Our Pastor

James Leonard

Interim Lead Pastor

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.

Our Staff 

Meagan Cooley

Administrative Assitant

Meagan grew up in Kentucky and moved to New York in late 2017.  She received her B.B.A in Marketing and Management from the University of Kentucky and has since worked in administration, marketing, and events.  She and her husband, Ben, are part of a young church plant in lower Manhattan where she serves in the children’s and worship ministries.

Jonathan Hine

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.

Cindy Palicka

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 Masters in Elementary Education from Hunter College. She and her husband, John, have three sons, Clark, Christian, and Cullen.

Janet Stewart

Director, Youth Ministry

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 Urquhart

Communications/ Marketing Manager

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.

Our Elders 

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 Atkins

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 Page

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.

Timothy Tien

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 Queener

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.

James Leonard

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 elders@trinityny.org with any questions or concerns.

Our Trustees 

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 Carr

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.

Lori Hanchin-Chang

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.

Dave Hyun

David has been attending Trinity with his wife Jane since 2015. They have two children, Abigail and Timothy, ages 17 and 13 years old respectively. His history of service at Trinity includes co-leading a small group and volunteering as a communion server. David’s professional background is in the finance industry with experience as an equity analyst, portfolio manager, and a trader. He currently works as an equity analyst for the wealth management firm Inverness Counsel where he researches the technology and healthcare industries.

Jed Lazzeri

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).

Pamela Schiess

Pamela has been attending Trinity since December 2007. Her history of service at Trinity includes Bright Beginnings, GodQuest, the Counting Ministry, and the Prayer Ministry. Pamela’s professional background is in Finance. She is currently a Project Manager at a Private Bank. In 2016, Pamela earned her Master’s degree in Economic Development from the University of Denver. She is passionate about advocacy, books, and building community. Pamela is honored to be nominated for a Trustee position.

Phil A. Woods

Phil has been attending Trinity since the fall of 2012 after relocating to the New York area from Singapore.  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.

Feel free to contact the Board of Trustees at trustees@trinityny.org with any questions or concerns.