Ministers

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 5 member Vestry takes responsibility for overseeing the parish finances, building maintenance and planning. Vestry meetings are held monthly. 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.  Her 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.  In 2019 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 live my vocation in the world everyday, as a Baptized Christian. We are a small community of friends who try to walk the talk, and face the realities, both struggles and joys of life together. I am challenged and fed spiritually each Sunday through worship that grounds and inspires me, and keeps me going.”  – Klara Tammany, Sr. Warden, author of Living Water: Baptism as a Way of Life.

 

“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

 

“I’m a member at Trinity because it is a community that supports my own faith journey. As I continue to ask myself “what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st century” I know that Trinity is a place I can be heard, supported and challenged. Trinity is also a place to be kept close to the challenges of the community – through the Jubilee Center and the downtown neighborhood. The lawyer and writer Brian Stevenson talks about the “power of proximity” – keeping ourselves close to the realities of those most vulnerable. Trinity helps me do that. And finally, I’m a member at Trinity because it’s a place that connects me to ancient traditions that are sources of meaning and joy – a never-exhausted oasis to drink from when life seems overwhelming.” – Jane Costlow

Bob Hitchcock