Ministers, Staff, Session Members & Deacons

Reverend Jon Gaska, Pastor

Jon Gaska grew up in the Chicago-land area where he discovered a love of music. After years of playing gigs at many jazz clubs, restaurants, churches, and bars, Jon felt a call into ministry as a pastor. In 2009 he moved to Seattle to go to seminary at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. In Seattle he ministered to the homeless and the LGBTQ community, and interned with Street Psalms (a global nonprofit committed to working with the poor and marginalized in high risk urban areas). Jon, his partner Joy, and their three small children are excited to be a part of Trinity's story and the wider Winston-Salem community. Jon has served as pastor at Trinity since March 2014.

Dr. Cristy Lynn Brown, Interim Director of Christian Education

American mezzo soprano Cristy Lynn Brown has had an extensive singing career on both the opera and concert stage. Her diverse operatic repertoire spans from the dramatic to the comic, and her character interpretations have been enjoyed at Dayton Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Carolina, and Piedmont Opera to name a few. Ms. Brown is also well known as a concert soloist throughout the Midwest and South performing such works as Verdi’s “Requiem”, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with The Indianapolis Symphonic Chorale, North Carolina Symphony, Muncie Symphony, Raleigh Master Chorale, and The Bach Chorale of Lafayette, Indiana. She has been a frequent soloist in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Brown is an Alumna of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she received a BM in Vocal Performance as well as an Artist Diploma; she also has a DMA and a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. Ms. Brown has studied with the world renowned soprano Virginia Zeani at Indiana University as well as the Metropolitan Opera soprano Martina Arroyo. She was the Instructor of Voice, served as the Associate Director of the School of Music for three years, as well as serving as the Faculty Adviser and Vocal Director of the Pierrette Players at Salem College from 2010-2020.

Dr. Brown currently teaches in her own private voice studio in Winston Salem, NC. She is a frequent guest artist for the Royal School of Church Music- Carolina Course, and is frequently sought out to give workshops to middle school, high school, and church choirs on vocal technique.

Paulette Smith, Office and Financial Coordinator

Cabell Edmundson, Communications and Media Coordinator

Cabell has been in the Winston-Salem area for most of her life, having grown up in Lexington, NC and graduated from Wake Forest University. She and her family returned to Winston-Salem in 2008 and are members of Centenary United Methodist Church. Cabell enjoys volunteering with her kids’ schools & Brenner Children’s Hospital, exercising & reading a good book. 

Sue Baker, Parish Nurse

Sue Baker, a Registered Nurse who is certified as a Faith Community Nurse, has volunteered as our Parish Nurse since 1999. She counsels parishioners, assists the Care Team in looking after members with special needs, holds monthly blood pressure checks, writes articles on health issues, and provides Healing Touch. In 2001, she organized six churches of the Presbyterian Inter-Racial Dialogue in providing a community health fair. She is also a member of the Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry of Forsyth County.

Session Members
Cindy Bodenheimer
Brenda Daniels
George Edwards
Megan Gregory
Ron Richwine
Jim Voelker
Carol Kayler (Clerk of Session)

Deacons
Tom Bailey
Catherine Morrissette
Alice Scott
Laura Spedding - Moderator