About the Co-Pastor Model
“Who is the senior pastor at Trinity?” is a question we often hear – and when we reply that we have co-pastors, we are often pressed for an answer: “Yes but really, someone must be in charge here!” The answer to that is that we believe Jesus is in charge here, and under His loving care, the three co-pastors serve together, as equals, in the pastoral ministries of preaching and teaching, discipleship and counseling, and providing organizational leadership and oversight. We rotate our preaching, so you will hear from each of us regularly, and we have designated areas of oversight in our church programs and priorities. All of the pastors are elders, and as a whole the eldership takes responsibility to shepherd and teach the church well, and provide overall vision and leadership. We know it isn’t very common, but we love the collegial spirit it has fostered among our leadership, and it has been a great blessing to our church.
Matt Coburn, co-pastor
Matt Coburn has two children, Elliot (Eli) and Katrina (Katie). His wife Brandi went to be with the Lord in January 2015 after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer. Matt grew up in Boston and Pittsburgh, was educated at Princeton University (BA 1991) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1996), and then served in campus ministry for 15 years in the northeast and overseas. He first came to Trinity in 2003 as a member, served as an elder, and then was married in 2007 and went overseas 2008-2010 before returning to New Haven and joining the Trinity staff in 2011. Matt's pastoral responsibilities include overseeing Trinity's small groups, children's ministry, and college ministry.
Greg Hendrickson, Co-Pastor
Greg grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. He came to New Haven in 1999 to study at Yale. As a student, he began attending Trinity and got involved in the Night Runners homeless ministry. After graduation, he worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Yale, Wesleyan, SCSU, and Albertus Magnus for eight years, while serving as a deacon and later an elder at Trinity. Greg has been married to Jane since 2008 and they have three children, Nathan, Grace, and Hannah. They are excited to be part of what God is doing at Trinity and in New Haven. Greg's pastoral responsibilities include urban outreach, welcoming newcomers, and coordinating the staff. Greg received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2011.
Nick Lauer, Co-Pastor
Nick and his wife Beth have lived in New Haven since 2005, and are excited to be a part of what God is doing in and through Trinity. Originally from Pennsylvania, Nick received his B.A. from Messiah College (2003) and his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (2008). In his spare time, you'll probably find Nick enjoying New Haven playgrounds with his family, pillaging used bookstores, and drinking (probably too much) coffee. He and Beth have been married since 2004 and have three children, Jack, Claire, and Owen. In addition to preaching and teaching, Nick's pastoral responsibilities include overseeing corporate worship services, youth ministry, and our internship program.
Michelle Hixson, Office Manager
Michelle has served at Trinity since 2008. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, Michelle holds a B.A. in Bible from Maritime Christian College. Michelle's ever supportive husband is Brent and together they have three children. Michelle has also been known to play & sing a tune or two. Michelle is excited to be able to use her organizational and administrative skills in the church office as she supports the various ministries & staff at Trinity.
Mona stevens, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Mona and her family of seven moved to Connecticut in 2013 and began attending Trinity soon after. Mona has been married for 25 years to Geoff Stevens (who serves as an elder at Trinity) and she holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After 20+ years of staying at home full time Mona is excited to be serving Trinity as the Director of Children's Ministry where she gets to engage with the parents and children of the church on a weekly basis.
Eli Westerman, Youth Ministry Coordinator
Eli has lived in New Haven since 2014, when he came to study at Yale (BS 2018, Chemical Engineering and Classical Civilization). He started volunteering with the youth ministry in December 2014 and is excited to now serve as the Youth Ministry Coordinator. Eli enjoys hiking and has thoroughly enjoyed New England's mountains.
Elders at Trinity devote time to prayer, ministry of the Word, and shepherding the flock (following the principles of Acts 20:18-35, 1 Peter 5:1-4, and 1 Timothy 3:1-7). They lead in developing the church's vision and mission. They also oversee church discipline and equip others for teaching ministry.
Current Elders: Daniel Allen, James Choi, Matt Coburn, Greg Hendrickson, Nick Lauer, & Geoff Stevens.
Deacons at Trinity coordinate various ministries that help the church run smoothly and be unified (following the principles of Acts 6:1-7, 1 Timothy 3:8-13, and Mark 10:42-45). They organize care for the practical needs of members, administer the church finances, keep the facilities in good shape, and coordinate greeters and hospitality ministries.
Current Deacons: Elise Bullock, Suzanne Claiborne, Tyler Dueno, Andrew Guirguis, Nick Pezzente, Matt Sherman, & Debbie Smith.