Our Pastoral Staff
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 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.
Ryan Dennis has a passion for helping churches grow and spread the Gospel!
Prior to moving to New York from Dallas, Texas in 2018, Ryan served as Lead Pastor at Fairview Community Baptist Church and served for a year on the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board. He also has over six years of Enterprise Risk Management, Corporate Audit, and Risk Consulting experience, helping organizations meet their goals and objectives. Ryan attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where he earned a BBA in Management.
Ryan and his wife, Maria, have a daughter, Madeleine, and have called Trinity their church home since 2018.
Bookkeeper. Jose joined Trinity’s team in March of 2020, as the Bookkeeper. Jose earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Saint Peter’s University, a Jesuit institution in Jersey City, NJ. Jose brings over forty years of experinece in the areas of Accounting and Management. Jose is a long-time resident of Brooklyn, NY.
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. Then 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, A/V, Communion). 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, and their sons.
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.
Feel free to contact the Elders at email@example.com 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.
Tania has been attending Trinity with her younger son, Alex, since 2011 when they moved into the neighborhood. Tania has served as part of the Welcome and Connection Ministry and as a parent helper for GodQuest. Tania is originally from Singapore, but has lived in the United States for more than thirty years. She is currently VP of Compensation for an insurance company and has worked in the area of compensation for fifteen years.
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.
Feel free to contact the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.