Rev. Grace Han is the Lead Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church. As the daughter of pastors and missionaries, Grace grew up all over the world, as well as across the U.S. before calling Virginia home. After receiving her B.A. from Oberlin College in U.S. History, Grace worked as a Community Advocate at KANWIN, a domestic violence agency for Asian Immigrant women. Grace graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2009 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained in the Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC in June 2017.
Prior to coming to Trinity, Grace was a Pastor at St. Matthew’s UMC in Annandale, VA. She has also served as the Director of Youth Ministries at St. Matthew’s UMC, the Youth Pastor at Newtown UMC in Newtown, CT, and the College Pastor at United Church of Westville in New Haven, CT.
Grace is deeply passionate about what it means to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, including growing deeper in our spiritual formation as well as engaging with our community outside the walls of the church.
Grace and her husband Chris have two awesome children. Together, they love to go hiking, eat Korean barbecue, and watch Star Wars.
Director of Music
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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.
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Hannah D. Donoghue, Program Director came to Trinity UMC after just completing a two-year Presbyterian volunteer program placement at the Br. David Darst Center, a Chicago-based Catholic retreat center. Her responsibilities included planning and leading social justice immersion retreats for students in middle school through college age. Hannah also revitalized a Speaker Series for which she also coordinated the outreach and social media advertising. Hannah attended Muhlenberg College, graduating in 2017. She was active in the school’s Chapel Core Leadership where she participated in planning and leading worship. She was also an active participant and leader in her High School Youth Group in the Presbyterian Church in her home town. Hannah is very excited about the opportunity to be part of our education, outreach, and mission programs, and feels deeply about the benefits that can be reaped from the linkage of all of these. She is passionate about working with youth as a result of her time in Chicago but is also excited to work with all ages of a church family.
Jada is no stranger to Trinity! Many of you know Jada as Trinity's Office Manager, Jenessa Stokes', daughter. In addition to that great honor, Jada is a mom and animal lover. She believes that children view the world in such an amazing way, working with them opens her eyes to the beauty our world still has.
Ariana is a long time Alexandria resident with more than 18 years working for Alexandria City Public Schools. She is a mom of a 21 year old and a 12 year old. She loves her dog Gizmo & doing arts & crafts.
Head of School, Trinity Preschool
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Jenessa has been the Office Manger of Trinity Church since the fall of 2012. 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. In her spare time, Jenessa enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her granddaughter. Serving as Trinity's Office Manager 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.
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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.