Staff

Local Pastor | David Gaitan has been a pastor, journalist, writer, published author, radio and television producer, blogger, and international consultant on communication, social networks, leadership, and Latin American ecclesiological- theological, and social issues. He has also worked on management of graphic design and social media, web development and administration, formulation of evaluative processes, and analysis and development of continuous improvement programs.

Ps. Gaitan has published more than 50 theological reflections and journalist articles in Spanish on different blogs on the internet (www.davidgaitan.com/ www.casadealmendro.wordpress.com ). Besides, he has been invited to participate in some virtual magazines such as “Lupa Protestante”, “Teo Under”, “Teo Cotidiana”, and “Locademia de Teología”, spaces specialized in theological sharing, as a columnist. He is a published author of the book “Inmersión”, which is an approach to Contextual Latin American Theology.

He was born in the middle of an Evangelical-Pentecostal environment in Bogotá, Colombia. There, he became a youth leader, a young lay pastor,and then as pastor. He has served God for many years, preaching, worshiping, teaching the Scriptures, and advising people on counseling. 

Ps. David has published approaches to Reformed Theology, Latin American Theology of Liberation, Contextual Theology, and other Liberationist Theologies. Those approaches of the Bible and Christianity have helped him to develop his ministry for years. “My place in this world is serving God through serving people,” he says.

After years being part of the Evangelical-Pentecostal Church , he became a member of the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church in MA, a place where he was able to serve in a particular way, creating educational and multicultural spaces for people in the United States and Latin America. Once he started his studies at Drew Theological School, he transferred his membership to Chatham UMC in New Jersey. In that place, he served as the Simpson Seminarian, working as Youth Minister and developing Hispanic/Latino ministries. Pastor Gaitan finished his MDiv program at Drew in 2023. Then, he was appointed by Bishop John Schol to Trinity UMC in Ewing, NJ.

David Gaitan is the father of Laura Camila, an eight-years-old girl.

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Assistant of the Pastor | Jon Carl Lewis is a writer, speaker, and spiritual director, with a special interest in the full celebration of LGBTQIA+ persons in the church and walking with people who are interested in integrating their sexuality and their spiritual practices. He provides spiritual companionship and guidance to students at Princeton Theological Seminary in addition to his private practice.

A candidate for the Master of Arts in Public Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, he is pursuing ordination as a deacon. At Trinity, Jon Carl helps lead worship, and has participated in the governance of the congregation. He lives in Trenton with his husband (twenty-seven years together, married for six), a young family, and a delightful elder cat.

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Music Director | Nancy is a native of Iowa who began piano studies at age 7, organ at age 12 and has always sung in various choirs. She continued studies in organ and church music while in college and expanded her education in post-college seminars and summer courses. She has served as organist/choir director (and occasional bell choir director) in a variety of churches and believes that sharing the gift of music brings people together and helps create a greater sense of community.    

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Administrative Assistant | Born in Uruguay to missionaries and raised in NJ as a PK, Glori feels most at home in the church. She holds a BA in Business Management, has years experience in the finance arena, and possesses a diverse set of skills. She serves her community by owning/running a men’s sober home. Glori has a heart for loving people and a passion to leave this world a better place.   

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