Senior Warden: David Devereux
My wife, Julie Gibert, and I have been members of Trinity since around 1992. Our son, Geoffrey, was baptized at Trinity in 1996. I am currently chair of the History Department at Canisius College, and have served in many capacities at Trinity over the years, including greeter and lay reader. Recently I served on the vestry and was a member of the search committee that resulted in Matt's hiring. As part of that, I coordinated the re-writing of the Trinity profile that was used as part of the search process. I am very happy to continue to be part of Trinity's journey as warden.
I am an educator at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. I teach Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, as well as, an online Social Justice course. I do have a passion for social justice. Each summer a dozen students and I travel to Camden, New Jersey to participate in a week long Urban Challenge experience. I am privileged to be a tutor at Buffalo Prep; an organization dedicated to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged youth by helping to close the achievement gap. My family means the absolute world to me. I feel very blessed the God has led me Trinity. Trinity has rekindled my spirituality, and for that I am very thankful.
Melvin "Trey" Bankhead III
Trey Bankhead likes to say that he was “reborn in Buffalo.” Drawn to the city by the woman who would become his wife (and by the fantastic regional foods she used to lure him), he has lived and worked here on and off (mostly on) since 1993. A graduate of the University of Findlay, Trey has also lived in Chagrin Falls and Findlay, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; and Greenville, North Carolina. A former substitute teacher and weekly newspaper editor, Trey has worked as an editor, in various capacities, for The Buffalo News since August 2000. He has also delved into politics, acting as the public relations specialist for Dr. Catherine Fisher Collins’ successful 2004 campaign for the Buffalo Board of Education. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church since 2007, Trey is a former member of the choir. On Sundays, he can typically be spotted riling up the kids before they go to Creator Quest or rounding them up to help with the offering. Trey is the husband of Dr. Ursuline R. Bankhead, and the father of Maia E. Bankhead.
Junior Warden: Chris Schaeffer
Chris and his family have been active at Trinity for quite a few years. He and Rebecca were married here eight years ago. Their son Jack is a fixture in the nursery, and his older daughters have been at the core of the acolyte crew. As co-chair of the stewardship committee for several years, Chris has taken delight in sharing how meaningful it is to him to have the opportunity to support Trinity in thanksgiving for gathering around the open table, inspired by the generosity of others who created, maintained, and grew Trinity through the years. Chris has also served on the vestry. He is a doctor serving at UBMD Internal Medicine and at UB medical school
I moved to Buffalo from Northern Chautauqua County in the winter of 2001 to join the educational practice at Cannon Design, concentrating on the design and planning of public schools, and joined the Trinity Community and the Trinity Choir the following Fall. I have never looked back. I love Trinity. From 2004 – 2007 I served on the Vestry, and helped facilitate the first phase of the construction projects that have been part of our environment for the past decade. Trinity is my spiritual home; my Trinity friends are my spiritual family. I appreciate this opportunity to work with Matt Lincoln and our community of volunteers. I’m ready to give of my time, talent and treasures. Thank you to the Vestry Nominating Committee for your confidence.
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Christina has been a member of Trinity since 2015, coming to Buffalo after graduating with a BA in voice performance from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. She works as an auto auction associate at Fiserv Lending Solutions and performs with Buffalo Choral Arts Society, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and Buffalo Opera Unlimited. At Trinity, she is a choir singer and soloist, a host and organizer for Trinity @7 and serves on the Presence Committee. She looks forward to serving Trinity further as a vestry member.
Director of Children's Ministry
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Caretaker and Sexton
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I was originally drawn to Trinity Church in 2003 with a desire to sing in the choir. I have sung/worshipped here ever since. During this time, I have worked on many projects, assisted as chalice-bearer for Holy Communion, and presently coordinate the Trinity Bakers, Soul Food cooks, and Trinity Touchstones.
Alison Mueller - Treasurer
I have been attending Trinity for 8 years. I have finally found my spiritual home after a lifetime of searching for it. I feel that Trinity is my family and am constantly amazed and grateful for the people and community that we have there. What I bring to the Vestry is real-life business experience after spending 33 years (yes-really) in Corporate America and the US Military in addition to not-for-profit work.
