Our staff works to oversee and implement the day-to-day, week-to-week ministry of the church. They would be glad to hear from you and answer any questions you may have!
David Sherwood, Senior Pastor
David grew up in New Jersey. He received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Having served as a senior pastor in Texas for fifteen years, he has served as Trinity's senior pastor for the past twelve years. David and his wife, Kim, live in Barrington and have four children and four grandchildren. In his spare time David likes to watch The Blacklist and Modern Family, listen to Bruce Cockburn and The Derek Trucks Band, and fuss over his old Mercedes diesels...unpersuasively trying to convince Kim that they were wise purchases.
Eddie Park, Campus Pastor
Annie Park, RUF Staff
Eddie grew up in New York (Long Island), though he has been in Providence for over ten years. He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Ancient Greek. He completed his M.Div. and Th.M. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Annie grew up in Ocean City, New Jersey, and received her B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary. They met as staff in RUF at Brown and RISD, and tied the knot in May of 2007. They are coffee fanatics. In their free time, they enjoy taking long walks together. They also love going to the beach. Annie likes wading in the ocean, while Eddie works unceasingly to keep the sand off of his feet.
Jarrett Allebach, Assistant Pastor for Church Planting
Rev. Jarrett Allebach and his wife Hillary have been in New England seven years now and the path to beginning a new church in Worcester has included many stops along the way. Jarrett grew up outside of Philadelphia and has spent most of his life on the east coast except for four years in Saint Louis, where he received his M.Div. He has been an assistant pastor, youth worker, ministry leader in a national park, substitute teacher, laid off, unemployed, an apprentice with a master gardner, and a rock climbing instructor. Through this and much more Jarrett has seen God's loving hand direct his path, turning even sorrow and disappointment to good. Jarrett finds it an incredible privilege to serve Jesus Christ and his church and is deeply grateful for his role at Grace Pres. and the opportunity to be part of what God is doing in Worcester. When not hanging out with his best friend (Hillary) and their kids (6, 4 & 1) Jarrett enjoys rock climbing, reading, snow boarding, the arts, hospitality, and developing meaningful friendships. Contact Pastor Jarrett at www.graceworcester.org.
Beverly grew up in western PA and New York states. She is mother to three wonderful children, wife to hubsand Greg. Beverly has been a RI resident since 1980 and a member of Trinity since 2001.
Chris Plante, Ministry Intern
A native Rhode Islander, Chris Plante has over 20 years of experience working with children and families, as well as community-development, in a variety of contexts and locations including inner-city Chicago, Providence, Central America, and East Africa. He is committed to reinforcing and protecting the historic institutions of marriage and family, and facilitating sustainable, grassroots development across Rhode Island's communities. His experience includes social-work, classroom teaching, youth and family development, marriage, family, and public policy advocacy. A graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School and The King's College, Chris has also been trained in Exegetical Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been married to Cynthia for 18 years and they have three children, ages 15, 13, and 11.
Nathaniel Koliyah, Ministry Intern
Nathaniel grew up in Liberia and immigrated into the US in 1994. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 1999 majoring in History and Paralegal Studies. He served in the US Army for eight years. Nathaniel is presently completing his Masters of Divinity with LAMP Theological Seminary. As he studies, Nathaniel serves as Athletic Director for a number of Catholic schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He enjoys watching football and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Carol Mahla, Ministry and Education Coordinator
Carol grew up in New York and attended Florida State University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Carol and her husband, Walt, have spent most of their married life in New England. Their son, Tim, his wife, Elea and grandchildren, Will and Frannie live in Chattanooga and their son, Matt, his wife Bethany and grandson, Vance live in Boston. Having spent many years in the computer networking industry, Carol appreciates the opportunity to work at Trinity. She enjoys spending time with her family and is always up for a chat over a cup of coffee.
Max Wolf, RUF Intern
Max grew up in NYC, where he also attended the City College of New York, earning his B.A. with a focus on History and Sociology. He moved to Providence towards the end of August in 2015 to start an internship with Reformed University Fellowship, working on the campuses of Brown, RISD, and Johnson & Wales. He is also considering attending seminary following the conclusion of the internship, but in all honesty, he hasn't figured it out for sure. Max spends his spare time reading books on American history, biking around Providence looking for deliciously unhealthy food, and listening to lots of metal music.