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. For more information about the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, please visit their website diocese-eastcarolina.org.
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 has been the Executive Director of Trinity Center since 2007. Penn is a long time staff member of 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, and he was the Director of Camp Trinity and Episcopal Youth Coordinator at Trinity Center from 2001-2006. 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. His passions are movies, literature, and poetry; in fact, in his prior life he was an Instructor for the English Department of the University of Georgia. 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.
To read the latest news from Director Penn Perry click here.
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.
For a current list of Trinity Center's Board of Managers, click here.