Elders & Deacons



Mark Atkinson - Elder

Mark was born in Florida, grew up in Virginia and has lived in North Carolina since 1982 — except for four years in the US Navy.  Mark attended Duke where he met his wife, Helen.  They married in 1988 and have four children:   Kevin (grad student at UNC), Sarah (undergrad at Duke), and Will and Stephen (both at Cary High School).

After 25-years of consulting at Kimley-Horn, Mark retired and stays busy helping at the church, serving on the board of Dorcas Ministries, reading, trying to stay fit, and enjoying his family.  Lately, he’s discovered that he enjoys cooking.


Charlie Hawkes - Elder

Charlie was born the youngest of nine children. He is a third-generation Floridian and grew up on the beaches near Jacksonville, spending as much time as possible in the ocean. He met his wife Lynne while going to college in the Triangle, and they both fell in love with North Carolina, which has been their home since 1992. Charlie and Lynne have raised four children and are grateful to have been a part of Trinity Park Church since its inception. Charlie is an engineer that works in the high-tech semiconductor industry. He also enjoys teaching and talking about theology, hiking and kayaking with Lynne, mountain biking, and has recently taken up fly-fishing. 


Seunghyun Kong - Elder

Seunghyun was born in Seoul, South Korea and was brought up in Christian family. He and his wife, Yujin, came to the United States three weeks after their wedding in 2000. He studied applied mathematics at Georgia Tech and works at SAS Institute. They have three children:  Lynn (11), Olivia (9), and Ian (6).

They were first introduced to RUF-International at Georgia Tech and attended a PCA church while living in Atlanta. They joined Trinity Park when it was a church plant with many other families. Seunghyun has been serving as an elder since 2013. He has a passion for educating covenant children.

He enjoys reading books about church history and culture. His favorite authors are D. A. Carson, George Marsden, and Francis Schaeffer.


Clay Shelor - Elder

Clay Shelor was born and grew up in Virginia. He met his wife, Pam, while studying at Virginia Tech. They were married in 1988, worked three years in Saudi Arabia and then moved to Triangle in 1994. They have four children, from young adults to high schoolers. 

Clay’s father introduced him to Jesus by reading the gospel of John with him as a young boy. He was later amazed transformed by the message of free grace in Jesus for the broken reading Galatians. 

Clay works in network operations. When he is not busy with work and family, he loves to drink coffee with Pam, hang out with family and friends, his mutts, to read and play the fiddle.


Richard Sugg - Elder

Richard was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. He met Joy shortly after college and they married in 1999. After 14 years in Roxboro, they moved to Cary in 2013. He is a software developer at SAS, Institute.

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Philip Zumbrun - Elder

I grew up in Indianapolis, IN and met the love of my life when I was eight years old. We married thirteen years later when I was studying at Purdue University. There my interest in both math and music led to a degree in Acoustical Engineering.

North Carolina was never on our radar, but in God’s good plan we moved to Durham for a job in 2013. I now work as an Acoustical Consultant at Thorburn Associates. Since moving here we have had two wonderful girls. There are nine other kids who are close to our hearts that we have had in our home as foster children at various times.



Phil Coon - Deacon

Phil was born and raised in Indiana. He and his wife Tammie started dating while both were attending Ball State University. Since college Phil has worked in Marketing for John Deere Company, and has lived in Cary since 2007. Their son Jacob is currently a student at Wake Tech Community College. Phil enjoys being outdoors whether it be golfing, fly fishing, hunting or biking. Phil and his family have been attending Trinity Park since 2015. He and Tammie are active in acommunity group, and he and Jacob are involved with the worship set-up team.


Greg Fitts - Deacon

Greg is employed as a Regional Sales Manager in the electronic industry which brought him to the Triangle area nearly 18 years ago. Greg and his family have been a part of Trinity Park since it began. Greg and his wife, Pascale,  host a community group on a regular basis and enjoy participating in youth events with their two teenagers (Maureen and Jeremy). They previously attended Peace Presbyterian Church for many years.

As part of the setup team, Greg and his son often help set up and take down on Sunday mornings.  As a Deacon, Greg wants to ensure that everyone’s God-given gifts are used wisely.

Greg is a sports fanatic and enjoys watching or participating in a variety of sports. The Fitts family loves to travel and stay active. They all appreciate great food, music, art, and culture from diverse parts of the world.


Vernon Guthrie - Deacon

Vernon moved to the Triangle in 2009 from Tennessee.  He met his wife, Carrie, while attending the Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham, and they were married in 2013. 

Vernon and Carrie joined Trinity Park in 2016, which is also the year they welcomed their son, Matthew.  Vernon works in patent law, helping companies patent their inventions.  He enjoys reading, playing sports, and watching college football and basketball. 

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Mark Spears - Deacon

Mark was born in Greenville, SC and has spent his entire life in the southeast. He has a graduate degree in chemistry and has worked in the biotech industry throughout his career.

Mark and his wife, Abi are high school sweethearts and were married in May 2008 (and they’ve been sweethearts ever since!). They moved to NC in 2015 and now reside in Durham. They love playing with their son, Bradley and enjoy worshiping and serving at Trinity Park Church.


Jason Walley - Deacon

Jason was one of the few born and raised in Raleigh, NC. He grew up attending Peace Presbyterian Church in Cary where his parents are still members.  Jason started attending Trinity Park in January 2011.  Shortly after, he met his wife Haley one Sunday morning at Trinity Park while setting up for church. They were married in 2013 and have a 17 month old daughter, Amelia and a son on the way - November 2017. 

Jason completed a landscaping internship in Fort Worth, Texas and has worked several landscaping jobs.  After moving back to Raleigh, he started working for his dad in the flooring business. Jason now works for The Atlanta Flooring Company as a Flooring Contractor. 

Jason enjoys spending time with his family,  landscaping, good movies, and has a special knack for helping people move. He enjoys serving the church as a deacon and you can usually find him on Sunday mornings helping set up and tear down for Sunday worship. 


Xin Xu - Deacon

Xin (pronounced as Shin) is from China. He came to the United States in 2000.  His first stop in the U.S was Nashville TN, where he was introduced to Christianity and started attending Sunday worships. Shortly after he moved to North Carolina, he became a Christian. Currently, he works as a scientist in clinical trials for cancer therapy.

Xin and Zhe were married in China. The family started attending Trinity Park Church in 2013 with two children (Lydia and Lucas). Now they have their 3rd child, Ethan. Although Xin liked playing Badminton and Soccer, now he enjoys family time.