Elders exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and together (as a Session) have responsibilities for the life of the congregation. The office of Deacon is set forth in Scripture as one of compassion, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. It is a ministry of caring, love, compassion and prayer.  The 2017 Trinity Nominating Team brings the following nominees to the congregation for election as Deacons and Elders at Trinity.

Elder Nominees

Emily Coates

Emily, her husband Will, along with their daughters, have been attending Trinity since the summer of 2013. Having lived in several states across the country, Emily settled down in Washington in 2000, moving to Tacoma in 2006. Will and Emily LOVE Tacoma, and the Hilltop neighborhood specifically. With previous careers in youth ministry and the credit union industry, Emily now runs her own small business working as a birth doula.

"Trinity has been a place of healing for me, both spiritually and personally. I love being a part of such an incredibly genuine community of people doing their best to follow the heart of Jesus. Being a part of this congregation has been the most meaningful experience I have ever had in the Church, and I am grateful for it. I am honored and humbled to serve on Trinity's Session during such an exciting time in our story."


Annie Lambert


Annie came to Trinity in 2003, shorty after moving to Tacoma to join MultiCare, as a pharmacist fresh out of WSU. But she knew of Trinity a few years earlier; the church hosted her Intervarsity Christian Fellowship summer mission group. She even slept on the floor of the Sunday school classrooms, and showered at Trinity House. Since then, she married her husband Matt, and the Lambert family has grown with two boys now filling those same classrooms. Annie's roles at Trinity are usually behind the scenes, serving on communion team, with the worship and arts committee, as a Sunday school teacher, on the HERE Campaign, and whatever else needs to be done.

"Trinity is really our family here in Tacoma. The love and support we have received inspires us to give back in so many ways. I'm honored and excited to be invited to Session, to help lead us during this next phase of the building project and share in the work of the church."


Tim Morton

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Tim grew up in Spokane, Washington. After studying at Western Washington University, Regent College, Trevecca and Vanderbilt University, Tim spent 20 years as a physician assistant in gastroenterology, before his recent retirement. He considers it a gift to be able to use those skills at the Trinity Health Clinic. A sports fan, Tim has recently discovered soccer. Go Sounders!

"Our family has been a part of the Trinity community for about 15 years. I look forward to serving and being a part of the leadership for this season in our church."


Deacon Nominee

Mike Curtis

Mike has been married to his incredible wife, Deb, for 47 years. They have two daughters, two grandchildren, and another on the way. They have worked together to help each other find a good path for achieve their dreams. In 1986, Mike gave his life to Jesus, and their journey really took off! Mike has held several jobs, including teaching high school science. He has also led youth groups and completed a Stephen Ministries training course.

"I am feeling humbled as I tell others about the joy they have brought into my life. The Body of Christ has become my family. I continue to be a member of the Family because you have loved me by consistently sharing your love for God with me; in worship, in greeting, in sharing bits and pieces of your life. My life has been so blessed. I would be honored to return even a part of that love to you. When I serve others I become most alive in Christ. The joy within is healing to my soul. Thank you for this opportunity."