A native of the Lynchburg, Virginia, area, Pastor Bill has served in pastoral leadership in a variety of ministry settings. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a B.A. in Religious Studies, he received the Master of Divinity degree from The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC. He went on to receive the Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spiritual Formation from The Theological School at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
Bill enjoys being active in body, mind and spirit. He reads widely, and counts Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, and Kathleen Norris among his favorite contemporary authors. He also enjoys a wide range of music. Every once in a while, he can be found watching episodes of Dr. Who or reruns of Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica.
Bill has led short-term mission teams to Mexico and Poland. His favorite aspects of Christian ministry, however, involve the connections of worship, teaching, and pastoral care with daily life. He considers the worship of God together with others to be the foundation for communal and individual identity, vitality and outreach. In proclaiming the Word and administering the Sacraments, he seeks to present the riches of the Christian experience in which God is glorified and an environment of hospitality and beauty is provided for all. He also regards small group and learning settings, as well as one-to-one conversations, to be the areas in which struggles and questions about faith can be honestly aired and lovingly addressed.
Jenessa has been the Administrative Assistant of Trinity Church since 2013. She is a life-long United Methodist and grew up in Springfield, VA, attending Sydenstricker UMC. Jenessa currently lives in the Fairfax County area of Alexandria with her husband, Hank, and their beloved dog and companion, Lilly Marie. Jenessa and Hank are members of Silverbrook UMC. She has a daughter who lives in Jacksonville, NC. In her spare time, Jenessa enjoys cooking, reading, and resting by the ocean. Serving as Trinity's Administrative Assistant is a true calling for her. It fulfills a true ministry that she is passionate about and that allows her to use her gifts and talents.
Linda Cancellieri, Director of Music, came to Trinity in 2002 to fill a interim position. After serving in permanent positions at Belleview Baptist Church, Cameron UMC and Wesley UMC in Chevy Chase, she took interim positions over the next nine years in several denominations as organist/director. Trinity was special—the traditional music program, the warm and friendly congregation, the talented musicians and the Holtkamp organ in a wonderful acoustic setting convinced her that it was time to turn the interim into a permanent position.
Linda directs the adult, handbell and children’s choirs. In addition, she instituted the Organist’s Assistant Program for grades three through twelve. She received a B.A. at Middlebury College in Vermont, and has completed additional undergraduate and graduate studies in choral, organ, piano, theory, composition, theater and pedagogy studies. A former executive board member of the Northern Virginia and Washington DC American Guild of Organists chapters, Linda is a member in a number of professional organizations including the American Choral Conductors Association, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Choristers Guild, Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, the National Federation of Music Teachers, and is certified by the American College of Musicians. She also has had a successful music studio for children and adults and is often called on to judge a variety of music competitions and festivals.
Linda brings creativity, commitment to excellence in music, a team spirit and passion for worship planning to her work at Trinity. She invites you to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and hopes you will become a part of Trinity’s music program.
Carrie is the Director of Christian Formation at Trinity. A lifelong United Methodist, Carrie received her Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2015. Carrie comes to Trinity after serving as the Youth Coordinator at Aldersgate UMC. Carrie is a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, where she has volunteered as the Young Adult Coordinator, taught Sunday school, taught Bible studies for adults, and has been a guest preacher. Originally from Mechancisville, VA, Carrie is a proud graduate of Randolph-Macon College. She has lived in northern Virginia since 2007. When not at Trinity, she can be found working as a pharmacy technician, hiking local trails, or trying a new recipe in the kitchen. Stop by and say hello or email her at email@example.com
Ronnie has worked with Buildings and Grounds at Trinity Church for more than twenty-five years. He began his position by helping with the occasional odd job and then checking in with the church on a daily basis. Committed to the ministries of Trinity and always willing to lend a helping hand to his church family, Ronnie enjoys meeting congregational members and friends and has made many lasting relationships during his years here. He considers hanging out with youth who stop by the church to be among his fondest memories.
Renee comes to us from the Merritt Academy in Fairfax. Before that, she was the Assistant Director and Enrollment Coordinator for the Child Development Center of First Baptist Church of Clarendon, the largest center of its kind in Arlington County. She has extensive experience in Early Childhood Education, including the development and supervision of faculty and staff, ensuring licensing requirements, curriculum development, family correspondence and support, and oversight and administration of budgets. She also developed, wrote, and implemented the “Movers and Shakers” music and movement enrichment program for young children. A colleague who formerly taught in Trinity Preschool and Alexandria City Public Schools describes Renee as “the most qualified early childhood educator I have ever met.”
Luz, our Nursery Supervisor grew up in Panama and came to the US as a young women. She has a Masters in Business Administration from Panama. She is continuing her education by taking a computer course. She also speaks fluent Spanish. Luz has been apart of Trinity through the Preschool for many years. She and her husband of 8 years, have two sons, Gerardo and Daniel. Gerardo is a graduate of Trinity Preschool and Daniel is in the Butterfly and Sunflower classes. When she takes time out from working at Trinity Preschool and being a busy Mom of two, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, and traveling. She loves to watch children grow up and learning new things.
Beatriz, originally from Peru, holds a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Lima, Peru. She also holds a Master in Business degree from the University of Dallas, TX. She has nine years of experience working in various sized CPA firms. She was a senior accountant and auditor in New Jersey. She has also been an auditor for governmental organizations and federal grants. Beatriz and her family moved from New Jersey to live in her husband’s home town of Alexandria.