Leadership

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Page updated 28 July 2021; Burlington Presbyterian Church

Pastor – Rev. Trina Portillo

Pastor Trina Portillo
Rev. Portillo with Her Family

Rev. Catriona (Trina) Portillo was installed as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Burlington in February 2018. Rev. Portillo is the third installed pastor at the church since its founding in 1962. Trina is vice-moderator of the Presbytery of Boston. She has recently begun a D. Min. program through Pittsburgh Theological Seminary focused on faithful risk-taking. She had served previously as our interim minister, and before that as pastor of a small, urban congregation in Rochester, NY. She and her family relocated to Massachusetts in 2014. Trina graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She worked in development for Chicago Lights, the non-profit outreach ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago. Rev. Portillo has been involved in food justice projects with the denomination, and immigrant support and orientation with the International Institute of New England. Trina lives in Framingham with her husband and daughter. When not engaged in ministry or family activities, Trina enjoys singing in a community choir, taking walks in nature, watching movies, and trying new kinds of cuisine.

The Session

Leadership in the Presbyterian Church is shared by Ministers and Elders working together in councils. We are led by our local church council (the “Session”) which includes the Pastor and Elders elected by the congregation. Elders are elected to the Session for 3-year terms.

Church councils must express the diversity of the church’s membership and provide for full participation and access to representation in decision-making. The Holy Spirit calls women and men to all ministries of the church. Elected church leaders do not simply reflect the will of the people, but seek to discern and represent the will of Christ. In leading the congregation, the Session guides our witness to the activity of God in the world, so that the we may be a community of faith, hope, love, and witness. Church boards under the authority of the Session include the Deacons and the Trustees.

Session Members

  • Trina Portillo (Pastor & Moderator)
  • Jason Brooks
  • Brad Morrison
  • Jen Slater
  • Erin McCoy Alarcon
  • Marylou Lynn (Clerk)
  • Mark Vogel

Deacons

The ministry of deacon is one of compassion, witness, and service — sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those who are poor, hungry, sick, lost, friendless, oppressed, burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honesty, neighborly love, compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.

Board of Deacons

  • Marcy Agyapong
  • Kim Oey-Rosenthal
  • Jackline Pipim
  • Trish Briggs
  • Barbara Anderson
  • Bridgette Kangsen

Trustees

The Presbyterian Church in Burlington elects trustees who have responsibility for maintaining the church property and overseeing church funds. Their responsibilities are under the authority of the session and the congregation as provided in the Book of Order and the BPC By-Laws.

Board of Trustees

  • Mark Wells
  • Joseph Porte
  • Lou Mowry
  • Jim Brunner
  • Fred Lefang