meet our staff
Mark Fuller, Lead Pastor
734.459.9550, ext. 21
Mark is happily married to his college sweetheart, Denise, who is an incredible mom to their three kids - Caleb, Rachael, and Ben. He has attended great schools, worked in incredible jobs, and accomplished much - but considers it all trash compared to the greatness of knowing Jesus! His joy at Trinity is having the opportunity to partner with God in helping others to know Him in ever-deepening ways.
Hobbies: Watching movies, reading, playing tennis, biking, and watching my kids play sports.
Vacation Spots: Colorado, St. John USVI, and Manistee, MI
Beverage/Junk Food: Diet Coke and salty, buttery popcorn
Quote: "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst" -Jesus
Fan of: Michigan Wolverine football and my wife (not necessarily in that order). Oh, and Starbucks.
Books I enjoy: Although I've read hundreds, some have caused a mindshift, including:
Reason for God by Tim Keller
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley
When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself by Brian Fikkert
Money, Possessions & Eternity by Randy Alcorn
Deep Church by Jim Belcher
On my playlist: Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder, Zac Hicks, Zac Brown Band, U2, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Jeremy Riddle.....I love music!
Aaron McMillan, Asst. Pastor of Christian Formation & Community Life
734.459.9550, ext. 22
Aaron’s greatest earthly blessing in this life is his wife of 20 years, Amy. Together they have chased ducks, made music and climbed mountains (well actually driven to the overlook) and followed God wherever He has called. Along the way He has blessed them with four amazing kids: Emily, Wilson, Lucy and Joshua. If you ever visit their home, you’ll meet their two Labradors, Gwen and Max.
When Aaron isn’t with his family or working in ministry, you will most likely find him riding his bike up the biggest hill he can find.
Hobbies: Mountain biking, camping, sitting in the courtyard of a favorite restaurant watching the sun set with people, driving old cars
Vacations: Angel Fire New Mexico (a big family adventure in the mountains), San Francisco (just Amy and I roaming Chinatown and Marin County)
Books: Good books are like good friends. You spend your life with them.
The Complete Stories of Flannery O-Conner, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, Short Stories Vol 2 by Leo Tolstoy, Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas (a man I want to be like), Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (A man I don’t want to be like)
Food: Chipotle (once a week for good health), red meat cooked on the grill with plenty of help from good friends, homemade chicken noodle soup
Movies: Whiplash (still has me thinking), Brick (think I’m the only one who ever watched it), Casablanca (some cliché’s are for real)
Sports: Denver Broncos, Memphis Grizzlies, and as of 2015 the Detroit Tigers. Those who desire that I root for either Michigan or Michigan State may take me out to lunch in order to state their case.
Quote: “We shall not cease from exploration; and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and to know that place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot.
On Playlist: Mumford and Sons, CXVI, The Police, U2 (because apparently we all like U2), Elvis Costello, Broken Bells
Scotty Gulledge, Director of Worship Arts
734.459.9550, ext. 25
Scotty and his wife, Rachel, have been together since the famous 80's and still sleep in the same bed! They have two crazy talented and gifted sons and two terrific daughters-in-law - Josh (Lyndsay) and Caleb (Julie) - and an awesome grandson, Blake.
Southerners at heart, the Gulledge's like hot weather, travel, big cities (favorites so far - NYC & Chicago), beaches, anything that involves baseball & theater. They love to laugh, work hard, play harder and have homemade chocolate chip cookie parties.
Scotty is attracted to grace and thinks God is completely trustworthy and shockingly breathtaking! He is a bit of an introvert and very sensory driven. He is an eclecticist in arts, cultures, styles, leisures, and cuisine. He has a passion for Jesus-focused worship, is a lover of the vocal instrument, an artist, a huge fan of functionality and collaboration, a people lover and an encourager to "stretch for excellence".
* Helps people get vertically focused in worship... right from the start.
* Encourages people to understand that authentic God-worship is not mindless. It requires all your switches to be turned on...passion, prayer, intelligence and energy.
* What makes our life's work worth doing is the God we are serving. We miss "everything" if we miss this!
He has grown attached to good coffee, 5mi runs and motorcycle road adventures with old friends.
