New to Trinity Church
A Message From Father Ken
Let me be the first to welcome you to Trinity Episcopal Church in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
I am pleased that you have found us on-line. We believe that EVERYONE who comes through the doors of Trinity Church is God’s guest. If you are seeking an active community of faith, we invite you to explore this website then come and see.
You are a unique child of God, and I wish to respond to you however will suit you best. If you have questions, wants or needs, or if you would like information about participating more fully in the life the Trinity community, I invite you to contact me. I look forward to meeting you.
Please know that children are always welcome at all services. At different times, we involve children within the context of the service and at other times we have a special children’s program during the service.
We believe in being a place of “radical welcome.” We seek to serve Jesus Christ in one another and in the world around us, and we hope that you will feel the presence of the living Christ in this wonderful community. You will find us a loving and supportive community full of God’s children who will welcome you without pressure.
I hope that you will come and worship with us, explore and ask questions with us, and participate in mission and ministry with us as we journey together in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
If I can help you on your spiritual journey in any way, please contact me — as your priest, I am always available to you!
God’s Peace & Blessings to you!
The Rev. Kenneth H. Saunders III, rector
Serving the Church
Serving the Church
All parish staff members may be reached by calling the office at 410.823.3588
Rector: The Rev. Kenneth H. Saunders III
pastoral emergency 443.895.9877
Lay Associate for Parish Life: Kathleen Capcara
Parish Administrator: Marla Weber
Parish Accountant: Donna Blake
Organist and Choir Director: Jim Wincelowicz
Pianist and Music Team Leader: Doris Yousfi
Trinity Episcopal Preschool 410.823.3589
Director: Lisa McMurtrie
The Surprise Shop 410.828.9343
Director of Volunteers:Erin Woodward
Senior Warden:Dennis King
Junior Warden: Rich Dougan
Treasurer:Greg Ayotte (2018)
Registrar: Randy Brown (2019)
Heather Ayotte (2020)
Linda Jolly (2018)
Tracy Martin (2018)
Joel Moore (2020)
Heather McLaughlin (2018)
Greg Miller-Breetz (2019)
Mac Price (2019)
Lisa Reagle (2019)
Jim Thierer (2017)
Ellen Torres (2020)
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to make a deeper connection with God at Trinity Episcopal Church. Experience the Spirit of love and acceptance as we share our gifts in this Christ-centered community.
There are many opportunities for worship, education, service and fellowship within a Christian community at Trinity. Here are a few tips to help you find your way around.
Parking: You may find parking in the small church lot, but it may be full when you arrive. Please, park in the parking garage directly across Allegheny Avenue. Parking is free in the garage on Sunday.
Hearing devices are available as you enter the church. Please, ask one of the hosts for a hearing device to use during the worship service.
Children are always welcome in worship. Some parents have found the Children’s Worship Bulletins, a coloring sheet based on the Gospel of the day, helpful in keeping children occupied during the worship service.
Weekdays — The Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. If you would like to speak with the parish administrator, please call or visit during these hours. All of the staff have voice mail at the office and you may leave a message for them if they are not available when you call. Our rector, Father Ken, is available by appointment and would love to make time to meet with you. His normal “day off” is Monday.
Where We Started
A bit of background and history Trinity Episcopal Church is a congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. “Episcopal” means “governed by bishops.” Just as the early Church had “overseers,” (in New Testament Greek, transliterated “epi-skopoi”), we have bishops who provide for spiritual leadership, direction, and oversight. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
We live our life together in an ancient tradition of Christians, and we are related to the Church of England. Our worship is liturgical, that is, it involves the whole congregation and uses common language. Consisting of Scripture, hymns, sermon, prayer, and celebration of the Holy Eucharist (also called Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Mass), our worship involves everyone.
Trinity Episcopal Church worships in Towson’s oldest standing church building, consecrated on the Feast of Ascension in May, 1860. Designed by architect Nathan G. Starkweather, the Gothic revival style church was built from limestone donated by John and Eliza Ridgely of the Hampton Estate. The Parish House was built several years later in 1871. Memorial Hall was added in 1948, and the Education Wing was built in 1954. The Parish House was renovated in the mid 1990s. Since the 1860s, the worship space has been enlarged, and beautiful stained-glass windows, including Tiffany windows, were added. The rectory (which is now the Surprise Shop) was built in 1883. The church was renovated in 1989. In its 150+ year history, Trinity has been served by only seven rectors.
The central focus of Trinity Episcopal Church is and has always been the worship of Almighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christian symbols and scenes from the Scriptures can be seen throughout the church to express this divine mystery. We hope that you will continue to come worship with us in the beauty of this sacred space that helps our hearts and minds focus on God. It is your presence and the presence of all who have worshiped here throughout the ages that make our church a holy place and help us recognize that the living Christ is present among us.