Parish Leadership

Leadership Staff

The Rev. Chase Danford
The Rev. Chase Danford Rector
 
The Rev. Chase Danford is Trinity Church’s Rector. Before coming to Trinity in June 2020, he served for five years at Grace Church, Broadway, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City–first as Assistant Rector and then as Associate Rector. In addition to his parish role, Father Chase also served at Grace Church School as Chaplain to the Early Childhood Division and adjunct faculty member of the Lower School Religion Department. He also previously served as Priest Associate at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, Curate at St. John’s Church in Larchmont, New York, and as a development officer with the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization. 
 
Chase serves the wider church and community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Incarnation Camp and Conference Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut, and also as a member of the Board of Missions in the Diocese of New Jersey. He previously served on the Board of the GO Project, an educational equity and enrichment program for New York City public school students. In the Diocese of New York, he served as a member of the Diocesan Council, the Task Force for Socially and Environmentally Responsible Investing, and the Young Adult Network. He has also been a member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility. 
 
Originally from Texas, Chase is a graduate of Rice University and Virginia Theological Seminary. He and his husband, Giuliano Argenziano, are excited to make Asbury Park their home.
The Rev. Tom Conway
The Rev. Tom Conway Assisting Priest

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Father Conway is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; and has a Masters Degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work specializing in case and group work. He served as curate at Trinity Church, Cranford, New Jersey and was the second vicar at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lebanon, New Jersey where he oversaw the initial building program. He worked as a protective service social worker, supervisor and district office manager for the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. He was a regional supervisor for the Bureau of Guardianship Services of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. After retirement, Father Conway worked part time for the Horizon Adult Day Care Center in West Trenton, New Jersey and for the New Jersey Office of the Public Guardian. He continues to serve various churches on an as needed basis. He is married to the love of his life, Frank J. Tragno jr. who inspires him always to be a better person.

The Rev. Geoffrey Curtiss
The Rev. Geoffrey Curtiss Assisting Priest

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The Rev. Geoffrey (Geoff) Curtiss is the former Rector of All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken, NJ. (1980-2013). He and his wife Linda retired to Bradley Beach in 2013. Geoff is interested in contextual theology and community organizing. He serves as chair of Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and is also a board member of Cristosal – a human rights organization in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Geoff is active in the work of NJ Together, having participated with IAF organizing in New Jersey since 1986. He leads a community Bible Study on Mondays at 5:00 p.m. Linda runs the Bradley Food Pantry. Geoff’s interests include collecting 45 rpm’s (1950’s-1980’s) and baseball cards, playing golf, reading (member of two local book groups) and traveling. He is also active in the Ocean County Model Railroading Club.

The Rev. Katherine Cunningham Assisting Ecumenical Pastor

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Pastor Katherine Cunningham is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She served local congregations and was also the executive director of a non-profit counseling and consultation center in northern NJ, along with participating in global ecumenical agencies as a writer and volunteer.  While retired from active ministry, Pastor Katherine still serves in advocacy and education roles in international social justice and human rights networks and within both her denomination and other ecumenical organizations. Much of the focus of her service is related to advocating for freedom and just peace for Palestine, along with advocacy work that relates to the interconnected dynamics of militarism, migration and anti-racism. Pastor Katherine is the co-author of a recent e-book publication, “Focus: Palestine.” Katherine and her spouse, Kurt, enjoy traveling, visiting historical museums and sites, and hanging out by a beach.

The Rev. Lucille Donahue
The Rev. Lucille Donahue Assisting Ecumenical Pastor

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Pastor Lucille became a member of the Trinity family in 2008. She began her ministry as an assistant pastor and moved on to complete studies to become a chaplain. She served as Chaplain and Director of an interfaith Aids Ministry, then as a hospice chaplain until she retired. While working for hospice, Lucille met and worked with Deacon Gail, who invited her to come to Trinity. Lucille currently serves as volunteer clergy here at Trinity and can be seen assisting in many church activities. Lucille continues to support others in their times of illness and death. She is very active in her 12-step program, Overeaters Anonymous. Lucille spends 2 months per year in Florida at a treatment center, assisting others new to recovery in finding their spiritual path. Lucille is very grateful to have two of her sisters and their husbands worship here at Trinity with her. She is also thankful to everyone in the Parish for their ongoing love and support. It brings her great joy to be a part of this loving and accepting community!

The Rev. Gail Bennett
The Rev. Gail Bennett Deacon, Associate for Pastoral Care and Bereavement Ministry

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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 a hospice chaplain have given her a keen ability to be present to those 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 community. She serves on The Finance and Budget and The Council Committees of our Diocese. 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.

The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Bradley
The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Bradley Deacon, Director of Pastoral Care and Adult Christian Formation

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In May, 2015, The Rev. Carolyn Bradley was ordained by Bp. Stokes as a vocational deacon. Since ordination, she has served at Trinity Church, Asbury Park. At Trinity, Deacon Carolyn has worked on outreach projects with the Way of St. Paul, developed the training program for the Lay Eucharistic Ministers, plans Adult Education programs, and assists with the Social Justice Film Series.  At the Diocesan level, Deacon Carolyn serves on the Ministry with Older Adults Committee, on the Pastoral Response Team and on the LGBTQ+ Commission.  Additionally, she is a trainer with the Safe Church Program.

Recently, Dr. Carolyn Bradley retired as an Associate Professor of Social Work at Monmouth University where she was the MSW Program Director.  She continues her association with the School of Social Work as a Clinical Affiliate Professor and serves on a special research project on LGBTQ+ aging. Dr. Bradley maintains a small private counseling practice specializing in addiction recovery and in working with LGBTQ+ people.

