STAFF AND LEADERS
Mary is a nationally acclaimed preacher whose sermons continually draw people into God’s word and out into service. “I feel like she is speaking just to me,” is the comment of many.
Mary received her Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and her doctorate in spirituality from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She received the seminary’s Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction and currently serves as a spiritual director. She began her pastorate at Trinity in September 1996.
Mary’s goal is that people experience God’s liberating love first-hand in Christian community and bring that liberating love to a world desperate to receive it.
Mary's vision for Trinity:
People will know that Jesus is alive by the way we love one another, especially the unloved and those in need.
We will be transformed by:
Schooling ourselves in the words and ways of Jesus;
Simplifying our lives, as a church and in our homes;
Building relationships with the poor.
Kurt was born in the Bay Area but for the most part grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Kurt’s family of origin didn’t regularly attend a church while he was growing up. His life was forever changed as a teenager during his first visit to a youth group meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder. After hearing the gospel for the first time that night, Kurt decided to follow Jesus.
Kurt received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound in Science, Technology and Society and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Kurt first sensed his call to ordained ministry in the PC(USA) during an internship where he worked for the Rev. Earl F. Palmer as his Study Assistant.
Kurt began his ministry at Trinity in January 2015. Kurt focuses his energy around Trinity’s priorities, visioning of the church, youth ministry, worship, and a variety of other ministry areas of the church.
Kurt is married to his wife Katie who recently graduated from the University of Washington at the end of 2014 with a Master of Occupational Therapy. Kurt and Katie love playing sports, hiking and camping, traveling, watching great movies, and spending time with friends and family. In May of 2018, they welcome their daughter into the world who brings tremendous joy to both Kurt and Katie.
Director of Music, Worship, Children and Families
Kristan has been a member of Trinity for more than 25 years and is excited to be a part of Trinity’s staff.
Leading groups of people has always been a part of Kristan’s life whether it is at work, home, school or church. After receiving her Bachelor degree in Music Therapy at Arizona State University, she set to work engaging people of all ages in music and learning experiences. Since coming to Trinity in 1989 she has been heavily involved in music and worship, which are her great joys! Over the years, she has also been involved in leadership for Seniors Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Middle School ministry, Long Range Planning, Trillium Vocal Trio and Joyful Noise children’s choir. In 2013, she completed the San Franciso Presbytery's Commissioned Ruling Elder training.
In 2008, Kristan felt called to serve as Director of Children's Ministry at Trinity. In 2014 the role of Worship Coordinator was added to her job description and in 2016 personnel created the position of Music, Worship, Children and Family Ministry Director to reflect Trinity's collaborative ministry.
Kristan lives in San Carlos with her husband Paul. They are grateful for the blessings of their extended Trinity family in the raising of their two daughters, Nicole and Eleni who currently live out of the area. She and Paul are active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and enjoy music, exotic food, boating, camping and just about anything outdoors.
Jenny Waddell first was introduced to Trinity Preschool in 2007 when her oldest daughter was in the Threes class. Since then all three of her children have attended the preschool with the youngest in the Threes class this year. Jenny holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and taught first grade in Atherton for 13 years before deciding to continue her educational career at Trinity. She has been teaching the Threes class for the last two years.
Jenny is passionate about play based education and is excited to be taking over as Director of the preschool in the fall.
Tracy resides in Belmont with her husband and two sons currently studying at University of California colleges. A native of San Francisco, she attended Mercy High School and lived in Los Angeles while attending Otis Parson’s School of Art & Design. She worked for Levi Strauss & Co. as a Product Manager for 7 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom then worked 12 years as a Regional Sales Director in fashion. In addition to growing deeper into her Christian faith, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, traveling, and anything that sparks her creativity. She is excited to join the staff and community at Trinity!
Claudia resides in San Carlos where she raised her two children, Donald and Michelle. A native of San Jose, The Valley of the Heart’s Delight, she lived for a brief period in Sacramento and graduated from San Jose State University.
She is an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in San Carlos and has also served on the Stanford Canterbury Board, serving Episcopal and Lutheran students.
Recently she began volunteering with Sequoia Village and is meeting many wonderful individuals throughout Belmont, Redwood City, and San Carlos, including delightful Trinity members.
In addition to volunteering, Claudia spends time with family and friends, developing her creative interests, travel, and caring for her home.
Ian was born and raised in Menlo Park, and became a Christian in college. He moved to Wisconsin in 1987, raised his family and worked as a pastor in a non-denominational setting, first at Elmbrook Church outside Milwaukee for 8 years, then for another 2 years as a pastor in Dallas, Texas. For the last 22 years, Ian has been working in the Real Estate industry both in sales and now in Commercial Property Management in Menlo Park. Ian and his wife Kim have 6 married children between them both and 5 grandchildren as well. Ian and Kim are grateful to make Trinity their home church, and they look forward to serving with and alongside Trinity in the years to come.
Christine Kagiyama is our new accompanist. She comes to us most recently from Newark Presbyterian where she has served for several years. Originally from Korea, she grew up playing music in the Presbyterian church where her father is a pastor and her mother a missionary. Christine recently spent a year in Iraq teaching music at an international school. She lives in San Mateo with her husband and two teenage sons and teaches private lessons on the peninsula.
Trinity is governed by the Session. The Session is made up of elected Ruling Elders and Trinity's Pastors. The Session meets once a month. For a list of the current elders and their minutes visit their page, Trinity-pres.org/Aboutus/Session.
Trinity's Deacons focus on our ministry of compassion. To learn more about the Deacons visit their page, Trinity-pres.org/aboutus/deacons.
Buildings and Grounds - Tom Finlayson
Children’s Ministry - Kristan Verveniotis
Community Outreach - Mike Garoutte
Connections - Carol Raisner
Global Outreach - Kathy Kyne
Liturgical Arts - Grace Schulz
Leadership & Nominating - Holly Hayashida
Preschool - Bernice O'Connor
Personnel - Katie Wechsler
Stewardship and Finance - Francine Miltenberger
Spiritual Formation - Phil Hayashida
Sticky Faith - Julie Pope
Trinity Foundation - Georgianne Stephen
If you are interested in learning more about Ministry Teams, what they do, and when they meet send the team lead an email. Their information is available on Trinity's Online Directory.