Meet the 2018 Adult Confirmands

Nine adults were confirmed, reaffirmed or received during Bishop Waldo’s visit on May 6, 2018, along with one of our youth.  We are so blessed that each of them has chosen Trinity as their spiritual home.

Eleanor Kitzman is a Houston native who grew up in the Methodist church and attended several churches before settling at Trinity.  Eleanor says, “I like the structure of a liturgical church and taking communion every Sunday.”  She usually attends the 9 am service and has become very involved, currently serving on the Adult Formation Committee.

Will and Tricia Kramer both grew up in the Catholic tradition and are from Virginia and Wisconsin. They were looking for a church home after getting married and some friends recommended Trinity.  “We like the blend of the traditional and inclusive elements.”  They are both excited to engage further in parish life.

Laura Kotti is from Irmo and grew up in the Episcopal Church. In the summer of 2017, she felt compelled to revisit the church and finding her new apartment only a five-minute walk from Trinity, she visited one Sunday.  Laura says, “After a few weeks of consistently visiting Trinity, I attended the Newcomer’s Supper. Everyone there was extremely warm and friendly. I felt as if I had joined a family.”  Laura has jumped in with both feet as both a lay minister and communications volunteer.

Alex Sherard and Abbie Thielke were married in December 2016 and decided to make Columbia their home.  “We wanted to join a church that reflected our beliefs as a couple to set the foundation for the rest of our lives together.  We were drawn to Trinity because of the welcoming community, strong traditions and the involvement of the church in the local community.” says Abbie.  They enjoy attending the Rite II service. “The hymns, paired with the overall elegant service, offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives,” adds Abbie.

Long-time parishioner Robin Pollard was confirmed in May. Robin and her husband, Rox Pollard, Jr., were married at Trinity in December 2005.  Among other parish involvement, Robin has worked with the Daughters of the Holy Cross, the Bazaar,  Youth Program, the 11th grade Confirmation  and the “Growing in Christ” formation class. Robin’s son, Rox III, will be a freshman at Clemson University this fall.  

Sean and Caitlin Hastings grew up in the Roman Catholic tradition. Caitlin says, “We wanted a church with a large community with varying age groups where we felt we could grow and learn from and with others.  We love how Trinity provides so many different avenues for community outreach, and when we were deciding where to call our spiritual home, we found that the people of Trinity were the most welcoming and kind, so that made our decision quite easy.”  They usually attend the 11:15 service.