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Dear McFarlin Family,
Energy, passion and empathy—those are three words that describe our new Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship, Pastor Trey Witzel. We are so delighted that God is sending Pastor Trey to share with us his gifts for worship, discipleship and pastoral care, and that Trey has enthusiastically and prayerfully accepted this appointment.
In collaboration with our Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), I identified receiving a new Associate Pastor as a top priority. We worked in consultation with Bishop Jimmy Nunn and the Cabinet to find the right person for McFarlin for such a time as this. Our SPRC reached out to a number of Modern Worship attenders and listened to what was on their hearts and minds regarding the gifts and graces they would like to see in our next pastor. We communicated those qualities to the Cabinet, and we believe Pastor Trey is exactly the pastor we need at this time.
Pastor Trey comes to us from serving as the Associate Pastor at Edmond First United Methodist Church in Edmond, OK. From our conversations with Pastor Trey, we have found that he is a team player. He is also humble, thoughtful, authentic, creative, energetic, a people-person, and has a heart for Jesus Christ, the Church and this world. Pastor Trey is also an experienced worship leader, having started the contemporary service at Village UMC in Oklahoma City. He more than doubled worship attendance at the church he served in Tewksbury, MA while in seminary.
Pastor Trey also is passionate about teaching, having led a number of Bible studies and church-related studies that have allowed people to grow in their faith and relationship with God. We look forward to him leading us in making disciples of Jesus Christ at McFarlin. Pastor Trey will officially start on January 1, 2021.
In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing creative ways you can get to know Pastor Trey and his family. Please join me in praying for Pastor Trey, his family, for our church and for Edmond First UMC as we all make this transition. God has been so good and faithful to send leaders that help McFarlin grow and live out our mission of Changing Lives That Change the World and we have much to celebrate as God continues working in and through McFarlin!
Pastor Rockford Johnson
Meet Rev. Trey & Family
Rev. Trey Witzel is the new Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, OK, effective January 2021. Previously, he served in a similar position at Edmond First UMC and as a student pastor in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Trey is married to Addison, and they have an 18-month-old daughter, Sloane.
Trey was born and raised a United Methodist, brought up in Village UMC in Oklahoma City, where his mom served as the church’s youth minister. Trey graduated high school from Putnam City North; received his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy, cum laude, from Oklahoma City University; and earned his Master of Divinity degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Theology.
Currently, Trey serves as the co-chair for the Oklahoma Conference Commission on Religion & Race; is a member of our conference Minority Local Church Concerns Committee; is a co-dean for Camp Spark, one of our conference youth camps; and is on conference LEAD camp design team. Previously, Trey served as a leader on the Young Adult Advisory Council.
Trey has a true affinity for Norman, a place where both his parents received master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He grew up tailgating for OU football games and was a ball-boy for the men’s basketball team while in elementary school. Trey is an avid sports fan and loves spending time in his kayak or on vacation—from the mountains in Taos, New Mexico to the beaches in Jamaica.