Pastor and Staff
Rev. René Perez
Before coming to Trinity United Methodist Church, The Rev. René Perez was Central Massachusetts District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet of the New England Conference Cabinet. He received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his master’s in divinity degree from Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ. Before coming to the New England District, he served churches in Pennsylvania. He is an ordained elder in the New England Conference.
Tel: 413-737-5311 ext. 205
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Cathy MacGovern has been a member of Trinity since 1984. In 1991 she was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister and spent 25 years of her ministry with Preachers Aid Society of New England before retiring in 2017. In 2010 she completed her spiritual direction training through Tending the Soul led by The Rev. Wendy J. Miller. She completed advanced training in Gateways to God led by Dr. Heidi Miller in 2018. Cathy resides in Springfield and enjoys walking, reading, and time with her grandchildren.
Director of Music Ministry
Michael Carney serves as the church organist and is responsible for the direction of 5 vocal choirs, 2 handbell choirs, and is the music director for the annual Boar's Head Festival. Mike is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School in Instrumental Conducting. He comes to Trinity from the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, CT. He is a former board member of the American Guild of Organists, Springfield Chapter.
Tel: 413-737-5311 ext. 210
Director of Family Ministries and Connections
Rob Powell supports programs for children, youth, and families in the areas of Christian Education, discipleship, mission, and outreach. Prior to Trinity, Rob worked as the Director of Clergy Family Services - Southwest Region with the Preacher’s Aid Society of New England. Rob is currently attending Boston University’s School of Theology in pursuit of his Master’s of Divinity. Rob lives in Sunderland, MA with his husband and four year old child. Some of Rob’s favorite activities include cooking, reading, and exploring new places.
Tel: 413-737-5311 ext. 201
Jeff Bennett comes from a retail background, where he spent many years as a General Manager and a Regional Training Manager. He has a strong background in business management, facility operations, training, and development. Jeff is a native of Western Massachusetts and currently lives in Springfield with his wife Carly and their two children, Andrew and Madelyn. In his free time, Jeff is a member of the St. Michaels’ Players and an active member in the Frederick Harris School PTO.
Tel: 413-737-5311 ext. 202
Doreen Bessey wears many hats to keep the office running smoothly. Previously, she worked as an accounting clerk, customer service representative, and a medical receptionist. Doreen grew up in Springfield, and graduated from Cathedral High School. She has two sons and enjoys participating in several women’s churchgroups. She is a huge NASCAR fan and Red Sox fan!
Tel: 413-737-5311 ext. 204
Director of Trinity Nursery School and Kindergarten
Stephanie Garrett has a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University in interdisciplinary studies education, as well as experience at several learning centers in Westfield and in the Newton Public Schools. Perhaps most significantly, Stephanie knows TNSK well, as she was a kindergarten teacher here from 2018-2020. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and especially enjoys traveling and visiting beaches and lighthouses.
Carlos Manning hails from Jamaica originally and has been in the U.S. for over 25 years. He joined the Trinity staff in 2015 after working in a synagogue in Queens, NY, for nearly 20 years. He lives in the Forest Park Community with his son. He has a daughter who lives in New York City.
Tel: 413-737-5311 ext. 207