Rev. Kim Coleman
The Reverend Kim L. Coleman has served as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia since November 2002. An Episcopalian since 1993, Rev. Kim graduated cum laude from Virginia Theological Seminary in May 2001 and was ordained to the priesthood in December 2001. In addition to a Master of Divinity degree, Kim holds Bachelor of Arts degrees (1980) in Political Science and Economics from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Prior to entering the orgination track, Kim pursued a career in the association management and human resources. Currently she serves as a Delegate to General Convention and member of the Union of Black Episcopalians and has served on both the Diocesan Standing and Executive Committees as well as an Adjunct Professor for VTS. Mother Kim believes in the therapeutic power of laughter and describes herself as a "committed, striving, often obedient yet still imperfect follower of Christ who loves sharing God's joy with others". Contact Rev. Kim via email at email@example.com.
Preschool Executive Director, Trinity School of Early Learning
My name is Deborah Ellis and I am the Executive Director of Trinity School of Early Learning (TSEL) an outreach ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church (TEC). I joined the TEC family in August of 2007 under the Leadership of Rev. Kim Coleman. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and most importantly a Child of God. I attended the University of District of Columbia for Early Childhood Education where I received my Child Development Associate. I believe each child is a gift and how you open that gift determines what is inside. [read more] I have been in this field for over 25 years and know it is my calling from God. Although, I am an active member at my church I love to worship with Trinity when the opportunity presents itself. Being a part of Trinity has allowed me to experience and witness God in many forms. I am certainly better because of the relationship and look forward to witnessing where God is leading this ministry.
Florence has served in church leadership roles for many years, and also has extensive experience as an Educational Administrator, Non-Profit Executive, Association Executive, and Management Consultant. Her primary role is to assist the Rector, The Reverend Kim. L. Coleman, in fulfilling the church’s vision, by providing administrative and organizational support to her as well as church staff, affiliated bodies and the community. She is an active member of an Episcopal Church in Alexandria, where she served on the Vestry, was Chair of the Congregational Development Committee, and was her church’s liaison to four schools in her community to identify their economically-disadvantaged students’ most pressing needs. Additionally, she is a Forum/Christian Education Leader and a Lay Eucharistic Minister. Prior to becoming an Episcopalian, she was a Deacon in another denomination, responsible for the spiritual growth and welfare of several assigned families. Her educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Education from an Episcopal University - Cuttington College and Divinity School, a Masters degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and post-graduate studies at Columbia, and Georgetown. Florence also has training in Institutional Effectiveness/ Organizational Development through the Noel and Levitz Centers, which helped organizations for which she worked, improve their sustainability. She obtained practical training and experience in Church Administration, and Evangelism, through her work for the DC Baptist Convention, and has participated in Church missions work and humanitarian assistance programs overseas. When time permits, she attends seminars and other programs offered by the Virginia Theological Seminary. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organist/Minister of Music
Patrick grew up in an Anglican tradition at a cathedral in Uganda, and has been immersed in high standards of music and liturgy since childhood. His background in church music was further enriched by rigorous performing arts training and experience in church positions here in the United States as well as performances worldwide. As School Organist and teacher at Phillips Academy, he learned to relate to people from many parts of the world through music. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music (Organ) from The Juilliard School in New York as well as receiving a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has always wanted to examine how the arts contribute to human progress. So, in addition to music, I pursued studies in international affairs and wrote a thesis on music and international trade. He currently is writing a book based on a working paper called “The Creative Wealth of Nations”. He believes these attributes — of making music, teaching, and forging relationships — will serve him well as Music Director at Trinity.
Rienzie George Ferdinando
George has a lengthy work history in building maintenance and has improved and cared for Trinity’s facilities since 2003. By way of introduction, George writes: “My name is George Ferdinando. I have worked at Trinity Episcopal Church as Sexton for several years. Everyone is good to me including Rev. Kim and the rest of the staff and all the members I know. I also work at Hyatt Regency Bethesda in the Engineering Department. [read more] I take this opportunity to thank Rev. Kim and the rest of the members of this church who helped my son Yohan Ferdinando to travel to Sri-Lanka to help the tsunami victims.” George has received several commendations from his full time employer for work performed above and beyond the call of duty, worthy commendations we too affirm. Contact George through the church office at email@example.com.