After serving as the Trinity Church Administrator since 2010, Bob was appointed as the Senior Pastor of Trinity beginning July 1, 2020. A life-long United Methodist (Bob was baptized as an infant at Trinity) Bob is no stranger to Trinity. Bob will continue to serve as the Pastor to Fort Yuma United Methodist Church as well as Trinity.
As a church administrator Bob 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 and as Chairperson of the Desert Southwest Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits.
Bob completed Local Pastor Licensing School through the Western Jurisdiction at Claremont School of Theology and is currently enrolled in on-going classes through Claremont’s Course of Study.
Bob is married to Derrick Billiard, has a son Jonathan who is an engineer working in Yuma, and two step kids, Wyatte (and son Josiah) and Katelyn (and son Deacon) who live in the Phoenix area.
Music Director and Director of the Cindy Klein Memorial Handbell Choir
Karen Conde is a generational United Methodist, being baptized in the First Methodist Church of Detroit, which her grandfather helped build. Karen came to Trinity in 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. For many years Karen sang in the chancel choir and filled in as director when needed. During the years from 1974-now, Karen got her start in the bell choir, by playing in the Cindy Klein choir and directing three training choirs. Karen became the director of Cindy Klein after long-time director Linda Irick retired. Along the way, Karen got her Master’s in Administrative Leadership.
Upon retirement from her position as an elementary school principal, when the church needed a permanent music director, it was only natural for Karen to fill this need. Karen has been in the Cindy Klein Choir for 41 years. She recently took a year off to recover from cancer – but Karen is back and ready to tackle the responsibilities of Director of Music!
Chancel Choir Director
Stephanie Fazz grew up in the Presbyterian Church and has been active in worship teams and choirs her whole life. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Performance from Northern Arizona University in 2015 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Elementary Education. Stephanie is married to Evan and they have two
children, Emilia and Elliot, and two dogs, Daisy and Larry. Stephanie usually teaches general music at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, but for the 2020-2021 school year she will teach 5th grade as a requirement of her master’s program. She enjoys cooking, games, and reading. Stephanie is taking a short hiatus in the fall of 2021, but we look forward to her return soon!
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 volunteered 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 Co-Chairperson for the Learning Ministry and a member of the Advisory Board. Sherrie was the Committee Chairperson for a Boy Scout Troop from 2002 -2015.
Sherrie has a Master 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 worked at Desert View Academy as a temporary teacher in their new computer lab. Sherrie has been attending Trinity since 2001 and became a member in 2002. Sherrie is a single mom of three, Carrie Golden, Roy Raas, and Judy Raas.
When living in Minnesota, she would commute to her student’s homes, and enjoyed being paid to giggle with children.
In 2014, she moved to Tucson, Arizona to teach K-2 Music at 2 sister charter schools until 2019. She found herself back in Minnesota again, but decided she truly loved the sunshine that Arizona offers.
Brenda continues to share her gift of music with many budding talented musicians at Fretworks Music Store.
Katie first joined Trinity as a member in 1982 and has been involved with the congregation for the rest of her life since (minus a few years away for school and career). During her early years at Trinity, she first discerned her call to ordained ministry. Katie graduated from Yuma High School before attending University of Arizona
for her bachelor’s in religious studies and Claremont School of Theology for her master of divinity degree. From there, Katie served churches in Flagstaff, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 1997, Katie was received into full membership in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference as an ordained deacon (a clergy order of service ministry), at which time she returned to Yuma (and Trinity!) to stay. Her ongoing work as a deacon has included pulpit supply, children’s ministry, leading study groups, and serving on several Walk to Emmaus retreats, as well as secular work in customer care management, resume writing, and transcription. She feels she has really “come into her own” as a deacon in the areas of church office and program management; she is currently appointed to two Yuma congregations, First and Trinity United Methodist Churches.
A self-described “aging goth chick”, Katie enjoys travel (particularly cruising), needlework, sci-fi and horror books and movies, and playing in the Cindy Klein Memorial Handbell Choir. She and her spouse of 28 years have three sons, three cats, and two dogs.