Brian Newby is passionate about following Jesus and loving others well.
He has lived all over the United States and is happy to now call NYC home. Brian spent the last 10 years in Dallas, Texas, where he served as a pastor at Northwest Bible Church. During his time there, he brought an increased external focus and developed one of the largest church-based ministries to refugees in the nation. Brian attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Theology and is currently in the Ph.D. program.
Brian and his wife, Laura, have one 8-year-old son, Elijah, who brings a lot of life to their home. They love living and growing alongside the family of believers at Trinity Baptist Church.
Administrative Assistant. Laura grew up in Mississippi and moved to NYC to further her acting career in 2019. She earned her master’s degree in educational psychology from Mississippi State University, where she also served as an adjunct instructor. She later spent 5 years as a high school special education teacher and case manager. Now, she worships the Lord at Redeemer Presbyterian Church and attends weekly acting classes at both Stella Adler and Michael Howard Studios as she pursues her passions.
Facilities Director. Annette was born and raised in New York City. She majored in Psychology at Hunter College, City University of New York. Since early childhood, she has been active within her church community, worshiping God as a praise singer/leader and Sunday School teacher (she earned a degree following a 4-year course of study which prepared her to teach Sunday School). Additionally, she has pursued studies at a seminary to deepen her understanding of the Word of God. It is her joy to use her artistic talents and love for God to serve wherever needed. Annette continues to passionately worship God through her singing, writing, poetry, drawings, composing, and by creating and designing prophetic jewelry. Aside from the Lord, her favorite person to spend time with is her daughter, Gen.
Worship Director. Dave joined Trinity’s worship community in 2008 as a volunteer worship leader. In 2013 he was hired as a staff worship leader, then assumed the role of Worship Director in January 2018. Although he has been steadily working in finance in New York City since 2006, he believes God has grown his love and passion for ministry, particularly his desire to point people to Christ through music and worship leading. In addition, over the years Dave has enjoyed collaborating in songwriting projects, recording and music production, and he assisted in releasing Trinity’s first original worship album. When he’s not playing guitar and singing, Dave enjoys finding good food to eat with his wife, Anais, as well as doing whatever his precious daughter asks him to do.
Director, Children’s Ministry. 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 Master in Elementary Education degree from Hunter College. She and her husband, John, have three sons: Clark, Christian, and Cullen.
Communications/Marketing Manager. Penni is a native New Yorker who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing from Cornell University. She started her career in corporate graphic design. For 18 years she worked as part of a consultant team which produced market analytics reports for pharmaceutical clients. She has volunteered at Trinity for over 20 years (Worship, Trustee, Children’s Ministry), and currently serves with the A/V Ministry and on the communion team. When she’s not at Trinity, she can be found gardening, reading, or playing Scrabble.
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 New York City with his wife, Sarah, whom he married in 2012, and their sons, Jackson and Nicolas.
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 he 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.
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, Conquest, 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.
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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.
Galen has been attending Trinity with his wife, Ashley, since 2015, joining the church shortly after they were married in 2016. They have one daughter, Chloe. His history of service at Trinity includes three years with the Welcome and Connection Ministry, two years helping the Counting Ministry, and he is currently in his second year as a leader of the high school Conquest program. Galen worked in the banking industry before transitioning to his current role in hospitality. He currently manages global development strategy for a hotel company based in New Jersey.
Peter has been attending Trinity with his wife Effie since 1990. He has led the Counting Ministry for the last 17 years. He has also led small groups and served as part of the Communion Ministry. Peter’s professional background for 35 years was focused in senior level sales, marketing, and manufacturing sectors in both established and entrepreneurial companies. He also owned a successful pizzeria / restaurant for 9 years. Currently, Peter is a part-time executive coach.
Pam has attended Trinity since November 2016 and became a member in March 2019. Her history of service includes volunteering with His Toy Store for two years, packing Thanksgiving meal boxes for CRU, serving summer Sunday breakfasts, preparing a monthly 2nd Sunday evening meal for the Bowery Mission Women’s Center, and serving at Trinity’s coffee cart prior to Sunday services. Pam’s professional background is in the finance/security industry. For 33 years, Pam worked with colleges and universities in the capacity of chief financial officer, credit analyst and investment banker.
Lee has been attending Trinity since 2013. He has served as a leader of the Welcome and Connection Ministry for three years, a leader of The Walk Ministry for five years, a volunteer for the Counting Ministry for two years, and most recently started serving as a Sunday School teacher with Conquest. He has previously volunteered serving communion and has led a variety of small groups for the past three years. Lee’s professional background is as a software engineer in the finance/security industry.
Dick and his wife, Betty, love attending Trinity, which they have called their church home since 2017 after relocating to NYC. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren. Dick is active in a small group at Trinity. He has strong strategic planning and organizational management skills as well as deep experience in budgeting. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Programs at a faith-based organization based in NYC; he leads a team of ten and oversees operations in five countries.
Fred and his wife Erin have been attending Trinity since 2004. They have one son, Finn, age 5. Fred’s history of serving at Trinity includes singing in the choir, serving in the AV booth, serving in the Counting Ministry, working on the worship executive team, acting as a Deacon of the Front Door ministry, and serving on the 100 Saturdays project after Hurricane Sandy. He is a Registered Nurse at Weill Cornell Medical Center and has served overseas in the Navy Nurse Corps.
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Paula has been attending Trinity (now with her husband, Todd, and son, Ulysses) for almost 20 years. Her history of service at Trinity includes acting as a small group leader for almost a decade, trustee, Alpha leader, and other miscellaneous volunteer opportunities. Her professional background is in labor solutions (staffing, on-site outsourcing digitization, and security), most recently transitioning into the role of Chief of Market & Business Strategy at Forrest Solutions.
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