Originally from the tundra of Stevens Point, WI, Katie was raised in Alpharetta, GA where she and her parents became charter members of a new church development, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. Katie interned with an AIDS Hospice in Atlanta and attended Berry College in Rome, GA where she majored in Religion and Philosophy. There she met her future husband, Rob, who works in healthcare human resources and operations, and volunteered at the Sexual Assault Center of NW Georgia as a rape crisis intervention counselor.
After receiving her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, she completed a year-long Clinical Pastoral Education chaplaincy residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, a Level One Trauma Center in New Brunswick, NJ, focusing on the Medical ICU and Cardiac Intensive and Long-Term care units and on-call emergency care. Following her residency, Katie accepted a call to serve as Associate Minister for Service and Mission at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlotte, NC, where she served for close to eight years. There she led the congregation’s global mission and local poverty engagement initiatives and preached a weekly Wednesday noon worship service. In addition, she served on the boards of the Charlotte Urban Ministry Center, Lakewood Preschool, Community School of the Arts, and as Treasurer and Strategy Team member of helping Empower Local People, a congregation-based community organizing entity.
Harry Jansen, Director of Music Ministry
Harry has served TAPC as choral director and organist since October 1996. He is also conductor of the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, a professional ensemble comprised of community musicians. Harry received the Master of Music degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). He followed that with advanced studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam (Holland). Prior to coming to TAPC, Harry was the Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, Ill where he also directed a full time music program. Active as a performer and conductor, he has appeared in concerts throughout Canada , central and eastern USA and the Netherlands. He has recorded for CBC Radio, and has made several recordings which feature him both as organist and conductor. Recently he has been writing and arranging festival music for choir and instruments and has been serving as a Hymn Advocate for the new Presbyterian Hymnal ‘Glory to God’. When not totally occupied with music, he enjoys advanced woodworking, competitive cycling and keeping up with his wife Jeanette and his two daughters.
Director of Family Ministries
Tommy joined the Trinity Avenue leadership team in fall 2013. He did his undergraduate studies at Taylor University, studying philosophy and biology, and came to Durham for his Masters of Divinity at Duke. Before joining Trinity, Tommy worked for the Clergy Health Initiative, coaching ministers toward better holistic health and wellness (preaching then what he now tries to practice). He also spent a year teaching Bible and theology at a seminary in Cameroon, West Africa. Having met and married in Durham, he and his wife, Mary, love the city for its many coffee shops hospitable to weekend reading, for the Carolina Theatre and its independent films, and for the lively local eateries. At Trinity Ave, Tommy pays particular attention to the formation of children, youth, and families, supporting the whole church as it practices discipleship and friendship in response to the gospel.
Lori has been the director of the TAPC Weekday School since September of 2005. Lori received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Before serving as director, Lori taught the four year old class at TAPC for many years, and began her preschool career at TAPC as a 2 year old teacher. Working at the preschool allows “Miss Lori” to combine two of her favorite interests: caring for and educating young children, and administering a small nonprofit business which is dedicated to the service of God and making the world a better place. She is married to Jim Hardin and is the mother of three TAPC Weekday School graduates: Carolyn, Maren, and Jesse.