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Trailhead Church

We won’t lie, we love the outdoors. But to us the word “trailhead” means more than just some wooden sign in the middle of the forest. We see the Trailhead as a representation of the starting point for those who are seeking a deep and meaningful relationship with Christ.

We believe that everyone’s journey begins at the trailhead. So whether you are just starting out or have miles of experience under your belt, we want to help you through this hike we call life.

Though our congregation is diverse, we are united by a common, life-changing experience with Christ. You too can experience the difference Christ makes, regardless of your background or situation.

Trailhead Church isn’t just about spreading the good news; it’s about spreading the good news to all people:
saints and seekers; individuals and families; those more and less fortunate; young and old; blue collars, white collars, or no collars at all. At Trailhead, the good news is for everyone.

We want everyone to find a life worth living by learning to invest everything in a relationship with Christ.

Trailhead Church began in 2008 with a dream to offer compassion without compromise. We wanted to create a place where the relentless teaching of God’s Word would make sense for people in real life, where worship would be a celebration of freedom, and where people would feel connection and move from acquaintances to deep friendships. We wanted people to be equipped to maximize their potential while they experienced the Great Commandment and Great Commission come alive through acts of service and love. In short, we created Trailhead to be a place where LOVE WORKS.

We take God’s words to heart. Proverbs 16:9 says “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps,” and this drives our mission to be a church where you can…

  1. Discover a relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior;
  2. Navigate using the Word of God, developing faith and purpose in Him;
  3. Explore the path that God has chosen for you; and
  4. Connect (and experience genuine discipleship) with committed believers, serving families, friends, the church, the community, and the world.

The Bible
The Bible is absolutely true from beginning to end. From Genesis to Revelation, every person, place, time, and meaning mentioned within the Bible is completely real and without error. The Scriptures were given to men to write down by God Himself, and therefore are as complete, unchangeable, and eternal as He is. Through the Bible, God reveals Himself and His plan for His world and His people, and in so doing gives us the foundation and source for life and faith. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21)

The Trinity
God represents Himself to us in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three have different functions, but are completely unified, fully divine, and make up one God, not three. (Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22, John 14:9,16, John 17:3)

The Father
God the Father is in complete control of everything. He created and sustains all things, and the universe exists solely to bring Him glory. By His grace, He involves Himself in our lives and in our world, and He hears and answers our prayers, which we are able to bring to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 46:9-10, John 16:23-24, Galatians 2:4-8)

Jesus is God. Jesus has no beginning and no end. He was there when the universe was created and will be there when it ends. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. When He came into this earth He was born to a virgin named Mary and lived a sinless life, though He was tempted in all the same ways we are. As both completely God and completely man, He willingly took the sin of the entire human race on Himself and died on a cross to free us from that sin. He was raised to life on the third day, and later ascended into Heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father supporting us. (Psalm 90:2, Isaiah 43:10, Matthew 1:23, John 1:14, Acts 1:9-11, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Philippians 2:13, Colossians 1:1-2, Hebrews 7:26, Hebrews 9:18)

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God as Spirit. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit spoken of throughout the New Testament, beginning in Acts chapter 2, is a gift for every Christian, and the initial evidence of receiving this baptism is speaking in tongues. In addition to this gift, the Holy Spirit works through believers in several other supernatural ways described in the Bible and called the “gifts of the Spirit.” (Joel 2:28, Matthew 28:19, Luke 24:49, John 14:16, Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:4, Acts 13:1-2, Romans 8:14-16, 26-28, I Corinthians 12:1-11, I Corinthians 14:26-40, I Corinthians 14:2,4,5,39)

We have all sinned, and as sinners we all deserve a sentence of death and eternity separated from God in Hell. But because of His love for us, Jesus came and took our punishment upon Himself, and now offers us salvation as a free gift! There is nothing we can do to earn this gift, but anyone can be saved by confessing their sins and believing in Jesus sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection. (Isaiah 53:1-10, Luke 8:6, John 3:16, John 10:10, Acts 4:12, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, I John 1:9)

The Church
The church is the family of God. All Christians throughout the world are His sons and daughters, and together we serve as the body of Christ, both globally and locally. With Jesus leading His church, we will glorify Him through our love for God, one another, and the world. (Luke 6:27-28, John 1:12-13, John 13:34-35 Romans 12:4-8, I Corinthians 12:27)

What We Do

Being baptized in water is a celebration of the salvation we have received from our Savior, Jesus, and a public acknowledgment of our commitment to serve Him with our lives. Baptism is practiced by being immersed in water, which symbolizes the death and burial of our selfish nature and our resurrection as a new creation in Christ. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:4-5, Colossians 2:12)

God’s desire is for all of us to be completely whole, in spirit, soul, and body. In Jesus death on the cross, God defeated sin and death and made healing available to all believers. (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, Acts 10:38, I Peter 2:24)

In His last meal before His death, Jesus commanded us to remember His sacrifice by joining in the “Lord’s Supper.” We fulfill this command by taking the bread and the cup of communion, representing Christ’s body and His blood, which He gave up for us. All Christians should share in communion as a time of reflection on the great love of our Lord Jesus. (Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:17-30, II Peter 1:4)

In His faithfulness God gives each of us both finances and certain talents and abilities. In the Bible God commands us to give Him the first and best of all we have. The tithe, or first ten percent, is the Biblical way to allow the believer to give and to provide for the local church financially. In addition to giving financially, we are also called to use our strengths and our talents to support the work of God in the church. God promises that when we are faithful to give, He will always be faithful to provide for all our needs and to bless us in ways we could not even imagine. (Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:10-11, Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42, Romans 12:4-8, Colossians 3:23-24, I Corinthians 10:11, I Corinthians 14:12)

Trailhead Church has identified these 12 core values as the sustaining and motivating components of our church and vision.

  1. The Word of God.
 We believe that the written Word of God is to remain preeminent in all aspects of life and ministry. It is the standard and conviction-maker, atmosphere-setter, and the core upon which church and ministry is built.
  2. Prayer.
 Matthew 21:13 says “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” A healthy church must teach, preach, equip for, and practice fervent prayer. We seek to teach, inspire, motivate, challenge, and encourage each member of the body of Christ to pray and grow in their relationship with God daily.
  3. The Local Church.
 The local church is God’s instrument on Earth to fulfill the Great Commission through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The universal church describes the body of Christ globally, but it is made up of local bodies called to geographic communities for local impact. We teach that the local church should be at the center of our lives as Christians. We seek to involve ourselves at every level and at every age in the work of the local church. It is our personal responsibility to build vibrant churches that impact our community and fulfill His purpose on the earth.
  4. Worship.
 We believe that worship is vital to our experience with God, just as important as prayer and the Word. Our worship is not performance-based. We teach that we should worship in spirit and truth as a whole-hearted response to God’s presence in the midst of His people. Music is an essential part of any culture and should be seen as a vital and strategic element to evangelism. Our desire is to build a worshipping church addicted to the life-changing presence of God.
  5. Character.
 We believe that Godly character, above natural gifts, talents, and abilities, is the key to success in life and ministry. A person’s character is developed through the Word of God, prayer, discipleship, a Christian worldview, and how they respond to God in difficult circumstances. Our goal is to help build Godly character into the lives of all members of Trailhead Church as they pursue their destiny.
  6. Community.
 We believe in and value community. The church is a place where believers can relate to, encourage, protect, and admonish one another as we grow in our faith and experience God’s grace together. Community is how values are shared, relationships are established, families are raised, and vision is accomplished.
  7. Evangelism.
 We believe that the Great Commission is at the heart of God’s work. Our goal is to cultivate a heart for evangelism to the extent that it causes ministries and strategies to be created, resources to be released, and people to find fulfillment in Christian service as the world is impacted by the message of salvation. Acts 1:8 describes the Church’s empowerment to fulfill the Great Commission locally, nationally, and internationally.
  8. The Next Generation.
 We value, invest into, and support at every level the children’s ministry, youth ministry, college and young professional ministry, as well as any and all related ministries and strategies that develop the next generation in Trailhead Church. Our children are our future, and as such we are committed to being not only excellent but cutting-edge, purposeful, prayerful, and strategic in our efforts to disciple the young people of our church.
  9. Christian Worldview.
 We believe that it is critical to develop a Christian worldview in the life of every believer. It is necessary that the looking glass in which we view the world, society, politics, and justice be a biblical one. A Christian worldview will produce hope, life, justice, action, and victorious living in the life of a believer.
  10. Stewardship.
 Stewardship means taking responsibility for those resources that God has so graciously provided for us. We believe that God has established the tithe as a way of giving and supporting the church and its various ministries, and that offerings are above and beyond the tithe and should be a regular experience for every Christian. We also believe wholeheartedly that God desires that his people prosper, that his church prospers, and that sowing and reaping are biblical principles.
  11. Vision.
 God is a God of vision, productivity, and purposefulness. God has given Trailhead Church a vision to reach North Carolina with the love of Jesus and to see thousands of people enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ. All of our efforts, finances, time, energy, and overall resources are to be focused in such a way that this becomes the overarching theme of all that we do and teach. The vision God has given the church must be cast, pursued, and, by the grace of God, fulfilled.
  12. Leadership. 
We seek to equip the congregation to take leadership, take ownership, and have involvement within the church and community. We believe that leadership is both a gift and a skill that can be learned. We also define leadership as serving and laying down our lives for those around us. Jesus gave the ultimate example of servant leadership in Mark 10:45. We strive to develop dynamic servant leadership in Trailhead Church at every level, while acknowledging the importance of the five-fold ministry for the equipping of the saints.
Tom & Hilary Rose

