Worship Team

Contemporary Worship Leader and Youth Director

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Director of Music Ministries

Robert G. Marks (Bob) comes to Trinity UMC from Cambridge, Ohio after serving churches and schools in North Central, East Central and Southeast Ohio for over 30 years. He has most recently served the congregation of New Concord UMC as Aldersgate Choir Director for the past seven years. Bob has also served the 9th Street UMC and First UMC (both in Cambridge) as Director of Music, serving in First UMC for 27 years. His duties there included direction of the Chancel Choir (adult vocal) and Chancel Chimes (a four octave adult bell choir), Brass Choir and supervision of the children’s music program and the organist.

Bob most recently retired from Urbana University, Urbana, Ohio, where he conducted the University Singers and the Chamber Singers, as well as taught music history courses for adult classes. He has also served Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio as an adjunct instructor in Applied Voice, Guest Lecturer in Choir, and Associate Conductor of the Muskingum University Choral Society.

Mr. Marks spent twenty-four of his thirty years as a public school educator in the Cambridge City Schools where his duties included Middle School General Music, Handbell Choir, 8th Grade Choir, and High School Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Chorale, and Music History. He also served the Drama Department as Music Director for the high school musicals from 1984-1995, and as Drama Club Advisor from 1995-2003. As advisor, he produced and directed several musicals and non-musicals, as well as remaining as Music Director. Some of the plays under Mr. Marks’ direction include The Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Appointment with Death, and The Crucible. He has also been in demand as a Music Director for community musicals such as Oliver, Sound of Music, Camelot, Touch of the Child, The Music Man, and Cinderella. Mr. Marks received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Heidelberg University in 1977 and his Master of Arts in Education Degree from Muskingum University in 2003. Bob comes to Southport with his wife Karen (married thirty-six years), and thirty-one year old daughter Kimberly.

Church Pianist

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Cathy Furpless has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of North Carolina and a Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina. She is now retired after 32 years as a teacher and administrator. Cathy serves as the pianist at Trinity and gives private piano lessons. Her community involvement includes the Stage II Productions Theater Company.

Cathy and her husband Bill, who is the owner of the historic AMUZU theater in Southport, have two grown daughters, Laura and Catherine

Church Organist

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Carolyn Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from Campbell College, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She taught classroom music in the Department of Defense schools at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. Carolyn retired from the Brunswick County Schools as Principal of Supply Elementary School in 2000. She has served as Music Director, Pianist, Organist, and Chair of the Music Committee at Trinity. Carolyn is a native of Brunswick County, having been born in Southport.  She now lives in Southport .  She enjoys singing in the Chancel Choir and playing handbells with the Celebration Ringers.  She has raised Cocker Spaniel puppies in the past and hopes to soon have a new four-legged child.

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Trinity United Methodist Church | 209 E. Nash St., Southport, NC 28461 | 910-457- 6633 | Church Annex Office | 300 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461 | 910-363-4409
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. to noon | email: southporttrinityumc@gmail.com
Sunday services: Casual, 8:15 a.m., Sanctuary | Contemporary, 9:30 a.m., Murrow Hall | Traditional, 11 a.m., Sanctuary