Our Rector
Edward OutsideThe Reverend Edward C. Gleason
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Father Edward is Trinity-by-the-Cove’s eighth Rector.  Father Edward began his ministry at Trinity-by-the Cove as an Associate Rector for Youth and Family Ministries, continued as Senior Associate Rector and in May 2014 was called to be Rector.  Before coming to us, Fr. Edward served as an assistant priest and chaplain in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at a church with a K-8th grade school.  Before seminary, Fr. Edward received a BA in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and a J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans in 2000 where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review.  Leaving the practice of law in 2005, Fr. Edward attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary receiving a M. Div., cum laude, in May 2008.  A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Fr. Edward has a wife, Virginia, and three young children, Howard, Eleanor, and Claire.
What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
There is something electric about being a part of a Christian community that spends time together discerning God’s will for our lives and the world and at the same time simply enjoying being in fellowship with one another.  Trinity-by-the-Cove is a thriving parish with wonderful and varied opportunities to love God and neighbor.
What excites you about ministry?
 As an ordained priest, I am privileged to spend my life serving God’s people.  I believe that ministry—whether ordained or not—should be personal and filled with love.  That ministry is expressed through talking to people about God and sharing the powerful presence of Jesus in times of overwhelming joy and tremendous sorrow.  Remembering daily how God is at work in the world and in each of our lives excites me.  It’s also exciting to lead Trinity-by-the-Cove in its mission and ministry to be a loving and compassionate environment for the continuing transformation of a life in Christ Jesus.
Associate Rector
 JHiteThe Revered Jean A. Hite
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Mother Jean is an Associate Rector at Trinity-by-the-Cove.  She shares in the priestly ministries of worship and preaching while focusing much of her time in the areas of pastoral care,  spiritual direction, women’s ministry, children and family spirituality, and retreat ministry.  Before arriving at Trinity in June 2015, Mthr. Jean served as priest-in-charge of St. Nathaniel’s Episcopal Church in North Port, Florida, followed by a brief interlude as Associate Priest at St. Mary’s in Bonita Springs, Florida.  Before ordination, she was a musician with a BM from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and a MM from The Ohio State University.  She graduated from The General Theological Seminary in New York City in 2012, earning an M. Div. degree.   Mthr. Jean was ordained to the priesthood  in August 2012.
What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
Life in Jesus Christ is all about relationship – and from my first day at Trinity I’ve been thrilled to be in relationship with a parish community that honors and values relationships as they are lifted up in our Baptismal vows.  Trinity is a vital, healthy parish that lives in Christ’s love with each other and lives out Christ’s love in the neighborhood and to the world.
What excites you about ministry?
The greatest blessing for me in living into the call to serve as priest and pastor has been the incredible privilege of being with God's children – being with people in times of joy as well as sorrow – with them in personal and family celebrations as well as difficulties -- with them in beginnings and endings – in the ongoing cycle of life, birth through death to resurrection – in the day-to-day life together that brings us transformation in and into Christ.
Associate Rector
DMoore.2016The Reverend Daniel Moore
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Father Daniel is an Associate Rector at Trinity-by-the-Cove. His areas of particular focus in ministry are young families, including youth and young adults, as well as adult formation and catechesis. Fr. Daniel is a recent seminary graduate, having received his M. Div. and certificate in Anglican Studies from the Duke Divinity School in May 2015. Daniel was ordained to the diaconate in June 2015, and his ordination to the priesthood took place at Trinity-by-the-Cove in December 2015. A native of Virginia, he completed his undergraduate education at James Madison University in 2005 (B.A., Philosophy & English), and received a graduate degree from the University of Virginia in 2009 (M.A., Medieval Literature). Before discerning a call to holy orders, Daniel had a brief career in research, writing, and editing. He and his wife Kristin have three children: Madeleine, Jon, and Susannah.
What excites you about ministry?
I am overjoyed and immensely thankful to receive the call to be a pastor, priest (God willing, and people consenting!), and teacher in Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. It is my deep desire to devote my life to the ministry of being a parish priest, nourishing Christ’s people through the riches of his grace in worship, mission, and fellowship with one another.
What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
I am excited to be among such a loving and compassionate people who seek to be transformed through a life in Christ Jesus. In my short tenure at Trinity-by-the-Cove, I have already discovered that the treasures of our church are the people of the church. What a joy it is to be in the midst of a people who dwell together in love and unity.
Assisting Priest
S. ZimmermanThe Rev. Steve Zimmerman
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Father Steve is an assisting priest at Trinity-by-the-Cove. After graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1978, Fr. Steve served as a curate at St. Marks, Palm Beach Gardens, and in 1980 he became Rector of All Saints, Grenada, Mississippi where he fostered a ministry of outreach to the neediest people in the community and expanded his interest in adult formation.   In 1986, Fr. Steve became Rector of the Chapel of Saint Andrew in Boca Raton, where he developed “The Faith-Seeking Journey” a program of new member ministry. 
