Our Holy Trinity Staff
The Rev. Dr. Julius Carroll – Interim Pastor
Julius Carroll’s baptismal journey began on June 5, 1961, among the faithful at Redeemer Lutheran in Flushing, NY.
Julius is a graduate of Luther College of the Bible and Liberal Arts, Teaneck, NJ – AA in Biblical Studies; Queens College (City University of NY) – BA in Urban Studies and MA (ABT) in Urban Studies and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (ULS) – M.Div./D.Min.
Ordained in 1981, Pastor Carroll has served congregations in: Philadelphia PA; Washington, D.C.; Oakland, CA and Raleigh, NC. In his retirement Julius has been an Intentional Interim pastor in New Orleans, LA; Greensboro, NC; King of Kings in Liverpool, NY, Zion, Clarence Center, NY and Holy Trinity, Buffalo, NY (as of October 1, 2021).
Dr. Carroll has served on the Southeast PA Synod Staff (Coalition Director for twenty-eight city congregations); the Multi-Cultural Ministries Unit of the ELCA (director for African Decent Ministries) and the faculty of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (associate professor of Contextual Education).
Julius’ expertise as an intentional interim pastor is in assisting congregations in strategic planning, in general and reintroducing congregations to their immediate communities, in particular.
Julius and Geneva have six adult children and seventeen grandchildren (two sets of twins contribute to these blessed numbers!). Alas, the Carroll’s children/grandchildren reside across these United States and not close to their North Carolina home.
The Rev. Brenda Maynor, Pastor
Pr. Brenda is a 2017 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with a Masters of Divinity degree. Pastor Brenda leads worship, provides pastoral care, relates to the Faith in Action, Faith Formation, and Worship committees in addition to leading youth and family programming. Pr. Brenda’s passion is youth, children and family ministries as well as social justice.
Prior to attending seminary, Pr. Brenda worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse for 8 years and insights learned through the medical field impact her daily ministry.
Kristen Pomietlarz – Organist
Kristen received her undergraduate degree in Piano and Bassoon Performance in 2000 at SUNY Fredonia, and her Graduate Degree at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University – Bloomington in 2002, with concentrations in bassoon and organ.
While at Fredonia, Kristen was awarded the Performer’s Certificate, and was the winner of the 1998 SUNY Fredonia Concerto Competition for Piano. At IU Bloomington, Kristen studied organ with Chris Young and Larry Smith, with continued subsequent study with Stephen Kennedy, Eastman School of Music and Organist of Christ Church Rochester, NY. Aside of her organ duties, Kristen has played principal bassoon with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and teaches instrumental music at West Seneca East Middle School.
Justin Pomietlarz – Choirmaster
Justin is a 1997 and 2004 piano performance/music education graduate of SUNY Fredonia, now in his 12th year on the faculty at Amherst Central High School. Prior to his appointment as Director of Music at Holy Trinity, Mr. Pomietlarz served as Concert Committee Chair, lead tenor and assistant conductor of the Chancel Choir and director of Youth Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and sung with and accompanied for the Vocális Chamber Choir for the past 11 seasons.
He has been the accompanist and/or chair of the NYSSMA Zone I Area All-State Women’s Chorus and chairperson of the ECMEA Senior High All-County Mixed Chorus since 2012, guest conductor of the 2010 Chautauqua Junior-High All-County Chorus and the 2017 Ulster County Junior High All-County Chorus. This year he will guest conduct the 2018 ECMEA Junior-High North All-County Treble Chorus. He was selected as the 2013 Amherst Central School District PTSA Educator of the Year and is listed in Who’s Who of American Teachers. Mr. Pomietlarz recently recorded Finzi’s Eclogue for piano and strings with the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio, and served as Interim Director of the SUNY Fredonia Women’s Choir from 2010-2012.
Mr. Pomietlarz studied piano with Robert Jordan, and conducting with Donald Lang and Gerald Gray at SUNY Fredonia, with post graduate work with Janet Galvan (Ithaca), and William Weinert (Eastman).
Linda Lipczynski – Office Manager
Linda was named Office Manager in recognition of her many duties coordinating the ministries and properties of Holy Trinity in 2012; she began her time with Holy Trinity as parish secretary in 2007. Linda is the hub: her duties include administrative office tasks including: producing weekly bulletins, monthly newsletters, maintaining the council and committee minute book, coordinating the pastors’ and church calendars, and updating the membership roll. Her previous employment of 22 years was with the law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP as legal secretary. Linda is married to Brian and has two boys, Kyle and Eric.
Carol Littlefield – Parish Accountant
Carol has been with Holy Trinity since February of 1987. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Canisius College. Carol is responsible for recording members’ contributions, paying all the expenses, and tracking the church’s investment portfolio. She is married to Marty and and they have two daughters, Caitlin and Claire.
John Busch – Director of Buildings and Grounds
John has been with Holy Trinity since April 1994. He is in charge of and oversees maintenance functions pertaining to all buildings and property belonging to the church. Some of his duties include performing plumbing, electrical, heating and painting repairs. He is also instrumental in acquiring bids from contractors for future renovations/repairs and oversees contractors throughout these projects. As of December 2008, John retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the Air Force Reserve.
Charles Ryniec- Steward of Buildings and Grounds
Chuck has been at Holy Trinity since 2010. He started off part time and has become a full-time Steward of Building & Grounds in 2012. Daily he works with John Busch to maintain the church grounds. He is always on hand to help the congregation when needed. Chuck is married to Barbara and has two children, Kimberly and Derek.
Judy Reifsteck – Parish Nurse
Judy is a registered nurse with over 35 years of experience in the health care profession. Judy has been a community Health Care Nurse for over 15 years and is a registered dental hygienist. Having graduated from D’Youville College with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing she has a certificate from Lourdes Hospital Parish Nurse Program in Binghamton, NY. She is also a leader of the Spiritual Caregivers Support Group at St. Gregory’s Parish and she has completed a two course in Ecumenical Lay Leadership in the Church. She is a widow with two children and four grandchildren. Judy is employed part time at the Schofield Nursing Home as a Nurse Auditor for the Long-term Home Healthcare Program.
Congregational Church Council
President: Barb Wozniak
Vice-President: Emily Notari
Secretary: Jennifer Yap
Treasurer: Guy Huber
Council Members: Matthew Brown, Kathy Crissey, Eliana Perez, Juan Perez, Raul Saona and Elizabeth Vihnanek
The Church Council generally meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month beginning with dinner at 6:00pm and the meeting at 7:00pm. Most council meetings are held in Redeemer Hall.
Council meetings are open and members of Holy Trinity have privileges of voice at a regularly called meeting.