To serve God reflecting the Light of Christ that shines within us to each other and the greater community.
Trinity Church in Northern Bergen County was established in 2010 by the union of two parishes, The Church of the Epiphany in Allendale and The Church of the Good Shepherd in Midland Park. Thus, Trinity represents the ongoing presence of The Episcopal Church in this part of New Jersey since 1872.
Trinity is a community made up of faithful and loving parishioners with a deep commitment to reverent worship in the Anglican tradition, warm fellowship and hospitality, and compassionate service and love for our neighbors.
The Rev. Fr. Raul E. Ausa, Rector
Fr. Raul E. Ausa was appointed as Priest-in-Charge of Trinity Church in September of 2020 and subsequently elected as our 2nd Rector in May of 2022. He is a graduate of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale where he received his Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Anglican Studies.
Prior to attending seminary, he studied at Seton Hall University and earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree, after which he worked as an Investigator for the NJ Department of Children and Families. Fr. Raul is passionate about the rich tradition of Anglican liturgy and worship, as well as the Church's call to help build a more just society. He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests (SCP), which promotes priestly spirituality and the Catholic tradition within the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada.
Fr. Raul lives at the Rectory with his wife, Sierra, his mother, Laura, and their English bulldog, Maggie.
Director of Music
Debby was elected a Co-Warden in 2021 as part of the class of 2023. She was on the Vestry and a Co-Warden of Church of the Epiphany in the past. Debby also is chair of our Buildings & Grounds Ministry and serves on the Education Ministry.
Eric was first elected to the Vestry, 2017, Class of 2018. In 2018 Eric was elected to a 3 year term, Class of 2021. The Vestry was frozen as part of our rector transition and extended during the pandemic. In 2021 he was elected Co-Warden to fill a vacancy then re-elected as Co-Warden in 2021 as part of the class of 2022. He also serves on the Fellowship and Facilities Usage Ministries.
Lynn was first elected to the Vestry in 2016 and is now in the Class of 2022. She is a Sunday School teacher, when school starts up again, and serves on our Fellowship Ministry.
Ellen was elected to the Vestry Class of 2024 at our 2021 Annual Meeting. She is also a member of our Choir.
Peg was elected to the Vestry in the class of 2019, which was frozen during our Rector Search. She is currently in the Class of 2022. Peg is also a member of the Chior, is a Lector and serves on the Buildings & Grounds Minisrty.
Para was first elected to the Vestry in 2019, in the Class of 2020. She served until 2021 with the Vestry frozen during our rector search and extended due to the pandemic. At the 2021 Annual Meeting Paralee was elected to the class of 2023. She is Director of our Outreach Ministry and serves on the Altar Guild.
Gail was elected to the Vestry in 2020 to fill an opening in the Class of 2021. She was subsequently elected to a three-year term as part of the class of 2024. Gail also serves as Chair of the Technology sub-committee of our Communications Ministry.
Michael was elected to the Vestry in 2021 to the class of 2022. He also serves on the Finance Ministry.
Janet was elected to the Vestry in 2019 and was re-elected to the class of 2023 in 2021. She was interim Co-Warden during the first half of 2021. She also serves on our Fellowship and Outreach Ministries.