Staff
Children's Ministry Coordinator

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.


Pastor

Sung Ho Lee


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.  


Financial Secretary

Jim Winter

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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

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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

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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. 


Childcare

Wendy McCaffrey

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Director of Music Ministries

Joseph Martino

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Church Organist

Dennis Overholt

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Superintendant of Buildings and Grounds

Rob Domagala

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Custodian

Dave Cole


Retired Pastor

Rev. Paul Robinson

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Education:

            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

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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.

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.