Josh & Anna Gresham

Senior Pastor
joshua@trailheadchurch.cc | anna@trailheadchurch.cc
Pastor Josh, his wife Anna, and their four children Caedmon, Cohen, Colton, and Carly know that Jesus loves them, and they are passionate about sharing Christ’s love with others. Josh and Anna pastor a vibrant church community that is quickly growing in both capacity and influence. Pastor Josh is an avid hiker and all-around outdoorsman. He enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, and anything that involves sleeping in a tent. He has hiked the Grand Canyon many times, climbed Mount St. Helens, hiked glaciers in Montana, and traveled from the highest points of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the lowest points in Death Valley, CA. This call to the outdoors has also become part of his ministry life as he leads college and church groups on hiking trips to explore God’s natural creation, using the experience to teach people to focus on God and enjoy this journey we call life. Pastor Josh’s ministry began in 2003 while he was traveling along the East Coast ministering to youth groups. In 2004 he began directing the media ministry of New Life Church in Huntington, WV. During this same period, Anna was beginning her ministry career as the Children’s Pastor of New Life Church. After marrying in 2004, Josh and Anna became the church’s youth pastors, ministering to students in grades 6 through 12. During this time, Josh and Anna also founded Campus Flood, a ministry at Marshall University that quickly flourished as students flocked to hear truth and were encouraged to express their creativity and passions. Campus Flood is still active today and has spread to several other college campuses on the East Coast. In 2008, Josh and Anna felt God calling them to plant a church in Burlington, NC. Following that leading, Trailhead Church held its first service on September 28, 2008 in the conference center of a hotel in Burlington. Trailhead later relocated to a renovated retail space in a local mall, and, in July 2010, moved once more to its current location in Graham, NC. Trailhead Church is a place where clear vision is set, lives are changed, and God’s will is pursued above all. Pastor Josh’s primary passion is to help people form dynamic relationships with Jesus and become truly Christ-centered.

