The Vestry is the elected Board of Directors in the Episcopal Church. The principle responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
Jen came to Trinity Topsfield in June 2022, after serving as Assistant Rector of Christ Church in Andover, MA. She received her BA in Biology from Colby College, her MBA from Babson College, and her MDiv at Boston University School of Theology. Jen grew up in Topsfield, playing soccer at Masco, and worshiping at Trinity with her family through her high school years. After college Jen worked in the field of biotechnology, in a variety of operational and market research roles, and while working there met her future husband, Jim.
Jen is passionate about the spiritual life of children and families and helping people of all ages explore and act out their faith and calling. She was ordained to the priesthood in 2019. Jen and Jim now reside in Lynnfield and their family includes a set of twins, Jake and Emily, and older siblings Penny and Ben, who are thriving amidst the joys and challenges of college and young adulthood.
In her free time Jen logs miles on the Peloton, enjoys paddleboarding, delights in her husband Jim’s cooking, loves to talk around the dinner table, and dream about the future of the church.
You can email Rev. Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca began attending Trinity Church in 1968 when her family moved to Boxford. Her father was on the vestry and senior warden for years, and she sang in the choir and served as an acolyte. After a few years of young adult rebellion, she and her husband Mark Richards became members of Grace Episcopal Church in Norwood and later St. Paul’s in Millis where both of their children were baptized. Her family began attending Trinity in 1999 when they moved to Georgetown. At Trinity she has been mainly involved in outreach and the vestry. She has chaired the outreach committee for several years and she has been on the vestry as clerk, junior warden, and now serves as senior warden.
Rebecca attended Mount Holyoke College and Boston University School of Law. She worked for years as an assistant district attorney in both Norfolk and Bristol counties. More recently she has returned to writing. She has published several essays and is awaiting the publication of a short story.
Indra, her husband Sebastian, and their two children came to the United States from Srl Lanka in 1983. Indra has a B.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and M.Sc in Information Science from Loughborough University of Technology, U.K. She served as systems librarian at Ohio Northern University, in Ada, Ohio for 25 years. Indra and Sebastian moved to Topsfield after retirement in 2010.
Indra was a member of the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka and has been a member of the Episcopal Church in the US. Being a lifelong Anglican/Episcopalian, joining Trinity Episcopal was an easy decision. She serves on the Altar Guild, Technology Committee, Outreach Committee, Parish and Community Life Commission, and Memorial Garden Commission. Indra served as a vestry member in 2022 and currently serves as the junior warden.
Marian is a cradle Episcopalian, having been raised a fourth generation missionary in Japan, with one grandfather the Episcopal bishop of Anchang Province in China and the other a missionary doctor in Turkey. Her father was a specialist in church music. When her family came to the US, she and her siblings were enrolled in the local Episcopal church children’s choir where Marian learned to love singing in a choir.
When settling in Boxford after completing her MD degree and practicing in Boston, she and her husband Charley found Trinity at a very difficult time, having lost a late pregnancy. They found solace and much warmth and kindness at Trinity and made it their home, joining the choir and raising 3 sons in the church. Marian and Charley parted ways when she came to the realization that she was a lesbian, but the family still took communion together every Sunday at the rail.
Her kids are now grown, successful and doing their own things. Marian finds joy every Sunday at Trinity. She enjoys singing, taking voice lessons with Laura, and pushing her capabilities doing something she has enjoyed all her life. Marian now serves as Trinity’s treasurer.
Bruce was brought up in Middleton, MA attending St. Agnes Church as a young boy. He graduated from Masconomet in 1962, attended Northeastern University and married Janice McCoy from Beverly, MA in 1965 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Together they bought a house in Topsfield in 1970, right next door to former Rector Woody Silvius and his wife Jean on Washington St. and have attended Trinity Topsfield ever since. Bruce and Jan have 3 adult sons and 2 grandchildren who live in Massachusetts.
Bruce spent 30 years as a service manager at Teradyne, Inc. and then became a software consultant for Xerox for 10 years. Bruce has served as assistant treasurer at Trinity since 2008 following his retirement, and has worn many hats over decades. If Bruce is not at the church crunching numbers or helping out, he can be found on a golf course.
Ed was born in Salem MA. After attending public high school, he received his B.Sc. in Medical Technology from Boston State College. Years later, he enrolled in Michigan’s Executive MBA program with a concentration In Organizational Excellence. Ed worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a Transplant Coordinator for 7 years, then worked as Program Manager/Quality Assurance Auditor in the Biotech/Pharma field. In 2011 Ed became a consultant and founded Arctic Project Management Group LLC. which provides Drug Development and Medical Device Process advice, as well as providing vendor audits.
Ed and Cindy were married on May 10, 1981 and have 5 children and 7 grandchildren! Ed and Cindy decided to leave Catholicism and join the Episcopal Church. They were received in 2002 by the late Bishop Barbara Harris. In 2007, while church-shopping Cindy and Ed attended Trinity Topsfield. During coffee hour, they were approached by the late Gerry Papin and the rest is history. Ed is a member of the choir, a Diocesan Delegate, and is serving his second year as clerk of the vestry. He has been a vestry member for seven years and served as co-senior warden.
