Meet the Pastor

Hello, I’m so glad you’re exploring Trinity Church! I hope you find the information you need here to take your next step. Reach out and let us know how we can help! I would love to hear your story and see how we can connect with you as we journey together towards thriving in Christ. Here is some of my story:

I grew up in Hershey, PA. Never in my craziest dreams did I Imagine I would become a pastor! As a pretty average, shy, life-long church-goer from a Christian family, I was in high school when God started working in my heart and calling me deeper as a follower of Christ. My faith grew through the local church and youth group and I began to feel this reluctant call to ministry. After several years of wrestling, God won. I am so glad I said yes. Following Christ is an adventure worth taking!

After attending Messiah College with my high school sweetheart, Emily, we graduated and got married. We served together at Halifax UMC for eight years where I was an associate pastor, focusing on children and youth ministry, while I also worked through my master’s degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2018 we were called here to Trinity UMC in Danville, where the next chapter of this adventure has been unfolding.

Emily and I have four children who make life wild and amazing: Julia is 7, Edison is 6, Gideon is 4, and Joel is 3. We also have a big yellow dog named Honey. Yes, we are crazy—and most days enjoying it! My wife is an extreme extrovert, I am a pretty strong introvert. Whether in family or in ministry, we love doing life as a team. I enjoy soccer, running, skateboarding, reading books, music, and connecting with close friends.

My heart burns to see the church awakened in this day: to rise above the complacency, the decline, the division, the despair, and wake up to the ever-present, world-changing presence and power of Jesus Christ. Still, I know my heart doesn’t yet burn enough. As I seek for this fire burn brighter in my life, I’m hoping to see more fires lit in the lives of others along the way. God’s grace is amazing. Wherever you’re coming from, I hope you experience God welcoming you in this place. 

With love,

Pastor David Layser   

Meet Our Staff Team

Tammy Seybert, Church Administrator

Tammy is our Church Administrator EXTRAORDINARE! She keeps everything orgainized and running smoothly here and Trinity, and we don't know WHAT we would do without her! She has a servant's heart and goes above and beyond her job description to help everyone. She's married to Jim and has 2 grown children-Levi and Bailey and 3 fur babies-Chuck (pictured here!) Indy, and Rocket!

Emily Layser, Director of Children and Youth Ministries

AKA the Director of FUN (as she likes to call herself!) Her passion and energy for life is just as contagious as her laughter! Emily LOVES working with kids of ALL ages and seeing the moments in their lives where Jesus just "clicks" and becomes real to them. Emily is married to Pastor David and here's a pic of their circus, uh, 4 kiddos! Julia, Edison, Gideon and Joel!

Kathy Myers, Director of Music

You may find Kathy behind the organ, playing the piano with the praise band, or directing our choir! She is a woman with many talents and we are SO BLESSED to have had her serving here at Trinity for over 25 years! She is married to Scott and has 3 grown children-Kelly, Alex, and Amanda. Her favorite current title is Mimi to her 2 grandbabies Karson and Oliver!