Our mission: “To invite people into an ever growing relationship with Jesus Christ.”
It is that simple and it is life-changing! Everyone is in a different place in their faith journey and our hope is that we help you discover who God made you to be.
We began as a small gathering of people in 2003 who sought to follow Jesus in ways both familiar and new. These pioneers pursued worship that was Bible centered, Spirit empowered and expectant while also preserving the shape and form of liturgy and faithfully administering sacraments. Those first members joined the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for structure, oversight and guidance. We have had two Rectors/Lead Pastors in our history. Fr. Robert Dalgleish served from 2003-2012 and Fr. Eric Ockrin served from 2013-Present.
Listen to a few words about Trinity Communion Church from our lead pastor, Rev. Fr. Eric Ockrin:
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
God . . . Three in One. God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
God became man. Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only way for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life.
The Holy Spirit
God is always present. His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
Humankind are God’s image bearers. We are made in the image of God and we are the supreme object of His creation. We are created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through disobedience. As a result, humankind cannot attain a right relationship with God through our own effort. Every human being is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Relationship with God
Through faith in Jesus Christ, and by grace, we are reconciled to God and we receive the gift of salvation. Practically speaking, this acceptance is demonstrated through both a private and public commitment. We demonstrate our commitment privately by faith (acting upon our belief that God has the power to save us) and repentance (turning back to God and depending on him to order our lives).
As followers of the way of Jesus we naturally want to spend time with him and know him better. The Holy Spirit enlightens us as we read Scripture, as we communicate with him in prayer, and as we enter into loving relationships, Biblical community, with other Christ-followers. In this way we begin to know God more intimately. As we grow in our faith journey, we desire to be like God and please him. This process of spiritual development motivates us to seek ways to serve God locally, globally, and at a kingdom level.
We believe the church represents Jesus Christ to the world. The Bible speaks of the church as Christ’s body. It compares it to a living organism, where Jesus is the head. God arranges the parts of the body (Christ-followers) just as he wants them to be. He gives each Christ-follower special functions to perform for the good of the body. To remain healthy, the body’s members must work together. Each part contributes to the growth and maturity of the body. God works through the church to reconcile a lost world to himself through Jesus Christ. For this reason it is important for Christ-followers to regularly gather together for the purpose of worship. During worship, Christ-followers are equipped, built up, and encouraged through teaching, fellowship, prayer and the Holy Eucharist. Worship in this way enables believers to serve one another and the unchurched people in their sphere of influence.
The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence and grace. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as Penance or Confession. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.
Confirmation is a Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other followers of Christ by bringing them the sacraments, by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing guidance for a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is an act of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
Gordon Eadie once said, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” At Trinity Communion Church here is what we believe . . .
"He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach to the gospel to all creation.'"
At Trinity Communion Church we believe that it is important to show Christ's love in a very real way by engaging people where they are, locally and globally. We do this by entering into mission work ourselves and supporting others doing mission work around the globe. We are called specifically to serve the poor, the needy, the widowed, and the orphaned all in the name of Jesus Christ. Some of us are called to a certain place for a time, but we are all called to be witnesses and that is part of our mission! Take a look below at some of the things that we at TCC do to be the hands and feet of Christ to others.
I grew up just outside of Ticonderoga, New York in the beautiful Adirondack region. I met my wife, Sarah, at Houghton College in the Fall of 1996. We married in August of 1999. Together we have two daughters, Grace and Eliana and two sons, Jacob and Gabriel.
I served eight years as the JH and SH Youth Director before I became the Lead Pastor at TCC. In July of 2013 I entered full-time ministry at the church. My undergraduate studies at Houghton College included Psychology, Sociology, and Education. I went on to earn a Masters Degree in School Psychology from Bucknell University and I hold a Masters of Divinity from Northeastern Seminary. I was ordained as a Deacon in 2008 and a Priest in 2010.
Introducing people to the one true source of hope and purpose is my passion. His name is Jesus. Beyond matters of faith, I enjoy any outdoor adventure, all sports, reading, and talking about life over coffee.
Fun fact about myself...I grew up without electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing. Our nearest neighbors were a mile and a half away on a single lane dirt road. Crazy right?!?
Fr. Eric Ockrin
I am a Christ follower (1985), husband of 22 years, father of 4 and a grandfather of 10. Beside being the music director at Trinity Communion Church (2005), I am a certified christian chaplain.
I am a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter (7 albums) and poet.
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and now live in Rochester with my wife Kendra Eppard and our four kids. I graduated from Elim Bible Institute in 2014, and I was ordained as a deacon in the Charismatic Episcopal Church on November 3, 2018. I currently serve as Jr. and Sr. High School Pastor at TCC.
I love hiking, camping, being outdoors, and doing spontaneous things.
