Father Darryl Burke

Darryl Burke was born in Brooklyn, New York, and  has resided in the Greater Hartford area since adulthood. Darryl attended Swarthmore College and graduated with majors in English and Psychology and concentrations in Black Studies and Education.  He completed his M. ED., with concentrations in Teaching Curriculum and Learning Environments and Administration and Social Policy, at Harvard University.  He has served as a Diocesan Intern, at St. John’s, Pine Meadow, and St. James’s, West Hartford.  He was ordained to the priesthood in February, 2020, and currently serves as a missional curate at Trinity Episcopal Church, Wethersfield.


Darryl has spent the bulk of his professional career as an Educator in the Hartford School system. He has served as an English teacher, Assistant principal and Principal.  He retired from that profession to begin the next phase of his life works after finally submitting to and responding to God’s call to the ordained ministry.  His home church was St. Monica’s, Hartford, where he participated in a wide range of organizations and activities.  Darryl is a member of a number of community organizations, including, Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.  He is divorced and is the father of two sons, and has six grandchildren.

Jessie Karpf, Deacon

Rev. Jessie Karpf is a lifelong Connecticut resident.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Connecticut State University and graduated from the Province One School for Deacons in 2017.  She began her ordained ministry in 2018 as Trinity’s deacon.  She is married to her husband, Tom for over 25 years and mother to their adult daughter, Bernadette.  She believes we are all made in God’s image and loves finding new ways for all of God’s children to be in community.  In addition to having the privilege of serving as Trinity’s deacon, Jessie also works as a financial analyst at Nassau Re Insurance Company.  In her spare time she likes to spend time with friends and family and play board games.

Susan Beers, Organist and Choir Director

Susan Beers has been Trinity’s Music Director for over 30 years.  She is devoted to the church music tradition and works to incorporate traditional, contemporary, gospel, and historical resources into weekly services – always with sensitivity to the liturgical themes of the day and season.   On most Sundays, she is accompanied by her husband John on the trombone.

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Trinity Episcopal Church

345 Main Street

Portland, CT  06480

Phone: 860-342-0458

Email: trinitychurchportlandct@gmail.com

Office Hours:  Fri 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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