Meet Trinity's Staff
I began my call as Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in December 2013. I am a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to coming to Trinity, I served congregations in Minnesota and Illinois, beginning in 1997. My husband, Erik, and I are blessed to be the parents of two sons. Erik serves as the Senior Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, also in Jamestown. I love the vibrancy of Trinity’s ministry with children, youth and families and the deep care and concern for senior adults who live at home or in local care centers. firstname.lastname@example.org
I began my call as the Associate Pastor here at Trinity in January of 2015. I am a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Before going to Seminary I served as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at a Lutheran church in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Previous to my call at Trinity, I served a parish in Adams, North Dakota. My husband, Michael is completing a degree in Social Work at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. We have one son. I am so excited to be a part of the ministry happening at Trinity Lutheran and to be living in Jamestown!
Sarah joined Trinity’s staff in 2007. She is a native of St. Paul, MN. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a double major in Music Education and Spanish and received her Master’s Degree in Education from St. Mary’s University in curriculum development. With a strong passion and love for teaching, Sarah taught both elementary Spanish and music in Woodbury, MN for 4 years before becoming a mother, a Kindermusik instructor, and later involved in Christian education. She loves the privilege and opportunity of coming along side children, women, and families each week through play time at Stepping Stones, bible studies, family classes and events, and our Faith Quest rotational-style Sunday school program, but most importantly, growing in relationship with Christ and experiencing, teaching, and sharing His love and message of Good News together as a community of faith. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys quiet reading and reflecting, thrift store shopping, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Aaron and her spirited daughters, Samara and Anja.
A native New Orleanean, I have been in Jamestown and a member of Trinity for more than 15 years. In those first years, I volunteered with youth, children and music and in 2008 was hired as part-time Youth Assistant. With each passing year, my passion for and commitment to our young people grow. I am so grateful to be serving our Lord and Savior with the youth of this community. Thank you, Trinity, for the opportunity. I love Trinity for many reasons. So many, in fact, that I would hate to list only a few. My favorite thing about Trinity, though, is not a thing at all. It is the people. The people of Trinity are welcoming, loving, encouraging , faithful, supportive and resilient. I feel blessed to be among you.
Robert Murphy began as the Director of Music Ministries in February of 2016. The child of a church organist and a choir director from the San Francisco Bay area, Robert earned a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif. and a master’s in sacred music from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. He spent 30 years at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. where he was the organist and led several choirs and ensembles. He also played piano for area high schools and led the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra. Robert will also serve as the Choir Director for St. John’s Lutheran Church approximately seven hours a week.
Bonnie Jo joined Trinity's staff in November of 2015. She is the morning Administrative Assistant. Her hours are 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. She has primary responsibility for worship publications, congregational communication, publicity, website and social media management.
Meggen joined Trinity's staff in November of 2015. She is the afternoon Administrative Assistant. Her hours are 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. She has primary responsibility for scheduling, building use and maintenance, volunteer coordination, and donor acknowledgement.