Senior Pastor
Rev. Larry Baird

The Rev. Larry R. Baird

Birthdate: August 7, 1949

Educational background: BA, Lycoming College, 1971; MDiv, Colgate Rochester, 1974

Ordained UMC elder: 1976

Clergy appointments: Wyoming/Covington, 1972-75; East Bloomfield/Ionia, 1975-80; Westfield, 1980-86; Clarence, 1986-2003; Superintendent, Cornerstone District, 2003-11.

Married to Brenda Baird, retired teacher’s aide

Two married sons and two granchildren

Denominational service: Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Church Growth and Evangelism, Camps and    Retreats Ministry, Racial Ethnic Local Church; New Church Starts; jurisdictional and general conferences delegate.  President, the board of directors of The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church

Specializations: Preaching, stewardship, evangelism, models for leadership

Hobby: Fly fishing, fly tying

Person most influential in his faith and practice: “My mother – a humble servant who loved God with all her heart, soul, and mind; and expressed it in love of neighbor.”

On diversity in the church: “I understand diversity to be complementary variety in God’s creation, and an enrichment of gifts and graces God has put in place to achieve God’s purposes.  I encourage everyone to involve themselves in building up the church in whatever way God has gifted them, and is consistent with God’s plan as revealed in Scripture.  I believe such diversity is a blessing.”

Would like to accomplish: “I would like in some way to help renew a local church and our denomination so that it is increasingly effective in making disciples for Jesus Christ.”

Rev. Baird enjoys preaching, and regards it as a means for both inspiration and instruction. He is well-known in the conference for his abilities in training lay leadership.


Administrative Assistant to the Pastor
Alice Mock

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.  

Financial Secretary
Jim Winter

Jim was baptized at Trinity in 1957.  Jim is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years' experience.  He has a wide variety of experience in both simple and complex accounting and taxation issues.  Jim has added a new level of freshness to Trinity's accounting procedures and documentation, and has made these more transparent and understandable to staff and volunteers.

Youth Ministries Coordinator
Abbey Cole

Abbey grew up in Syracuse, graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Religion in 2010, and moved to Buffalo where she received her M.S. in 7th-12th grade education from Medaille college.  She has been a volunteer leader with YoungLife on Grand Island for 3+ years.  She loves the time she spends with young people and considers it a gift to share the hope and love found in Jesus Christ alone. She has lots of exciting and fun things planned for the youth so check the etidings each Wednesday for events, dates and times.

Sr. Adult Ministy Coordinator
Sherri Schaus

Trinity's services to older adults are now led by the Rev. Sharon Schaus, a retired United Methodist Minister from our conference.  Her most recent church was Batavia First UMC.  Sherri entered the ministry in mid-career after working as a nurse and attending CRCDS seminary in Rochester.  At Batavia she organized a program for senior adults bearing much resemblance to the established program at Trinity.  She is looking forward to continuing the visitation and Chat 'n Chew programs seniors have so valued in the past.  She and her husband Ed reside in Akron, and will be worshiping regularly with our congregation in Grand Island. 

Wendy McCaffrey

Director of Music Ministries
Joseph Martino

Church Organist
Dennis Overholt

Superintendant of Buildings and Grounds
Rob Domagala

Dave Cole

Retired Pastor
Rev. Paul Robinson



            High School:       Baker High School, Baldwinsville, NY        1963

                  College:   Lycoming College, Williamsport            1967      BA (Major: German)

      Seminary:     Wesley Seminary, Washington, DC       1971     Master of Divinity


Churches served as pastor:


      Grand Island, Trinity United Methodist     July 1, 1990- June 30, 2005   Retired

            Olean, Christ UMC                        July 1, 1980-June 30, 1990

            Bemus Point UMC             July 1, 1972-June 30, 1980

            Basel, Switzerland,

                        Riehenring and Wesley Haus UMC    July 1971-June 1972 

                         (Both German speaking)


Retired Pastor
Rev. Sue Kaiser

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.

Retired Pastor
Rev. Robert Eldred

Bob is happily retired and lives in Tonawanda. He attends 10:30 worship regularly. He is a renowned consumer of books of all types and loves to discuss any and all topics.