Wardens Announce Arrival of New Rector


Thanks Be To All! 

We are delighted to announce that the Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder has come to New Haven to serve as Trinity Church on the Green’s Rector. Luk has energy and enthusiasm, with the education and experience to move Trinity forward and grow. Be sure to check out the information below to learn more about him.

The transition period has been a busy one. We have said goodbye to two much-loved assistants, worked together to affirm who we are as a parish, and continued on valuable work in the missions of our church through outreach, music and fellowship. We can’t thank Jim Sell enough for all his leadership, kindness and support throughout the Interim period. He has shared his experience, intelligence and love while being our steady shepherd throughout the process.

We want to thank all who participated in the search and those who kept Trinity thriving during the period of transition: the search committee and its leaders; the vestry; our search consultant Anne Watkins who was always there to answer questions and provide support; the diocesean staff and our Bishops; our own staff here at Trinity, who have worked hard to keep Trinity moving ahead while we waited for our next Rector; and every parishioner who has contributed their insight, thoughts and prayers during this 15-month effort.

We welcome Luk and Tiffany to our parish, and to the greater New Haven community! Luk first preached on Trinity Sunday, June 19, 2011. Please join us as we together move forward in a new chapter in the life of our parish.


Our New Rector

The Rev. Dr. Luk De VolderThe Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder came to New Haven from Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he was Rector at Christ Church, having earlier served there since 2005 as Vicar. Christ Church is a parish in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and ministers to expatriate Americans working and living in France. Born and educated in Brussels, Belgium, Luk (pronounced “Luke”) is fluent in English, Dutch and French.

Luk served as an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church for six years before being received into the Episcopal Church in 2005. He is an eager learner. His study in Theology, spirituality and church leadership has been especially rewarding to him. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology and Liturgy from Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium in 2003.

Luk is married to Tiffany Israel, a doctoral candidate in theology, who comes from Boston, Mass. Luk and Tiffany are happy to be part of the Trinity family and the greater New Haven community. 

Luk & Tiffany De VolderReflecting on his recent work at Christ Church, Luk writes: “I have learned to be flexible and understand that we are becoming and are not a finished product. This frame of reference has allowed me to see the joy and humor in the process and to be certain that anything I as the Rector or we as a community accomplish is only possible through the beating wings of the Holy Spirit. I have learned to work with passion and strategy, but not to take myself too seriously. There is a great God after all. And the parish grows.”


A Personal Message from Our New Rector on Accepting Trinity's Call

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Church on the Green:

It is with great joy and thanksgiving that I accept your call to be the next rector of Trinity Church on the Green. The search process that you have conducted with much prayer and grace has offered me and my wife Tiffany the opportunity to become well acquainted with the inspiring vitality of Trinity’s community.

Every step of the search process has left me increasingly intrigued by you, captivated even. I admire your wonderfully diverse forms of liturgy and music, your generous programs, your interest in Christian education, and your commitment to bring life and hope to the people of New Haven. Your great and historic journey thus far has been a rich one marked by sound and graced leadership: clergy, staff and laity.

Now, you are being called to a new stage on your journey, and this moment is ripe with hope and energy. The coming years will surely be marked by blessings, growth, challenge, and adventure, as all worthwhile journeys are. I am blessed to be your guide on the journey, and I can’t wait to see the ways in which God’s abundant grace will infuse Trinity’s future. As the letter to the Ephesians so beautifully says: God’s power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. So, let us together ask and imagine.

I would like to thank all the members of the vestry and the search committee for their prayers and diligent ministry during this process. Their contagious warmth, enthusiasm, and love for Trinity is stirring in me a jubilant impatience to meet the whole community of Trinity Church on the Green.

Our journey with you begins with adventure as we now joyfully cross a wide ocean to return together to Tiffany’s beloved New England, especially to join your Trinity Church on the Green. Until God unites us—God willing—on Trinity Sunday, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder


A Year of Decision

The search for the next Rector at Trinity on the Green began January 31, 2010 when the parish met to begin “Telling Our Story” and creating the parish profile. Exactly one year later, the search committee was honored to present the final candidates to the Vestry. Now, a few short weeks later, the search committee is thrilled to join the Vestry and the Wardens in calling the Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder to be our next Rector.

The search committee sincerely thanks the parish for your prayers, support, and patience during the search process. Each of us was privileged to take part in such holy and deeply moving work. We had the opportunity to talk with many wonderfully talented and spiritual priests during our search, and the responsibility to listen carefully to God’s still small voice gently leading us in our discernment.

In no other work have we experienced a sense of God’s presence and will so clearly. Though our group was diverse in priorities and had members with varied preferences for worship style, God pointed us all in the same direction. God’s will for Trinity was made abundantly clear. Luk’s enthusiasm, spirituality, and preaching are a perfect match for Trinity.  We give thanks and praise to God for sending Luk and Tiffany to Trinity on the Green and look forward to joining with them in worship, mission, and ministry.

Rectors of Trinity Church

1. The Rev. Ebenezer Punderson, Missionary, 1753 –1762

2. The Rev. Solomon Palmer, Missionary, 1763 –1766

3. The Rev. Bela Hubbard, D.D., Missionary and Rector, 1767 – 1812 (45 years)

4. The Rev. Henry Whitlock, Rector, 1812 – 1814 (2 years)

5. The Rev. Harry Croswell, D.D., Rector, 1815 – 1858 (43 years)

6. The Rev. Edwin Harwood, D.D., Rector, 1859 – 1895 (36 years);

7. The Rev. George William Douglas, D.D., Rector, 1895 – 1898 (3 years)

8. The Rev. Frank Woods Baker, D.D., Rector, 1899 – 1906 (7 years)

9. The Rev. Charles Otis Scoville, Rector, 1908 – 1934 (26 years)

10. The Rev. Theodore Evans, Rector, 1935 – 1939 (4 years)

11. The Rev. C. Lawson Willard, Rector, 1940 – 1970 (30 years)

12. The Rev. Craig Biddle III, Rector, 1970 – 1977 (7 years)

13. The Rev. Andrew Fiddler, Rector, 1977 – 2009 (32 years)

14. The Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder, Rector, 2011 –


Recommended Links

- Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, of which Christ Church Clermont-Ferrand was part.
- Christ Church, Clermont-Ferrand, France


The Search Committee

Click here for a list of the members of the Search Committee together with photos and email addresses.



Click here for PDF documents.

- The Map: Calling a Priest to Your Parish
- Telling Our Story, January 31, 2010
- Annual Report of Trinity Church to the Parish, January 2010
- Trinity on the Green - Parish Survey Results (Also available as a Power Point Presentation)
- Trinity Parish Profile 2010