The Trinity Vestry
Judy Atkinson Miller
This is an exciting time in the life of Trinity Church! I have served 2 years on Vestry with a fine group of people, and I look forward to continuing my service as Sr. Warden.
I continue my career work with assisting our senior population navigate life changes. I have had a rewarding career assisting our senior population navigate life changes. One year ago, I became a member of Compass House executive board, representing Trinity Church. This has been an important learning experience and I will continue to service and keep Trinity informed. Personally, I’ve expanded my community to, “women of the world“ and have started a Chapter with DiningForWomen.org I serve as Chapter leader. A wonderful program serving Women & Girls in developing countries.
I began attending Trinity in 2017 and became a member in 2019. As part of the Trinity community, I volunteer at Friends of Night People and help plan events like Fresh Voices and the upcoming workshop with Debby Irving. After serving on the vestry for one year, I look forward to continuing my service and I am so grateful for this chance to take on a larger role in helping Trinity continue as a welcoming spiritual home for all who are searching.
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.
John has been attending Trinity since 2017. Prior to moving to Western New York, he lived in several places in Ohio and was very active in Episcopal church life serving as Senior Warden in Xenia Ohio and on Vestries in Springfield,Worthington and Youngstown. John is currently the Development Director for ConnectLife and has over 30 years of non-profit public health experience. John lives in the Town of Tonawanda with his wife Amy and 11-year old Jamie.
I've been a member of Trinity since 2003 when my wife Jennifer and I were welcomed into this wonderful community. During this time I've assisted in Sunday morning service as Chalice Bearer, Healer, Greeter, and Liturgist. I've also served two terms in the Vestry, as Treasurer during Rev. Karp's interim period and have helped coordinate the annual auction. I'm honored to serve in the Vestry again and put to good use my experience as a financial analyst.
I began attending several years ago (5-10) after attending another church for a lifetime. I had been searching for a community for about six months and attended Trinity for the first time on Easter. I was inspired by the service, the music, the children in happy procession in their Easter finery, the beautiful surroundings, the tenor that I felt and have continued to feel. I am grateful to have found Trinity and continue to feel "at home." I am happy to give back in service if requested.
I have been a member of Trinity Church since 2003, along with my wife, Patty Kibler-Fries, and children Sara and Jacob. Patty and I were introduced to Trinity by a tour of the church and its magnificent windows during the Allentown Festival in 2001. We later ended our “church shopping” with a second visit, prompted by positive comments from others familiar with Trinity, and have never left. Trinity’s warm welcome was immediate, and we were impressed with the diversity, community involvement and children’s programs. I have served as a chalice bearer and Patty as a lector since coming to Trinity.
I am a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a Master’s degree in History. I have worked for 39 years at the NY State Insurance Fund. Trinity has a very bright future as both a welcoming house of prayer and a cultural and architectural jewel.
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 a Master of Health Administration from D'Youville College and am currently pursuing my Doctoral degree at D'Youville in Health Policy. 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.
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.
My husband Dan & I joined Trinity around 2008 when my boys were just tots (they're tall teenagers now). I've been involved in the church as a "visitor host" or greeter for many years, and as a member of the Fresh Voices team--both were ways I contributed to grow our congregation. I work as an adjunct history instructor at SUNY Erie in Buffalo and have a small family business as well. I enjoy gardening, yoga, and visiting with friends and family.
Elaine "Gretchen" Lodick
I’ve always loved to sing and my spouse Michael made a deal with me that if I joined the choir, he would come to church. And so I joined and he came and I’ve been a member of the choir for approximately 8 years now. Trinity is so many things to me, a place to sing, to be among loving, kind, respectful, caring people, a place to belong. I have 3 children, all in their 30s now who all live out of town, and I’m a legal secretary at Barclay Damon LLP.
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.