Trenholm Road United Methodist Church Foundation

A congregation’s unity promotes stability and sustainability within a church. From liturgy to outreach, worship to community involvement, a church’s true core is the commonality of its parishioners, the belief we have in Christ and our mission to represent Christ through our time, talents, gifts and service. It was in the spirit of this common purpose that the Trenholm Road United Methodist Church Foundation was established.

The TRUMC Foundation has the mission of prolonged prosperity for the life of the church. Its holdings ensure mission work, musical worship, spiritual education, and capital improvements continue in perpetuity.


The Trenholm Road United Methodist Church (TRUMC) Foundation began in 1989 under the leadership of Marshall Shearouse. As the Senior Trust Officer for C&S National Bank, Mr. Shearouse was instrumental in organizing the Foundation. He drew the organizational documents and served on the Board of Directors while the Foundation was in its infancy.

While Trenholm Road United Methodist Church has been around for more than 60 years, it is comparatively young in the Forest Acres neighborhood. At 27 years old, the Foundation is also rather new. Made up of more than a dozen funds named for donors, legacy gifts, and designated purposes, the Foundation’s asset base is healthy

Board of Trustees

John Bolin was raised conservative Southern Baptist and joined TRUMC after being unchurched for 20 years. John joined TRUMC in 2005. He has worked at the University of South Carolina for 30 years in roles like Director Undergraduate Admissions, Assistant VP for Administration budget troubleshooter, Manager of Carolina Coliseum, adjunct professor Sports Administration and Entertainment Management. John is a Sanctuary Choir member and volunteers in the TRUMC kitchen.

Robbie Bowers has been in the insurance business specializing in Employee Benefits for 40 years.  He has served on the TRUMC Foundation Board since 2016.  Robbie and his wife, Susan, have been members of TRUMC for 50 years and have served in various capacities on committees including Trustees, Finance, SPRC and TRUMPS Pre School.

Gigi Dawson has been an educator for over 26 years teaching in both the public and private sector. Gigi joined the Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Upper School faculty in 2006 where she currently teaches Ancient History (9th), United States History (11th)  and Psychology (11th/12th).  She has been a member of TRUMC since birth working in many ways to support its ministry. Gigi has been an active member of TRUMC’s music ministry her whole life. Beginning as a Cherub in the Children’s Choir, moving to the Youth Choir and Handbells, and now you will find her in the Choir Loft every Sunday singing with the Sanctuary Choir. In addition to her work with the Music Ministry, she has also served the church in other capacities including Church and Society, Lay Leadership, Worship Core, and as a Wedding Director.

Beth Estes recently retired from over four decades of part-time teaching at the technical college level. She has served as a Bible School helper, a Guild Committee worker, and a Greeter for the early service. Beth has also enjoyed Bible studies offered at the church. Beth and her husband, George, have been members of TRUMC since 1994 when George retired from 20 years in the Air Force.

Dave Fary retired 10 yrs ago from his job as Plant Manager of International Paper in Eastover. Dave and his wife, Jan, have been TRUMC members since 1983. Dave has served on the Finance Committee for three years and on the Foundation Board for 9 years with his most recent tenure for one year.

Lee King and his wife, Lynn, joined TRUMC 8 years ago after moving to Columbia from Anderson where they were previously members of Trinity UMC. Lee is an Appraisal Analyst for TD Bank, reviewing residential reports on properties from Maine to Florida.  Lynn is retired and volunteers as our church receptionist.  They are currently members of the Spirit of Fellowship Sunday School Class.

Spruce McCain has been in the insurance industry for over 50 years mostly in life insurance, annuities and estate planning.  He has served on the Finance Committee, TRUMC Foundation, and is a member of the Sanctuary Choir. Spruce taught Sunday School for 15 years and was Superintendent of Sunday School for 5 years. He was also a founding member of TRUMC.

Sassy Shull is a charter member of TRUMC and has served as Sunday School teacher, circle leader, banner maker and in many other capacities in her ninety years. Sassy says she has received much more from TRUMC than she has given.

How can I learn more about the TRUMC Foundation?

  • Visit our page on the TRUMC website.
  • Read our blog with stories about Foundation grants.
  • Look for Foundation announcements in regular church communications.
  • Questions? Contact one of the nine board members for additional information.