Trinity Staff

Lead Pastor
Nan Kaye-Skinner

Having grown up in Lincoln, I ventured to Claremont, CA for my Masters of Divinity degree and then returned to Nebraska. I was ordained a United Methodist elder and have served several churches in Nebraska and Iowa.  I came to Trinity after having been the district superintendent of the Elkhorn Valley District in northeastern Nebraska.

I am married to Rev. Dr. Lew Kaye-Skinner.  Lew is also a United Methodist minister, teaching at Bryan College of Health Sciences. We are blessed to have our sons and families living nearby:  Andrew and Nicole live in Omaha; Benjamin, Liz, Rosemary & Philip in Geneva. An additional bonus is that mys parents, Dr. Phil and Zodie Kaye, live in Eastmont Towers in Lincoln.

I believe the church at its best is alive with God's spirit and engaged in ministries that are bringing hope and transformation to the lives of disciples within the church as well as God's people beyond the church community. 


Director of Music Ministries
Dr. Michael Tully

Outreach Coordinator
Jodi-Renee Giron

Hailing from Denver and the Rocky Mountains, I now call Lincoln home. I have spent the last twenty years working bi-vocationally as a professional musician and pastor. I have served in churches in Denver as a teaching and worship pastor, cultivating relationships between the church and the creative community. After pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Denver Seminary, I sought ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church and planted an urban church in downtown Denver. During my tenure there, I also taught regularly at conferences and seminary workshops on worship theology, the creative arts, and congregational formation while maintaining a busy schedule as a professional jazz and R&B singer and piano player.

I am the proud mama to Sara and husband Ben who reside too far away in North Dakota, Anna-Michelle who is currently attending UNL, and Leo ("Nacho") who keeps me busy in the unexpected role of soccer mom. I am also part of the cult of Boston Terriers lovers and I am dog-mom to Dogma. Teaching music lessons continue to be an important part of my life as does Mexican food and anything involving the outdoors, books, or coffee.

My passion for the Church is born from a ferocious belief that we are all made for deep community - to know and be known - and to live out the imagination of GOD in each other's lives and in our neighborhoods.

Business Administrator
John Diebel

I began my career as a high school math teacher and coach.  I then moved into accounting at Lee Enterprises, then to Bailey Lauerman.  My father was an Episcopal pastor and now my Christian upbringing and love of math have merged at Trinity.  I believe that working for a church offers the reward of building my personal faith along with supporting a thriving God-centered community.

My wife Melissa is finishing her doctorate in higher education at UNL and teaches in a grant-sponsored program at Omaha North High School (through Concordia) to prepare high risk teens for college. We have two sons, Drew and Jack.  Melissa and I grew up in different parts of the US and met at UNL, we like Nebraska where traffic is reasonable and life moves along at a comfortable pace.

Human Resources & Contributions Specialist
Lori Oberembt

I have worked in Accounting and Human Resources for several years, primarily for non-profit entities.  I am from Lincoln, made my way to the Omaha area for a few years, and am now back in my hometown.

My husband, Dan, works for United Parcel Services here in Lincoln.  He also officiates fast-pitch softball on the weekends, from grade school to college level.  We have two terrific children-Anna and Jim. Both are graduates of UNL and are officially out in the working world!  Being empty nesters, we stay busy by working around the house and in our yard.  We love to travel when we get the opportunity.  New Orleans is a favorite destination of ours!

I am so excited and grateful to be working at Trinity United Methodist Church!  I feel blessed to be amongst such wonderful people!


Director of Ministries for Children, Youth and their Families
Patti Crittenden

I grew up in Coon Rapids, Iowa where I met my husband Casey on the golf course-he was working and I was  playing. As his career as a golf course superintendent evolved we were blessed with the opportunity to live in Iowa, Arkansas (twice) and Nebraska (twice). We moved to Lincoln in April and are thrilled to be back in Nebraska, close to our three children and five grandchildren.

I have served as the Christian Education and Youth Activities Coordinator at Centenary UMC in Beatrice, Nebraska and Youth Group Director at Highlands UMC in Bella Vista, Arkansas. The great thing about children and youth ministry is you never really have to grow up. What’s better than sharing God’s love and word while being surrounded by youthful energy? Luke 18:17 ESV “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Director of Trinity Child Care Centers
Deanna Turner

I grew up on a farm near Ohiowa, Nebraska and graduated from Kearney State College.  In 1978 I came to Trinity Infant and Child Care as a teacher and then became the Assistant Director under the leadership of Elnore Shear.  In 1990 I became the Director of the Child Care Center.  I am married to Richard Turner who has been a member of Trinity since 1968.  We have a daugher, Leslie, who brings much joy to our lives.  Shadow, our Shih tzu, is the "pet member" of the family.  In June of 2010, Trinity Child Care- Village Gardens opened allowing us to provide a larger outreach to children in the Lincoln community.  Betweenthe two centers we provide care for over 270 little people.  Over the years I have been blessed with amazing staff, wonderful families, and the support of the church.  This past 30 years have been a wonderful opportunity.. allowing me to enjoy my passion for children as well as providing me with great blessings.

Hospitality/Communications Coordinator
Jill Ricketts

I have enjoyed getting to know Trinity members in the 10+ years that I have been a member.  It's great to be part of a community that will pray and offer support for your family when you need it. In addition to my functions as a staff member, I help teach VBS and enjoy the Village People functions and worship.  I also enjoy learning new software, working with people and relaxing with my family and friends.  My husband, Jeff, is in golf course construction, we have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 2 Boston Terriers, 2 parakeets and a kitty named Kitty.


Building Maintenance Supervisor
John Adams

I am a Lander, Wyoming native. I have lived in Lincoln Nebraska for over 15 years and have become a huge Husker fan. I have worked for Trinity for over 14 years. I have been married to my beautiful wife Wendy for almost 19 years and we have 3 wonderful children, Nathaniel, Christopher and Eliana.






Director of Youth Ministries
Tommi Bolton Cox

I'm a 1999 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and I teach both health and physical education in LPS's school for incarcerated youth at the Lancaster County Juvenile Detention Center.  As a PE teacher my professional wardrobe consists of sweats and tennis shoes.. as a testament to that I have a collection of over 200 pairs of tennis shoes- all color coordinated with sweat suits.  The youth will be on the lookout to see if they can spot me wearing all 200 over the course of the next year!  I love volunteering and have spent time with a number of youth facilities including Cedars Home for Boys and the child Guidance Treatment Center. I am looking forward to pursuing my spiritual calling and helping the youth at Trinity build a strong spiritual relationship with God.  I believe that opportunity is all around us and youth need to be shown how to see those opportunities, to grab hold of them, and to show peers how to also see them in sometimes difficult situations.

Director of Sound Technology
Cole Wittstruck

My passion for music originated at the age of sixteen, when I started learning how to play the guitar.  Being self taught, I began learning other instruments as the years passed as well, such as drums, bass guitar, piano, ukulele, banjo and harmonica.  Pretty much any instrument I could get my hands on. The next natural step was to learn how to record/manipulate the audio of such instruments, whether it be in the studio or live setting.  After high school I attended one of the top Audio Engineering schools in the nation, located in the  Phoenix, Arizona area.  While in Arizona I got the chance to work with many great people who were important parts of the music industry as a whole. 

I am very excited to use the gifts I have been given, to aid in the Trinity experience.  Audio is an important part of spreading the message and I am glad I can help in that mission. The staff is a delight to work with and the congregation is very warm and inviting, which makes working at Trinity truly great.

Graphics & Video Coordinator
Andrew Wolf (Not pictured)