Meet Father Bob

St. Mark

The Reverend Robert G. Trache, kindly referred to as Father Bob, has been an ordained Episcopal priest since 1978. He has served parishes in Wilmington, North Carolina, Sudbury, Massachusetts, Alexandria, Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Trache became Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Mark the Evangelist on September 9, 2008. In July 2011, Mr. Trache assumed duties as Head of St. Mark’s School and continues to serve in both positions jointly. Mr. Trache was born and raised in Newburgh, New York. He attended the George Washington University where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History. While attending school in Washington, Mr. Trache served on the Senate staff of Jacob K. Javits, the then senior Senator from New York.

Before entering the clergy, Mr. Trache was the Associate Dean of Admissions and Registrations at the Catholic University of America, the Director of Admissions, Financial Aid and Registration at Rutgers University at Newark, and served a brief time as the Director of Admissions and Registrations at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Mr. Trache attended the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he was a Roothbert Fellow, graduating in 1977. He then assumed the post of Assistant Rector at St. John’s Church in Wilmington, North Carolina where he initiated a medical ministry to migrant workers in the region. He became rector of St. Elizabeth’s parish in Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1980 and remained there until he was called to be rector of Immanuel Church on the Hill, Alexandria, Virginia, located on the campus of the Virginia Episcopal Seminary. While rector of this noted parish, he founded and was first President of the Northern Virginia AIDS ministry, helped to develop and manage the Alexandria Network Preschool for “At-Risk” Children, which was recognized by President George Bush’s Points of Light Foundation, led the Diocese of Virginia Jewish-Christian Inter-Faith dialogue, and founded the Diocese of Virginia ministry to the Holy Land – an effort to support indigenous Christians on the West Bank and in Israel. Mr. Trache also founded and was the first President of the Virginia Episcopal Clergy Association. In 1990, Mr. Trache attended Cambridge University in England where he studied Biblical Theology and archaeology.

In 1994, the Reverend Mr. Trache was called to be rector of St. James’s Church in Richmond Virginia, a historic parish of Virginia founded before the Civil War. While serving in Richmond, St. James’s Church was struck by lightening and burned to the ground. Mr. Trache led the $10 million dollar rebuilding effort and managed to grow the congregation which for three years worshiped in a nearby Jewish synagogue. He founded the first inter-racial Church based race-relations program in Richmond, Virginia aimed at reducing racial tensions in the city. In combination with the local synagogue, St. James’s was awarded, under his leadership, Virginia’s First Freedom Award for religious and ecumenical leadership. Mr. Trache also was a founding board member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Compass Rose Society dedicated to worldwide mission.

Mr. Trache held the post of Chief Operating Officer for the Great Valley Center in Modesto California since September 2000. The Great Valley Center is the largest regional nonprofit in California’s Central Valley. Mr. Trache was charged with the day to day operations of the Center, managing its more than $7 million budget, overseeing fundraising, developing policies, addressing human resources, implementing organizational effectiveness and strategic planning. Under his tenure the organization grew from 14 to 31 employees. He also received a certificate in financial management from the Stanford University School of Business in 2003.

In 2004 Mr. Trache became Executive Director of Corpus Christi Metro Ministries a 20-year-old ecumenical effort to address the challenges of homelessness and poverty in South Texas.

Mr. Trache served as Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts from February 7, 2005 until August 2008. He led the Diocese of Massachusetts effort to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. He, also, led the Diocese Jewish/Christian Interfaith Dialogue and was chair of the Diocese of Massachusetts Committee on the Holy Land.