Scotty has found that writing songs is harder than he thought. He can't think of anything decent that rhymes with 'hallelujah' except 'glad i knew ya' and 'we'll tattoo ya'!
Scotty believes wholeheartedly in process and movement in life. He likes this quote..."This life, therefore, is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness; not health, but healing; not being, but becoming; not rest, but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it. The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end, but it is the road."--- Martin Luther
Ellie Schupra, Executive Director & Director of Impact Ministries
734.459.9550, ext. 24
Hobbies: Walking through life with people, vacationing with family, reading, working out, golfing with my husband, having people over for dinner.
Vacation Spot: Really anywhere with my family. We have spent many a Spring Break in Destin, Florida creating lots of family memories. Other top rankings include New York, Italy, Hawaii, Le Jolla, and visiting my grandsons in Indiana and Chicago!
Beverage & Junk Food: Starbucks vanilla frappacino and popcorn with Lawry's salt (but not together - one in the am & one in the pm)
Quote: "Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. LOVE LIKE THAT." Ephesians 5:1-2 The Message
Fan of: My Family & Friends! AND . . . Tim Keller, Christopher Wright, John Ortberg, Bill Hybels, and Richard Foster.
Books: Radical, A Hole in the Gospel, The Power of a Whisper, A Prayling Life, The Pursuit of God, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Axiom, Celebration of Disciplines, Reason for God, and The Mission of God.
On Playlist: Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, HillSong, Matt Redman and Casting Crowns
Danae Durling, Director of Children's Ministries
734.459.9550, ext. 26
Danae joined the Trinity team in August, 2014. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Language Arts and an additional endorsement in Early Childhood from Cornerstone University.
Danae is originally from Marlette, MI. She was a kindergarten teacher in Big Rapids, MI for 6 years, on staff at SpringHill Camps for 8 years. Her position at SpringHill gave her the opportunity to launch SpringHills Day Camp program which ultimately moved her from Evart, MI to the metro Detroit area in 2010.
Hobbies: Baking, trying new restaurants, hosting gatherings, babysitting, being crafty, and reading.
Vacation Spot: San Jose, CA (visiting her sister and family); Michigan's UP, Chicago, and random road trips.
Authors: Shauna Niequist, Reggie Joyner, Sue Monk Kidd, Francine Rivers, Tim Keller, and Donald Miller.
Quote: God saw the need to show who He is to people who couldn't see Him by sending someone they could see. - Reggie Joyner
On Playlist: All Sons and Daughters; Madeleine Peyroux, Hillsong, The Civil Wars, Ella Fitzgerald, The Head and Heart, Lake Street Dive, and Matt Maher.
Alex Walton, Director of Student Ministries
734.459.9550, ext. 28
Bre Saagman, Assistant Director of Student Ministries
Bre has been an active part of Trinity since she was a small child - known then as Bre Ruark. She rejoined the Trinity family after college and now attends here with her spouse, Matt Saagman. Just one of her many passions is spending time each summer in Africa with the World Orphans team, loving on orphans in Nairobi, Kenya and Woliso, Ethiopia.
She also has an incredible love for teens and has joined the Trinity team to share life with them, and help them to grow and learn about Christ's love for them and how to share that love with others.
Hobbies: She loves to read, watch TV & movies, paint furniture, & dance
Vacation Spots: She loves to hike or walk, so any new city or landscape where she can explore. Her favorite vacation spot is always whatever is up next!
Beverage/Junk Food: Most any kind of juice hits the spot, but her favorite kind of junk food is all things Taco Bell. It is her kryptonite.
Quote: “No anguish I have had to bear on your account has been too heavy a price to pay for the new life into which I have entered in loving you.” George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
Mike Belonga, Accountant
734.459.9550, ext. 27
Evelyn DiCola, Administrative Assistant & Data Entry Coordinator
734.459.9550, ext. 10
BIO: Evelyn and her husband, Kevin, have 2 teenage sons - Cameron and Gabe. In the 2+ years that she and her family have been attending Trinity, Evelyn has become the coordinator for the Trinity Camping Weekend, she helped provide meals for the Detroit Immersion team, and has served on the VBS team.
