Our pastors and staff

  • Neil Hough

    Senior Pastor

    Reverend Neil Hough is a “preacher’s kid” who was born and raised in Northern Virginia. (Trinity’s parsonage will be the tenth church parsonage he has called home.) Neil has been in full-time ministry since 1994, serving Mt. Sinai UMC in Harrisonburg, VA, Emmanuel UMC in Stephenson, VA, Main Street UMC in Waynesboro, VA, and St. Matthew’s UMC in Annandale. He was ordained as an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1996. Prior to full-time ministry, he was a Civil Engineer Corps officer in the U.S. Navy and also worked for an engineering consulting firm. He has a civil engineering degree from Old Dominion University and master of divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.


    Reverend Hough is married to Reverend Anne Hough, who is a retired Elder in the UMC. The Houghs have two sons (Neil’s stepsons): Rob currently lives with the Houghs; Andrew and his wife Emily live in Norman, OK. The Houghs also have a hound mix rescue dog named Cocoa.


    Neil and Anne enjoy traveling and are looking forward to their next trip to England. (Anne is originally from the UK.)


    The Houghs are very excited about Neil’s appointment to Trinity and are looking forward to being in ministry with the Trinity Church family.

  • Eileen Gilmer

    Associate Pastor, Ext. 118

    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.

  • 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.

  • Karim Boyce

    Director of Youth Ministry

    Karim is new to Virginia , having recently moved from California with his wife Karla and their three sons. Karim has over 7 years experience doing youth ministry. He enjoys sports, food and having a good laugh. Karim graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary and studied in the School of World Missions. In missions God often pushes us out of our comfort zones in order to pursue God’s larger purposes. Karim recognizes the importance of both local and global mission work and believes the church must continue to find culturally relevant ways to engage the world. Karim has a background in social work and is excited in partnering with the parents of Trinity UMC. Karim’s vision is to develop a program of engaged parents and volunteers who partner together to mold youth that will positively impact their homes, schools, communities and the world.

  • Laurie Strollo

    Director of Children's Ministry

    Laurie is thrilled to be stepping into the role of Director of Children’s Ministry and Preschool Playcare/Auxiliary Programs Manager. She comes to Trinity with 12 year’s experience in preschool teaching, administration and children’s ministry. A native of Northern Virginia, Laurie received her BA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia. Prior to her work in early childhood education, she spent two decades as a financial services writer/editor and communications director in Washington, DC. She has three children: Emma, currently at George Mason law school; Daniel, a senior at Virginia Tech; and Julia, a sophomore in the dual degree program of the College of William & Mary and St. Andrew’s University, UK. In her spare time, Laurie stays active at the gym and likes to hike, read, and go to the theatre. Her goals for the Children’s Ministry program and the Preschool program are to bring children into closer relationship with God, to strengthen their bond with the Trinity UMC community, to teach them to love God and each other, and to know that they are truly loved. In addition, she is working to strengthen the connection between Trinity’s Children’s Ministry and the Preschool programs so that both may grow and benefit from the other.

  • Michelle Zenk

    Director of Children's & Youth Choirs

    Michelle and her family have been active at Trinity Church since 2004. She currently serves in the church as a singer in the Chancel Choir, a ringer in our bell choir and she also works in the community as a music educator. I am so happy to now be able to work with the children of Trinity! 

  • Emily Yosmanovich

    Director of Trinity Preschool of McLean

    Emily considers herself incredibly blessed to get to spend her days in the company of young children; their truthfulness and unique perspectives on the world fill her heart with pure joy every day! Emily comes from a background in both theatre and education, having graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre as well as from George Mason University with a Master Degree of Education. While pursuing a theatrical career off-Broadway and in small productions and tours, Emily discovered her passion for teaching while completing an Artist in Residency program in an elementary school in New York City. She moved home to McLean in order to complete her Education degree, and took a little side job teaching preschool at Trinity. She went on to teach in Fairfax County Public Schools, then took a position mentoring first year teachers in the county. Eventually she got married and took some time off to raise her three children. She served on the Board of St. Matthew’s Weekday School in Annandale, as well as served as the Preschool Ministry Coordinator at St. Matthew’s UMC. Her family moved back to McLean in 2017 and her daughter enrolled at Trinity Preschool.  Before long Emily was teaching at Trinity and ended up stepping in to the Preschool Director role in August 2019. She is certified by the state of Virginia to teach preschool through 6th grade, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

  • Harriet Latta

    Office Manager, Ext. 116

    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.