Clergy & Staff

Any member of the clergy or staff may be contacted through the church by phone at 215-567-1267, by fax at 215-567-3766, or by email at office@htrit.org.

 

PASTORAL STAFF

 

thegardnersThe Reverends Rachel Wenner Gardner and

John B. Gardner, Co-Rectors

215-567-1267, ext. 13

RACHELGARDNER@htrit.org

JOHNGARDNER@HTRIT.ORG

John and Rachel were ordained priests in 2002. John was a Priest Associate at Christ Church in Whitefish Bay, WI and Rachel was a Priest Associate at Trinity Church in Wauwatosa, WI until 2006. John and Rachel have worked together as co-Rectors since 2006, first at Trinity Church, Rocky Mount, VA from 2006 until 2012 and then at the Church of the Ascension and Holy Trinity, Pueblo, CO from 2012 until 2016. The Gardners have 3 children: Boyden, age 9 and twins Connor and Quinn, age 5.

OFFICE STAFF

Margaret DiPinto, Executive Assistant 

215-567-1267 ext.10, office@htrit.org

 

Carol Ruddick, Communications Coordinator

215-567-1267   communications@htrit.org

 

Kate Schugsta, Bookkeeper

215-567-1267 ext.24, Bookkeeper@htrit.org

 

Ms. Soozung Sa Rankin, Director of Family & Youth Ministries

sOOZUNG@htrit.org

Soozung Sa Rankin, Director of Family and Youth Ministries, has spent most of her life working with children and their families in various faith based settings. Her specialty is pioneering children and youth programs. She has directed/choreographed dozens of children’s theatre productions, coached gymnastics, managed summer camp programs, and coordinated many fund raising efforts for outreach and for youth trips to help those in need. She has an undergraduate music degree from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI and a masters degree in theology from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC. She and her husband Brian moved to Philadelphia in 2005 and have been members at CHT since 2006. They live in the Fairmount neighborhood with their young son and rescue dog. Soozung enjoys volunteering at her son’s school and serves on two Boards (Maternity Care Coalition and Ready, Willing, and Able) in Philadelphia.

 

  The IMG_0096Rev. Dr. Peter Kountz, Priest-in-Residence & Vicar of St. Stephen’s

215-567-1267, ext. 20

Peter Kountz stepped down in June 2015 as the Head of School of the Charter High School for Architecture + Design in Center City, Philadelphia where he had served for 10 years. He received his B.A. from St. Meinrad College Seminary and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, where he was a student of Martin Marty and David Tracy. Peter Kountz has written and lectured widely on Thomas Merton.

Peter has been involved with school and university teaching and administration since 1969. In addition to CHAD, he has served a number of universities and schools, including The University of Chicago and the University of Rochester. Among other things, he has been a college baseball coach, run a University radio station, and was the first Curator of the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House. In his other lives, Peter is a musician, writer, and arts consultant, and he coaches professional musicians. He and his wife, Nanci, have three grown children and two grandchildren, and live in Philadelphia.

Peter was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Pennsylvania in June 2015. His journey to the priesthood began very early with choir school and was kept alive by the Benedictines, Martin Marty and The University of Chicago, ecumenism, Thomas Merton, Fred Rogers. Henri Nouwen, Thomas Cranmer, CHAD, many supportive friends, and, most importantly, his wife and children and the Reverend Dr. Frank Wade, under whom Peter “Read for Holy Orders” at Virginia Theological Seminary. Christ Church Philadelphia is Peter Kountz’s home parish.

 

Labonte_Chris-0974Chris Labonte, Coordinator of LGBT Activities

CLabonte@sellersdorsey.com

Christopher Labonte works with the clergy and staff to coordinate activities for the LGBT individuals and their families at the Church of the Holy Trinity. He has been a member of the church since 2011 and is a Principal and the Director of External Affairs at a national healthcare consulting firm. Prior to this position, he served as the Legislative Director at the Human Rights Campaign and as a Legislative Assistant in the United States House of Representatives. A native Rhode Islander, he now lives in Philadelphia with his husband and their two dogs, Saffron and Waldorf. He has a BA in Political Science and Communications from the University of Rhode Island. In addition this volunteer role at CHT, Chris also volunteers as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign and at the Episcopal Conference Center in Pascoag, RI.

 

 

frenchDr. John H. French, Organist/Choirmaster

215-567-1267 ext.21,  jfrench@ursinus.edu

John French, organist/choirmaster at The Church of the Holy Trinity since 1992, has been active as a church musician for over thirty-five years. Dr. French is the William F. Heefner Professor of Music at Ursinus College. He has received the Laughlin Professional Achievement Award and Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the college in recognition of his professional and scholarly accomplishments. Dr. French is also the associate conductor of the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia. Dr. French has degrees from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, Westminster Choir College and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. In addition to other grants and awards he has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Benjamin Leiby, Assistant Organist bleiby

Ben has been a member of Holy Trinity and the Holy Trinity choir since 2001 and was named Assistant Organist in 2006. Prior to coming to Holy Trinity, he was a member of the choir and an assisting organist at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA. From 2000-2006, he served as accompanist to the Susquehanna Chorale, a chamber choir based in Hershey, PA. He holds a PhD in Biostatistics from the U of Pennsylvania and is a member of the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University.

 

James Chadwick, Property Managerjames

215-567-1267 ext.11, jchadwick@htrit.org

Jim is a Philadelphia native, born and raised in Manayunk. Jim moved to Overbrook Park after he married, and from there onto Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. He returned to Philadelphia five years ago, residing in Center City along with his wife JoAnn. He is the proud father of two daughters and an even prouder Pop-Pop of three handsome and wonderful grandsons.

 

Jane Lindemann, Parish Accountantjane

215-567-1267, Ext. 24, bookkeeper@htrit.org

You can find Jane in the Parish Office on Thursdays holding everyone “accountable!” As an employee of Your Part Time Controller, LLC, Jane has been the bookkeeper/accountant for Holy Trinity for the past eight years. She grew up in White Plains, NY, has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, and a master’s degree from Brandeis University. Don’t assume that accountants lead dull lives – among other things, Jane went to Woodstock (that is the Woodstock), spent her junior year in college at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has camped cross country, been a puppeteer for the Junior League of Hampton Roads, is the wife of a Congregational Rabbi, and mother of four adult children in Cherry Hill, NJ. She enjoys crunching numbers here at Holy Trinity and working with the staff and parishioners.

 

edwestonEd Weston, Trinity Central Director, Archivist/Historian

215-567-1267 ext.11

Ed has been with Holy Trinity for the past 16 years in many capacities. He recently resigned from the Directorship of Parish Life Activities and the Hospitality Ministries. He currently serves in Pastoral Care, Healing Prayer Ministries and the Flower Guild. He also directs the Usher Ministry. Ed retired 18 years ago as a Human Resource Director. His hobbies include two great things: photography and traveling the world.

 

Ruth Worm, Trinity Central AssistantruthW

Ruth moved to Philadelphia in 2000 from Easton, Maryland. She started working at the church of the Holy Trinity in May 2009. She enjoys greeting and welcoming people to the church. She gives them a tour, prays with them and tells them what wonderful things the church does for the people of Philadelphia and elsewhere. She said the opportunity to do this is God’s gift to her.

 

 

Patsy Patsy Gibbs, Sunday Sexton