ANNUAL REPORT - 2021
VESTRY - CLASS OF 2024
Married in Trinity’s Redwood Chapel by Grahame Butler-Nixon in 1980, my husband, Roger, and I have two adult children and four grandchildren. He and I attended services at Trinity before we were married and transferred our memberships at that time. I was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia. Roger is originally from a small village in England and the beauty and structure of Trinity reminds us both, in different ways, of our home churches.
I am retired, most recently from the position of Chief Operations Officer with AllCare Clinical Associates (formerly Asheville Anesthesia Associates). Prior to that, I had a thirty-four year
Human Resources career at Mission Hospital. In my professional life I learned much about communicating, most importantly listening to others and respecting diverse points of view. I was told that I always listened for understanding and that I presented fair and reasonable solutions. I hope that was always true. In my working life I acquired skills that I believe would be beneficial as a Vestry member. I have an understanding of strategic planning and financial management, organizational development, group dynamics and team work. My primary reason for self-nomination to the Vestry is to give back to Trinity a fraction of the support, joy and spiritual framework that Trinity has and continues to provide for me and my family over the years.
I have previously served on the Vestry, the Altar Guild, one Rector search committee, the Outreach Committee, taught Sunday School and participated in various fellowship groups and functions. After being inactive and returning to active participation several years ago, I am now a member of Daughters of the King, the Linen Guild and several volunteer functions such as staffing the reception desk one afternoon/week and Vacation Bible School.
I am grateful for the role Trinity Church has played in my life for the last forty+ years. It would be a privilege to serve on the Vestry. It is also, and will continue to be, an equal privilege and blessing to be a part of our church family in whatever ways God leads me.
Jennifer and her family joined Trinity in 2009. She is originally from Hazlehurst, Mississippi where she actively attended Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Jennifer graduated from Auburn University’s College of Architecture Design and Construction in 1993. She spent the next 18 years working in architecture firms in the Southeast and Boston before moving with her family to Asheville in 2008. Jennifer spent several years developing her skills in architectural rendering and began shifting her focus toward visual arts as she moved to Asheville. She took a job at Frugal Framer in 2010 and found the business of framing to be the
perfect combination of her design background, business skills and passion for the arts. In 2014 she began the transition into ownership of Frugal Framer. In the business, Jennifer has grown as an owner and manager and finds great joy in being a part of a long-standing Asheville business.
Jennifer has recently shifted off the board of directors of the Montford Park Players. During her time on the board she served on the personnel committee, marketing committee and governance board. She also took part in the development of the 2020 strategic plan for Montford Park Players.
Jennifer and her husband, David, have two sons, Gray, a Sophomore at Vanderbilt University and Owen, a Sophomore at Asheville High School. Jennifer has found Trinity to be a wonderful place to raise a family and enjoyed watching both of her boys grow in their Christian education through the children’s ministry with Beth, the Youth program with Debbie and the music ministry with Sharon. Jennifer has been a part of the Godly play program as a teacher and most recently has helped with set-building for the ‘Everyone Upstairs’ Godly play programs on Sunday mornings. She is especially proud of the whale who swallowed Jonah.
Jennifer finds Trinity to be a calm and inspiring part of her week as she attends Parents in Conversation and the 10:45 service. She has found a true church home at Trinity and considers it an honor to be nominated to serve as a Vestry member.
Matt has been a member of Trinity since 2012. He grew up in Catawba County, where he was a member of Catawba United Methodist, and was very active in the youth program and attended numerous mission trips as a teenager through the Carolina Cross Connection.
He moved to Asheville in 2000 to attend the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and graduated with a degree in Health Care Management. In 2004 he went to work for Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community where he started as an intern. Shortly after, he entered the Administrator in Training Program through the state of North Carolina and earned his Nursing Home Administrator License in October 2005. Over the years Matt has held a variety of positions
at Deerfield including Administrative Assistant, Activities Coordinator, Resident Life Director, Director of Operations and he eventually became the Executive Director in 2018. Also of note, Matt earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Western Carolina University in 2009.
Matt is married to his wife of 8 years, Sarah, who works as a benefits administrator for an Asheville based company called N.T.C.A. Matt and Sarah were married at Trinity by the Rev. Scott White in 2013. Together they are raising 2 wonderful daughters, Caroline (5) and Evelyn (8 months). Residing in Montford, they enjoy their neighborhood and being able to walk most places including downtown. Matt is an avid cyclist, hiker and overall outdoor enthusiast. Emerging from the pandemic, Matt would be honored to be able increase his role at Trinity and to be able to serve the church and this vibrant congregation.
And so for more than 20 years, Trinity has been my spiritual home. Both words are important: Spiritual. Home. It is where my faith has become stronger and simpler. It is the fount of many deep friendships. Trinity has enabled me to put my faith into practice like no other church or organization has. I have been involved in various ministries here: financial, parish life, buildings and grounds, pastoral care and Church of the Advocate. I had the honor of chairing The Campaign for Trinity a few years ago. From 2009 to 2011 I served on the Vestry, my last year as Sr Warden. There were big shoes to fill (Buck Cannon and Joe Alexander preceded me). And during those three years, there were four priests-in-charge and a major economic recession. Yes, even after that – or perhaps because of it – I would be honored to serve on the Vestry again, in more normal times and with a settled Rector!
Professionally, my career was essentially in communicating. I was a financial writer for The Sun in Baltimore, editor of a daily newspaper owned by The New York Times, and for more than 25 years I had an agency that did a wide variety of projects for a wide variety of clients. From my first years out of college, I have believed in civic work and civic engagement. I now serve as president of the Western North Carolina Historical Association.
I am the father of Elizabeth (Ryan), a psychotherapist in Northampton, MA, and of Bennett (Caroline), a curator in Los Angeles; and grandfather of three, Esther, Camille and Emry. Mark Espy and I live in North Asheville.
