Associate Pastor: Rev. Trey Witzel
A born and raised Okie, Rev. Trey Witzel is a graduate of Putnam City North High School ’10, Oklahoma City University ’14, and Boston University School of Theology ’17. Trey is our preaching pastor beginning July 2019 to lead worship, whereas at Edmond FUMC he leads the contemporary worship service and assists in young adult, new member, and discipleship ministries, and was recently ordained at the 2019 Oklahoma Annual Conference.
Trey is a cradle United Methodist—baptized as a child at St. Stephen’s UMC in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Trey’s Christian faith was nurtured at Village UMC. It was through Village that Trey attended youth group, church camps, and every mission trip the church offered. Village UMC was also his first long term preaching position, as he helped create and lead their contemporary worship service.
Answering his call to ministry during his freshmen year of high school, Trey went on to study religion and philosophy at Oklahoma City University, where he served as an intern for the Wesley Center. Following graduation, Trey and his newly wedded wife Addison moved up to Boston, Massachusetts where they both received masters degrees in their respective fields—Trey, his Masters of Divinity from Boston University and Addison, her Masters in Higher Education from Boston College. During their time in Boston, Trey served a local United Methodist Church as their senior pastor for two years, seeing the church double in worship attendance and have more baptisms than the previous decade, and was afforded the opportunity to study discipleship at Harvard Divinity School and immigration along the Arizona-Mexico border.
Trey’s passion for ministry stems from Jesus Christ’s example of preferential option for the poor. He strives to take seriously the Lord’s Prayer when Jesus prays, “On Earth like it is in Heaven,” and is passionate for helping people better realize that they are made in the image of God, that God’s grace is radically extended to all of us, and that Christ calls us by the Holy Spirit to become disciples for the real, tangible transformation of the world. Trey believes that the Spirit works through us and we become the hands and feet of Christ when we share the good news of the Gospel through word and deed, and that the Christian life is composed of a balance between private and public works of piety and mercy.
Looking to Beyonce’s United Methodist pastor Rev. Rudy Rasmus as an example, Trey has the spiritual gift of “hanging out,” of cultivating the sacredness of ordinary experiences and seeking where the Spirit is moving amongst us in our lives, our families, and our communities. So often Christ is experienced around the dinner table, at the bar, or as Jesus himself says, “where two or more are gathered” (Matt. 18:20). Trey invites you to join our community so that we might together learn what God has in store for us.
Cathie Cordis, Pianist
Linda Balsiger, Organist
Worship Leader/Music Director: