Church Planters

Jason and Heather McDaniel met over a love for Jesus, His church and His renewal mission during their high school years in Kinston, NC.  Jason graduated in 2004 from UNC Chapel Hill and in 2012 with his M.Div. from Regent University. Heather graduated from Meredith College in 2004. 

McDaniel family photo

They were married two weeks after graduating from undergrad and spent the next 14 years primarily at UNC Chapel Hill reaching college students with the gospel and training them as cultural missionaries to their generation. The McDaniels have just completed a season of church planting residency with the Summit Church (Durham, NC) and Grace Fellowship Church (Kinston, NC).  Jason and Heather are now eager to join God in His work of transforming Durham, NC and the surrounding area with the good news of Jesus Christ through a new church plant.

In their downtime they enjoy Spartan workouts, going out on dates, time with friends and playing in the backyard with their 5 kids and dog, Bristol. Their children are Caden (12), Alexa (10), Gavin (9), Gage (7) and Elias (5).

To check out recent sermons please go to Jason’s YouTube page.

Worship Leader

Uty Utin and family

Uty Utin currently serves as the worship leader for Trinity Life Church. He has a lot to thank God for and cannot help but worship as his first and immediate response to most of life. He enjoys inviting others to proclaim the goodness and sovereignty of God as we all navigate through the joys and challenges this life offers. 

Uty met his wife, Elaine, in undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill through their campus ministry where he led worship. He is currently in his first year of medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill as well. 

For fun, Uty and Elaine enjoy taking Ezra (their stunningly handsome 1-year old son) out on evening walks/runs together, playing with and reading to him, as well as spending time with friends and family.