In 1997, James Leonard moved from Washington State to New York to attend Alliance Theological Seminary. After receiving his M.Div, he served as the Volunteer Manager at Hope for New York (Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Mercy and Justice ministry in New York City). Two years later, he became the Associate Director of Church Life at Redeemer. In October of 2002, James married his wife, Elizabeth; they live in Brooklyn and they have one daughter, Iva Joy. In March of 2003, he became the Associate Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in New York City. In 2013, James received his D.Min from Fuller Theological Seminary, and in August of 2017, he became the Interim Lead Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, where he is currently serving.
Jonathan grew up in the Northern Virginia area (a DC suburb) where he received an accounting degree at George Mason University. He began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young, where he obtained a CPA license and later transitioned into finance and earned the CFA designation. He has been active at Trinity since 2010 – serving with the International Ministry, Alpha, choir, and as a trustee before becoming Trinity’s Executive Director.
Marlene is a native New Yorker born to immigrant parents from Cuba. Marlene studied Graphic Design at Fashion Institute of Technology and marketing at Borough of Manhattan Community College. She brings 14+ years experience in consumer marketing from L’Oréal Paris. Marlene’s passion is to help the marginalized which led her to help start an organization—The Haiti Education Alliance (THEA) where she serves as Secretary of the Board. She travels once a year to Haiti to educate Haitians on how to sustain themselves. Her dream is to be able to stop homelessness in the city she loves so much (New York City). She lives in Washington Heights with her husband Juan and their four-legged son Frosty.
Cindy joined the Trinity team in 2002 to oversee our Children’s Ministry. In her current role, she recruits volunteers to facilitate our Sunday School programs and to provide childcare during special events. Cindy was instrumental in helping develop our 1st-5th grade curriculum. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Elementary Education from Hunter College. She and her husband, John, have three sons, Clark, Christian, and Cullen.
Janet’s family immigrated from Jamaica to NYC when she was 10 years old. Growing up in the U.S., Janet received her B.A. in English literature and came to Trinity in 2005. Janet has a huge heart for teenagers. She served as a volunteer leader with our previous director for one year, then served as interim director before stepping into the role as Director of Youth Ministry.
Penni is a native New Yorker who earned her B.S. in Communications and Marketing from Cornell University. For 18 years she worked as part of a consultant team which helped clients present their ideas more effectively. She has volunteered at Trinity for over 20 years, and currently helps out in the Children’s Ministry. She and her husband, Duncan, have two sons, Ryan and Ian.
Biblically, the elders of the churches were charged with three roles: caring for the congregation they were overseeing (shepherding), guarding the truth of the scriptures (theological), and setting the direction for the church (missiological).
As shepherds they are charged with regularly caring for congregants through prayer and counseling and helping them to practically address the concerns they have in their lives. Theologically they have the responsibility for directing the spiritual life of the Church, ensuring that the teaching content is doctrinally sound, that evangelistic and discipling efforts are in concert with the overall values and mission of the Church, and that Church discipline is biblically administered when necessary. They also spend quite a lot of time in the missiological role (vision formulation, vision casting, oversight of deacons, direction of church, etc.).
Fred has attended Trinity since 1994. He has served on the Trinity Board as Board Chair, Interim Board member, and was the head of the 2003 Pastoral Search Committee. He and his wife, Susannah, have been involved in various levels of ministry including youth, prayer, and small groups. Both are licensed social workers with a calling to help people achieve wholeness. Fred also taught middle school math and is particularly interested in reconciliation and mediation work.
Dave moved to New York in late 2008 and has been attending Trinity since early 2010. During his time at Trinity, he has served in various capacities teaching Sunday School, leading the Newcomer’s Welcome, volunteering in the International Students’ Ministry, as well as over two years as the Deacon of Men’s Ministries. He has also gone on three Trinity mission trips to Rwanda. In 2014, Dave became an elder. Dave works in the finance sector and lives in the city with his wife, Sarah, whom he married in 2012, and their sons, Jackson and Nicolas.
Tim has attended Trinity since 2002. His involvement in church life since that time includes the worship ministry, couples’ small groups, Bright Beginnings children’s ministry, and the Elder Nominating Committee. His previous local church experience includes roles as a Sunday School teacher, youth minister, worship director, governing board member, deacon, and elder. He and his wife, Alice, have been married since 1995, and they have two daughters and a son: Ellie, Gabi, and Theo.
