Trinity practices a mutual, shared ministry between clergy and laity. Our priest serves part time, is primary liturgist, teacher, and pastor. The Administrator handles office details, scheduling, correspondence, record keeping. The 8 member Vestry takes responsibility for overseeing the parish finances, building maintenance and planning. Vestry meetings are held after worship on Sundays and are open to all. A pastoral team tends to the needs of both neighbors and members. The Joy Ensemble plans and leads music for worship. Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and parish and guest preachers participate in leading worship.
We all encourage and support each other’s ministry daily in the world.
The Vestry (left >right): Chris Lansley (Secretary), Ted Ampe, Jane Costlow, Andrew Day, Bob Hitchcock (Jr. Warden), Klara Tammany, Leslie Bray (Sr. Warden) and Judy Angsten (Parish Administrator). TheRector is center, blue shirt – The Rev. Dr. William Barter.
Why Trinity Church?
“We love coming to Trinity because it is a welcoming, soul-nourishing community where we can play and pray!” – Ben and Nicola Chin, and Anjalie
“I am at Trinity because the community inspires me and gives me courage to do my work in the world everyday. I am challenged and fed spiritually each Sunday, it grounds me and keeps me going.” – Klara Tammany
“After ‘church shopping’ for over a year, Trinity feels like home. It is wonderful to find a place that is so welcoming, so much a part of this neighborhood and one that is having a positive impact in the community.” – Andrew Day
“Get a quote from Jane.” – Jane Costlow
“Get a quote from Bob” – Bob Hitchcock
When I moved away from Lewiston 30 years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would one day be called back to ministry here, and just across the street from where my ordained life began! The neighborhood has changed pretty dramatically in the time I was away, and I now see a place much more diverse and vibrant than ever. There are many signs that God is present in this place, amidst a variety of faiths and cultures. This is an exciting time filled with many opportunities for me and the folks at Trinity.” – The Rev. Dr. William Barter
Ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 5, 1982, The Rev. Barter (Bill) served in various ministries and locations throughout Maine. In 1992 he moved his ordination to the Lutheran Church and served as pastor at United in Christ Lutheran Church in Chicago and St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Portland. He was Executive Director of the Maine Council of Churches from 2013-14.
Bill is serving Trinity under a Lutheran/Episcopal agreement known as “Called to Common Mission” (CCM). Under CCM the two churches are in full communion with one another, and can share clergy. Bill is also a forensic psychologist specializing in child abuse and criminal sentencing, is Professor of Forensic Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University and a Safe Church Specialist for the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church.
The Rev. Barter and his spouse Roy Taylor reside in Brunswick. He is a keyboard musician and other outside interests include personal fitness and physical training, woodworking and carpentry, and cooking.