CLERGY 

Rector
The Reverend Henry L. Hudson Henry is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Tulane University in 1974.  His seminary training was completed at Nashotah House in 1977, with study at the Absalom Jones Theological Institute in Atlanta.  He and Mary Beth, a Newcomb College graduate, were married in 1976, and they have two sons: T.J., who lives in Denver, and Will who lives in St. Louis with his wife Alaina.

His ordained ministry began at the Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, Alabama.  He served as Rector of the Church of the Advent in Sumner, Mississippi for four years, then as Rector of St. Paul's Church in Meridian Mississippi for 12 years.  He comes home to New Orleans from Little Rock Arkansas, where he was Dean and Rector of Trinity Cathedral.  His passion for ministry is centered in pastoral care, pastoral preaching, and a zeal for evangelism in the broadest possible venue, the ministry of reconciliation for all God's children.  To return to New Orleans as New Orleans as this great city renews and rebuilds herself is an exciting challenge and great joy.

Henry now serves on the Standing Committee for the Diocese of Louisiana, the board of The Anglican Theological Review, and numerous civic organizations.  His hobbies include gardening, fly fishing, and enjoying the incredible food of New Orleans.

 

Head of School  
The Rev. Edgar G. (Gary) Taylor grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Yale College, graduating with a degree in English in 1987.  A long-time summer camp counselor and director at an Episcopal camp in northern Ohio, he began working in education immediately after college at St. James School, a boarding school in western Maryland.  In 1991, he earned his Master's in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a concentration in Teaching,  Curriculum and Learning Environments.  He then began his career as an independent school administrator at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut. Over his 17 year tenure there he served as Dean of Students, Head of Upper School, Assistant Headmaster, and Acting Chaplain.

It was at Wooster that he heard his call to the priesthood.  He entered seminary in 2008 at the Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 2011.  His first call was as School Chaplain at St. Anne's Episcopal School in Middletown, Delaware.  In November 2013 he was named the Trinity School's 7th Head and he began his tenure here in July of 2014.

Gary married his college sweetheart, Karen, in 1991.  They have three children: Charlie who is in college in Connecticut, Wendy who attends boarding school in Delaware, and Theo, a middle school student at Trinity.
 

Associate Rector
 The Rev. Mitchell Smith is originally from Orlando Florida. After living in Hawaii and Iowa he attended Western Illinois University. At school he met and fell in love with Denise Schulz. Upon graduation Mitch and Denise were married. Together they moved to Chicago where Denise taught school while Mitch completed he seminary education/training.

Upon graduation from Seabury Western Theological Seminary Mitch and Denise moved to Waterloo Iowa. There Mitch became the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. While living in Waterloo, Mitch and Denise welcomed two children to their lives, Noah (now a Trinity second grader) and Lydia (entering the Pink House this year). Trinity Episcopal Church New Orleans welcomed the Smith family in 2011.

Mitch has a passion for mission and outreach. As a priest he loves preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and connecting people's passions to the service of God.  Mitch is an avid cyclist and triathlete. He also loves to hunt and fish.

 


Associate Rector
The Rev. Katherine (Kit) Sharp McLean was born in New Orleans and grew up in Hammond.  After graduating from Newcomb College of Tulane University, she received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  Upon completing her degree with a concentration in finance and accounting, she and her brother, Sandy, became business partners in a variety of ventures ranging from renovating properties in downtown Hammond to developing and operating washaterias and a convenience store as well as a hunting preserve and a master-planned golf community.

The daughter of an Episcopalian mother and a Roman Catholic father, Kit attended both churches but was formally a Roman Catholic until she was received into the Episcopal Church in 2002 at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston.  There she worked virtually full-time as a church volunteer for a couple of years.  During this time, she began to sense a vocational call to the ordained ministry.

However, Hurricane Katrina and marriage to William (Bill) McLean caused a delay in her discernment, and it was not until 2010 that Kit entered seminary.  In May 2013, she received a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Ordained to the transitional diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans in April 2013 and to the priesthood at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Hammond in January 2014, Kit was first called to a curacy at the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis.  She served there until March 2015 when she and Bill moved downriver to join the Trinity community.

Charged with overseeing Christian Formation “from cradle to grave,” Kit is excited about the opportunity and challenge she has been given.  She feels immensely blessed to return to her home diocese and to minister with and among the people of Trinity in this wonderfully colorful, vibrant and culturally rich city.

Assistant Rector  The Reverand Jesse Adams
The Reverend Jesse Adams was ordained at Trinity on August 6, 2004 after graduating from the Diocese of Louisiana School for Ministry.  He has served  at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation and  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in New Orleans.  Prior to being ordained, Jesse has practiced law in New Orleans since 1968.  In 1975-76 he worked in Washington D.C. as counsel to the United States Judiciary Committee. His law related activities have included work as a certified mediator. Jesse was designated a Master Teacher of P.A.I.R.S., an educational course addressing intimate relationship skills, including communication and problem solving.  He is currently a member of the boards of directors of Lambeth House and St.

Nicholas Children’s Academy. Jesse is married to Nancy Hadden Adams who is a Stephen Minister at Trinity. Nancy and Jesse share a large family with a combined total of seven children and fifteen grandchildren.

 

Deacon
Deacon Alyce Lee Jefferson
Alyce was born in New Orleans and received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.  She worked as a legal secretary/paralegal prior to coming on staff in July of 2006 as Director of Children's Ministries.  She was ordained as a vocational deacon on December 27, 2008 by Bishop Charles E. Jenkins at Christ Church Cathedral.  She serves in prison ministry at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel, LA and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court.  She also trains and schedules Eucharistic Visitors in our parish.

 

  

 

 

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