Meet Our Church Staff
Rev. Wesley Howell -Pastor
Pastor Wes Howell joined the Trinity Team in September of 2011. He has had long connections with the Pullman/WSU community, beginning when he was a Kindergarten student at the Adams School (now the Adams Mall on campus) while his dad was at WSU in the early 60’s. Pastor Wes graduated from WSU in 1980 with a B.S. in Biology. He then attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley California and has served parishes in Oregon and Washington. Pastor Wes is excited about ministry; especially connecting worship and preaching directly to people’s lives.
Dr. Jill Schneider -Organist
Jill Schneider is on the faculty of Washington State University. She teaches organ, piano and harpsichord and is active as a performer and accompanist. Dr. Schneider grew up in Colorado and earned degrees in organ and music education at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After several years of teaching and church work, she continued her education at the University of Georgia in Athens where she studied with Egbert Ennulat. In addition to music, her favorite pastimes include walking, gardening, and cooking. She shares her life journey with her husband Dave and their children, Carson and Kate.
Dr. Michael Murphy -Choir Director
Michael Murphy is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Conducting at the University of Idaho’s School of Music, where he conducts the Vandaleer Concert Choir, University Chorus and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and choral methods. He also serves as the Artistic and Music Director for the Palouse Choral Society and Palouse Festival Orchestra.
Dr. Murphy, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, received his degrees in Conducting and Choral Music Education from Florida State University and East Carolina University. As an active member, Dr. Murphy has held several state leadership positions in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Presently he is President-Elect for the Idaho state chapter of the American Choral Director Association.
Megan Brannan -Office Manager
Megan grew up in nearby Colfax; in 2000 she married her high school sweetheart, Gabe, and they are raising three children, Simon, Owen and Etta. She attended Washington State University (GO COUGS!) and has been our Office Manager since 2007.
Megan enjoys camping, swimming, and cheering on The Cougars with her family in addition to reading, sewing, messing up the kitchen with her culinary skills and all things Harry Potter.