Weather permitting, Pastor Susan can be found outside most Sunday mornings, smiling and greeting worshipers as they arrive. If the weather is inclement, you can be sure she's right inside the front door waiting for your arrival.
A second career pastor, Susan administered a private physical therapy practice for 18 years and then was Director of Parish Education at a large congregation in NJ for 6 years while she attended seminary. She has a B.S. in Music Education from NYU where she met her husband, opera conductor Joseph Colaneri; she received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Pastor Susan has a passionate interest in parish education for all ages, liturgy and music, and the arts in shaping and nurturing faith and spiritual growth.
Holy Trinity welcomed Maksim Shtrykov (pronounced shy-TRY-koff) as our new Parish Musician on Sunday, August 11th. Born in Belarus, Maksim began his musical journey at age six studying piano and soon after discovered a passion for the clarinet. He has a Masters of Music from the Julliard School of Music and maintains a home studio in New Milford, NJ. He is an active performer in two chamber music ensembles with his wife, Japanese pianist Misuzu Tanaka. He was the Music Director and pianist at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Astoria, Queens for six years (2006-2012). He also served more recently as interim musician at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, New Jersey.
He has performed in such major halls as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Kennedy Center, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Belarusian State Philharmonic and Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan. A winner of many international competitions, Maksim gave his New York Debut recital at Carnegie Hall as the recipient of the Artists International New York Debut Award while still a student at the Juilliard School. Maksim regularly tours throughout the United States with his wife acclaimed pianist, Misuzu Tanaka, as members of the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo as well as with his newly formed clarinet, piano, cello trio Trio Confero.
Click on his picture to view his website and performances with his ensembles.
Church Council members are elected by the congregation at our annual congregation meeting. Council members may serve two consecutive terms (usually three years each). These are the people who are charged with facilitating various ministries, casting a vision for mission along with our pastor, and guiding and leading the stewardship of our gifts--time, talent and treasure.
Among our council members we have a wealth of experience, knowledge and a "go to it" attitude. Oh, and we also have fun at Council Meetings!
Sharon Ramsaier, President
Rita Krieger, Vice President
Kathy Foster, Secretary
Vinnie De Cicco
David Mammone, Treasurer