Meet the Staff

Ministry of Word, Sacrament, Education and Pastoral Care

Rev. Dr. Alan Minarcik (Minister, Temporary)

We are happy to announce that the Rev. Dr. Alan C. Minarcik will be serving here at Trinity for the next while. He is a retired United Church minister who has managed to have a busy retirement.  He and his wife, Clare, celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary last year.  They have three children and two grandchildren.
Alan was born and lived in the New York City.  Met his wife Clare at a church dance (the rest is history) at his home church in Bellmore, New York.  He also taught Latin for two years before attending Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church of the USA in 1968.  He has received a Doctorate in Pastoral
Care and Counseling at Andover Newton Theological School near Boston.
Alan and Clare immigrated to Canada in 1978 and became a member of the order of ministry the next year.  He has served parishes in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.  He had a brief stint as minister at Trinity last winter.  He has worked as a chaplain at the Saskatoon Veterans Home, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Hotel Dieu/Shaver Rehab Hospital (part-time for the past 16 years).  He retired from his chaplaincy work last March.  Clare have been active in the communities of which they have been a part.

June 30th of this year will mark the 50th anniversary of Alan’s ordination. So much has changed within the church since the beginning of his ministry in 1968. There are so many new voices that need to be heard. The role of the church in the world seems to be waning and yet this remains a time of deep spiritual longing.  He will share our journey as a Christian community for the next few months.

Music Co-ordinator – Kimberly Hanmer

The position of music co-ordinator has been offered to and accepted by Kimberly Hanmer.  Kimberly comes with an amazing musical background including pianist, organist, flutist and ukuleleist.  Kimberly will be providing her musical leadership for three Sundays a month and will be co-ordinating alternative music leadership for the fourth and/or fifth Sunday of the month.  We are excited to share in this new position and look forward to enjoying Kimberly’s ideas, her sense of humour and refreshing energy.  Welcome Kimberly!!

Church Administrators – Jeannine & Karen

 Jeannine VanderBeek

Jeannine has been a member of Trinity United Church’s congregation for many years. You can find her in the church helping with the functions of the Christian Education Committee; including Vacation Bible School in July. Jeannine is a volunteer with FORT in Smithville, and
on Friday nights in the winter, she takes up permanent residence at all Grimsby Peach King home games. Go Kings!

Karen Havens  (Camera shy)

Karen is very happy to be a part of the Trinity United Church Office since 2011. Karen and Jeannine are now job sharing, working week-about .

Church Bookkeeper – Annette Newton

Annette Newton is a Chartered Accountant who brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to her Trinity position since 2011. Besides holding down other part-time accounting positions, Annette is a busy leader with Sparks and Guides and is very active in her roles at Senator Gibson Public School.  Annette manages to keep Trinity’s finances under control with her experienced guidance for all committee chairs and other people who handle money on behalf of Trinity.


Custodian/Sexton – William LeGood

WilliamLeGood-6-7748William or Bill (answers to both) LeGood grew up in the heart of Niagara, in the small town of Fenwick. After graduating from E.L. Crossley S.S. with his very technical skills, he entered the work force in fabrication/construction/boat building.  After several years, he became interested in the arts and the advertising industry where he relocated to Toronto and enrolled in graphic design at George Brown College majoring in Advertising Design.  He graduated in 1992 and has worked with some of Toronto’s largest advertising agencies over the last twenty five years as an Art Director.

Bill now resides here in Grimsby.  He still freelances and  enjoys acting.  Has had the pleasure of working in television, theatre, movies and commercials.  Since becoming a Trinity member in 2000, he has been actively involved in the youth and church school.

He has always felt right at home at Trinity and it is his aspiration to make everyone feel right at home as well.



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Staff From Trinity’s Historic Past to Present


Rev. W.J. Watt     1941 – 1947

Rev A.L. Griffith    1947 – 1950

Rev. R.K. Lemkay    1950 – 1956

Rev. F.R. Gibson    1956 – 1959

Rev. H. Herlihey    1959 – 1968

Rev. Robert W. McLauchlin    1968 – 1981

Pearl Wilson, D.M.    1971 – 1983

Rev. Laurie White    1983 – 1986

Nancy Fraser    1987 – 1989

Rev. Doug Story    1981 – 1989

Rev. Victor H. Fiddes    1989 – 1990

Rev. Ddonald Pipe    1989 – 1990

Rev. Dr. Owen Patterson    1990 – 2001

Rev. Cathy Tovell     1990 – 1996

Rev. Tiina Cote     1996 – 2005

Rev. Joan Adams    1996 – 2005

Rev. Jim Dowden     1990 – 2004

Rev. Ross Routliffe     2004 – 2006

Rev. Eric Bacon     2006 – 2006

Rev. Marilyn Leuty     2006 – 2012

Christina Paradela, D.M.     2006 – 2013

Rev. Svinda Heinrichs     2014 – 2018

Rev. Dr. Alan C. Minarcik     2018 – Present