Trinity United Methodist Church Staff

Senior Pastor

Dewey Miller – Dewey Miller came to Lapel for the first time in 1985. He graduated from Taylor University and became youth pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church. While here he worked with high school and junior high youth groups and an adult Bible study among other things. He also found Shannon here. After 27 years away, serving other churches throughout Indiana, Dewey has returned to become Senior Pastor at Trinity.

Pastor Dewey spends his free time reading, thinking and listening to music. When he is feeling very adventurous he gets out his guitar and plays music. Dewey and Shannon have one daughter, Molly.


Associate Minister

Mike Lyon  I’m married to Monica and we have two daughters, Katie, and Ashley, and two boys, Cooper AKA…Coop-Dawg and Camden AKA...CJ. Katie married and working in the Ft. Wayne area, Ashley works in health care in the Warsaw area and Cooper and Camden are still figuring out life basics such as walking, talking, and the meaning of no!

I’ve worked in youth ministry for over nine years. I’m a graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Biblical Studies. I truly want to see what happens when the local church is transformed by the Holy Spirit, and GOES into its community with the mission to transform it in the name of Jesus Christ!  This is why my hope is to see people STEP OUT and BE JESUS to their community!

In my free time I like to spend time with my family, watch Kentucky basketball...Go Big Blue, and play drums. Right now top on my play list is Rend Collective, Hillsong, and Lecrae what a mix!


Children's Ministry Director

Monica Lyon  I grew up in North Webster, IN. I am the second of four children to Mike and Judy; Mike is the son of Lapel residents, Bob & Carolyn Wilson. For the first 22 years of my life I called North Webster United Methodist Church (NWUMC) home. I graduated from Wawasee High School in 2002 and Purdue University in 2006 with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation I worked at NWUMC as the Director of Children's and Volunteer Ministry. During this time I met a cute drummer named Mike Lyon. In 2008 we started dating and I made a job change to work at the United Way of Kosciusko County. Mike and I got married in 2010 and I gained two daughters, Katie and Ashley. The next few years were a whirlwind for our family including college and adult jobs for the girls, a calling into full time ministry for Mike, two moves, and a long awaited pregnancy. We feel so lucky to have landed in Lapel and of course with the birth of our two boys, Cooper and Camden. God has shown us His faithfulness and goodness when we trust in Him. I am excited to answer His call on my life to serve children and their parents.



Julie Hettinga – Julie is a member of Trinity UMC. She has a loving husband and 2 children; a son at Purdue and a daughter who attends Lapel High School.  


TLC Worship Team Director

David Mottinger – Born in Ohio, I traveled as a professional musician, but realized that God had a better plan for my life. First and foremost I am a servant of God with a willingness to share my gifts and musical skills in a manner that is pleasing to God. I believe that leading praise and worship is more than music; it is a response to God’s presence in my life. It is my desire that music will help to prepare others to experience the Holy Spirit through hearing of God's Word. Now after many years of ministry, I am excited to be a part of the TUMC family.             "Psalms 95-1-3"


Choir Director

Jeanine Terhune