Dave & Morgan deBlecourt

Executive Pastor & Volunteer Coordinator
dave@trailheadchurch.cc | morgan@trailheadchurch.cc
Dave is the Executive Pastor at Trailhead. He is responsible for the overall leadership of the church staff, management of the church finances, and oversight of all functional areas in accomplishing Trailhead’s mission. His wife Morgan, as Volunteer Coordinator, manages an amazing and diverse team of volunteers by identifying their spiritual gifts and connecting them with service opportunities in those areas. Dave and Morgan recognized early on in their relationship that God was calling them to lives of ministry, and they are so blessed to be working and serving alongside their very best friends.

Adam & Damaris Davis

Connections Pastor & Lead Worshipper
adam@trailheadchurch.cc | damaris@trailheadchurch.cc
Adam is the Connections Pastor at Trailhead. In this role he coordinates and directs teams of both staff members and volunteers to connect people to Christ, to the church, and to their individual purposes. Adam oversees our Growth Groups and maintains all social media outlets. His wife Damaris is Trailhead’s Lead Worshiper. Damaris collaborates with the worship team to cultivate an honest and moving praise and worship experience. Adam and Damaris began their relationship at Trailhead, where they both recognized they were called to ministry together and they consider it a blessing and a privilege to serve with such an amazing team.

Christian King

Children's Pastor
Christian is the Children’s Pastor at Trailhead. Christian organizes, develops, implements, and maintains an exciting and Christ-centered ministry that promotes fun and meaningful worship, discipleship, and learning. Christian leads a talented group of volunteer teachers whose primary passion is to help kids begin their journey of faith. From an early age, Christian recognized the call of God on her life and desires to see lives of all generations changed by the unfailing love of God. She is honored and privileged to serve and journey with Trailhead Church.

Steve & Whitney Loudermilk

Youth Pastor
steve@trailheadchurch.cc | whitney@trailheadchurch.cc
Steve (also known as Milk) and his wife Whitney are Trailhead’s Youth Pastors. Switchback Youth is a thriving ministry of students from grades 6 through 12. Steve and Whitney are responsible for developing and encouraging our youth to be passionate about living life, loving God, and impacting our community with the message of Jesus Christ. As part of this mission they plan exciting events for our youth to enjoy and to fellowship with their peers in a safe and loving environment. Switchback Youth meets on Sundays at 6:30 pm. Steve and Whitney are blessed to be serving alongside their friends and the amazing Switchback youth workers in leading young people to live Christ centered lives.

Jeremy & Laura McKnight

Creative Pastor & Event Coordinator
jeremy@trailheadchurch.cc | laura@trailheadchurch.cc
Jeremy is the Creative Pastor and Worship Leader at Trailhead and is responsible for the worship experience, creative arts, and overall media presence throughout the church. He leads and mentors all musicians as well as overseeing all video production, sound, and lighting. His wife Laura is the Event Coordinator and is responsible for planning and managing church events, room scheduling, and facility use. Jeremy and Laura just welcomed a new little girl to their family, Brynlee. They consider Trailhead their family and enjoy being a part of a church that is growing and touching lives in the Graham surrounding area.

Ronnie Adams

Director of First Impressions
Ronnie is the Director of First Impressions at Trailhead. He supervises and trains the parking lot attendants, greeters, and ushers to ensure that everyone, from first-time guest to regular attendee, feels welcome and comfortable each and every service. Ronnie is amazing and full of love, he's excited to see what God has in store next for you at Trailhead!

Tom & Hilary Rose

Directors of Altar Care and Prayer
Tom and Hilary lead Trailhead’s altar care and prayer teams. Tom and Hilary enjoy teaching people of all ages about prayer, specifically in developing and encouraging prayer for the community, for others, and for ourselves. They also direct the altar care team, ensuring that volunteers are trained, equipped, and effective in reaching out to those who are making life-changing decisions. Tom and Hilary believe in being the most effective witnesses they can be for Christ, sharing their faith with others to have and enjoy the journey of everyday life.