Rhonda Hobbs

Senior Pastor

Rev. Rhonda Hobbs

Rev. Rhonda K. Hobbs is an Elder in the Holston Conference, serving as the pastor of Trinity UMC Knoxville, TN.  Rhonda received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Science in Business-Marketing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Prior to entering the ministry in 2005, she held a variety of sales and marketing positions with Bush Brothers Company and Kraft General Foods.

Rhonda has a passion for preaching, she follows Jesus’ example of using stories to teach and open up the Scriptures to new light and understanding.  She loves leading Bible studies, spiritual retreats for renewal and transformation.  Her personal mission statement is “To live a life that walks in close relationship to God and to inspire others to do the same.”  In addition to preaching and teaching, Rhonda is working towards her certification as a professional coach to enable and equip people to become all that God created them to be.

Rhonda has one daughter, Angela who is married to Matthew Davis, they have two sons Austin and Andrew.  Rhonda lives in Clinton, TN with a spoiled rotten Shih Tzu named Bentley.  Her hobbies include a love for reading, writing, quilting and crocheting.

Congregational Care Pastor

Rev. Larry Carroll

Larry grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.  He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Tennessee.  He worked for a private firm in Orlando, FL and TVA in Knoxville, TN.  He received a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta. 

He has been married to Brenda for 44 years (God bless her).  Larry has two children – Lauren, married to Dennis, Travis, married to Cassidy. He also has three grand-children, Meredith, 13, Olivia, 6 and Jordan 22 months.  He has served churches in the Holston conference for 42 years. 

I Like golf, working in the flower gardens, reading and laughter.

Youth Director


Donald Balcom

Hi! I am Donald Balcom and I am extremely excited to serve all of you as the new Youth Director at Trinity UMC. I hold a Bachelor’s in History and a double Minor in Geography and Secondary Education and a Master’s in Teacher Education (Secondary Education) from the University of TN.  I am the Social Studies Department Chair at Bearden High School and Assistant Basketball Coach at Karns High School.  I have been a member of the United Methodist Church for the past 17 years serving in youth and children’s ministries, as Lay Leader/Speaker, Lay Delegate to Annual Conference, on SPR, Missions, Trustees, Finance, and pretty much anywhere in the church that God has called me over the years.


I have lived in East TN my entire life and grew up in Roane County, TN.  I have been married for 20 yrs. to my absolutely remarkable and beautiful wife, Alisha.  She is the Youth Director at Kern Memorial UMC in Oak Ridge, TN.  We have a wonderful son, Austyn, who is 19 years old and is working towards his Architecture degree.  God has truly blessed us and been the sustaining force in keeping us a close-knit family.


I am eager to continue to learn the ins and outs of both the church and the youth programs here at Trinity.  My first priorities are to build trusting relationships and maintain a continued fellowship between the youth and church members as well as bring in some new practical and theological concepts to the youth.  There are so many great things going on at Trinity and I am just humbled and blessed to have this opportunity to work with the youth.




Music Director

Sheryl Howard

Sheryl has been a part of the Trinity team since 1999.

“One thing that I love about Trinity is the congregation loves music – they truly see the Divine Creator in music and understand its importance. They appreciate a variety of musical styles and so, that is why we try to glorify God in as many different musical ways as we can. We work hard to prepare the music. We believe in offering God our best work. Once we have prepared the music the best we know how, we offer it up to Him, the Divine Maestro. That’s when the real music is made – when the Holy Spirit anoints the music. Thanks be to God”