Ross has been attending Trinity since the fall of 1997. In his time at Trinity, Ross has served on the Small Groups Commission, Church Leadership Nominating Committee, Management Team, and has been involved in new members’ training and small group leaders’ training. In 2005, Ross became an elder. Ross and his wife, Cindy, are on staff with the Campus Ministry of Cru. They are raising their two daughters, Carin and Meg, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
In March of 2003, James became the Associate Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church where he concentrates primarily on community and connectedness, small group development, evangelism, assimilation, and strategic planning. In 2013, he received a doctorate of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary with a focus on Spiritual Formation and in August of 2017, he became the Interim Lead Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, where he is currently serving. James and his wife, Elizabeth, have one daughter, Iva Joy.
Feel free to contact the Elders at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Trinity’s Trustees are stewards for the finances and property of the church. Trustees act as custodians of church property, advise the elders and the Executive Director on financial matters, review the church’s financial statements and oversee an external audit, submit a detailed annual financial report, prepare the annual budget, and represent the church in all legal matters.
Earl has been attending Trinity with his wife, Johanna, since 2012. They have two children: Francis, 7, and Mia, 5. Earl’s service at Trinity includes 3 years on The Welcome & Connection ministry and assisting with Communion. Earl and Johanna have taught Sunday school for the last 3 years, participated in the Parents Forum, and have been involved in a weekly small group. Earl works as a Managing Director for Momentum Advisors, an international wealth management firm. Outside of work, he is actively engaged in community service. He is also actively involved in The New Canaan Society, a men’s fellowship group.
Sandra has been attending Trinity since the end of 2006. She has served at Trinity as a facilitator in ministries including the Bright Beginnings children’s ministry for 1-2 years, the Alpha Course in Spanish for 6 months, and the Trinity Career Network for 5 years. She has also been praying for people after Sunday services over the past year and was a part of the Communications and Marketing Manager search committee. Sandra’s professional background is in marketing, especially focused on initiatives to engage U.S. Hispanics and other ethnic groups. Prior to founding her consulting firm DIAZ&CO. in 2012, Sandra had a corporate career of 15+ years at Colgate, Sara Lee, Sears, and L’Oreal.
Lori and her husband David have attended Trinity since 1997 and became members in 2003. They have three children, Kathryn, Kasey and AJ, who are 13. Lori has served on the Counting Ministry since 2009 and has facilitated monthly parent forums with her husband. She has also worked with Children’s Ministries for many years. Lori’s professional background is in the retail and wholesale industry. She currently works for the Estee Lauder Companies in Demand Planning.
Jed has been a believer in Jesus Christ for 30 years. He is currently leads a bible study and is active in the Men’s Ministry. Jed is married to Becky Lazzeri and they reside in the Upper East Side. Jed is an IT Project and Program Manager and has been working in that field for over 30 years. In this capacity, Jed has managed numerous large international projects and has lived abroad for extended periods of time (2 years Prague and 2 years London).
Connie has been attending Trinity since 2006. She has been a faithful attendee of the Tuesdays 20s’ Women’s Small Group. She also serves on the leadership board of The Walk, Trinity’s new ministry for Trinity members and attendees in their 20s and 30s. Connie’s professional background is in consumer marketing and international development. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Sustainable Health Enterprises, or SHE, a social venture that has its first manufacturing business in Rwanda.
Dadjie has been a member of Trinity since 2008. Prior to serving as a trustee, she was a deacon for Trinity’s Local Missions and has volunteered with the International Students Ministry and Worship Arts. Dadjie received an MPA at Columbia SIPA and has worked in education and global health. She currently works in development at Cornell University Medical Center.
Duane M. Smith
Duane has been attending Trinity since 2005. He has served as a teacher in a small group for couples, a member of the Counting and Welcome & Connection ministries, and on the Board of Trustees, which he chaired for five years. Duane is a physician administrator and has worked and cared for the medically underserved and people living with HIV for over 20 years. In addition, he has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations in the fields of public health and healthcare. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Linnie, and their sons, Brian and Andre.
Phil A. Woods
Phil has been attending Trinity since the fall of 2012 after relocating to the New York area from Singapore. He is married to the former Ms. Stephanie Whitacre and together they parent their dog, Deacon. His service at Trinity includes recently joining the Welcome & Connection Ministry. Phil’s professional background is in the financial services industry after serving in the U.S. Army. He currently is a Senior Salesperson in the Foreign Exchange and Local Markets business at Citigroup.
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