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        Meet Our Staff

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Rev. Mary Sullivan-Trent, originally from Shenandoah, Virginia, grew up, went to school, and met her husband, Justin Trent, in her hometown. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Regent University in 2013, followed by a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2016.
Her husband, Justin Trent, graduated from Virginia Tech and is a structural engineer and
business leader at Lynch Mykins, where he has worked for 17 years.
Mary and Justin have six daughters: twins Micayla and Megan (19), who are both active-duty Marines; Isabelle (15); Emma (12); Gabrielle (10); and Aislin (8).
Apart from family life, Pastor Mary enjoys reading, naps, cooking, all kinds of music, and
spending time in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For the past two years, she has managed a
Starbucks store, finding joy in leading others and sharing her faith over coffee. She is
enthusiastic about returning to ministry, appreciating the prospect of no longer having to wake up at 2 am for work.
Mary's ministry passions include preaching, storytelling, connecting with the unchurched, helping believers to share their faith with others, and creating engaging and meaningful worship experiences for all generations.
Mary, Justin, and their daughters are very excited to be a part of the family of Bethany.

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Carl Olson, Director of Music

Carl Olson learned of his interest in music at age 8, and went on to study piano with several teachers, and now teaches music to students himself.  Carl enjoys performing in a variety of settings, and loves to use his spiritual gift of music in praise and worship, where the Holy Spirit often moves within us. 

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Elizabeth Linthicum, Youth Coordinator

Elizabeth Linthicum, our new Youth Director is a lifelong member of Bethany.  Her “day job” is Program Coordinator for Hampton School Age Programs and she has been working with children of all ages since 1988.  She hopes to bring our youth closer in their walk with Jesus and shine a light for them to follow.  She's married to Jody Linthicum and  they have 2 daughters, Sarah, a Senior at ODU and Lily a Freshman at Poquoson High School.  They have a dog named Oliver Butch and a cat named Independence Peach Bottom.   

Kelly Cannon, Nursery Worker

I find it a real blessing to work with each and every “little one” that comes through our doors at Bethany UMC. I always enjoy helping, loving, and sharing with every parent and child – that is my ministry.

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