The Reverend Dr. Philip A. Bouknight

Welcome to Trinity Ecumenical Parish, our church home!  My wife Tara sings in the choir and I have three awesome children: Anna Rose, Joshua, and Sara.  My evenings are filled with volleyball, tennis, soccer and band excursions. Life is gloriously busy.

I have experienced life in many churches but never have I found a community so engaging, compassionate, and authentic.  I came to Trinity because of their commitment to community and service in God’s name. After ten years of watching them grow and transform, I am convinced that the Holy Spirit is doing amazing things through God’s people here.  At Trinity, relationships take precedence over opinion and unity is cherished over division. Never have I been more fulfilled in my calling as a minister as I have been serving in this place. 

In my “free time” I enjoy tennis, woodworking, fly fishing and I go camping as often as I can.

The Reverend Dr. Bea Miller

Our mission reads “diversity is accepted and differences are not allowed to divide.” In a world of division and mistrust, this is a profound Gospel message. When I read our mission, as part of the Call process, I wanted to understand this unique ministry of varied backgrounds, living, serving and worshiping as one faithful parish. As I became immersed in all Trinity is, my Call to this community clarified and deepened. I am blessed to serve this beautiful, unique community that lives its faith in many ways, within and beyond our walls.

Doug, my husband, and I enjoy the beauty of this area on our motorcycle and sidecar. Doug serves as a Stephen Minister, a Sunday counter, and on the Visiting Ministry Team. My mother, Maxine, recently moved to the area. She participates in Women of the Word and the Visiting Ministry Team. Kasey, our younger daughter, is a student at Hollins University. Our older daughter, Kara, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and works at Crisis Assistance Ministry.

Sharon Witherell, Director of Music Ministry

Bio forthcoming.

Parish Nurse

Position to be filled.

Bonita DeLooper, Preschool Director

When the preschool where I last taught in Northern Virginia gave me a “retirement” party prior to our moving to the lake, little did I know that I would be teaching eight more years and counting! I love working with young children and their families, and it is especially rewarding to do so with teachers dedicated to providing a high quality, Christian education to our little ones. In addition, it is truly a blessing to be a member of the Trinity Ecumenical Parish staff, along with people committed to serving with love, faith, caring and a sense of fun.

Ted and I have three daughters, Andrea, Emily and Elizabeth. Two of them were married in Trinity, and one of our four granddaughters was baptized here, so Trinity is meaningful to the whole family.

I enjoy reading, walking, completing crossword puzzles (yes, in ink!), and spending time with Ted and our family.

Margaret Oosterman, Lay Pastoral Assistant

When I was growing up, if someone had told me I’d end up living my retirement years 25 miles from where I was raised in Lynchburg, I would not have believed them. Especially after moving many times and living many places as a military wife. But my husband and I were ready for a different lifestyle after 25 years in Northern Virginia. Smith Mountain Lake was calling us.

My life revolves around family, church and community, travel, and play. I love being a grandparent. Watching my two grown children raise their children, our five grandchildren, is a joy. Serving at Trinity in pastoral care ministry is a blessing, as others allow me to walk with them during challenging times. I feel as though my experiences before moving here, both professional and personal, were to prepare me for this stage of my life. Reading is a solitary passion. I have a book going at every place where I sit at home. Hiking is a shared passion with my husband.

I am energized by the enthusiasm, warmth, and compassion radiating from Trinity and our staff. I think I landed in the right place.

Sharon Sicher, Director of Family Ministry

Our family of 6 discovered the Smith Mountain Lake community in 1989 as we searched for the idyllic location to raise a family and pursue careers. Both Bryan and I enjoy outdoor adventures and Southwestern Virginia offers endless opportunities to enjoy God’s Creation.  Shortly after making SML our home we were embraced by the loving family of Trinity Ecumenical Parish. It is here that we have raised our family and established roots.  Bryan and I are blessed with four children; Jonathan, David, Kristin, and Courtney, all adults now and pursuing their own careers and families!

My chapters of teaching served as bookends for a higher calling, raising our children as a stay at home mom. Throughout our parenting years, I have enjoyed serving in youth ministry at various churches, but here at Trinity I have been blessed to watch God’s plans prosper. Launching Youth & VBS ministries for our Trinity family has been my joy. How gracious of God to call me to this unique opportunity to serve multiple generations as Director of Family Ministries at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

Debbie Tyler, Office Manager

I am so blessed to have found my place at Trinity as part of the office staff. The care, compassion, dynamics, and humor of this church and staff are amazing.

As numerous inquisitive people have stuck their head in the door over the years to find out what "ecumenical" means, I explain to them about the different denominations, within the church and staff, the wonderful sense of community and then add that "I am the Catholic on staff here to keep an eye on all these Protestants!"

In my time away from this very busy place, my husband Harry and I visit our children and spoil our grandchildren when we can.  Overall, we simply enjoy the life we have here at Smith Mountain Lake

Linda Worman, Office and Technology Assistant

Born and raised in Minnesota, my journey to the Roanoke Valley was a long one, having lived in Oregon (actually twice), Nebraska, Michigan, and Georgia. My family is multi-generation Lutheran with both German and Norwegian roots. A little Irish is also in my mix, just for some whimsy. Roots is a very accurate term as that tradition has been my constant through all my moves and other life changes. Now worshiping, working, and enjoying fellowship in this three-denomination parish, I have learned much and appreciate the great efforts and love which makes this wonderful place, Trinity Ecumenical Parish, function.

I have two children, my son living locally and my daughter, son-in-law, and their four children in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My extended family members are still in Minnesota. I enjoy music, traveling, skiing, and reading. I enjoy gardening, but have surrendered to the deer! I also walk several times a day, an activity which gives me peace and a time alone to bear my heart and soul to God.