Our Staff

Pastor Jeff

Pastor Jeff Canankamp

Pastor Jeff Canankamp became Trinity’s Pastor in July of 2016. Pastor Jeff grew up near Wooster Ohio and gave his life to Christ at the age of 17.  He received a call to ministry within a year of his conversion and attended Asbury College and Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.  At Asbury he met his wife, Denise and the two settled in central Pennsylvania where they lived for 28 years, Jeff pastoring various United Methodist churches there. They have three sons, Chris (31), Jonathan (28) and Jordan (26) and three granddaughters. Pastor Jeff and Denise decided to come to the East Ohio Conference and were called to Mt. Gilead Trinity. They are happy to be here serving the Lord near Jeff’s parents who live on a farm in the Wooster area.

Denise Canankamp

Denise Canankamp is Trinity’s church secretary.  She grew up in Pennsylvania and is an only child.  Denise is married to Pastor Jeff.  She is the mother of three adult sons.

Tina Schaeufele

Tina Schaeufele is Trinity’s Treasurer. Tina works full time as an Internal Auditor for a publically traded corporation. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lincoln Christian University, a master’s degree in Theological Studies from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and an MBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is a native of Rockford, Illinois and has resided in Mount Gilead since 2007 with her husband, Pastor Mark Schaeufele of New Life Assembly of God. She has two adult children and two wonderful dogs.

Susan James

Susan James is Trinity’s Music Director, church pianist/organist and choir accompanist.



Barb Brewer

Barb Brewer is the Kitchen Coordinator for Trinity United Methodist Church. She is also the Treasurer for United Methodist Women. Barb was married to Ken and together have three adult children.


Jacob Hayes


Jacob Hayes became the church Custodian in November of 2016.


Diana Kemp

Diana Kemp is Trinity’s Nursery Staff Member. She and her husband Paul have two children, Alexis and Ethan. Diana is also a Substitute Aide in the Mt. Gilead Exempted Village Schools. She is an active member in TOPS-Take Off Pounds Sensibly- group which is held here at Trinity. She enjoys attending her son’s sporting events, card making and her Sundays in the Nursery with the children.


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