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.
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.
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.
Alyce was born in New Orleans and received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She worked as a legal secretary and paralegal prior to serving on staff as Director of Children's Ministries from July 2006 until she retired in late May 2015. 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.
Jay was born in New Orleans and received his Master of Ministry from Nashotah Theological Seminary. He started and runs a design/build construction company since 1976 and lives in Slidell with his wife, Margaret. Jay was ordained a vocational deacon by Rt. Rev. Morris Thompson in 2010. Jay co-chairs the Addiction Recovery ministry and leads the HIV/AIDS ministry for the diocese of Louisiana. He volunteers weekly at Bridge House in New Orleans since 2008. He is on the committee for the Ecumenical Prayer service for the homeless and assist in the feeding ministry at the Harry Thompson center. He also volunteers with the Ignatian Spirituality Program which takes homeless and people dealing with addiction on a spiritual retreat twice a year. He is involved in the 12 step for Christians at Trinity and assist in various other ministries.