to join the Trinity Methodist Church community.
Karen Conde - Director of the Cindy Klein Memorial Handbell Choir
Karen Conde has been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1965. Growing up at Trinity meant she belonged and did almost everything in the church along the way. But music was her focus.
Karen got her teaching degree from Northern Arizona University in 1974 and came home to teach. Her minor was in music and there is where it started. Singing and helping direct youth choirs was a natural move to help with handbells. In the beginning Karen just played bells, but within 2 years, she was directing a beginning choir. As the years went along, Karen ended up directing 3 training bell choirs and directing the Chancel Choir. At one point she was directing all 3 choirs and teaching First Grade.
Karen now sings in the Chancel Choir, solos when needed, but the most important accomplishment is directing the Cindy Klein Memorial Choir for the last 15 years.
The Handbells have been such a part of her life for the last 30 plus years, she can’t even think about what she would do at Christmas without carting a few bell cases all over Yuma.
The Cindy Klein Memorial Handbell Choir is on it 32nd Concert season and this year is no exception. The annual concert is always held the 2nd weekend in December, and the choir will be playing at 12 other venues for the 2010 season.
Allen Morlock – Organist/Accompanist
Sarah Akins – Director of Christian Education
A long time member of Trinity, Sarah serves as the part-time Director of Christian Education, organizing educational programs for children through high school students. A member of Trinity since she was six years old, she has participated in a wide variety of programs, activities, conventions and camps. Sarah is also a member of the Cindy Klein Memorial Handbell Choir and a full-time educator with Yuma Union High School District.
Sarah is looking forward to working with anyone interested in the educational programs of the church.
Sherrie Kelley – Child Enrichment Center
Sherrie has worked in the Child Enrichment Center since 2002 as a volunteer and took over as the Manager in 2003 when the previous Director retired. Sherrie has also assisted the Sr. High youth group leader, worked as the Jr. High youth group leader for a short time and a volunteer for Vacation Bible School, and the Fall Festival. She has attended many of the out of town events with the youth groups. She is the Committee Chairperson for the Christian Education Committee and a member of the Advisory Board. Sherrie is the Committee Chairperson for Boy Scout Troop 8053.
Sherrie has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She has worked with children in several different capacities over her career. As the President of the Resident Council through the Housing Authority of the City of Yuma, she was responsible for planning several family oriented events, Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Costume party, Thanksgiving gathering, and Christmas party.
Sherrie has been attending Trinity since 2001 and became a member in 2002. Sherrie is a single mom of three, Carrie Jackson, Roy Raas and Judy Raas.