Our Pastor

Rev. Samuel R. Tryon

Pastor Sam is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. He comes to us from Bunker Hill UMC in Bunker Hill, WV where he served as senior pastor, and has previously served as the pastor of the Bolivar-Engle Charge in Harpers Ferry, WV. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC and Bachelors of Social Work from Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV.  

He is passionate about the church as a community called to embody the Kingdom of God, serve the vulnerable, and share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. While serving at Bolivar and Engle he served as a board member of a local ministry co-op called Jefferson County Community Ministry (JCCM). In that role he worked to help connect churches and community members with JCCM services. He also worked to increase Bolivar and Engle’s participation in JCCM. At Bunker Hill, he has supported their Table Ministry which serves a free drive thru meal to the community every first and third Friday of the month. He has led services at the local rescue mission in Martinsburg, WV and encouraged ministries like UMM and UMW that reach the community.  

He feels that leading Bible studies, preaching, and teaching with a wide variety of people is critical to his calling as an elder in the life of the local church. Some examples of this ministry area include developing two adult retreats, serving as a volunteer counselor at conference run camp, Camp Manidokan, working with leaders from Bolivar and Engle to develop a Vacation Bible School that ministered to children in the church and the surrounding community that also emphasized a special mission need in the community.  He is committed to the full inclusion of the church as a community of people made of all ages, nations, races, abilities, and identities. He is by nature someone who does their best work in collaboration with others as part of a team and looks forward to doing ministry with members of the local church and the community. 

He enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and music. Sam also enjoys reading and loves spending time with his dog, the ever faithful, ever fuzzy, Frankie.