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Meet Rev. Kevin Derry

Reverend Kevin C. Derry, is an ordained minister with more than 23 years of experience having served pastoral charges in northern and central Alberta and Trenton, Ontario.  Kevin joined us at Trinity in September, 2005.

The following are some of the reasons the Joint Search Committee recommended Kevin for the job of Trinity’s minister.  He is . . .

  • Excited about participating in the renewal initiative endorsed by a large majority of the congregation and wants to grow with us as we look to the future.
  • Willing to take risks with innovation and appealing approaches to worship
  • Skilled at consensus building and teamwork, has compassion and excellent people skills and relates well to all ages.
  • Eager to take an active part on the pastoral care team.
  • Willing to use the considerable talents of Trinity’s members in planning and implementing change.
  • Respectful of Trinity’s history and traditions, but is not limited by them.
  • Familiar with current thinking in theology.
  • Positive about change as a potential for growth and the enhancement of faith.

A Safe Place to Search and Question

 At Trinity United Church in Peterborough, it is our hope that you will feel welcome and safe here.  We endeavor to be open and welcoming to all who would join with us in our journey as a faith community.  We are of many ages and backgrounds, involved in a variety of interests and activities.  But above all, we hope to provide a “home,” to experience a life of faith and growth as children of the Holy.  We work honestly and diligently to make a difference in the community of Peterborough and beyond.  We are striving to find our way in a complex and demanding world, while honouring the strong traditions of our history.  We value the gifts of all people. We are blessed with a marvelous worship facility and music program through which we celebrate our faith as we live and learn, through study, activity and community action.  But this is not all that Trinity church is.

Trinity United Church is a gathering of people who meet at 360 Reid Street to celebrate and learn who they are.  We are a group of people who have found someplace together to call our faith “home.”  We are not perfect, but we are faithful. We do not have all the answers, but we do know a some of the questions and are not afraid to ask them or struggle with then and usually find more of them.  We laugh together, cry together and celebrate together ¾ we are family.

I can be reached at the church Office at by telephone (705-743-3301) or e-mail (

Hope to see you at Trinity,


Trinity’s Music and Music People . . .

Music plays an important role in Trinity's worship services.  Under our Minister of Music  Robert Grandy,  Trinity boasts a fine adult choir (the Trinity Chancel Choir) ,  an adult handbell choir (the Bells of Trinity)  and an instrumental group (The Trinity Ensemble).  The church has been blessed with a fine three-manual Casavant Frères organ and a beautiful nine-foot Yamaha grand piano, a Clavinova, and a three-octave set of both Mallmark handbells and hand-chimes. The church also owns several percussion instruments.

The Trinity Chancel Choir sings a wide variety of accompanied and a capella works, some by Mr. Grandy himself.  The choir has a long history of fine music-making, having presented oratorios in the past, such as Mendelssohn's "Elijah," and having given concerts and special services over the years.  Each week they offer a choral introit, as well as one or two anthems, many written by composers of our own time and land.  The choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Bells of Trinity meet Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and provide special music approximately once a month and on special occasions.  In the past, Handbell Choir members have been invited to play at other local churches for special services.  They also form quartets to play specially written music for four ringers.

The Trinity Instrumental Ensemble is a group of about 18 players who perform several times a year. The players’ experiences range from beginners to excellent amateurs, and include flute, clarinet, recorder, oboe, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, saxes and percussion. The ensemble rehearses for 45 minutes, twice a month after church on average.  
All of these groups would welcome additional singers, ringers and players. If you are interested in becoming a part of the musical life of Trinity, please give our Minister of Music a call at the church office.

Our Minister of Music, Robert Grandy . . .

Before studying music at York University in Toronto, Robert studied locally in his hometown of Port Hope, where his first position as an organist was at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.  Since then, he has been the organist at Oshawa's Harmony United Church, organist-choirmaster at St. Mark's Anglican in Port Hope and music director at Wexford Heights United in Scarborough.  He joined Trinity United in Peterborough in July 2005 and was named Minister of Music in May of 2013.