Wherever I have lived and attended church – Emmanuel in Baltimore, Grace in Lexington, the large, downtown St. Paul’s in Winston-Salem, and the historic, rural Christ Church in Cleveland, NC – I have tried to follow and serve Christ in whatever ways possible, including capital campaigns and a discernment committee. At Trinity, the service that means the most to me is that of chalice bearer. Offering the cup of wine is both spiritual and tangible. Through it I feel the presence of God and the connection with the people of God and of Trinity.
Trinity is part of the reason I moved to Asheville. Around 1990 I was working on a short documentary, most of which was filmed in Asheville, and we needed background music. Someone knew someone who said Trinity had one of the best pianos around, so one day I found myself sitting in the middle of a virtually empty nave listening to a variation on Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man being recorded. I was working, but I also felt the strong presence of God. Ten years later I was spending even more time in Western North Carolina, working with Bishop Johnson to raise money for the recently acquired Lake Logan property. I visited virtually every parish in the diocese, but each time I came to Trinity, I knew it was where I belonged.
political violence are an ever-present threat, there is a fierce and fragile beauty in such a declaration.
Connie currently is the president of her college alumnae sorority organization here in Asheville and active in a philanthropic organization that supports scholarships for women in higher education (P.E.O.). She is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church where she serves in a leadership role on the vestry, sings in the Chancel Choir, rings in the Bell Choir. She also serves on the Encouragement Notes Committee, the Pastoral Care Committee, Outreach Committee and Altar Flower Delivery after Sunday worship. She currently serves on the Waters Edge Condominium Board since 2015, acting as president since 2018 and will serve a second term as president till 2024. She also served on her Chicago condominium board as secretary for many years.
Waters Edge Condo Association - board member since 2015. Secretary 2015-2018: President 2018 -2024
President - Asheville Area Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma - 2019 to present
Vestry leadership role at Trinity Episcopal Church 2019-2021
Chancel Choir and Bell Choir - Trinity Episcopal Church
Paulina Condo Association, Chicago - Secretary for 8 years
Lay representative to Sudan, Africa, 2005, 2008 and 2010 - Fact-finding mission and relationship building trips for Diocese of Chicago.
In 2010, led a media team to film and document the life and work of the Diocese of Renk, South Sudan. American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan - designer for print publications
Episcopal Partnership for Global Mission - National Mission Consortium -
Convener Chicago Association for the Lost Boys of Sudan - Board Member Friends of Sudan, Chicago - All Saints’ Episcopal Church
Convener Herron Gallery of Herron School of Art, Indianapolis - Board Member Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis - Board Member - Head of individual giving for capital campaign
Connie moved to Weaverville, North Carolina in 2015 from Chicago, Illinois, relocating to be close to her son, daughter-in-law and grandson. Now retired, professionally she had been a fiber artist, photographer, graphic designer, vestment textile designer, assistant director of development and director of the communications department for Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. She has traveled internationally and was the producer and principal fundraiser for the documentaries Voices of Faith and Partners in Faith. These films created in 2010, tell the story of the Christians in Southern Sudan who worship God in the face of unimaginable physical, political and economic hardships. As one woman shares, “We rely on God for everything; and God never fails us.” In the context of a land where hunger, illness and
Binford Virginia Jennings is 4th generation Trinitarian. Born is Asheville in ’55 to Frances and Dick Jennings of Sunburst Trout Farm, maternal side of the family included fellow-Trinitarians Redwoods, Damerons & Clarks.
Binford attended The Asheville Day School and St Genevieve’s, then earned her Interior Design undergraduate degree, then a Master’s Degree in Architecture at Clemson University.
Marrying and moving to Dayton, Ohio, she has twins sons, Tim and Nick, and raised the boys as a single mother. When the twins went to college in 2009, she returned to Asheville in hopes of continuing her career here, but the recession caused the housing industry to plummet, so Binford earned a real estate brokerage license and continues now her 7th year in residential real estate at Beverly-Hanks.
Binford has enjoyed serving as president for the last 2 years of a civic organization her grandmother helped begin in 1923 and mother was a member as a young woman, The Children’s Welfare League, serving underprivileged high school students and homeless students in the 10 public schools of Buncombe County and the City of Asheville.
Hobbys include snow-skiing, hiking, reading, hand-throwing pottery, decorating/staging and travelling, but these days, mainly little trips to beloved Pawley’s Island and Lonesome Valley. “It’s nice to be home”.
Binford has served on the Vestry and as Junior Warden for 2021.
Mack and his wife, Yvonne Eriksson Day, first moved to Asheville in 1972 and joined Trinity under the leadership of Jack Tuton as Rector, the same year. They had three sons during the 14 years they were here and all three were baptized at Trinity.
During those years, Mack served as Clerk of the Vestry. Mack worked as a lawyer with Akzona, Inc. during that period and also served as a member and president of the Asheville Symphony Board when Robert Hart Baker was hired as resident conductor. In 1986, Mack and his family moved to Chicago. While there, he served as General Counsel for the North American Chemical Group of Akzona, Inc. Subsequently, he also served as Vice President of Human Resources for North and South America for the Chemical Group. They remained in Chicago, living in Lake Forest, IL for twenty-two years.
While in Lake Forest, they were members of the Church of the Holy Spirit where Mack served as a Vestry member and Junior and Senior Warden. Mack retired from Akzo Nobel Americe (formerly Akzona, Inc.). In 2008, they returned to the Asheville area. Mack and Yvonne retured to Trinity having never formerly transferring their membership. Mack currently serves as a chalice bearer and lay reader. His wife, Yvonne, passed away in 2018.
Mack is currently serving on the Trinity Vestry.