The Trinity Vestry
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 began attending Trinity @ 7 about 14 years ago. The peace and quiet of this service speaks to me as do the jazz, the readings and the shared silent meditation. I am grateful to have a spiritual home at Trinity. I believe in service and have been volunteering at Trinity almost from the start. As a warden, I would bring my enthusiasm, compassion and humor to the work, maybe even to the meetings. I have a modicum of writing skills and am a good group facilitator. In my work life, I serve as the program coordinator for the Women's Respite Program. 2019 will be 10 years since I married John Long, a retired Presbyterian minister, in Trinity's Christ Chapel.
After moving into the city from Orchard Park, I came to Trinity in 1985. Carole Bellanca and I were married by Ward Ewing in 1988. After retiring from Moog, I became involved with rental properties, which lead to work on the Trinity Property Committee. Concern that there was insufficient financial information available to Trinity members lead to the weekly essays in the Trinity e-news. Since there are only so many financial numbers one can write about, other subjects like Loons and Santa Claus have crept into the essays. It seems a natural progression move into the treasurer’s role as Alison retires.
I moved to Buffalo from Belize where I was a high school teacher and head of department for over 10 years. In 2014, I served as a volunteer at Heart, Love and Soul Kitchen in Niagara Falls and worked in the sales and banking sector for two years. I am currently enjoying many rewarding and challenging days as a substitute teacher with the Buffalo Public Schools. My first experience with Trinity Church was in December of 2010. I serve Trinity as a healer, reader, host at Trinity @ 7 and recently as a member of the choir. I enjoy being a part of this great group of people who have welcomed me and made me feel at home. I offer my talents and service as I grow and learn from my new family here at Trinity.
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 fellow parishioner, Chris Miller. And so the journey, awakening, and path of hope will continue for Judy Atkinson Miller.
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.
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!
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.
It has been a pleasure to be a member of the Trinity Church family for the past six years. I'm more than happy to volunteer my time for whatever needs to be done for the Sunday service whether it be greeting, reading, serving as a chalice bearer, or most recently, baking. I currently work at Population Health Collaborative as the Director of Programs. As of January 2019, our organization has taken space at Trinity, and we are thrilled with our new arrangement. Prior to Population Health, I have worked at Moog Inc. and the American Cancer Society. I have an undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in Public Health, a Master of Health Administration from D'Youville College and am currently pursuing my Doctoral degree at D'Youville in Health Policy. I was born in Jamestown, New York and am the youngest of three girls. I like to keep my mind and body active. For fun, I enjoy running and cycling in all seasons. I have also taught fitness classes for the past 24 years, currently at Catalyst Fitness. For downtime, I enjoy reading. I live in Elmwood Village with my three fur babies, two cats, Riot and Xena, and a sweet deaf rescue dog Jackson. My nature is a happy, positive person who is eternally grateful for the life I have.
I was on the vestry for 3 years when Ward Ewing was ending his tenure and Cam Miller was coming on board. It was a great experience to be able to work for Trinity Church. It has been a mainstay for me and my family since 1976. I would be very happy to be able to pay back, in a small way, what has been given to us over the years by serving on the vestry.
Christina Kinney 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.
I have been a member of Trinity for 3 years and presently sing with choir. I have a BA in Speech Pathology from the State University of NY at Buffalo. I served 4 years in the United States Air Force with a year of that in Danang, South Vietnam as a Chaplain Services Specialist. I lived in New York City for 12 years as a professional actor before moving back to Buffalo to take care of my parents. I worked for 32 years for the Center for Financial Training as Senior Vice President, NY Regional Director. I am presently retired but still perform as an actor here in the Buffalo region. I am very committed to Trinity and would proudly serve on the Vestry if so chosen. This church and it's people have become like family even though Sue keeps making me bake cookies.
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.