Hello! I grew up in South Lyon, MI, but now live in Rochester with my husband, Fr. Eric, and four amazing kids. One of the most amazing gifts that I have been given is motherhood, and I have spent the last seventeen years home nurturing the four humans God blessed us with. I am passionate about seeing women (and all people) grow more fully into their God given identities as daughters and sons of the Most High God.
I love anything outdoors...hiking, running, gardening, as well as reading, engaging in "meaning of life" conversations, traveling, and.....black coffee :)
Women's Ministry Coordinator
I grew up with VHS tapes and free AOL dial-up internet diskettes. I’m a lifelong tinkerer and a firm believer in “If it ain’t broke, make it better”. When I’m not busy with work or family you can find me tinkering with just about anything that runs on electricity.
Fun Fact: I put over 1,000 miles on a moped...driving in circles around my childhood home.
I was born in Rochester New York, am married to Ruth duMont (45 years now!), dearly love my 2 children, a nearly famous son-in-law and especially my 3 grandchildren.
I earned a BA from Covenant College, and Master of Ministry degree from St. Michael's Seminary. But for many years before that Master's, I worked for 21 years in Kodak's Research Labs, and 15 years in other small technical imaging businesses in Rochester. For an interim of 7 years, I had dual responsibilities as business administrator and chaplain in a transition housing ministry. I served as a Deacon to TCC since 2005 and was ordained Priest in 2018. My passion is having meaningful conversations... especially about living out a faith in our redeeming God.
I love programing in Excel VBA, the enneagram and a good cup 'o joe (coffee).
Priest in Residence
Fr. David DuMont
I am a senior psychology major at Roberts Wesleyan College. I am in charge of the college ministry. I enjoy music and spending time with family. I also love singing and playing my guitar.
Fun fact: I have two super adorable geckos named Gizmo and Stripe.
Intern: Community Life Ministry
Hello I’m Christin, the community life director here at TCC. I love our incredible city and I’m super passionate about bringing people together!
I traveled abroad for the first time when I was 19, a trip planned for Greece. While flying there, we were diverted to Germany because Athens was having a blizzard for the first time in 40 years! We spent two unexpected days in Frankfurt..that is when the travel bug got me!
Community Life Director
Hello! I’m Kendra, wife to Deacon Ian and mom to four beautiful kiddos. In my spare time I enjoy singing at the top of my lungs, reading, finding new (and delicious) restaurants to try, and traveling. I am passionate about worshipping God not just with music, but with my whole life.
I was forced to join a worship team when I was in middle school, and haven’t stopped since!
Associate Music Director
I have been involved with nursery and Sunday school throughout my teens and most of my adult life. I came to know Jesus at an early age and I love to share Jesus and His love with our young ones. My husband, Kevin, and I have three grown children who have flown the nest and two dogs that still live at home!
I love to travel with my husband and children. I also love to hike, sew, bake bread, make a pie, read a good fiction book, garden and watch the birds out my back window.
TCC Kidz Director
Hello! I'm Joan Schwabe. I have attended Trinity Communion Church since the first day the doors opened! I feel so grateful to be part of the women's ministry team loving and serving the woman of our church. I work as a dietitian/nutritionist. I have been happily married for 40 years and have three amazing adult children and a terrific son in law.
I love hiking in the woods, traveling, gardening, creative projects, and visiting with friends and family.
Women's Ministry Coordinator
My name is Gabby and I am here to serve and help in anyway possible!
I am a wife and a mama! I home school my kiddos! I love Jesus and anything outdoors! My favorite color is green and I love coffee!
About 10 years ago I began another journey which was orchestrated by the Lord to visit Kenya with my family. I had no idea what would come of that first trip. Ever since, we have traveled back to Kenya every year and for the last 6 years, we go twice a year. My wife, Dr. Chase Miller, trains Kenyan surgeons in ear, nose & throat surgery and God led me into a water filter ministry which has grown and now I have a non-profit called, Pure Water for Africa, Inc.. We use the 501 (c)(3) to raise funds to purchase water filters, medical supplies, and help support a local orphanage near Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.
I was on the front cover of U.S. News and World Report magazine when I was in college. Gov. Jerry Brown was campaigning in New Hampshire and he stopped by New England College for a quick stop.
Deacon Jimmy Miller
I am the Patrol Chaplain for the Rochester and Irondiquoit Police Depts. and Chaplain of the Rochester Police Locust Club.
I enjoy playing guitar in my down time, if I have down time!!!
Priest in Residence
Fr. Donald Wollschleger
I'm a second year student at RIT, and a Midshipman at the NROTC Rochester Unit at the University of Rochester. When I'm not trying to catch up on sleep, I enjoy working out, playing video games, bingeing shows, and causing chaos with my friends.
Interesting fact: I was born with a black eye and a hole in my lung.