Robert received his Service-Playing Diploma, and later, his Colleague's Degree from the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), winning scholarships on both occasions for the highest marks in Canada in those years.  He was one of the founding members of the Northumberland Centre of the RCCO, and served for several years as the centre's president.

For many years, Robert has been a piano, organ and theory teacher, as well as a free-lance accompanist.  He has also had a long relationship with the Oriana Singers of Northumberland, as a chorister, music director for two years, and currently, as accompanist and composer-in-residence.  He was also the accompanist for the Upper Canada Boy Choir for two years.

For many years now, Robert's best-loved hobby has been composition.  His choral works have been sung by the choirs of St. Mark's, Cobourg's MusicMakers choir, the Oriana Singers, the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers, and now the Trinity United Church choir.  His larger works include the 1997 cantata "Music for a Saintly Celebration"; a set of "Seasonal Prayers" for choir, which were sung throughout 2000 at St. Mark's as Robert's special Millennium project, and the "Advent Antiphons," a large-scale work for divided choir, organ and handbells, sung by the Oriana Singers in 2000.   In 2005, he was commissioned to write three pieces for the Oriana Singers: "The Vine," and "Arbor Amoris" for choir and piano and "The Paradise of God" for unaccompanied choir. A few years later, he was jointly commissioned by the Concert Band of Cobourg and the Oriana Singers to write a piece for choir and band, entitled “Variations on ‘Wondrous Love’. 

Robert's full-time job is Information and Privacy Coordinator with the Port Hope Police Service, where he holds the distinction of being a “Certified Access and Privacy Professional” with the Privacy and access Council of Canada. He is also the coordinator of the Northumberland Screening Program, a county-wide service that provides police information background checks on individuals to more than 100 varied organizations and agencies across Canada.  In the midst of all these responsibilities, he does indeed find time to spend with his wife Barb; their son, Matthew; and the family cat, Patches!
Robert can be reached at the church office at (705) 743-3301.

Trinity’s staff and volunteers

Staffing:   Trinity has a full-time minister, minister of music, 2 administrative assistants, custodian, and three voluntary associate ministers. 

Volunteers:  Volunteers work on the board as team chairs and members and as trustees.  Members of the Ministry and Personnel Committee and delegates to Presbytery (2) are also volunteers.  Other Trinity volunteers help out with a score of tasks, such as, serving at dinners, answering the office telephone, acting as lay visitors and lay worship leaders.

Outreach Resources: Trinity has a proud tradition of providing care and support to the larger community beyond the needs of the congregation itself. In 2016, more than $60,000 of individual contributions to Trinity's work were allocated to Mission and Service, Peterborough area charities and benevolent assistance to needy individuals.

Trinity Administration


Chair of the Church Council: Peter Darling
Recording Steward: Pat Marett
Minister: Rev. Kevin Derry
Chair of Finance Committee: Geoff Brown
Chair, Trustees:  Elizabeth Powell
Chair, Ministry & Personnel Committee: Douglas Lavery


Administration: Phill Rimmer
Congregational Life:  Chris & Dave Freeman
Worship and Sacraments: Jane Darling
Outreach and Community Service: Barb Diceman


Voluntary Associate Ministers:

Rev. Dr. Richard Boehme
Rev. Dr. Donovan Brown
Rev. Josephine Mewett
Rev. John Taylor

Administrative Assistants: Sherry Oldham
Gladys McDonald


Sunday Custodian:

Trevor Chynoweth

Shawn Loucks



Thanks, Peterborough Photographic Society . . .
Three PPS members recently captured Trinity on film and have kindly allowed us to use some of their work. On the HOME page, the three stained glass windows are by Lee-Anne Stack. Larry Keeley captured Jesus holding a child. The stained glass window on the ABOUT US page is by Lee-Anne Stack. On the SERVICES page, Larry Keeley provided the open Bible photo, and on the CONTACT US page he also provided the stained glass picture of Jesus carrying the cross. On the LINKS page, the organ pipes photo credit goes to Terry Carpenter. Look for more of their excellent photos on this site in the future. For more information, see the society's Web



Trinity United Church 360 Reid Street Peterborough, Ontario, K9H 7G6
(705) 743-3301