Trinity Fellowship Church is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. We are fairly Reformed doctrinally; we subscribe to the Apostle's Creed. We are thoroughly biblical. We are elder-lead and necessarily faith-oriented.
We meet Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. the C. O. Miller Teen Center at the Hickory YMCA.
Our congregation comes from a variety of Christian backgrounds, with a common thread of not wanting to "do church" but "be the church."
Pastor Greg Whiteside
Greg first came to Hickory in the fall of 1986 to begin Young life in the Catawba valley. Coming out of a military family, he lived all over the place (including Morocco, Africa) and finally settled in Asheville, NC. Greg played football in college (Western Carolina) and returned to his high school to coach and teach math for 9 years.
During these years Greg grew in his faith, helped lead FCA and became a volunteer leader for Young Life. God called him out of this and into full-time ministry in the 1983, leading him to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for preparation, receiving a Master’s of Religious Education in 1991.
After leaving the Young Life staff in 1993, Greg earned his Master’s of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. Since then, Greg and Sonya have been in church ministry and teaching, and now to Trinity Fellowship.
(This is Greg talking) Now, with the boring details behind, let me reveal the true me! I love to eat! I tell people I exercise in order to eat. I really love words! Perhaps I am compensating for some deep insecurity by using big words. Oh well! I have about 10 Words With Friends going at the present. I love to read, I push mow my own grass for the prayer time and exercise, and I grill the best hamburgers around. Oh, yeah, my wife, Sonya, gets a medal for believing-something-can-come-from-nothing when she married me. Or is it the what-have-I-gotten-myself-into award? Either way, she is amazing! She was awarded Teacher of the Year after only 2 years at Campbell! What else can I say?
Finally, I truly do have a passion for God’s church! When individuals eagerly seek God and enjoy God’s acceptance together in community, our world will be changed!
Pastor Chuck Myers
Hey I’m Chuck and I’ve written bunch of these bio’s and am never comfortable doing so. But after much procrastination here’s what you need to know about me.
I’ve been a follower of Jesus since I was 12. But there have been some bumpy years in there, I distinctly remember I didn’t want this life and thought it was a great waste of time. Thankfully the Lord had better plans and brought me back in a very real and personal way. He continues to walk with me and show me over and over that there is no better life than a life that follows Him.
I’ve been married to the girl of my dreams since we were 20. We got hitched way back in 1985 and haven’t looked back since. Ruth is the breath in my lungs and strength to my every effort. She’s given me four wonderful children and stood by me in some of life’s toughest times. Now with our own kids raised and the blessing of grandkids in our lives we are entering a new time that is more amazing than I could have ever imagined.
We moved to Hickory, NC area in 2010 to work at a great ministry called Hickory Cove Bible Camp and enjoy working with this ministry as we pastor at Trinity.
I only have a couple of life directives, but a biggy for me is that someday when I’m old and drooling somewhere I want to look back and say, “wasn’t it cool when we did . . . “ and not say, “I wish I would have”. You just have to make some mistakes and hit reset every once in a while to truly see God at work. I think we live life with too much fear of failure and needless worry what people think about us. I’m sure I should worry a whole lot more what my Lord thinks about me than what my neighbor thinks. That is not an excuse for doing what we want and not caring for people, I just think I serve and love others a lot better when I do it for the Lord and don’t care what people think about me while I do it.
My hope for Trinity is that is will be a family of families that really do want to follow the God who loves us and gave himself for us and that in following him, many will see just how awesome Jesus is!
So come visit us and maybe hang out for a while too.
Pastor Harold Phillips
Hi, I am Pastor Harold, and I oversee our Children and Family Ministry. I have been a follower of Jesus Christ since the age of 13. During my high school years, the Lord called me to minister to youth, children, and their parents. My greatest desire is to see families glorifying the Lord through their relationships with their own family and with other families in the church and community.
I grew up in the Hickory area. I went to Catawba Valley Community College, where I met and married my amazing wife, Kathie. I attended Gardner-Webb University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education. While at GWU, we had our first son, Jordan. Then we moved to Eden, NC where I served as Youth & Children’s/Associate Pastor for 18 years. While in Eden, our second and third kids, Justin and Kallie were born. In the fall of 2015, the Lord called me back to the Hickory area to be the Food Service Manager at Hickory Cove Bible Camp where I met Pastor Chuck and he asked me to come and be a part of the ministry team here at Trinity Fellowship
My personal motto is to glorify God in everything I do. My mission statement is to point people to Jesus and to help them on a journey with Him.
Pastor Clint Frizzell
I am Clint Frizzell, currently serving as Executive Pastor at Trinity Fellowship Church. Our family moved to Hickory in the Spring of 2007. At that time, I was employed with the US Postal Service and I moved to Hickory to assume the position of Postmaster in Hickory. The Frizzell family had spent the previous 25 years freezing 8 out of each 12 months in the Fox Cities of Wisconsin, about 35 miles south of Green Bay.
I’ve only been a member or attendee of two churches. Appleton Community Evangelical Free Church in Appleton Wisconsin; and Trinity Fellowship Church of Greater Hickory. I’ve served as Elder in both as well. I first came to faith in Christ later in life at the age of 32 after a failed but very thorough search for happiness and contentedness by many other means. I very quickly learned after developing a personal relationship with Jesus that my search had ended and I found my peace and eternity in Him.
I married Kelleen in August of 1982. My beautiful wife and I have three children, Lindsay, Jessica, and Conner, along with three grandkids. We’ve had a good life together and now that I’ve retired from the USPS, we enjoy traveling, spending time with our grandchildren and keeping a preteen boy busy while we take a second round at being soccer parents with a traveling soccer team. Kelleen enjoys her exercise with hiking, walking dogs and occasionally running while I also enjoy running and hiking to stay fit.
As Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”. God delivers on that promise again and again. Since he already knows me better than I do myself, he also knows what the desires of my heart are and His gifts surprise me. If you would have told me any of this life we are living right now was coming 10 or 15 years ago, I would have never believed you but it’s been a great ride.
I want Trinity Fellowship Church to be a place where people gather to worship the Lord, to learn about and pursue Him without end. To then reflect Him to others both inside and outside the walls of the church to draw their hearts to Jesus. Relationships are a big deal and are what we will continue to use as a foundation for evangelism and growth.