Pastoral Staff

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Rev. Dr. Chandra Soans

Senior Pastor and Founder

Office: 215-535-3885

Rev. Dr. Chandra Soans comes from Udupi, an idyllic town on the west coast of India. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, Bangalore, and joined the Church of South India soon after. He then came to do his Masters of Theology and subsequently his doctoral studies from Princeton Theological Seminary, USA. He joined the United Church of Christ after completing his studies. He currently serves as the senior pastor of Grace-Trinity UCC and is the executive director of the educational institutions started by the church.

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Rev. Jonathan Bangera

Associate Pastor

Office: 215-535-3885
Facebook: jonathan.bangera
Twitter: @jonbang

Hi. I am glad that you have chosen to find out more about Grace-Trinity UCC. Maybe I can help you more since I have been here just a few months ago. Let me tell you a little more about myself. I have come from Bangalore, India. After completing my bachelors degree in engineering and starting my career in technology, I left all of this to join the Church (I would love to tell you more over a cup of coffee). I then completed my bachelors degree in divinity from Union Biblical Seminary, Pune and soon joined the Methodist Church in India. Later, I completed his Masters degree in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. By disposition, I am quiet. But I would to talk about theology, philosophy, technology and the church. Looking forward to getting to know you too.

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Charles Kuthuru

Director of Housing


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Naveen Gajula

Director of Music


The Purpose of our Worship Team at Grace-Trinity is to magnify the greatness of God in every gathering and inspire the Church to engage with God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Linda D'Ambrosio

Church organist


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Rita Chalek

Office Secretary


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Charles Stevenson

Choir Director


Our aim, as a team, is to enhance and deepen our worship experience at Grace-Trinity, and to encourage all of us to draw closer to God and be open to the Holy Spirit. We are open to new members. It is not mandatory to be a virtuoso singer in order to join the choir. It is more important to have the desire to worship God and to serve His church.