Michael & Erica Jarrett (and daughter Zenie) are the founders of Trinity on the Border. They arrived to South Texas in August 2015.
Michael is our Senior Director. He has worked extensively on the Mexican side of the border in Piedras Negras, Coahuila from 2003-2009. He was ordained as a presbyter (priest/elder/minister) in the Anglican Communion in February 2011. In addition to serving as construction manager, spiritual director, and music leader in the mission field, Michael has also worked as a singer-songwriter, a church planter, a tele-communications engineer, a land and wildlife management consultant, and a volunteer emergency room chaplain. He is also the creator and voice of the Audio Daily Office podcasts at thetrinitymission.org.
Erica is our Director of Community Health and Education. She has also done extensive work among vulnerable people groups in Guatemala, India, Mexico, and Toledo, OH during the course of her Master of Public Health studies. Additionally, while she was in medical school, she and Michael started a program that trained ladies in Mexico to be diabetes health educators in the their own communities.
Sara Neuder joined our team in the summer of 2018 to take over the job of Director of The Trinity School. Originally from Colorado Springs, CO, Sara has worked as a tutor with the Bridge Project serving the youth in Denver’s public housing and has helped coordinate educational programs at the Denver Rescue Mission’s women’s shelter.
After college, Sara moved to the Rio Grande Valley as a Teach For America corps member where she spent three years in Mission, TX, teaching biology, chemistry and AP environmental science. In 2017, she served as environmental education fellow at the Catamount Center in Colorado, and has spent the last two summers as an advisor to new teachers at Teach For America’s summer institute in Houston.
Elijah Luikham joined Trinity on the Border as the second Missionary Curate in August of 2020. Through working with local ministries and studying the Bible while in college, Elijah began to feel called into a vocation of Christian ministry. After graduating he enrolled as a student at Duke Divinity School, completing his degree in Spring 2020.
Throughout his time in college he worked for a variety of youth and campus ministries, serving as a middle school life group leader at a local church, working as the Spiritual Life Assistant at his college, and helping to coordinate the Anglican campus ministry. In Divinity School he has been placed in a variety of churches as ministry intern, worked for the non-profit Durham Congregations in Action, and served as a youth discipleship intern at his local church.
Elijah is currently a deacon in the Diocese of the Carolinas (ACNA).
Jeremy & Nicole Goebel are excited to be joining Trinity on the Border as Jeremy takes up the position as the next Missionary Curate in August 2021. The Goebel’s met while working at Wellspring Anglican Church during their seminary studies. Their current home church is Holy Cross Anglican Cathedral in Loganville, Georgia.
Jeremy grew up across the United States as the son of a pastor and has had the chance to take part in all areas of local church ministry. Jeremy studied Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He has also worked in various church ministries, including as a youth pastor, children’s pastor, and a compassion ministry apprentice. Jeremy is currently in the ordination process in the Anglican Diocese of the South.
Nicole was born and raised in Dallas, Texas before studying at Wheaton College where she discovered the Anglican tradition. Nicole loves to work with young people and has worked in both para-church and local church youth ministry.
Nicole and Jeremy are grateful to be joining the Mission and are excited to see God’s continuing work in the Rio Grande Valley.
Our Auxiliary Staff are short-term missionaries from around the country who commit to serving with us on a regular basis.
Beverly Pearson is a Registered Nurse from the Austin area and a member of the Resurrection South Austin Anglican parish. She regularly helps at our weekly free clinic and is also working to help develop the public health capabilities of the clinic and possibly to coordinate health care opportunities in Mexico.
We have many great volunteers. Below are some that have committed to helping us regularly in certain administrative and/or service capacities.
Peter Lazzopina has been seeing patients since 2018 at our free clinic that we do in partnership with Culture of Life Ministries. He is the Ro Grande Valley’s first Direct Primary Care doctor (https://www.frontierdirectcare.com/).
Carol Rado runs our weekly free clinic that we do in partnership with Culture of Life Ministries. She’s the only one who knows where everything is.
Gloria Bishop volunteers both in our weekly free clinic as well as serving as a Doula for women at the immigrant shelter.
MISSIONARY CURATE ALUMNI
Fr. Daniel Behrens was the first missionary curate with Trinity on the Border. He and his wife Rebekah and their daughters Sabal and Darcy finished their curacy in the fall of 2020. Currently, the Behrens family is in language school at the Rio Grande Bible Institute.