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I have been a part of the Trinity community all of my life since his parents moved to Buffalo in 1991. I grew up participating in Trinity's Sunday school and children's choir before joining the choir of Men and Boys at St Paul's cathedral. While at St. Paul’s, I continued to participate in activities such as Sunday school and Youth Group at Trinity whenever possible and began attending the Trinity @7 service on its inception. I have been attending ever since, and have taken on an active role in the organization and running of the service. In May I graduated from Westminster College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and Music. Upon completing college last year, I returned to Sunday mornings as a member of the choir. My other community involvement has been with the Anne Frank Project of Buffalo State College, including traveling to Rwanda in January of last year and working as a set designer at Subversive Theater. I am pleased to be a lifetime member of Trinity and am excited to continue my involvement in my home community.
Reverend Matthew Lincoln
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Judy Atkinson Miller
I have been in regular attendance at Trinity Church since 2014 and have found the worship within to be an experience of heightened spiritual awakening. The services, buildings, and people have drawn me in and out simultaneously.
I enjoy participating in the Adult Education Committee and co-chairing that wonderful fundraising event...Chicken BBQ!
As a vestry member I look forward to furthering my service to Trinity Church. So far, my life included both great fortune and challenge, for which I am grateful. I worked for twenty years as a private chef which enriched and expanded my world view. Ultimately degrees in Social Work and Legal Studies, along with Advance Meditation training, gave me the foundation to establish my business JAMsolutions.
My work as a Geriatric Care Manager gives me great satisfaction, helping many elder adults navigate life changes associated with aging in place.
I am mother to two adult children, Allison and Sean. My oldest child Ryan passed on in 2014. As I have experienced sadness, so have I joy. I will shortly be married, in Trinity Church, to our follow parishioner, Chris Miller. And so the journey, awakening, and path of hope will continue for Judy Atkinson Miller.
I have belonged to Trinity Church for approximately 15 years. I became an Episcopalian soon after being accepted in St. Paul's Cathedral Choir as an 8 year old boy soprano. Later, as a member of St. Phillip's Church I attended General Theological Seminary in NYC for a year before returning to Buffalo to care for my young family (2 children) and to pursue a career in social work. In that capacity, I worked for Child and Family Services for almost 40 years. There, I provided family therapy, group therapy, child play therapy, and preventive services.
In retirement, I continue being a poet, an amateur photographer, a lover of modern classical and jazz with a history of singing in choirs. I maintain Kudzu Books Plus in the Salamanca Mall Antiques Co-Op. I'm an activist member of The Western New York Peace Center, currently Vice Chair on the Board. I'm also a member of Veterans for Peace, having served in the US Army.
At Trinity, I'm a healer and at Trinity @ 7, a reader.
I hope that doing Silver Sneakers classes at JCC and walking, as well as glorying in the nutritious food and inspiration of my partner Susan, will keep me well energized to participate as a member of the vestry!
Gabrie'l J. Atchison
Parish Administrator & Congregational Development
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Upon the birth of my triplet granddaughters in Hamburg, I moved to Buffalo and began a very long search for a new church. The warmth, friendliness and religious challenge of Trinity finally drew me here, now over 10 years ago. I am retired. My background includes dean/vice president of institutional advancement, dean of students and director of public relations at Niagara County Community College plus early on political reporter for the Lockport newspaper. I hold a BA in English/Psych and Sociology from Bucknell University and an MA in Communications from Kent State. Volunteer activities and recognitions have included graduate Leadership Niagara and 2000 Niagara County Leader of the Year, charter/25-year member Lockport Cable Commission, president Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawanda, docent Albright Knox Art Gallery, volunteer International Institute, officer Lockport Toastmasters, former vestrywoman and outreach chair Grace Episcopal Church, member NOAH from Niagara County and now VOICE Buffalo. Social justice is very important to me as are issues of discrimination, equality and cultural diversity. Philanthropy is likewise important. I founded and am a member of the NCCC foundation and for years was part of a murder mystery cast as well as a tea ladies group, both which donated all earnings to non-profits. I am a widow, mother of three, have seven grandchildren and love to travel as one can see by my having completed my 50th state and now reaching over 50 countries.