Jim McCarthy is a native of Jacksonville, FL who was converted to faith in Jesus Christ at an FCA summer camp in middle school. He felt the call to ministry during his freshman year at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL from which he graduated in 2008 with degrees in history and religious studies. He enrolled at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in August of 2011 and moved there with his wife and best friend, Jordan, to prepare for a life of gospel ministry. Jim graduated from seminary in 2015 and has enjoyed the privilege of serving as the senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, FL (2016-2018) and First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg, MS (2018-2023) before being called as the second senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Statesboro, GA.
Jim looks forward to carrying on the faithful legacy of his predecessor and Trinity's founding pastor, Rev. Roland Barnes, by preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified from all of Scripture and shepherding the flock of God together with Trinity's elders and deacons.
Jim and Jordan, along with their four children Ellie (10), Julia (7), Locke (5) and Bo (2) relocated to Statesboro in June of 2023.
My name is John Daniel (JD) Brannen and I am the youth director at Trinity. To share a bit about myself, I grew up in Statesboro and attended Georgia Southern University, earning a degree in Construction Management with a minor in Business Management. Prior to graduation, I felt the Lord calling me to vocational ministry and, for two years, I served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. Now, I joyfully minister to the youth at Trinity and am pursuing a Master’s of Divinity degree at Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition, I am married to my wonderful wife, Alana, who helps me serve the youth! I love to spend my time reading, drinking coffee, hanging out with friends, playing pickleball, and working on house projects!
Andrew grew up in Woodstock, Georgia, where he attended Fellowship Christian School and then went on to graduate from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and minored in Management. Upon graduation Andrew went on Staff with Campus Outreach and is now the Regional Director for C.O. Augusta. Andrew took on the role of Director of Assimilation, Mobilization and Outreach at Trinity Presbyterian Church in August 2019.
He and his wife, Jordi, have been married for 9 years and have two children; Caleb (4) and Allie (2). Their family lives by their four family values; Faith, Family, Food and Fun.
Caitlin is co-founder of the duo “Ascending” with violinist Tricia Bonner (www.ascendingduo.com). Since the opening concert in 2015, “Ascending” has successfully commissioned and premiered thirteen compositions from composers around the world, concertizing across the United States from Brooklyn, NY to Mansfield, TX. Caitlin earned her MM and BM in Piano Performance from Butler University. She relocated to Savannah, Georgia, in 2018.
Ellen grew up in Statesboro, GA, and attended and graduated from Trinity Christian School. She continued her education at Georgia Southern University, where she earned a BFA in Graphic Design. Ellen's parents were some of the founding members of Trinity Presbyterian Church, and she continues to be an active member in several ministries as well as the Administrative Assistant.
Ellen and her husband Neal have been married for 9 years.