Hobbies: Camping and spending time with friends, baking/cooking, hosting, Pinterest, recent appreciation/interest in Farmgirl-Vintage decor.
Vacation Spot: The beach or anywhere warm; Mackinac Island
Beverage & Junk Food: Diet Coke, Starbucks Caramel Macciato, popcorn (a must for a movie-buff!), her favorite comfort food is mac-n-cheese
Fan of: Her boys and husband! She loves fall and everything about it. Pumpkin spice coffee, cider and donuts, fall cooking, snuggling under blankets, etc.
Quote: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
On Playlist: Contemporary Christian, 80's, today's hits. She loves all kinds of music and will often be singing in the car!
Jill Gregory, Administrative Assistant to Lead Pastor & Executive Director
734.459.9550, ext. 12
BIO: Jill joined the Trinity team in August 2016. She and her husband, David, have 4 children: Jim, Kendall, Sarah and Jack. Jill received her BBA in Human Resource Management from Eastern Michigan University. She comes to Trinity with several years of work experience and finds joy using her gifts to serve the church.
Hobbies: Jill writes a blog sharing what God is teaching her and her family on their journey raising a severely autistic daughter. She also loves watching her kids play sports, and walking - especially nature trails.
Vacation Spot: Disney! She loves the UP - specifically Manistique - and she also enjoys vacationing with extended family in Gaylord. Getting her parents, siblings and their families all under one roof = a hilarious time!
Beverage & Junk Food: Her ears perk up whenever she hears two words: SALTED CARAMEL. A Caramel Macchiato makes her very happy, as does her 'go-to dessert': a Chocolate/Heath Blizzard from DQ!
Quote: "Joy is the flag which is flown from the castle of the heart when the King is in residence there." - Unknown
Fan of: Friday nights eating pizza and playing games with family and friends; long car rides with her husband, David; and UofM and Concordia football.
On Playlist: Contemporary Christian music.
Michelle Lawson, Communications & Publications
734.459.9550, ext. 11
Married since 1999 to her husband, Brad. They have one teenage son, Dale, and a bajillion animals.
You will often hear Michelle say that she loves her job at Trinity. That's because it's true, she thoroughly enjoys her job. More importantly she enjoys the people she works with. Michelle is a servant and loves getting to know all the people at Trinity and being able to serve them in ways she might not otherwise be able to.
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, camping.
Vacation Spot: Lake Michigan, Key Largo & Islamorada.
Beverage & Junk Food: Pepsi and anything with cinnamon!
Fan of: Her husband and son, her dogs, and naps!
Books: Loves a good murder mystery.
On Playlist: Enjoys all types of music but leans more toward music she grew up with (70's and 80's) and country.
Julie Pugh, Community Life Program Coordinator
734.459.9550, ext. 15
BIO: Julie and her husband, Bob, have 4 grown children, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 son-in-law, and - most important - 1 grandson! Julie joined the Trinity staff in 2015 and loves to see God working in the lives of people around her.
Hobbies: Reading, shopping, exploring
Vacation Spot: Any place with a beach or mountain. Preferably both.
Beverage & Junk Food: Coffee and cake (but she doesn't qualify cake as "junk food"!)
Rich Sullivan, Custodian
Beverage & Junk Food:
Heather Zettelmaier, Accompanist
Heather has been playing at Trinity since July, 2011. Her training on the organ began during an exchange year in former East Germany in 1991. She studied the organ for four years at Eastern Michigan University and accompanied voice students at Miami University of Ohio. As a church musician, Heather also has experience in singing and directing choirs, including handbells.
She currently serves as a full-time instructor of English as a second language at Washtenaw Community College.
Heather was raised in Plymouth and has lived in Germany, Lithuania, and Russia. Now, she lives with her husband, Jake, and sons, Henry and Louis, in Ypsilanti.
Hobbies: Music, puppetry, swimming, and reading.
Vacation Spot: Cocoa Beach, FL and northern Michigan.
Authors: Francine Rivers, L. M. Montgomery, the Bronte Sisters, B. J. Hoff, Ann Tatlock, and Debbie Macomber.
Quote: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
On Playlist: Orgelbarock in Mecklenburg (Baroque organ music in Mecklenburg), Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Frozen, the Kings Brass.