Our pastors and staff

  • James C. Sprouse

    Senior Pastor

    Jim came to Trinity after serving as the pastor of an ecumenical congregation, United Christian Parish in Reston, VA. He has served as a pastor since 1976. He graduated from the University of Virginia undergraduate and graduate schools and Union Theological Seminary, and also taught at Union Theological Seminary and the School of Theology at Virginia Union for 12 years. He has served Virginia Conference churches at: Schuyler-Green Mountain Charge, Willis, Bon Air, Aldersgate, Emmanuel, and United Christian Parish, and is the Chair of the Arlington District Committee on Ordained Ministry. 


    Jim is married to the former Mary Price Carpenter of Richmond, VA. Molly was a writer and copy editor with the Richmond Times Dispatch. Their three children are adults -- Catherine who lives in Falls Church, Emily who lives in Sterling and Patrick who lives in Falls Church. 


  • Eileen Gilmer

    Associate Pastor

    One of Eileen's greatest goals is to make every visitor feel welcomed. She also assists those who are interested in becoming members. Quarterly, Eileen coordinates Discovery classes that are designed to guide those wanting to learn about, and become involved in, all our great missions.


    Eileen's background is in television news, radio, video production and public relations. She and her husband Ray have also been active in church outreach. They have been a part of the Trinity community since moving here in 2009. Their daughter Meredith graduated in 2013 from James Madison University. Their son Andy, who was an active member of the Trinity youth group, graduated in 2016 from Christopher Newport University.


    Have questions about Trinity membership? Send Eileen a note at egilmer@umtrinity.org. We're always happy to hear from you.

  • Keith Lee

    Associate Pastor

    Keith comes to Trinity from a variety of ministry experiences ranging from college outreach to overseas missions and local parish settings. But the one thread that connects all of them is the theme of God’s overwhelming love for us. At the beginning of his faith journey, which started in Jr High, he had a suspicion of that great mercy. However, after years of experiencing failures, problems and challenges of life, that tiny suspicion has grown to a resounding conviction – yes! God truly loves us even in our deepest moral failures and through our most trying circumstances!


    He wants to share that truth with the children and youth of Trinity. Also, he wants to encourage them to share it with all of their family, friends, and neighbors. His main objective is to remind ourselves at Trinity, no matter what happens, that we know that God truly loves us!

  • Jerry Rich

    Director of Music

    Jerry came to Trinity in 1995 after four years as Organist-Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in McLean. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from Peabody Conservatory of Music of the University of Johns Hopkins and has completed post-graduate studies in musicology at The Catholic University of America. He has taught music since 1975 and currently chairs the Department of Music at The Potomac School in McLean, where he has taught since 1987.

  • Catherine Wethington

    Director of Children's & Youth Choirs

    Catherine grew up at Trinity and has been serving as the 8:30 Song Leader since 2014 and the Soprano Section Leader in the Chancel Choir since 2011. She received her Bachelor of Music fro the University of Michigan and her Master of Music and Doctorate of Music Arts from the Catholic University of America. In addition to performing in operas, on the concert stage, and in recital, she also teaches private voice and coaches the Intermediate and Upper School choirs at The Potomac School She is looking forward to continuing to build our children's and youth music ministry.

  • Harriet Latta

    Office Manager

    Harriet received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Roanoke College and earned a Master of Arts in Lay Ministry in Christian Education from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. After completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education in Houston, Texas, she returned to Northern Virginia to begin teaching and volunteering in her home church. She came to Trinity UMC in 2005 after 5 years teaching in public, private and parochial schools. She still lives in her childhood home in Arlington.