Ed is a fan of the Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots. He and Cindy enjoy traveling. Ed’s affection for Polar Bears led to the naming of his consulting company.
Paul was born and raised in northern California. He served as an engineer in the United States Coast Guard. He has BS, MS & Ph.D. degrees in chemistry completing his graduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Paul has served in various scientific and executive roles in Pharma and Life Science companies over a 30 year career. Recently retired, Paul oversees the technical systems of the church and is also the producer of Trinity’s YouTube broadcasts.
Paul is married to his wife Denise of 35 yrs, and they have two grown children. Paul was baptized in the Catholic church. After a gap of several decades, Paul and Denise joined Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Gales Ferry CT when their children were little. After relocating to Boxford in 2003, they joined Trinity Church Topsfield. Paul has previously served as senior warden, junior warden, and vestry member.
Marcia first started attending Trinity in 1964 when she moved to Boxford from Saugus. While in high school, she sang in the choir and joined the youth group. Except for a brief time in the 70’s, she has attended Trinity for more than 50 years. During that time she has taught Sunday School and was the Trinity coordinator for the ecumenical summer Bible school. She also helped Rev. Cynthia Hubbard with the high school youth group. She has been involved with the Women's Guild, choir, church fair, outreach, vestry, and the Altar Guild. During COVID, she learned how to host Zoom worship services. Her son and daughter were baptized and confirmed at Trinity. Her daughter, Sarah, was the last of the 9 babies born within a ten month period at Trinity, beginning in March of 1979. Sarah still remains in contact with some of the others. This past November, Marcia’s grandson Liam was the newest family member to be baptized at Trinity. Trinity has always held an important place in her life and the lives of her family. When Marcia is away, returning to Trinity has always seemed like coming home.
Marcia Ford has been a member of Trinity Church for several years. From the first time she walked through the front door until the present day, she has felt welcomed and included. Marcia wasted no time getting involved in many areas, and has been an integral member of the outreach committee. To participate this way has been a blessing and a deeply cherished gift. Marcia looks forward to serving on the vestry as she enters her second year of service. Her background includes working in human services and education. Marcia lives in Boxford.
Ruth Ann was raised in NJ and attended a Methodist church where she was baptized, confirmed, and sang in the church choir beginning at age 8. Her dad practiced the Buddhist faith and taught her the importance of being a caring, helpful, loving person.
Boxford has been her home for 47 years. She is a retired language based/behaviorist special education teacher. Ruth Ann has two grown, married daughters and five grandkids. Ruth Ann cared for her husband Barry until his death in 2020.
Ruth Ann joined Trinity during zoom worship and the pandemic. She is an avid gardener, and takes piano and tai chi lessons. At Trinity she sings in the choir, tends after the cutting garden, helps with Vacation Bible school, and serves as a member of the Parish and Community Life Commision. Ruth Ann is new to the Vestry, the Grounds and Building Committee, and the Memorial Garden. Her prayer is for God’s guidance in this chapter of life.
Pam is a cradle Episcopalian who grew up attending Trinity Topsfield, and graduated in the same high school class as our rector and senior warden. She is now serving in her fourth term on the vestry, having served under four different rectors! Except for her college years and a 12-year stint living in Boston, she has been a lifelong active Trinity parishioner, was confirmed and married here, taught Christian formation, and still sings in the choir.
Pam is President of Friends of Post Office Square in Boston, serves as the Chair of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, and is on the board of Friends of Salem Common and several other community non-profits. She is an advocate for open space, urban parks and sustainable development, a believer in public service, the arts, beautiful gardens, and good food. Pam and Ben live in Boxford and have two superstar adult daughters and a very fluffy Siberian Husky.
John was raised a Presbyterian in Bucks County Pennsylvania and married Pam, a cradle Episcopalian from New Jersey. Together Pam and John raised three children in Danvers, Massachusetts and enjoy their extended family and five grandchildren.
John holds a BS from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Northeastern University, and is retired from his 35 year career as an executive at Osram/Siemens Sylvania Lighting. John is also a decorated US Army veteran, and commanded an infantry combat squad in the Republic of South Vietnam. He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Order of the Purple Heart, and the Massachusetts Sons of the Revolution Society.
John and Pam have been members of Trinity since 1977 and have known each of the five Rectors and three interim priests at Trinity. John is now a member of the Parish and Community Life Commission and chairs the Buildings and Grounds Commission. He and Pam feel fortunate to serve at Trinity, and receive spiritual enlightenment and fellowship with their Trinity family.
Mark Young was married to Joan Young at Trinity Church in 1997. Their family is now made up of 2 daughters, two sons, and 7 grandchildren. Mark has been involved most recently serving on the Rector Search Committee, and on the Building and Grounds group. He’s had prior experience serving on Trinity’s vestry and has been an active member of the Men’s group for years.
Mark attended Yale as an undergrad and earned his JD at Boston College School of Law. He has held various positions including Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Head Coach for Yale University’s Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, Director of Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field at Yale, and Assistant Coach for the US Olympic Track and Field Team in 2000. Mark and Joan reside in Topsfield.