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.
The Rev’d Karen L. King is responsible for the oversight of all Trinity’s outreach ministries to the community, which includes Sunday Dinner, a weekly ministry to neighborhood residents. She is also responsible for providing oversight of Trinity Outreach Center and pastoral care.Prior to coming to Trinity, Karen served as the executive director of a social services agency for more than 12 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee, and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Karen earned a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Karen has two sons, David and Samuel.
Associate Rector for Formation & Invitation 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
Office: 317-926-1346 x405
kdeprey (at) trinitychurchindy.org
Kevin oversees all the business affairs of the parish—financial, facilities, support personnel, and office procedures. He has extensive experience as an administrator of religious institutions, having been director of the Fatima Retreat House of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis for 16 years and having served in two Catholic parishes prior to that. Kevin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and a master’s in pastoral ministry from Boston College. Kevin and his wife Emily Wren have been married for more than 30 years.
Dr. Michael Messina
Director of Music
Office: 317-926-1346 x410
mmessina (at) trinitychurchindy.org
Dr. Michael Messina is responsible for the choir program involving both adults and children, the Music at Trinity series and is organist for St. Richard’s School. He has been director of music at Trinity since 1995 and also has 18 years experience serving Reform Jewish congregations. He holds the DMA and MMus degrees and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and the BMus in Church Music (magna cum laude) from St. Olaf College. At Trinity, Michael has developed a mixed intergenerational choir that has made two pilgrimages to England, singing daily services at Winchester, Chichester, Bristol and Durham cathedrals. He is often seen at Trinity with his famous Shih-Tzu companion Norbu.
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.
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.
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.
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. She and her spouse are three years new to Indianapolis and are always eager to hear about fun things to do in the city.
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 seven 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 25th year of marriage, and live on site with their nine children.
Office: 317-926-1346 x450
marcoa (at) trinitychurchindy.org
Albie is responsible for paying Trinity’s bills, payroll, record keeping, and the monitoring and reporting of all financial data. He moved from the Philippines to the U.S. in 2003. He and his wife Aileen have two sons, Aaron Matthew born in 2004 and Alfred Benjamin (Alben) born in 2006. His family loves traveling and camping.
Housekeeping / Maintenance
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
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