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.
Trent Whisenant joins Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in June of 2023 as Parish Musician after having served for two years as Director of Music and organist at Messiah Lutheran Church in Brownsburg, IN> He came to Indiana by way of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where he completed his Master of Music degree. His undergraduate studies were in politics and music at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, an Episcopal institution.
Trent has exposure in multiple different denominations including PCUSA, the Episcopal Church, and the United Methodist Church. He has fostered a unique style of church music that draws out a congregation's native musical talents while re-invigorating gifts from our common faith heritage. Trent lives in New York City and works full time for a workforce development nonprofit.
Anastasia has held administrative and event management roles at several companies throughout her career. Most recently she was a classroom aide at Sacred Heart School in Lyndhurst. She received her BS in Business Administration from Felician College in Lodi.
Raised in Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights, she currently resides in Wallington with her husband, Michael and their daughter, Kaitlyn. Anastasia is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts in Hasbrouck Heights, and is involved in other local volunteer efforts as well. She loves to bake, garden, take walks and spend time with her family.
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!
Gail Gugliotti, President
Lisa Janeiro, Vice President
Rita Krieger, Secretary
David Mammone, Treasurer
Karen Niestempski, Financial Secretary