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.
Jenessa has been the Administrative Assistant 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. 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.
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.