Lenny Bernotas, Senior Pastor
Born and raised in Riverside, N.J., Lenny was "reared" in the Roman Catholic faith. After graduating high school, Lenny served as a submarine navigator in the U.S. Navy. Following completion of his naval career, Lenny embarked on an unsuccessful "search for truth," which led him to various occult practices. Finally, at the age of 30, he was introduced to a bible study by his soon-to-be-wife Karen, where he discovered the truth and dedicated his life to the Lord in 1977.
Lenny and Karen eventually attended Trinity, where both began serving in ministries in 1985. After being happily married for 21 years, Karen was called home to be with the Lord following a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. At the time, Lenny's daughter Stephanie was 11 years old and he thought his "life was over." But the Lord had other ideas.
The Lord brought Cyndy, a former missionary, into Lenny's life soon after and they were married March 4, 2000, at Trinity. Meanwhile, Lenny also served as an interim preacher at Trinity for two years before being called as the Senior Pastor on December 1, 2000. He was ordained April 21, 2001.
Cyndy has been a great source of encouragement to Lenny and now serves as Children's Ministry Coordinator at Trinity. His daughter Stephanie recently graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University and has served in 9 different countries on short-term missions trips. She is presently on a long-term trip called The World Race. Lenny also has a son (Brian) and two stepsons (Scott and Chris). Lenny enjoys oil painting, graphic art, and traveling, but most of all, he enjoys preaching the Word of God and serving the people of Trinity.
His life verse for ministry is 1 Corinthians 4:5-7: "For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."