Meet Our Parish Staff
The Rev. Charles J. Smith was born and raised in Farmvillle, Virginia. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2005 with a degree in Philosophy. He began his seminary training at Virginia Theological Seminary and completed the last semester of training at Ripon College Cuddesdon, a private hall of Oxford University. In 2011 he accepted a call to serve as Assistant Rector at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He became Rector for Trinity July 1, 2014 and is excited about the opportunities we will have to share the Good News of God in Jesus Christ within the wider city and to become more involved in dicoesan activities. Charles married his Longwood College sweetheart, Chrissy in 2006. Chrissy is a special education educator in Suffolk and is a native of Virginia Beach. Duke is the family dog.
Did you know Charles likes to paint? Yep, the budding artist joined Leslie Parker's group at Studio One at Trinity recently and has really taken off. I'm sure it won't be long before you will see his work popping up all over Portsmouth!
Meet Linda Torres, our parish admnistrator. Linda made Hampton Roads her home back in 1976 when she moved from a small town in Michigan. She raised her family in Newport News and moved to Portsmouth in
2005. When she is not busy administering to the parish, you will probably find her painting, in either acrylics or on porcelain. Linda is also the show director for the annual Seawall Art Show held in August.
Ryan Michael Blake, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, began as Director of Music in November 2011. In addition to his musical prowess, he is a consultant on liturgy and congregational development. His course, Exploring the Foundations of Worship, has met great success in congregations throughout the Southeast. "His abilities and expertise span the wide spectrum of the Anglican Tradition and his knowledge of its customs is well respected." (The Rev. Thomas C. Barnett, DMin, PhD)
In his spare time, Ryan Michael enjoys studying pre-Civil War religious history and architecture in the South. Outside of the Church, he has a distinguished career as a conductor of professional and amateur musical theatre.
Tony Macklin has been the sexton at Trinity for more than 28 years. Loved by all, he is the man you go to if you have question about Trinity or need anything done.
Born and raised in Portsmouth, he loves his North Carolina Tarheels and his shoes. This man has a shoe for every outfit. . . and do not get caught getting his tennis shoes dirty!
Leslie Parker is our Interim Children's Ministry Director. Leslie holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts from University of South Carolina, a Bachelors degree from Berry College, and Teaching Licensure from Texas A&M. She currentley creates her own acrylic Post-Modern Abstract Expressionalist peices in her studio at Sudio One, 1 High Street.