Staff
Pastor

Sung Ho Lee

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Sung Ho Lee arrived at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island, New York in July 2015 following eight years of ministry as District Superintendent of the Mohawk District of the Upper New York Conference.

Sung Ho was born and grew up in Korea. Upon completion of college education in chemical engineering, he came to the United States for graduate studies. He received a Ph.D. degree from State University of New York at Buffalo in chemical engineering. He went back to Korea for his career in research. Having worked in Korea for three years, he came back to the United States to go to seminary. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drew Theological School. He also received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological Seminary. Sung Ho is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and has served churches in New York: Burdett UMC, Ithaca Korean UMC, Park UMC in Hamilton and First UMC in Corning. Sung Ho has passion for ministry for all ages: children, youth, young adults, middle aged and older adults.
Sung Ho believes that worship must be exciting, dynamic, inviting and engaging with inspiring messages relevant to the real life. Sung Ho has a great passion to help people grow in their faith that can be applied to their daily life. He is also committed to the ministry of encouraging and empowering people to go into the world both locally and globally to share their faith by telling their faith stories and doing good works.

Sung Ho and his wife Jung have two adult children, daughter Sarah and her husband James and son Joey.


Administrative Assistant to the Pastor

Alice Mock

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Alice has been with the church since May of 2014.  She has a BA in Education, and a ME from Georgia Southern University, as well as additional training in business administration.  Alice works closely with the pastor and other staff in accomplishing the ministry of our church.  


Office Assistant

Janet Garrison

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Janet Garrison has been a member of Trintiy Church for 22 years.  She has been volunteering in the office for 6 years as the membership secretary and recently as office assistant.   


Youth Ministries Director

Mark Von Wald

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Mark Von Wald is our enthusiastic youth leader. He has over twenty years of experience of youth group ministry in middle school and high school. Mark previously served here at Trinity church with his wife Liz as our CE directors. Mark and Liz have two kids together, Mark John and Kaylee. Mark graduated from Elim Bible Institute, receiving a degree in youth ministry.

Mark believes in a youth ministry that strives towards building community where all are welcomed and feel valued. Mark is passionate about leading teens closer to Christ in this ever changing world. Parents input is appreciated and welcomed in all youth group endeavors. Mark truly wants to serve you and you’re teen. 


Children's Ministry Director

Kelly Petrie

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Kelly has been attending Trinity since birth. She grew up in this church. She was baptized, confirmed and married in this church and now brings her own little ones here. Kelly has served as the Children’s Music Director for 2 years and is also a vocalist in the Trinity Praise Band.

Kelly graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Communication. Though she has spent most of her professional years working in TV and Media and professional writing in various forms, she has plenty of experience working with children as a Kindermusik Educator, and former ski instructor, soccer coach, camp counselor, Babysitter and now a mother of two. She prides herself in being extremely organized and checking things off her many To Do Lists.

As a youth, she enjoyed singing and fellowship as part of the church’s Son Light Singers, and hopes that her children and all the others that come through these doors, will be given the same spiritual opportunities. “I thank God for being a part of this group. It was during a trip with this group that my faith in God was affirmed. I was with them when I learned some very upsetting news. But in a moment, it was all clear, and I knew the Lord had heard my prayers. I just knew. This was a pivotal time in my life. I easily could have walked away, but instead, I walked toward Him.”

As Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Kelly has hopes to grow the children’s program through exciting new programs and outreach, and encouraging all of the children to know and experience God’s love through prayer, service, fellowship, and of course, music.

Kelly lives on Grand Island with her husband, Jay and their two young children, Kaia and Jamin.


Director of Music Ministries

Joseph Martino

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Mr. Martino is an honors graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and Purchase College, State University of New York, where he completed a Master of Music degree with a concentration in performance.

 Mr. Martino is an active professional musician and music educator in the Western New York region.

 


Church Organist

Dennis Overholt

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My name is Dennis Overholt.  I have worked at Dunlop Tire, now Sumitomo Rubber USA for 41 years.  I am now a Training Coordinator for the Stock Prep Division including Engineering and Central Maintenance areas.  I have been a Director of music and organist for over 44 years at churches around the Buffalo area.  I now serve at Trinity as Organist in the Music Ministry.  It is a joy to serve Our Risen Lord and Savior and to be able to minister thru music to help lead others to a closer walk with our Lord.


Technical Director

Fred Claus

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A lifelong resident of Grand Island, Fred was born and raised in Trinity Church. He was baptized in the church in 1975, when he attended here with is parents.  Fred still lives on Grand Island with his wife and 3 children, and is still a regular attendee of Trinity bringing his children up in the church as he was.

Fred Graduated from Niagara County Community College with a degree in business, and now owns and operates his own IT Company based on Grand Island.  Among his many duties in the church, Fred Volunteers his time as the Technical Director for the church making sure all the A/V equipment is in working order and is there whey the members need it.


Financial Secretary

Alissa Pioli

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My name is Alissa Pioli and I am the financial secretary at GITUMC. I've been a member of the church since I was confirmed By Frank Newsome in 8th grade. Aside from his position, I've worked as a math teacher for the past 8 years. I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking, and camping. I have a 6 year old black cat name Kingsley that I absolutely adore. 


Superintendant of Buildings and Grounds

Rob Domagala

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Retired Pastor

Rev. Sue Kaiser

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Rev. Sue Kaiser moved to Grand Island upon retirement in 2002, after 17 years preaching in 4 parishes in WNY. Serving Trinity primarily as their Prayer Ministry Coordinator, Adult Education Teacher, and Worship Dance Coordinator, she has a deep interest in ecumenical relationships and work toward Christian unity/

Married to Bob for 50+ years, they have a son and daughter and 5 grandchildren.