John Beier, Senior Warden
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.
Sydney O'Hagan, Junior Warden
Sydney O’Hagan has been a member of Trinity Church parish since 2013. She currently serves as a lector and Sunday school teacher. Sydney, her husband Eamonn, and her two daughters, Katherine and Jane reside in Cranford. Sydney is a Girl Scout leader of two troops, creator of the Walnut Avenue School Garden Club, and owner of a cooking business “The Nearly New Yorkers” that recently hosted the Trinity Church banquet. Sydney currently works as an attorney in a civil litigation practice in New York City. In her downtime, she loves to read, garden, cook, and spend as much time with her family as possible.
Ron DeVelde participated in "Operation Warm Heart" and helped with the hauling of the Christmas trees. During the years 2009 to 2015, Ron was on the Westfield Rescue Squad as Ambulance Lieutenant. he procured two ambulances where he dealt with the manufacturer, the builder, and other companies. He also was Deputy Captain of the Squad for a year. During the years 2007 to 2017 while at Schering-Plough he was a volunteer Hazmat Officer and Fire Fighter. He is currently working as a truck driver delivering chemicals, everything from perfume to petroleum oil, usually around 5000 gallons. Ron is married to Sophie Brennan and has "a wonderful family; a girl, age 11; a boy, age 5, and my wonderful wife."
Holly Ives was born and raised in Cranford and was confirmed at Trinity Church. She has been active in the Vestry, ECW, Breakfast with Santa, Stewardship Committee, and past Service Auction committees. She currently co-chairs the ECW. Holly recently retired as registered nurse at Overlook Hospital after 35 years.
Tom Kaercher started coming to Trinity in 2001 and joined the parish in 2002. Since 2006, he has been writing and disseminating press releases to the local media for Trinity activities and led the communications efforts for Trinity II. He serves as a Eucharistic Minister, lector, and Stephen Minister as well as the choir, Altar Guild and the Outreach Committee. He was on the Vestry from 2008 to 2010 and has been a delegate to both the Northern Convocation and the Diocesan Convention. 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. Most recently he was named to the 150th Anniversary Steering Committee as the chair of the Communications Team and he has served on Operation WarmHeart. Tom is a regular participant in the Men's Group and at Morning 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 too have the time to care for his mother after her stroke. He welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Vestry again.
Linda Kurdilla, Clerk
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.
Marion Nechuta has been a member of the parish since 1985. Currently she is Co–Superintendent of Sunday School. She has taught teaching Sunday School for 30 years, and currently teaches the Pre–K to Kindergarten Class. In the past, she has taught Confirmation, and has been part of the Executive Building Committee for Trinity II. In 2012, she became the Committee Chair for Outreach and continues to serve in that position. In the past, she served on Vestry for 3 years and was Junior Warden for 2 years. She is married to Terry Nechuta and has two children, Erich and Danielle. She was formerly a Lutheran but was received into the Episcopal Church. For the last 14 years, she has been working in the Roselle Park School District as a cook, organizer, and shipper of meals for the students. Currently, she is ending her term and would like to continue on Vestry. She writes: “For the last 4 years, I have served on Vestry and would like to continue. Being on Vestry gives you a unique look at what goes on in Trinity and fills mye desire to help the congregation where needed.”
Dr. Arthur Patchett
Art Patchett and his wife Lois joined Trinity Church in 1963. They lived in Cranford and then Westfield. Lois died in 2008 and Art now lives in the Lantern Hill retirement center in New Providence. Art worked for the pharmaceutical company Merck for 43 years and retired as their Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry. Art played an active role in rebuilding Trinity Church several years ago and in recent improvements made in the TEDS building. He has served on the vestry and finance committee most recently since 2016.
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Rees
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 (age 8), her daughter Dylan (age 6), 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.
Charlie Roberts has been an active meber at our parish "for as long as I can remember." He started as an acolyte around eight years ago and has recently begun serving as a Eucharistic Minister during Sunday services. he was appointed as a junior vestry member by the Vestry elected at Trinity's last annual meeting. During his time on Vestry Charlie has begun work on establishing a Trinity Cranford Instagram account. He is currently a senior at the Academy for Information Technology where he is taking all honors classes focusing on mathematics, sciences, and business. He will start college this coming July, eventually working as a chemical engineer with hopes to make medicines that save people's lives. His work experience includes caddying at Echo Lke Country Club for four years and now holding two part time jobs, delivering pizzas, and working at Trinity Episcopal Day School's aftercare.
Casey Woodruff and his two sons, Miles (5) and Calvin (11), joined Trinity in 2017. After spending a year at General Theological Seminary in 2015, Casey joined the Attorney General’s Office, where he represents the Division of Child Protection in cases involving child abuse or neglect. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and bass, and spending time with his sons.