The Reverend Julia E. Whitworth is the 12th rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. She joined Trinity in July, 2016. Julia has a passion for liturgy and music, preaching, and prophetic witness to the Church’s call to be a significant voice for social justice. She is also deeply committed to the integration of children and families in all aspects of the Church, especially through education, liturgy, music and service, and joyful community-building.
Associate Rector and Chaplain for St. Richard’s Episcopal School
At Trinity, Ben oversees Adult Formation Programming, Confirmation Preparation and Newcomers’ Incorporation and will share in the liturgical, preaching and pastoral responsibilities of the clergy. At St. Richard’s, Ben oversees chapel life and religious programs of the school and teaches 8th grade Divinity. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Ben moved to Indianapolis from Sewanee, Tennessee, where he was Assistant Professor of Preaching at the University of the South’s School of Theology.
Staff at Trinity
Director of Facilities
Office: 317-926-1346 x111
dedwards (at) trinitychurchindy.org
Dirk oversees all operations and finances for the buildings and grounds for Trinity Church, St. Richards School, Trinity Outreach Center and Project Home Indy. He has been with Trinity since 1988 and has helped plan and manage eight additions and renovation projects here on campus. Before Trinity, Dirk served as facilities director for American Camping Association in Bradford Woods for five years and Sycamore Group for three years. Dirk and Wendi are in their 33rd year of marriage with nine children, and two grandchildren.
Office: 317-926-1346 x410
A native of Alton, Illinois, Lucas Fletcher is a first-year doctoral organ student at Indiana University, where he studies with Dr. Christopher Young. Lucas began piano studies at the age of eight, before taking up both the cello and trumpet. His interest in the pipe organ developed during high school, leading to a performance of Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings with his high school orchestra. Subsequently, Lucas has become the fourth generation of organists in his family. As an undergraduate student, Lucas studied organ with Dr. Susan Klotzbach at Illinois Wesleyan University. He also completed his master’s degree in organ at Indiana University.
Director of Communications
Office: 317-926-1346 x404
tlemon (at) trinitychurchindy.org
Tracey oversees all communications at Trinity. She has a masters degree from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and brings over 20 years of communications and management consulting experience.
Director of Finance and Administration
Office: 317-926-1346 x450
marcoa (at) trinitychurchindy.org
Albie has primary responsibility for the business affairs of the parish—with oversight over all matters pertaining to finances, facilities, human resources, information technology and office administration. He upholds Trinity’s values of mission-focused hospitality, stewardship, service, communication, and respect for all.
Dr. Michael Messina
Director of Music
Office: 317-926-1346 x410
mmessina (at) trinitychurchindy.org
Michael Messina is Director of Music at Trinity and Organist for St. Richard’s Episcopal School, positions he has held for over twenty-three years.
He holds MMus and DMA degrees in Organ Performance and Literature, as well as the Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music. Michael was graduated magna cum laude with the BMus degree in Church Music from Saint Olaf College, where he sang and traveled extensively with the Saint Olaf Choir. Michael has performed solo and duo organ concerts extensively throughout the United States, as well as at the cathedral of Notre–Dame de Paris.
Michael has served as President of the Association of Anglican Musicians, co-Chair and faculty of the Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Congregations in the Diocese of Indianapolis, and Dean and Treasurer of the Rochester and Indianapolis chapters of the American Guild of Organists, respectively. For the past several years, Michael has participated in the Indianapolis AGO’s Pipeworks program, an interdisciplinary curriculum presenting the organ and its repertoire to primary and secondary school students.
For twenty-seven years he has served as Organist and Choirmaster in Jewish congregations in Rochester and Indianapolis.
Michael lives with Mark (his husband), Norbu (the Shih Tzu), and Leo (the French bulldog)..
Julie supports staff, volunteers, and parishioners to fulfill the mission of Trinity Church. She collaborates with St. Richard’s Episcopal School for scheduling events, maintains the church membership database, and provides assistance with Parish Communications.
Missy coordinates the Journey to Adulthood youth program and has been certified by Journey to Adulthood’s Leader Resources program. For parish life, she directs all-parish events. Missy has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Louisville and before working at Trinity, she worked 15 years in the retail industry. Along with her husband Fred, she has been a member of Trinity since 1988. The Roetters have two children, Lizzie and Nelson.
Kathleen Conner Strickland Office: 317-926-1346 [email protected]
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Kathleen works with Trinity’s youngest parishioners and their families, coordinating Sunday morning church school and worship activities. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, she has worked with children in a variety of settings, most recently in the kindergarten program at St. Richard’s Episcopal School. As a lifelong Episcopalian, Kathleen is passionate about liturgy, outreach, and Christian formation, especially in regard to children in the church. Kathleen holds a B.A. in English from Millsaps College and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Vanderbilt University.
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TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
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