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.
Interim Associate Pastor
It is with great joy that Session announces the appointment of Rev. Brittany Tamminga as our Interim Associate Pastor. Pastor Brittany will begin her ministry at Trinity on Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Brittany brings an abundance of God’s love and a deep faith that will serve Trinity well during this upcoming period of transition. A Southern California native, Brittany graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and has a strong background working as Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries in San Diego at Pioneer Ocean View Church and First Presbyterian Oceanside, where she fondly remembers Mexico Mission Trips with Amor Ministries. Brittany comes to us from Fredericksburg, Virginia where she served as Associate Pastor of The Presbyterian Church for six years.
Brittany possesses both pastoral and administrative gifts that have been honed while pastoring at churches of up to 1,000 members. She has provided worship leadership, shared responsibility for pastoral care and demonstrated a strong background in working to bring together an inter-generational congregation. However, it was her strength involving youth in the life of the church that most impressed the Interim Associate Pastor Search Committee. As she said, “On really good days, success in ministry looks like intergenerational education and fellowship, a text from a high school student with news of their college acceptance, or the small hand of a three-year old waving enthusiastically to those entering worship.” Both in her preaching and in conversation, Brittany radiates a love for people and a passion for learning people’s stories.
Brittany and her husband Tim enjoy spending time with their many nieces and nephews. And in her free time, enjoys cooking, gardening and watching corny movies.
Director of Music, Worship, Children and Families
Kristan has been a member of Trinity for more than 30 years and is please to have been on staff for the last 13 years.
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 Francisco 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.
Trinity Preschool: 650-593-0770
Jenny 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. 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. Jenny has been teaching the Threes class and passionate about play based education.
Church Office Manager
Tracy joined Trinity's staff in April 2019. A San Francisco native, 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 for a New York based fashion house. In addition to growing deeper into her Christian faith, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering and traveling.
Christine comes to us 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 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
Change A Life Ministry (CALM) - Ken Won
Children’s Ministry - Kristan Verveniotis
Community Outreach - Mike Garoutte
Global Outreach - Kathy Kyne
Leadership & Nominating - Astrid Block
Personnel - Drew Schulz
Preschool - Alicia Ledwith
Stewardship and Finance - Francine Miltenberger
Spiritual Formation - Holly Hayashida
Sticky Faith - Nicole Massey
Worship - Grace Schulz
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.