Fr. Michael was called as the 16th rector of Trinity Church in Asbury Park in February of 2015. His previous postings were in Red Wing, Minnesota and New Albany, Ohio. The priesthood is his second career, which follows a successful 20+ years spent in the hospitality industry. Previously, he served as Director of Special Events at the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York, and for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He brings to the priesthood a passion for liturgy, preaching, radical hospitality (no surprise there!) and a deep desire to build a sense of community where all are welcome – including the neighbor, the friend, the stranger, the foreigner, the enemy, the unloved and the seemingly unlovable. He is proud to serve a church where all are welcome at God’s table!
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.
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!
Father Ramon grew up in the Dominican Republic, studied theology at the Dominican Episcopal Seminary and was ordained priest in 2000. While serving in a variety of positions in the Episcopal Church of the Dominican Republic he extended his education and experience to include Clinical Pastoral Counselling, Director of Communication for the diocese and Chaplin to the fire department.. Father Ramon’s current goal is to work with the Hispanic community to develop strong and thriving ministries throughout the Diocese of NJ.
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. Carolyn Bradley, Dcn was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Stokes in May, 2015. Since ordination, she has served as a deacon at Trinity Church, Asbury Park. At Trinity, Deacon Carolyn has worked on outreach projects with the Way of St. Paul and developed the training program for the Lay Eucharistic Ministers which she coordinates. At the Diocesan level, Deacon Carolyn co-coordinates the Ministry with Older Adults Committee and serves on the Pastoral Response Team as well as being a trainer with the Safe Church Program. Professionally, Dr. Carolyn Bradley is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Monmouth University where she is the MSW Program Director. Additionally at the School, she coordinates a special research project on LGBT aging. Dr. Bradley maintains a small private counseling practice specializing in addiction recovery and in working with LGBT people. Carolyn and her spouse, Mickey, were married at Trinity on Dec. 1, 2013. They have been together 27 years.
Dwayne is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the building and grounds and for supervising volunteers and staff who work on the property. Dwayne was raised in Asbury Park and now lives in Neptune. He previously worked as a Construction Maintenance Supervisor for over 25 years. Dwayne’s goal working here is to make Trinity a safe and welcoming place where people will feel joyful and happy to be here.
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.
Jill has served Trinity as the Parish Administrator for over 20 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 2 amazing granddaughters. She enjoys being outdoors and around the water as much as possible.
Denise has been a member of Trinity Church for 8 years. She currently serves as Trinity’s volunteer office assistant 3 days per week. Denise supports the staff and the parish in a variety of administrative tasks including managing several databases, sermon production, office management, and generally keeping an eye out for all tasks that need attention. Denise lives in Interlaken with her husband, Bill and their Weimaraner, Sofie. They have 2 grown daughters and enjoy spending as much time as possible with their granddaughter Matilda.
An active performer, Samantha has received prizes from both the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society and has presented many recitals throughout the region. Also a skilled choral conductor, Samantha has served as Music Director of Maryland Palesteina Choir and OperaTerps, and Assistant Director with the all-star professional choir, The Thirteen. While completeing undergraduate studies in voice and organ at the University of Maryland, College Park, she served as Assistant Organist and Youth Music Director at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Samantha is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Organ Performance at Rutgers University, where she studies with Reneé Anne Louprette. When not practicing organ, you can find her hiking, reading, or cooking up a batch of homemade applesauce.
Contact the Wardens: VestryWardens@trinitynj.com
Contact the Vestry: VestryWardens@trinitynj.com