Changes in the New Year:
Kathi Traficanti to reduce her responsibilities
Kathi Traficanti, our Minister of Adult Education,
is beginning her transition toward
semi-retirement. Starting January 1, she will cut back her responsibilities, work hours and salary by 20% in order to spend more time with her grandchildren. As of January, Kathi will no longer be responsible for working with the Missions Council to oversee the Missions ministries and funds of our church.
Dr. Sherouse has asked Forrest White, who has served faithfully as our Interim Minister of Students, to take on the approximately 12 hours per week responsibilities as Interim Minister of Missions. Forrest will hopefully be able to do this until the new Senior Pastor arrives. Forrest is truly an expert in the area of Missions coordination. We are most fortunate to have him. Below is information about his background in this area. Please encourage Forrest in this new area of interim responsibility.
Forrest White served as Director of Serve Ministries at Trinity UMC Richmond from July 2012-October 2014, coordinating all local, national, and international mission opportunities. In addition, he led Trinity’s ministry presence in the city of Richmond, specifically in the area of Hillside Court Public Housing, which residents referred to as “Killside” Court because of the violence in the community. He had budget oversight of all Serve ministries. Previously at Trinity, Forrest served as Director of Student Ministry for 14 years, increasing the local service component from 3-4 opportunities for students each year upon his arrival to 65 annually, while building and nurturing strong relationships with two dozen ministries in Central Virginia.
More recently, Forrest coordinated long-term recovery efforts in areas of Virginia affected by the tornado outbreak of February 2016 and flooding from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Since the fall of 2011, Forrest has been the lead trainer for United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) in the Virginia Conference of the UMC. He has conducted nearly 60 training events around the state for short-term mission team leaders and six events for early (disaster) responders. Forrest has led 50 short-term mission teams, both domestically and abroad.