Trinity practices a mutual, shared ministry between clergy and laity. The Reverend Sheila Seekins is our priest who serves 1/2 time as primary liturgist, teacher, and pastor. The 7 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 members and guest preachers participate in leading worship and preaching.
We all encourage and support each other’s ministry daily in the world.
The Reverend Sheila Seekins comes to Trinity with great joy and gratitude and is looking forward to getting to know the life and people of Lewiston. She seeks always to follow the Holy Spirit’s nudging. This path in life has formed her and called her to healing work, in many ways, including in chaplaincy and nursing,
Sheila grew up in Ohio, youngest of 3 siblings. She shared in woodworking, sewing, caring for cats and rabbits, participating in the summer garden and putting up tomatoes in the fall. During the summer she loved to go to daily mass at the Catholic Church. He mother was first a generation French Canadian immigrant. Her father was a 6th generation Mainer.
That family heritage drew her to Maine, and Sheila graduated in Biology from the University of Maine, then in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. After work in nursing, and a time of formation in a religious community she moved to Seattle and earned a Master of Pastoral Ministry. She worked as Catholic hospital chaplain for the Archdiocese, then returned home to Maine. She worked as chaplain in a state mental health facility, and in hospice home care.
In 1997 Sheila was welcomed into the Episcopal Church. During the next almost 20 years she worked in a psychiatric and substance abuse facility as a nurse, and completed her M. Div at Bangor Theological Seminary. Her spouse of over 23 years died in 2015 after several years of health challenges. She was ordained priest in May of 2017 at St. John Bapst in Thomaston. And this year she responded with delight and amazement to a call from Trinity Church.
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