Most recently, Father Steve served as Priest-in-Charge of Grace and St. Stephen’s Church in Colorado Springs, where he was elected Rector in 2011, and served until his retirement in 2014. 
His duties at Trinity-by-the-Cove include assisting with pastoral care and sharing his Faith-Seeking Journey program with us for Adult Formation later in the fall.  Fr. Steve has a wife, Kathy, and one son. 
Director of Music
John Fenstermaker-01-LJohn Fenstermaker
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John hails from Indianapolis, and received his early training as a choirboy at Trinity Church, then as an organ student of Robert Hobbs, organist of Christ Church Cathedral there.  He was student director of the 80-voice Shortridge High School Choir; accompanied silent films at the public library, and was pianist for a rock 'n' roll vocal quartet, The Delrays.  He attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, majoring in contemporary French literature, and, as a sophomore studied the organ in France with noted organist-scholar André Marchal.  After college, he went to the newly-formed College of Church Musicians at the Washington National Cathedral, headed by composer Leo Sowerby.  He earned the degree of Master of Sacred Music while teaching music and French at St. Albans School.  He was assistant organist at the Washington Cathedral under Paul Callaway for four years, and then traveled to England for a year’s study under Allan Wicks at Canterbury Cathedral.  He was appointed organist and choirmaster of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, a post he held for thirty years.  He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists and past dean its Southwest Florida Chapter, and is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.  He has been organ soloist under the batons of Carmen Dragon, Arthur Fiedler, Jean-Pascal Tortelier, Edo de Waart and Seiji Ozawa, and has been on the faculty of numerous choral conducting conferences.  He and his family came to Trinity-by-the-Cove in 2003.
What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
Working with people who love what they’re doing: both  the staff and the congregation.
What excites you about  ministry?
I believe that down through the ages, music has been a secret evangelizer. It is, however, impossible to prove this or quantify it.   Certainly, many people have come into the church through the door of music.   My mother was an inspiration to me; she once wrote, “sometimes a descant can slip past the guards, and touch a hardened heart.”


Assistant Organist
Mary Watkins
MaryMary grew up in Lancaster, Ohio, graduated from OSU, was married in 1949 and came to Naples. She was at the service at the Old Hotel in 1949. When Trinity-by-the-Cove became a "year-round" church, she was asked to play the organ. Henry and Mary were active in the community and the church - Mary with the music and Henry with the church school, Wardens, and the representative on Diocesan Council when it was divided into 3 Dioceses. Mary has two sons, Henry and Michael, and their families who also live in Naples.
What excites you aobut Trinity-by-the-Cove?
Having watched Trinity grow from a few gathered on the porch of the Old Naples Hotel in 1949 into a thriving active parish contributing so much to the whole community, is very exciting. And to have been a part of that growth is even more exciting.
What excites you about ministry?
To be able to be a part of the staff of this thriving parish after so many years, is a lagniappe.
Lisa Ingram
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What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
Honestly, of all the various positions that I’ve held since 1957 at different companies since 1957, Trinity is the only one that I look forward to the next day.  The interactions with the parishioners is what makes Trinity so special.
What excites you about ministry?
The ministry of finances is an ever changing one which I look forward to each and every day to keep Trinity on a sound financial path.
Parish Administrator
Polly Butler
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Polly- websitePolly has been a member of Trinity since moving from the Boston area to Naples in 1969 and has served as Parish Administrator for ten years. As a member, Polly has taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, served on Vestry, is currently a lector, chalice bearer, and Eucharistic minister, and has participated in mission trips to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.   There are four generations of Polly’s family who worship at Trinity as well as her brother and sister-in-law. When not working, Polly spends time with her ten grandchildren!
What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
Having been a member of Trinity for over forty years, I have seen Trinity’s spirit of giving in action each year. Examples include: in the late sixties Trinity provided the impetus and seed money to establish four other Episcopal churches in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Marco Island; Trinity’s dedication to provide financial and people support to many service agencies in Immokalee and Naples; raising substantial money through our church resale shop, yearly Christmas Market, and yearly Antiques Show & Sale—all monies raised are donated in the way of grants to a diverse range of agencies in Collier County.   Trinitarians are generous  and thoughtful and I like that about my church. 
What excites you about ministry? 
To me, ministry is about God’s love given to us so that we may share it with others. I love being part of a church family that not only works hard taking care of each other, but makes sure that we share ourselves, our time, our treasure, and our talents with others in the Naples area and as far away as the Dominican Republic.


