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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Riehenring and Wesley Haus UMC July 1971-June 1972
(Both German speaking)
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/
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.