David grew up in Louisiana and began ministry as a Baptist during his college years. He did his theological education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a Th.D. in New Testament. He spent fifteen years in the classroom there and at Loyola and Xavier Universities in New Orleans. While at Loyola, David joined the Episcopal church. After several years as a layperson, he answered the call to priesthood and did seminary work at The School of Theology at the University of the South, where he now is finishing a master’s thesis in Anglican Studies. David was ordained a priest in 1998. He still teaches as an adjunct at Loyola, teaching master’s level online courses in Scripture study.
David’s recent ministry includes serving as start up priest for a new church in Richmond, Virginia (2002-2010). Since then, he has been doing intentional interim ministry, serving churches in Kentucky and Alabama before coming to Trinity.
David relaxes by cooking, writing, reading, hiking, tent camping, and fly-fishing. (He is a lapsed golfer, hoping to recover while in New Jersey.) His son, Ben, is a professional musician in Philadelphia. Ben and Jenny (who also is a musician) have one infant son, Will. David’s daughter, Katie and her husband, John, both are musicians and live in Augusta, Georgia with their two preschool sons, Aedan and Jonas. David maintains a home in rural Georgia, west of Augusta.
Deacon Gail was assigned by the bishop to Trinity Church in January, 2005. She is a gifted pastor. Years of serving as a volunteer hospital chaplain and now as a hospice chaplain have given her a keen ability to be present to a person in pain. In addition to having a love for youth ministry, Gail possess strong desire to bring the awareness of the poor, the lonely and those in need to the wider congregation. She has been a part of the diocesan mission group to the province of Haiti four times and served as a chaplain at Ground Zero for nine months.
Diane Caruso has been the Director of Music for Trinity Church, Asbury Park, NJ since July 2005. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, studying with Terry Yount and Robert McIver, and her Master of Music Degree from Westminster Choir College, studying organ with William Hays and choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt. She served churches in both Riverton and Princeton, New Jersey prior to coming to Trinity.
Since coming to Trinity, Diane has expanded the music program substantially. She has rebuilt the Adult Choir, overseeing its growth in numbers and musicianship, greatly increasing its repertoire and parish responsibilities. She has also founded the Trinity Choristers, an after-school outreach initiative, which provides homework help, free piano lessons, and mentoring for children from ages 5-17. The Choristers are also an active choir of the parish, regularly singing Eucharistic services and Evensong both on their own and with the Adult Choir. Trinity Choristers are now in demand in the community of Asbury Park as well, occasionally singing for civic occasions. In 2007, the Junior Choristers were formed as a training ground for younger singers in grades K-2. The program is affiliated with and active in the Royal School of Church Music.
When time permits, Diane enjoys reading, gardening, baking, and restoring her 122 year-old home in Riverton, NJ, where she lives with her husband Jim, and daughter Astrid.
Interested in learning about one or all of our choirs? Contact Diane. She will be more than happy to speak with you.
Assisting Ecumenical Pastor for Discipleship
Katherine is an ordained Presbyterian minister and along with other pastors operates a non-profit counseling center in New Jersey. Katherine has genereously volunteers her time and talents at Trinity, specifically in the area of leading Adult Forums, preaching and in helping in the area of discipleship. Katherine is married to Kurt Koboth who serves as Director of Developement for the National Council of Churches in New York City.
Jill Osis has day to day charge of the parish offices, volunteer coordination and does much of the financial record keeping for the parish. Her office is the hub of information. If you are ever in doubt about a program or ministry, call Jill. You will be greeted by a warm voice ready to help you.
Fr. Tom, a Catholic priest is retired from active ministry and has a small private psychotherapy practice in Asbury Park. Tom and his partner, Malcolm, have lived in Asbury Park for 12 years with their dogs: Chloe, Bojkie, Lily and Rosie.
They are co-owners of Heaven Art and Antiques on 721 Cookman Avenue and both are involved in Asbury's civic life. Malcolm works with the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), which works at bringing new business into Asbury Park and contributes to restoring the city's infrastructure.
Tom is a Monmouth County Master Gardener, the Chair of the Asbury Park Environment and Shade Tree Commission and the Vice Chair of the Asbury park Hope Academy Charter School; Foundation Board.
Tom says, "Trinity has become my place of worship because of its uniqueness as a diverse community of faith. Tradition and ritual are wrapped in welcome and acceptance and God is alive here. The invitation to extend the Eucharistic table out the doors into our daily life where a God-hungry world awaits is a constant theme that nourishes and challenges me every Sunday."
Tom assists Trinity by doing the pre-marital counseling with couples, participating in the Adult Formation classes, and preaching at the weekend liturgies on a regular basis.