Deacon Carolyn resides in Monmouth County with her spouse, Mickey.

Kevin Dyer
Kevin Dyer Property Supervisor
 
I arrived at Trinity in September 2021, SHORTLY after retiring from my 25 year career as a Firefighter Captain.  I like to say  “I belong at Trinity”!  I enjoy the variety of projects I get to tackle in an effort to keep the Church & Grounds in shape for the congregation and all the community programs. 
 
I have witnessed first hand, the great big WELCOME mat that Trinity lays out for anyone from Asbury Park, or the Jersey Shore, in need of a helping hand.  It seems no matter what Need needs to be filled,  or what wound needs to be healed,  the Folks at Trinity are already at work trying to solve it.
It is an honor to be a part of all that, in my small way.
 
I reside in Little silver with wife [& best friend] Leslie,  my two lovely daughters, a lazy French Bulldog, and two rescue cats nobody else seemed to want.
Kris Hlatky
Kris Hlatky Social Justice Worker

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Kris spends his days at Trinity working with people experiencing homelessness as well as providing case work and counseling. He received his MSW from Monmouth University in 2011 and has background in mental health, substance use and community organizing. In his spare time he spends time with his two children, Pippa and Margot, and his lovely wife Dallas. His interests are poetry, biking, music, philosophy and gardening. One of his favorite quotes is from Mr. Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people that are helping”.

Dr. Deborah Simpkin King
Dr. Deborah Simpkin King Director of Music and Arts

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Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D., is a choral conductor, new music advocate, and master teacher. She plays an active role in the vibrant Manhattan choral scene and serves the national and international music community through her guest conducting and body of published work. 

Her leadership as a conductor is ongoing with the semi-professional Ember of Ember Choral Arts (formerly Schola Cantorum on Hudson), as Director of Music and Arts at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park, NJ, and also as a conductor within Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Her commitment to nurturing the next generation in the arts can be seen through the the arts education initiatives at Ember Choral Arts, along with her long standing leadership of the NJ-ACDA High School Choral Festival.

Through PROJECT : ENCORE (which she founded), Dr. King is at the leading edge of the new music industry, working with composers in finding post-premiere performances, and performing many premieres herself. 

As a monthly columnist with ACDA’s Choral Journal and host of public radio’s Sounds Choral (syndicated through WWFM) she serves the music community internationally.

Derek Minno-Bloom
Derek Minno-Bloom Director of Social Justice

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Derek is working as Trinity Church Asbury Park’s Food and Social Justice Director. Over the last ten years he has worked on food and housing justice issues with low-income people and people experiencing homelessness. Believing that our baptismal covenant calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, Derek is compelled to help meet the immediate needs of hunger in Asbury Park and to organize at the community level to prevent hunger and injustice in the future. Derek self identifies as a white settler cisgendered male who lives on Sand Hill Nation Lenni Lenape territory known today as Asbury Park, New Jersey, and is part of a solidarity collective called Black Mesa Indigenous Support that works against settler and resource colonialism in joint struggle with the Dineh (Navajo) people who are resisting a forced relocation in northeastern Arizona. He also currently is part of the Asbury Park Transformative Justice Project, the AP Affordable Housing Coalition, the Racial Justice Project at Trinity, and the AP Dialogue Group.

Siobhan Noland
Siobhan Noland Social Justice Development Manager

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Siobhan Noland is the Development Manager for Trinity Social Justice. She has worked at the intersection of grantmaking and environmental justice for many years – first on the philanthropic side with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in California, and more recently on the grant recipient side with The Land Conservancy of New Jersey.  Siobhan is a seasoned fundraiser with experience in organizing high-impact events, communicating with funders, conducting relevant research, and grant writing in support of environmental awareness, ecological health, and the connection to social issues. She brings that experience and commitment to Trinity, where she is also responsible for cultivating relationships with individual donors and supporting development. As a young person, Siobhan earned a BS in Psychobiology, pursued a MS in Environmental Studies, and went on to work in conservation and environmental protection as a matter of global and community health. She understands the power of philanthropic investment to mitigate environmental degradation and nurture local well-being and is eager to support her neighbors in and around Asbury Park.

Siobhan and her husband Richard and two teenagers are recent transplants to Ocean Grove. She looks forward to swimming in the ocean on a daily basis.

Jill Osis
Jill Osis Director of Operations

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Jill has served Trinity as the Director of Operations/Parish Administrator for almost 25 years. She manages the day-to-day operations of the church. Jill works to support the parish in all areas including finance, building use and maintenance, youth programs, fundraising, community engagement and ministry team coordination.

Jill lives in Neptune with her husband Dave, their youngest son, her mom and the 2 cutest puppies in the world, Ellie and Rosie. Jill has 4 children and 3 amazing grandchildren. She enjoys being outdoors and around the water as much as possible.

Patrick Sizemore
Patrick Sizemore Property Assistant

Patrick has lovingly cared for the buildings and grounds of Trinity Church for 15 years. Along with our Property Supervisor, he is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the building and grounds, responding to emergencies, and working on special building projects. Patrick prides himself on keeping our building in great shape for all of God’s people.

Wardens

Lesley Castellini & Carol Scollay

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Vestry

Russell Bennett
Gregory Curatolo
Donna Griffin
Charles Hagon
Wendy Jaghab
James Pillar
Andy Place
Bill Presutti
Adrienne Wert

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