Our Rector
BasdenheadshotThe Reverend Michael Basden
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Fr. Michael is the parish’s seventh Rector and began his ministry with us with in 1999.  He came to us after serving twelve years as Rector of St. Anne’s Church, Warsaw, Indiana.  His first cure following seminary was at St. Mark’s Church, Cocoa, Florida where he served as a Curate. Fr. Michael received a BA in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary receiving a M. Div. in May of 1985.  A native of Orlando, Florida, Fr. Michael is married to the former Jill Richards, Lakeland, Florida, and they have two grown children, Cameron and Cho.
 
What excites you about Trinity-by-the-Cove?
The parish’s mission statement, informed by the baptismal covenant, points the way for the parish’s life and ministry.  I continue to be inspired by the community’s desire for quality worship, intentional Christian formation for all ages, abundant service to others and their ability and commitment to enjoying one another’s company. 
 
What excites you about ministry?
I experience a great sense of satisfaction in having the opportunity to share in leading the ministry of Trinity-by-the-Cove.  We are blessed with a parish family that is committed to growing in its knowledge of love of God in Christ Jesus and is not afraid to incarnate it by word and deed in the parish, the local community, nation and world. Being a part of such a vital parish is rewarding and I can’t imagine being anywhere else!
 
Associate Rector
Edward OutsideThe Reverend Edward C. Gleason
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Father Edward has been called to ministry at Trinity-by-the Cove as our Associate Rector for Youth and Family Ministries.  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.
 
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.
 
Director of Music
John outsideJohn 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.
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
Financial Administrator
Bill Haidle
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Bill - websiteBill has been a member of Trinity since his move from San Francisco to Naples in 1967. Originally from Michigan, his parents were involved with Trinity since the early 1950’s. Prior to his retirement from banking, Bill became involved with the Finance commission. An opportunity presented itself in 1995, as the office of Financial Admin. became vacant, which he accepted and still serves in that capacity.
 
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.
Director of Giving
Don Scott
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DonOriginally from Connecticut and a victim of the Stockholm syndrome, when after four years of compulsory chapel at Trinity College, Hartford, I was disposed to become an Episcopalian. And following the marriage to one, I took the oath of allegiance to never leave the Episcopal tradition. After ten years of flying with the USAF and Pan American, I settled into a career of a Financial Advisor in Naples in 1980. My history at Trinity-by-the-Cove has been full of involvement in a variety of activities such as finance, lay reading, vestry, wardens, search committees and Cursillo. Through God's grace my faith has grown and I have come to realize what it means to be a Christian. My wife, Gale, and I now try to give ten percent of our gross income to Trinity, and I thoroughly enjoy the fellowship of my Community in Christ.
 
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 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.

 

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.
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 new parents to their daughter, Hazel, 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.    
Parish Counselor
Ellen's_new_head__4_x_5_ (2)Ellen Harris, LMHC
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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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