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Minister: Reverend James McKnight

The Reverend James McKnight succeeded the Reverend George Addison as minister at Trinity on August 1, 2015.

Jim was ordained as a United Church minister in 1992 and, before coming to Trinity, has served United Church congregations in Toronto, Oakville and Kitchener.  Although being with the United Church all his life, Jim did not enter ordered ministry until he was in his late 30’s.  After graduating from the U of T with a B.Sc., Jim entered a career in banking which concludRev. John McKnighted after a number of years as a branch manager.  He obtained a B.Ed. from O.T.E.C., Toronto, taught at both the elementary and secondary school levels and then, with the indispensable support of his wife, Babs, and their children Jenny and Jamie, went on to obtain his M.Div. from U of T’s Emmanuel College.

Jim’s ministry celebrates the enduring and life-giving message of the Gospel, the relevancy of the Christian message to modern life, and the place of the Church as source of compassion, centre of healing, and agent of change in the world.  Jim can be reached by calling the church office at 905-227-4644.


Office Administrator: Chris Goertz

Office Administrator- Chris

I have enjoyed working at Trinity for the 5 ½ years and interacting with the many wonderful, hardworking people who make up this warm and energetic community.  I am married to Rick and in 2017 we are excited to celebrate 25 years together.  My hobbies include reading, crocheting and travelling with my family.



Director Of Music: Rick Young

Rick Director of Music

Rick Young is the Vice-Principal at E.L. Crossley Secondary School in Thorold and has been the music director at Trinity United Church since 2008.  He began his vocal studies with Terri Pothier as a student at St. Catharines Collegiate. At the University of Western Ontario, he studied voice with Roma Riddell and Martin Chambers and choral conducting with Deral J. Johnson.  He taught vocal music, drama and English at the St. Catharines Collegiate for nineteen years. During that time he was the vocal music director for several Collegiate productions including Pippin, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Godspell, Grease, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He  was a pianist for the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show in Niagara Falls from 1995 to 2015. He played the role of Sweeney Todd in Garden City Productions' Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2008. More recently, Rick frequently performs with Something Something Production at Corks in Niagara-on-the-Lake including The Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors and An Evening with Lee Siegel.

Custodian: Linda Hemming

Custodian Linda Linda Hemming began working as our Trinity caretaker in the spring of 2011, when Julien Gingras retired. The background experience which she listed on her application was her work in a household raising three children and living there with two dogs and a husband. That was definite caretaking experience. Linda has enjoyed serving the church community, and getting to put faces to those she hears her mom, Ruth Stevens, discuss. When she is not doing the church work, Linda enjoys playing tennis, reading, doing crafts or puzzles, or being with her grandchildren.