Trinity Leadership

Trinity Center's Leadership


Trinity Center is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Bishop and Trinity Center's Board of Managers.

The Diocese of East Carolina consists of 67 parishes and three college campus ministries and covers the area from I-95 to the coast in the state of North Carolina. This Diocese serves several military bases, a large Latino community, and parishes of all sizes. For more information about the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, please visit their website

The primary purpose of Trinity Center is to accommodate groups from the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. We do, however, welcome groups from all church denominations and non-profit organizations. Trinity Center regularly hosts all types of retreats and conferences.

Our Leaders

  • Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving

    Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina

    On November 8, 2014, the Rt. Rev. Robert Stuart Skirving was ordained and consecrated as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina. Rob was born on August 28, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 1982, with a focus in philosophy, and followed these studies with a Master of Divinity degree from Huron University College, London, Ontario, in 1986. This included a 2-year field placement at St. George's Anglican Church and a yearlong residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at University Hospital in London, Ontario. He was ordained to the diaconate on May 1, 1986 at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario, and to the priesthood on December 17, 1986, at St. James Westminster Church, London, Ontario, by Bishop Derwyn Dixon Jones, Bishop of Huron. Two years as Assistant Curate at Church of St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario, with particular responsibility for youth ministry followed. In 1988, Rob assumed pastoral leadership of 3 small congregations in rural SE Kent County, Ontario, as Rector of Advent, Redeemer, and Trinity Churches, Ridgetown. He worked to strengthen the collaborative ministry of these congregations until the end of 1991. During this time, he also completed graduate level coursework in Religious Studies at the University of Windsor, Ontario, and the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. In 1992, he became Rector of St. Mark's Anglican Church, Brantford, Ontario, a large program-sized church, expanding the physical facilities to accommodate the growing congregation and addressing staff and pastoral demands. Diocesan roles included Executive Council and budgeting and youth committees. In 1998, he completed the course work for the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Seabury Institute, Evanston, Illinois, and was later awarded an Advanced Theological Certificate in Congregational Development. From 1999-2004, Rob was Rector of Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario, a downtown church dedicated to liturgical innovation and community ministry, with responsibility of a preschool, seniors' housing center, active street ministry, and support of a Sudanese refugee community. From 2005-2014, Rob was Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Midland, Michigan, being received into The Episcopal Church by the Rt. Rev. Ed Leidel, Bishop of Eastern Michigan. Along with leading regular congregational ministry, Rob supported St. John's in extensive local and global outreach ministries, including a partnership with the Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic to build a new church in San Isidro. Rob served as Deputy to General Convention (2012), as Dean of the Diocese (2011-2013), as Dean of the Saginaw Valley Convocation, as chair of the Commission on Ministry (2005-2007), and as a participant in the Diocesan Review Task Force (2008-2011). Rob served on the Province V Executive Board, as a representative of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, and briefly on the House of Deputies State of Church Committee. He and his wife, Sandy, have two grown children, Cate and Matt.

  • Penn Perry

    Trinity Center Executive Director

    Penn Perry been Executive Director of Trinity Center since 2007. In 1991, Penn earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University with a major in English and a minor in Religion. He then obtained a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University in 1993 and went on to study British Literature in the English graduate program of the University of Georgia. Meanwhile, Penn was spending his summers at Camp Trinity, the residential summer camping program of the Diocese of East Carolina and Trinity Center. He served on the Camp Trinity staff from 1988-2000. In 2001, while working on his dissertation on W.B. Yeats, Penn made the difficult decision to leave the doctoral program of the University of Georgia to become the fulltime Director of Camp Trinity and Episcopal Youth Coordinator at Trinity Center. He served in that capacity from 2001-2006 before accepting the position of Trinity Center Executive Director in 2007. Penn is a firm believer in the many benefits of residential community-based programming, and he advocates for all children to have access to the various programs of Trinity Center. He also believes deeply in the many retreating experiences that Trinity Center can provide all people. Penn feels that Trinity Center’s emphasis on community and interpersonal connection makes its retreat experiences unique and powerful. Penn anticipates the challenges of maintaining and eventually expanding the many ministries of Trinity Center, and he is dedicated to protecting this fragile environment of natural beauty and spiritual access for all who come to partake of it. Penn’s passions are movies, music, literature, and poetry, as well as spending quality time with his family. Penn is married to Heather; he met her while working at Camp Trinity. They have identical twin boys, Win and Holt.

  • Board of Managers

    Members of the Trinity Center Board of Managers are nominated by the Bishop and elected by the Annual Convention of the Diocese of East Carolina. The Board of Managers oversees the Trinity Center Executive Director and the operation of Trinity Center. The Board of Managers consists of twelve persons, clergy and lay, and members are elected for three-year terms.