Staff Assistant
IMG_4606Katie Anderson
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A rare native of Naples, Katie was baptized and married at Trinity-by-the-Cove. Katie lived in Kansas for 10 years and attended Kansas State College where she met her husband, Dave. Too many cold winter nights helped them decide to move to Naples in 2003 to be closer to family. She worked with disadvantaged children before being hired as Staff Assistant at Trinity. Katie and Dave are parents of a 5 year old daughter, Hazel, and twin boys, Woody and Harlan, and are enjoying the exciting life of parenthood!
What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
I am proud to be a part of this wonderful family who are dedicated to the commitment of helping others, both within the parish and the community.
What excites you about Ministry?
To have the opportunity to serve those I work with, as well as parishioners, in any capacity I can.    
Director of Catechesis
Linda Gemmer
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LindaBefore coming to Trinity by-the-Cove as the Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Linda was an elementary school teacher and Media Specialist for 28 years. Her love of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (and Trinity by-the-Cove) began in 1999 when Trinity hosted a training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. After volunteering in Trinity’s 3-6 year old atrium on Sunday mornings, she joined the staff here in January 2009. Linda and her husband, Tom, have 3 teenagers and love escaping to the beach for reading and relaxation whenever possible.
What excites you about Trinity by-the-Cove?
Trinity by-the-Cove is very intentional about welcoming all people of all ages. When young families visit and see the atriums (rooms) for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, they are immediately attracted to our children’s formation program. Trinity by-the-Cove also plans their services around the formation hours so children may attend worship. Intergenerational events are held quarterly so there is a relationship of acceptance and support within all age groups, and young family socials are held each month to further build community and lifelong friendships. 
“Let the little children come to me…” Matthew 19:13
What excites you about ministry?
From a very young age, I believe God has called me to work with children. I find my joy and peace through relationships with others, so am particularly grateful to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd which not only uses my gifts but also continues to bless me and the children as we fall in love with Jesus the Good Shepherd. .I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” John 10:16
Member/Ministry Coordinator
Judy Fratus
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Judy 2Judy has lived in Naples since 2002, having moved here from the Boston area where she was a psychiatric RN at McLean Hospital, a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital. Judy earned certification as a group psychotherapist with the Northeast Society for Group Psychotherapy and taught group therapy to the nurses and mental heath workers at McLean. Judy's son, Rocky, lives in Bondville, Vermont.
What excites you about Trinity?
The combination of wonderful Parish families and the multitude of opportunities Trinity has to offer for all to come together to explore the mystery of our lives in Christ.
What excites you about Ministry?
To have the opportunity to introduce new parishioners to this exciting Parish.
Director of Giving
Don Scott
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DonOriginally from Connecticut, Don is a life long Episcopalian. After ten years of flying with the USAF and Pan American, he settled into a career of a Financial Advisor in Naples in 1980. At Trinity-by-the-Cove Don has been involved in a variety of activities such as finance, lay reading, vestry, wardens, search committees and Cursillo. Through God's grace Don's faith has grown and together with his fie Gale, they now try to give ten percent of their gross income to Trinity.
What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
As a thirty year parishioner, I find excitement in our ever changing Community of Christ which continues to bond, and year after year gives to each other and to the church.
What excites you about Ministry?
It is the people. There are wonderful people at Trinity who bring their gifts of education, experience, intellect, financial resources and spiritual commitment. Yet it is always the shepherd who leads them.
Parish Counselor
Ellen's_new_head__4_x_5_ (2)Ellen Harris, LMHC
Ellen Harris, our Parish Counselor, is a “Cradle Episcopalian” and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who also maintains a private practice in Naples (808 Anchor Rode Drive) where she works with adults and couples. She was born and raised in Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Liberal Arts degree. Ellen spent most of her adult life as a homemaker and community volunteer. After years of focusing on self-help and personal growth, she pursued a career in the mental health field and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Masters of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling. Her work combines the philosophies of Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Personal Growth Coaching.
As a Christian and a counselor, Ellen brings an added dimension to parish care, not replacing the clergy’s pastoral counseling, but offering assistance when concerns are beyond the scope of the clergy’s expertise.  All parishioners and their family members are allowed four private and confidential visits with Ellen per year at her private office at no charge. There, she assesses the situation, and offers brief counseling and referrals when necessary. Ellen also facilitates support groups and educational programs at Trinity. You may call or email for an appointment or view her website: www.ellenharriscounseling.com.
What excites you most about Trinity by the Cove?
The depth and abundance of the “Trinity Experience” is what excites me most. God’s loving presence can be seen everywhere! There is an atmosphere of overwhelming of love and acceptance that radiates through all aspects of our Parish Life: our physical structures, worship services, Christian education, hospitality, pastoral care, and service. I’m so blessed to be a part of the Trinity family.
What excites you most about ministry?
As a Christian and as a mental health professional, serving as Parish Counselor is and answer to my prayers. It’s the best of all possible worlds! Through this ministry I have been given the opportunity to allow God to use me to help others. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.



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