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Our Preachers

The Rev. Norman M. MacLeod is the Interim Priest-in-Charge of Trinity Church. He is a native of Southington and has spent most of his life in New England, including his education at Clark University and Yale Divinity School. He has traveled by bus through Europe, Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan (as one of the two drivers from Istanbul to the Khyber Pass), and taught on such varied subjects as Just War Theory, creation care, the history of Christian liturgical spaces, and the relationship between African Americans and the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. George Chien recently retired from the senior pastorate at Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford, where he served for twelve years. He previously served as pastor of United Methodist congregations in upstate New York and Connecticut. George is an assisting clergyperson at Trinity Church, and serves as Associate for Digital Ministries here.  A graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, he resides in Hartford with his husband Julio Flores and their two boys, Michael and Ismael. 

The Rev. Dr. Frank Kirkpatrick is a priest associate here at Trinity. He's is a recently retired professor of religion at Trinity College, where his fields of interest include the history of religion in America, religious and philosophical ethics, especially Christian social ethics, the philosophy of religion, atheism, and the history of Christian religious thought in the west. Frank has written several books, and he's a regular contributor to the Huffington Post religion blog. You can see his most recent articles here.  

Mr. Fred Faulkner is the Director of Operations at The Open Hearth, a multi-faceted social service agency operating in Hartford since 1884. The Open Hearth’s primary goal is to help homeless men enhance their capacity for self-help, self-respect and dignity, and to achieve their full potential as responsible citizens of Greater Hartford and Connecticut. The Open Hearth does not save homeless men, but gives them the tools to affect their own deliverance. As a program focused on employment and recovery, The Open Hearth's programs support men to resume and succeed in the lives they have lost to addiction, homelessness, and incarceration.

The Rt. Rev. Andrew (Drew) Smith is the retired Diocesan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. Since his retirement he has worshiped at Trinity along with his wife, Kate, who is a life-long member of the parish.

Ms. Kate Byroade  is the Director of the Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, a master’s degree in Library Science at Simmons University, and has taken graduate courses at Hartford Seminary. A member of Trinity since her family joined in the early 80s, she is active as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and leads a monthly service of Morning Prayer at Caleb Hitchcock at Duncaster in Bloomfield, is a Church school teacher for grades 3-5, and Lector. She is Trinity’s Loaves & Fishes “shopper” and loves to be a guest reader at Trinity Academy. Married to Trinity’s treasurer Casey Rousseau for many years, they are the parents of Elizabeth and Margaret.

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