meet our staff

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  • dan van horne - LEAD pastor

    Pastor Dan and his family arrived at TBC on January 1st of 2014. With a background in youth ministry, as well as spiritual formation & discipleship, Pastor Dan is passionate about seeing people become centered in Christ and transformed in Christ-likeness. After receiving a B.A. degree in Psychology from Gordon College, Dan received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a certificate in Spiritual Leadership from Leadership Transformations, a ministry to leaders. In addition to his role at Trinity, Dan is most excited to continually & faithfully fulfill his role as 'follower of Christ,' 'husband' to his beautiful wife Tara, and 'father' to his three children, Alex, Max & Eliza. 

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    Pastor Moses grew up as a son of a pastor here in Bridgeport and after a season serving in the United States Marines, received his calling to serve the Lord under the guidance and training of his father. He trained for three years at Instituto Biblico Norte Americano and served for a number of years with his father before launching Iglesia Christiana Sabaoth in 2013. In 2021, Pastor Moses shepherded his congregation to join with the community of faith at Trinity Baptist Church where he now serves as Trinity’s bi-lingual pastor to Spanish speaking and English speaking members of our community. He loves to preach the Word of God and lead others in cultivating a life of prayer. His highest calling is to his wife Karim and his three daughters, one of whom went home to be with the Lord.

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    Tara started on staff in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (human relations track). She previously worked for seven years with the Salvation Army managing events and office administration. She loves people, laughter, and organizing. At Trinity, she is responsible for managing the office and the office staff, as well as keeping the ministry ball rolling. When she’s not in the office, you can usually find her with her three kids, at the beach, or at coffee with a friend. 

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  • janice kelb - worship associate

    Janice has been a pat of the Trinity family since birth. Jan is a wife, mother, sister, friend and most importantly a daughter of the King. Jan loves conversation, laughter and to look for God and His inspiration in the most unique places. She is a forever optimist and is willing to say yes to almost anything, which is how she found herself as an accidental worship leader. Stepping into this role of worship has been a blessing and has allowed her to use her fittings from the Lord. Jan has a deep longing to know God's Word more, to grow more intimately with her Savior and to share it with others thru leading on platform and smaller more intimate group setting.
           "Blessings come when we least expect it we just need to choose to look for them."

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  • nina khamarji - worship associate

    Nina has been part of the Trinity family for her whole life and has been involved in the worship ministry for as long as she can remember. She joined the team in a more official capacity this past summer. Creating a space for God's people to celebrate how awesome He is brings Nina joy. You can also find Nina at Christian Heritage School during the week, where is a part time teacher. Along with her joy in music, Nina finds joy in her family, where she is a loving wife to Paul and Mom to a sweet boy, Elias.

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  • marjie brake - worship associate

    Returning to the Trinity staff in 2010, Marjie enjoys using music to help people connect with God and one another.  She’s been found in various roles at Trinity since 1992 including accompanist, Worship Director, Choral Director and now as a Worship Associate.  Grateful for the opportunities God’s given her to grow in her love for Him as a school music teacher and church musician after receiving her BM from Crane School of Music and MMEd from Hartt, Marjie will complete a MBTS from Dallas Theological Seminary in December 2022.  She directs the MS Chorus and Kingsmen Singers at Christian Heritage School, serves as Registrar for the Schubert Club’s Young Musicians Festival, Coordinator for the Milford Community Bible Study and teaches piano.  She and her husband Jim are the grateful parents of two married sons and a daughter.  They love their new role of passing on their love for God, one another and their family as grandparents!

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  • zach garoffolo - director of family ministries

    Zach is our newest addition to the Trinity staff. He is a husband, father and lover of Jesus with a passionate heart to disciple Christ-centered family teams. Zach had been a High School Math Teacher and Adjunct Professor for 8 years and hold a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Bridgeport and a Master's in Secondary Education.

    Zach has over 10 years of experience working with young people from  summer camps, to youth groups, young adult groups and more. 

    He also has leadership experience in family ministries and understands the unique challenges and joys that come with nurturing faith within the family unit. 

    Having grown up at Trinity himself, he is excited to participate in what God is doing by way of building families alongside his own family team; his wife Rebecca and his children Anna, Zach Jr. and Boaz.

  • Becca Polanco - financial assistant

    Becca graduated from Souther Connecticut State University in May 2022 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She joined the team in April as the office assistant where she manages office communications and also works alongside the finance team and the departments on an as needed basis. Becca is a bilingual and enjoys learning about other languages in hopes of one day being a polyglot. She is grateful for the opportunity to work in the church and knows that whatever accomplishments she has are for God's glory. 

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    Donna has been overseeing Trinity's Children's Ministries since 1996. She loves children and loves to see them growing in the Lord. Donna is responsible for directing our Sunday morning children's program, Children's Fellowship activities and our annual Vacation Bible School and Harvest Party. 

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  • Matthew Garoffolo - Photographer/Social Media Coordinator

    Matt is our Social Media Coordinator. He captures the life at Trinity and uses social media as another vehicle to showcase the gospel and give glory to God. He's been creating content for his own business and brands for over a decade. He is an extrovert and loves to connect with others, hearing peoples stories and creating atmospheres of collaboration and learning. Having grown up in Trinity he loves to be able to showcase the qualities of Trinity he came to know and love and share of the new and flourishing things he has learned and experienced while working here.

    With his free time you can find him coaching, singing and spending quality time with his family.

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  • Tim landock - OPERATIONS MANAGER

    Tim first starting attending Trinity in 2015. Since then Tim has become involved in small groups and the Community Team, served as a Deacon, and is heavily involved with the Operations Team. Tim was also instrumental in the lobby renovation. When Tim isn’t at Trinity, you can find him at the Bridgeport firehouse, where he is a full time firefighter. Tim is a humble man, who often jokes that he doesn’t know what he’s doing! But he does it all with a willing spirit and he does it well.

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