Pastor Paul B. Milholland
Pastor Paul B. Milholland became the spiritual leader of Trinity in May of 2010. At Trinity he preaches and leads worship, coordinates strategic planning, teaches bible study and other classes and provides pastoral care and counseling.
Pastor Paul says, “Here at Trinity my role is to walk the journey of faith with each person, wherever they find themselves, helping them grow into the realization that God has made them unique and blessed them with God’s never-ending love.”
“Those who come here will get a Lutheran Christian perspective centered upon Grace (God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense) as the heart of our community – but we will walk with them as they explore who God is calling them to be.”
“Being a part of Trinity is about being in relationships – with God and with each other. I love the rich diversity of our congregational family from first generation immigrants from Europe, Latin & South American and Africa – both older and younger, to young adults, families, straight and gay persons, single and partnered people, those new to the Christian faith and those who have believed all their lives. We even have Jewish and Muslim persons in our larger family! The congregation consists of artists, professors, police officers, actors, teachers, blue collar workers, retired, accountants, administrators, students, musicians and both un and under employed people.”
“What a joy it is to be welcoming to SUCH a diverse group of people. We strive to make EACH individual feel a part of our family.”
“As we live into our mission of Welcome, Worship and Work, we seek to not only reach persons who come through our doors or onto our property, but to relate to those who might NEVER step through our doors.”
Pastor Paul can be found many days out on the streets of Astoria, greeting folks, sharing a cup of coffee or meal, and often in intimate conversations with persons about their life – learning about the struggles and joys they face, providing comfort and hope through a message of God’s unconditional love. As he prays with folks: “Dear Lord, help this person to know that they are loved completely by you. And that there is no circumstance or person from the past present or future that will EVER take that love away from them.”
Pastor Paul is involved in the Lutheran church beyond Trinity in various capacities. One of his great delights is teaching in the diakonia program, a lay ministry program of our denomination, where he teaches Intro to Old Testament, Lutheran Confessions, and Christian Doctrine. Presently he convenes a group of pastors who are exploring creating some form of training ministry/program to teach pastors and parishes how to grow their churches and reach out to the wider world with God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Pastor Paul also loves to coordinate local, national and international trips for Trinity and our friends. Recent trips have included: High Line Park on the West side of Manhattan, Germany, Greece, & Israel. Future plans include art exhibit at St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side, the Cloisters, Spain, Germany and a cruise.
Personally, he enjoys spending time in the Trinity garden watching things grow and thrive, feeling it is a witness to the larger Astoria community about what is happening here within the Trinity community – as we grow and thrive in so many ways.
Additionally, he loves to eat out at the numerous restaurants in Astoria – with Michael’s on Broadway as his home/office away from home; walk around the neighborhoods of NYC; Broadway shows, art galleries & museums; and walking the streets of Astoria engaging in conversation with all sorts of folks.
The son of a Lutheran minister, Pastor Paul is a native of North Carolina. Prior to coming to Trinity he served parishes in NC, VA and FL and was pastor of a Lutheran church Suffolk County NY for 8 ½ years.
He was educated at Lenoir-Rhyne College, receiving his BA.. He received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg PA. He engaged in Clinical Pastoral Education (hospital chaplaincy training) at the Lutheran Medical Center in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, NY.
Pastor Paul loves to take folks out to brunch in order to get to know them and also share his joy about the Trinity family. He lives with his family in the Rectory – the house right behind the church on 37th Street and can be reached in several ways:
Office Phone: 718-278-0036
Cell Phone: 631-991-0491
Facebook: Paul B. Milholland
William Easterling, who has been Trinity’s organist/choir director since October 2007, has over 35 years of experience in church music, having served his first church while in middle school.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, William holds degrees in Organ and Vocal Performance from Baylor University, and a Master of Sacred Music Degree (with distinction) from Westminster Choir College. He is grateful to have studied with four of the most distinguished concert organists and professors in the country; at Baylor with Joyce Jones, at Westminster Choir College with Alan Morrison, and privately with Ken Cowan and Matthew Lewis. He studied conducting at Westminster with Joe Morrison and James Jorden.
William came to us from Christ Church United Methodist in Manhattan, where he held the post of Organ Scholar/Assistant Organist. At Christ Church he accompanied the professional choir in a diversified repertory of oratorios such as Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Brahms Requiem and the Vierne Messe Solemne, as well as choral rep from composers of the Renaissance period to the music of Arvo Párt and John Adams. This immersion of different styles of the choral literature resulted in a respect for a wide range of church music, and that respect is evident in the varied repertory of Trinity’s choir.
Prior to his position as Organ Scholar he was a paid soloist at Christ Church for several years and also at Marble Collegiate where he sang tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Creation among others.
As a singer he has appeared with the opera companies of Dallas, Fort Worth and Santa Fe (as a member of the Apprentice Artist program), along with The Brevard Music and Bard Music Festivals among others. He received his Actor’s Equity card just out of college from Casa Manana Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. In New York he sings with the New York Choral Artists, appearing regularly with the New York Philharmonic and other orchestras under the batons of distinguished conductors such as Kurt Masur, Loren Mazel and Sir Colin Davis and Joseph Flumerfelt. As organist he made his New York recital debut at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.