Staff


  • Phil Trzynka, PASTOR

    Like so many other Lutherans, Pastor Phil Trzynka hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  His father was a Lutheran Pastor and parochial school teacher in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota.

    Pr. Trzynka attended St. Francis University, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  In 1982 he entered Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and upon graduating in 1986, served congregations in Missouri, Michigan,and California .

    Pr. Trzynka accepted the call to Trinity Lower East Side in December of 1999.  He and his partner, Brett Henry, were united in a Holy Union in October of 2006.  They adopted a son, Joseph, in 2009.


    Pastor and his family love spending vacations at their lake home on Paw Paw Lake in Coloma, Michigan.


    Phone: 212-228-5254 x11

    Email: PastorTLES@gmail.com

  • Marranda Major, Intern

    Marranda is a student at Union Theological Seminary. Marranda grew up in Charleston, Vest Virginia and completed her undergraduate degree in Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College in 2013. Marranda comes to the city after spending two years with the Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer program in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Washington, D.C. When not studying, Marranda enjoys singing, gluten-free baking, and escaping the city for mountainous hikes.

  • PAUL STAROBA, PIANIST

    Paul is originally from Northern California and now works as a music director, conductor, and pianist in the New York theater, on and off Broadway.


    "Playing the piano at Trinity was my first steady job when I moved to New York, and it quickly became much more than just another gig.  To me, it is a place of welcome, joy, warmth, and inspiration."


    Email: PaulStaroba@hotmail.com

  • ALEX LAWRENCE, CHOIR DIRECTOR/PaRISH ADMINISTRATOR

    Alex was born and raised in Fresno, California. After college, he moved to NY with his now husband, Cody. An amateur orchid enthusiast, Alex also enjoys playing piano and guitar and cooking. He is also proudly a "Chopped Champion" having won on behalf of Trinity's Services And Food for the Homeless.


    "I feel so blessed to be a part of the Trinity family as choir director. Trinity is such a welcoming, open place where I can feel truly at home."


    Email: TrinitySAFH@gmail.com

    Phone: 212-228-5254 x10