Vestry Serving Trinity

Bishop’s Committee

Members of the Bishop’s Committee–all laypeople–serve as the leaders of the church and are lead by the Senior Warden.  They meet at the church (in the undercroft) on the second Sunday of the month after coffee hour.  Meetings generally start around 12:00 Noon and are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

resized_20160920_112308Senior (Bishop’s) Warden – Diane Johnson (Term Expires Jan. 2019)

Over the past 15 years, Diane Johnson has grown to love Trinity so much that she finally was formally received into the church a couple of years ago.  Raised as a Roman Catholic in rural Nebraska, Diane was schooled by the Jesuits during the 1960’s in San Francisco and interrupted her education to help establish Head Start and Meals on Wheels programs in her hometown. She eventually earned her B.A. and spent much of the 1970’s and 1980’s in development work in public libraries (M.A., library science, 1982, University of Iowa). In 1991, she moved to Columbia, Missouri to direct the continuing education office of the library school at Mizzou and to begin work on a Ph.D. in communication.  Her dissertation involved three years of study in two large Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) examining how health ministries were understood and enacted in those communities.  She came to Truman State University in 2001 and recently retired. She has also served on the board of the local nonprofit Victim Support Services and as president of the local master gardener chapter.  She has been active at Trinity in work with older adults, food ministries, liturgical exploration (Taize services), fundraising, and (last but not least) coordination of coffee hour.

personal%20photoJunior Warden – Ian Lindevald (Term Expires Jan. 2020)

Ian came to Trinity after their choir sung Christmas carols at his home across the street from the church. He has a long history of choir singing and was excited to join the best church choir in Kirksville. He was brought up in the Lutheran church on the east coast, attending a Lutheran elementary school and a Lutheran affiliated college. He studied physics and music as an undergraduate student and has a Ph.D. in physics with a specialty in musical acoustics. He plays electric bass guitar in Deadwood, a local blues band. Ian is married to Cindy Cooper and has an adult son, Daniel Diaz.

20161230_113639Junior Warden – Natalie Alexander (Term Expires Jan. 2018)

Natalie Alexander has been a member of Trinity Church since the early ‘90’s; she has been an active member of the Bishop’s Committee and Search Committees several times. She values our intensity of worship, and has been active in Choir, Children’s and Adults’ Formation, and various outreach activities—especially social justice issues and food ministries.

bio-picMember at Large – Howard Hickman (Term Expires Jan. 2018)

Howard joined the Bishop’s Committee as Senior Warden in 2015.  Howard is a local attorney, practicing in Kirksville for over 35 years.  His wife Lisa is a retired teacher and art enthusiast. They have two sons, Andy & Cameron.  Howard has an irreverent sense of humor, and is always willing to “take his best shot at” doing whatever he is called to do on behalf of Trinity. Howard and Lisa feel humbled to be a part of the Trinity family.

FB_IMG_1486490410572.jpgMember at Large- Dana Elam (Term Expires January 2019)

Dana has been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church since November 2015 and Bishop’s Committee since January 2017.  She grew up on a farm in southeast Iowa and attended Truman State University and Mizzou.  She lives in Kirksville with her husband, Bill, their dog, Kiba, and their cat, Teddy.  She is a Service Coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities and has a passion for social and economic justice.  She also loves music, reading, yoga, being outdoors, and watching plants, animals, and people grow.  She enjoys singing in the Trinity choir, helping with altar guild, and being part of an inclusive faith community.

IMG_0499Member at Large – Laura Gruber (Term Expires January 2020)

Laura Gruber Harden is a life long Episcopalian whose father was a priest in Alabama and her mother was the choir director at St. Timothy’s in Athens, Alabama for 40 years. Laura started singing in the choir as soon as her Mother would let her. She moved to Kirksville in 1987 when her husband accepted a position at Truman State University and started attending Trinity Church shortly after. This is her second term on the Bishop’s Committee. 

melissa-janney-picPeer Minister – Melissa Janney

This year, Melissa is a senior student at Truman State University majoring in sociology and pursuing her Master of Arts in special education. She was born and raised Episcopalian; her home diocese is the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri, and she is grateful to be serving as the Peer Minister here at Trinity. She is passionate about social justice and loves that the Episcopal Church reflects that passion.

Treasurer / Clerk

Krista Baker

Treasurer Krista Baker has a love for and long history with the Episcopal Church.  She has served in a variety of roles in the church from Altar Guild member, acolyte, Bishop’s Committee member, Senior Warden, member of calling committees for two different parishes, and capital campaign and building committee member in her previous parish.  However she enjoys the various outreach projects she has been a part of the most.  Krista’s attention to detail and organization compliment her role as treasurer which she has been in for three years.

Krista and her husband, Tim, both enjoy being a part of the Trinity parish.  For them, the acceptance and love of God is reflected in the worship at Trinity.  They both enjoy the activities, the diverse membership, variety of worship opportunities and opportunities to engage with others that Trinity provides.  They hope to see Trinity grow into a more welcoming place of worship for anyone in the Kirksville community.

When they are not in Kirksville attending to their jobs, they are traveling and/or visiting family and friends scattered across Colorado, Alabama and Florida.  If you want some fun stories, ask Krista about her grandson, her dogs, her husband, and memorable Trinity moments.  Her most recent interests include quilting and knitting.

Delegates to Diocesan Convention

Krista Baker – Delegate (Term Expires Jan. 2018)

See above under “Treasurer”

myselfJulie Seidler – Delegate  (Term Expires Jan. 2019)

Julie, baptized in the Roman Catholic Church and raised as a Presbyterian, joined Trinity in 2007 after moving to Kirksville to teach mass communication classes at Truman State. Now, even though she no longer teaches at the university, she has stayed in K-ville because of her close ties to the Trinity family. Julie has served on the Bishop’s committee, as the official volunteer photographer, jr. warden, a member of the Altar Guild, an alternate delegate to the diocesan convention, and now as a delegate, and sung in the choir. She is a substitute teacher and a garden associate at the Home Depot. In her spare time she likes to take photos (many of her two dogs) and fall into the black hole of Facebook.

Ian Lindevald – 1st Alternate (Term Expires Jan. 2018)

See above.

Pete Kelly – 2nd Alternative (Term Expires Jan. 2018)

pete-picturePete has been an engaged member of Trinity for the last ten years. He served on the Bishop’s Committee in the past as the Junior Warden. He enjoys serving as Acolyte, Lector, and providing good things to eat and drink during coffee hour after church. Cooking and feeding family and friends is a favorite pastime and creative outlet. During the week, Pete serves as Chair of the Education Department at Truman, and as the Interim Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education. When time permits, he loves to kayak, to read, and to putter in the garden.