Elders & Deacons

Elders

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Mark Atkinson - Elder

Mark was born in Florida, grew up in Virginia and has lived in North Carolina since 1982 — except for four years in the US Navy.  Mark attended Duke where he met his wife, Helen.  They married in 1988 and have four children:   Kevin (grad student at UNC), Sarah (undergrad at Duke), and Will and Stephen (both at Cary High School).

After 25-years of consulting at Kimley-Horn, Mark retired and stays busy helping at the church, serving on the board of Dorcas Ministries, reading, trying to stay fit, and enjoying his family.  Lately, he’s discovered that he enjoys cooking.

 

Charlie Hawkes - Elder

Charlie was born the youngest of nine children. He is a third-generation Floridian and grew up on the beaches near Jacksonville, spending as much time as possible in the ocean. He met his wife Lynne while going to college in the Triangle, and they both fell in love with North Carolina, which has been their home since 1992. Charlie and Lynne have raised four children and are grateful to have been a part of Trinity Park Church since its inception. Charlie is an engineer that works in the high-tech semiconductor industry. He also enjoys teaching and talking about theology, hiking and kayaking with Lynne, mountain biking, and has recently taken up fly-fishing. 

 
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Seunghyun Kong - Elder

Seunghyun was born in Seoul, South Korea and was brought up in Christian family. He and his wife, Yujin, came to the United States three weeks after their wedding in 2000. He studied applied mathematics at Georgia Tech and works at SAS Institute. They have three children:  Lynn (11), Olivia (9), and Ian (6).

They were first introduced to RUF-International at Georgia Tech and attended a PCA church while living in Atlanta. They joined Trinity Park when it was a church plant with many other families. Seunghyun has been serving as an elder since 2013. He has a passion for educating covenant children.

He enjoys reading books about church history and culture. His favorite authors are D. A. Carson, George Marsden, and Francis Schaeffer.

 
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Richard Sugg - Elder

Richard was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. He met Joy shortly after college and they married in 1999. After 14 years in Roxboro, they moved to Cary in 2013. He is a software developer at SAS, Institute.

 

Deacons

Greg Fitts - Deacon

Greg is employed as a Regional Sales Manager in the electronic industry which brought him to the Triangle area nearly 18 years ago. Greg and his family have been a part of Trinity Park since it began. Greg and his wife, Pascale,  host a community group on a regular basis and enjoy participating in youth events with their two teenagers (Maureen and Jeremy). They previously attended Peace Presbyterian Church for many years.

As part of the setup team, Greg and his son often help set up and take down on Sunday mornings.  As a Deacon, Greg wants to ensure that everyone’s God-given gifts are used wisely.

Greg is a sports fanatic and enjoys watching or participating in a variety of sports. The Fitts family loves to travel and stay active. They all appreciate great food, music, art, and culture from diverse parts of the world.

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Jason Walley - Deacon

A resourceful astromech droid, Jason Walley served Padme Amidala, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker in turn, showing great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils. A skilled starship mechanic and fighter pilot's assistant, he formed an unlikely but enduring friendship with the fussy protocol droid C-3PO. 

 

Xin Xu - Deacon

Xin (pronounced as Shin) is from China. He came to the United States in 2000.  His first stop in the U.S was Nashville TN, where he was introduced to Christianity and started attending Sunday worships. Shortly after he moved to North Carolina, he became a Christian. Currently, he works as a scientist in clinical trials for cancer therapy.

Xin and Zhe were married in China. The family started attending Trinity Park Church in 2013 with two children (Lydia and Lucas). Now they have their 3rd child, Ethan. Although Xin liked playing Badminton and Soccer, now he enjoys family time.

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