Trinity Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Castine, Maine

Clergy and Staff

The parish has a somewhat unusual structure, known as the “Castine Model.” The priest in charge is our lead pastor (1/3 time) and is responsible for coordinating a rota of other clergy who are members of the congregation.  They lead worship, preach, engage in pastoral work, and enrich congregational life.  The model is always evolving as clergy come and go, but it is one to which the parish is committed.

The Priest in Charge: The Rev. Donna Downs

The Rev. Donna Downs graduated from the University of New Haven and Yale Divinity School.  She was ordained in 2004 and has served in parishes in Connecticut. Donna and her husband, Allen, have 3 children.

Priest Associates include:

The Rev. Steve Hayward

The Rev. Steve Hayward graduated from Vanderbilt University and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

He was ordained in 1974 and has served in parishes in Missouri, Maryland, and Maine.

Steve and his wife, Kathleen, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.




Doctor Edward R. Dufresnedufresne

The Rev. Edward Dufresne is a licensed priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

He is a writer, teacher, pastoral consultant, and chaplain.  He serves regularly as a chaplain on international cruise ships.

He is married to retired Probate and Family Court Judge Elizabeth LaStaiti.  Together they enjoy traveling, hiking, and sailing.

Cell: (508) 496-691






Ms. Joan Kroehler serves as Organist and Parish Musician of Trinity Church.

Cell (207) 478-6872

Trinity Episcopal Church - Castine, Maine | A member of The Episcopal Diocese of Maine, The Episcopal Church, and the Worldwide Anglican Communion