John Beier, Senior Warden
2021 - 2022
Tom Kaercher, Junior Warden
2022 - 2023
John Beier is recently returned to Trinity and is a faithful member of the Choir. John served the church in several capacities in past years. He was on the Vestry at Trinity Woodbridge, participated in two search committees, was secretary of Vestry at Trinity and the Northern Convocation. HJohn Beier is recently returned to Trinity (in his first time here, he was Secretary of the Vestry from 1996 to 1998). While attending the Church of the Holy Comforter in Rahway, he was Secretary from 2002 to 2005; he also taught Sunday School and was on the Vestry and Search Committee, finally working on the merger with St. Paul’s in Rahway from 2006 to 2010. He attended Trinity Church in Woodbridge from 2010 to 2018 and was on their Vestry for one year in 2013, Search Committee in 2015 and delegate to Northern Convocation. Back home in Cranford, he is a faithful member of the Choir and is currently on Vestry. He is a Senior Property Manager for the Federal Government and offers a wealth of experience and wisdom. John and his wife Carol live in Cranford; their daughter Sophie is away at college. He loves farming and singing.e is a Senior Property Manager for the Federal Government and offers a wealth of experience and wisdom. John and his wife Carol live in Cranford, and their daughter Sophie is at College. He loves farming and singing.
Tom Kaercher started coming to Trinity 2001 and joined the parish in 2002. He has been writing and disseminating press releases to the local media for Trinity activities since 2006. Tom led the communications efforts for Trinity II. He serves as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Stephen Minister. Tom is in the choir and bell choir and is on the Altar Guild and the Outreach Committee. He served on the Vestry from 2008 to 2010 and from 2020 to the present. He has been a delegate to both the Northern Convocation and the Diocesan Convention. Tom was one of the planners of the Trinity Fellowship Luncheon program. In 2016, he served on the Discernment Committee to search for Father Andy and worked with Nancy Noonan to plan and oversee the renovations to the Rectory. He served on Operation Warm Heart team. Tom is the co-chair of the Trinity Green Team. He is a member of the 150th Anniversary Steering Committee serving as the chair of the Communications Team. He is also a member of the 150th Anniversary Events Committee. Tom is a regular participant in the Men’s Group and at Morning and Evening Prayer. Tom spent two decades at AT&T and Lucent Technologies and retired in 2001 as a Senior Manager in Strategic Marketing Communications. Blessedly, his early retirement enabled him to have the time to care for his mother after her stroke.
Linda Kurdilla, Clerk
2020 - 2022
Linda Kurdilla was born and raised in Cranford and baptized and confirmed here at Trinity Church. She is currently a Stephen Minister as well as a member of the Altar Guild, ECW, and Ushers. Previously she served as Senior Warden of the Vestry, past President of the ECW, Diocese Convention delegate, Northern Convocation delegate, Discernment Committee member, Counter, and Service Auction committee member. Linda has been the Executive Assistant/Office Manager to the CEO of a mortgage company for the last 25 years.
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Rees
2020 - 2022
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Rees is originally from Hockessin, Delaware; she was raised Presbyterian, though she grew up hearing her Episcopalian mother read from the Book of Common Prayer. Beth received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, where she was fortunate enough to take several excellent religion classes: "Christian Ethics," "Faith and Imagination," and "The Problem of Evil." She moved to Cranford in 2012 and joined Trinity in 2013, where her daughter was baptized that same year. She lives with her husband Shaun, her son Gavin, her daughter Dylan, and her two pugs, Wally and Pippin. Beth received her Ph.D. in English from Fordham University in 2015, and she has taught and tutored at Fordham, Union County College, NJIT, and the Frisch School, a Modern Orthodox Jewish high school where she is currently employed. An educator at heart, Beth has taught Sunday School at Trinity for the past three years, and as of this January, she is helping to schedule the teachers and aides. She is also serving on the 150th Anniversary Events Planning Committee.
Robert Vogel, a member of Trinity since 1987, has been involved in various projects and ministries, including the church rebuild project, discernment committee, and safety committee. He previously served on the Vestry for four years and has offered to fill a one-year unexpired term.
Dr. Patrick Milas
Dr. Patrick Milas joined Trinity Church in 2019. He enjoys Trinity’s worship, music, and fellowship with his
wife Piper and daughter Maeve. Before coming to Trinity, Patrick served on the Vestry of Christ Episcopal
Church in Bordentown, New Jersey, and as a Eucharistic Visitor in the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. He teaches
research at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and directs the Sage Library & Archives. Patrick chairs the
Episcopal Denominational Group of the American Theological Library Association. At Trinity, he now serves on
the Vestry, as well as the Archives and History Task Force for the 150th Campaign.
2021 - 2023
Peter Waldron has been a member of Trinity Church since 2017. “In that time, I have found a spiritual home,
meeting many great people and becoming involved with the Stewardship Committee, and also serving as a
counter and reader. Everyone has made my family (my wife Christine, my stepson Everett and my daughter Alexandra “AJ”) feel so welcome! I’m a lifelong New Jersey resident, and I work as an actuary for a reinsurance company (yes, I’m a bit of a math geek!). In my spare time, I like music, the outdoors, learning languages, and spending time with my family. Growing up, I was raised Roman Catholic but my father was Episcopalian, so I always had a deep appreciation for the Church and its values. As time passes, I would love to keep getting even more involved with Trinity Church and want to work hard to help guide and be part of
the next 150 years of its wonderful history.”
2021 - 2023
Mike Junod his wife Trina joined Trinity Church in 2016 after moving to Garwood. They have two sons -
Theodore and Troy. Theo was baptized at Trinity Church in 2017. Mike has been a member of the Stewardship
Committee since 2018. Mike and Trina completed premarital counseling at Trinity Parish in Bergen Point prior
to relocating to Garwood. Mike is originally from southeastern Pennsylvania where he previously served as a
volunteer income tax preparer and GED math tutor. In his free time Mike enjoys playing baseball with his sons,
losing singing contests to his wife, and fixing old cars.
2022 - 2024
Holly Ives was born and raised in Cranford as well as baptized and confirmed here at Trinity Church. She has been active with Breakfast with Santa, Coffee Hour, delegate/alternate to Diocesan Convention and Northern Convocation, ECW, and Vestry. Currently she is a Counter, ECW co-president, Fellowship hour co-chair, and Usher as well as a member of the Greening committee, Ministry for the Imprisoned , and TEDS board. Four years ago, she happily retired as an RN and moved to a retirement community. She serves as a columnist for their monthly newspaper and on her Section board.
2022 - 2024
Gerry Caprario and his family have been at Trinity since 2019. He has supported outreach activities and assembled food deliveries for Sandwich Sunday. The Caprarios have two children, with one child in the Sunday School. Gerry is interested in learning about the history and current activities at Trinity and in future opportunities involving Outreach.
2022 - 2024
Kate DiFonzo, a lifelong Episcopalian, has been a parishioner at Trinity since 2017. She and her husband Antonio deeply appreciated how warm and welcoming the parish was to young children and families. Kate has contributed to the Sunday School ministry as a teacher and has helped to prepare the children for the Christmas Pageant for several years. Her family were often heard as the family readers during online worship. Kate also began to contribute to the music ministry during the pandemic through the virtual choir. Kate and Antonio have three children, Michael (11 years), Leo (8 years) and Antonio (4 years). Her priorities for her church and spiritual life are to show her children the value in the love and service of God. Her hope as a vestry member is to help foster intergenerational relationships within the parish.