STAFF


  • Gary Ridley

    Senior Pastor

    I joined the Trinity family in June of 2010. My wife, Emily, and I came to Ludington from Wheaton, Illinois, where we lived during college and seminary (Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, respectively). We both call Alaska home and tend to miss the Wrangell Mountains with some frequency.


    My family is my great joy. My wife and I have four children, and we love watching them grow and learn. They are truly delightful. We enjoy living next to Lake Michigan and try to spend as much time as possible in Ludington State Park. Hiking, kayaking, and camping are matched by hockey, basketball, and reading as my main recreation interests.


    The real reason we are here, though, is because we want to be part of a great work of God. I believe that the Gospel—the good news that God sent Jesus to save the world—is a powerful message that changes everything. It kills me to see so many hurting people, broken families, and listless young adults in our community. I believe the root answer to these problems is finding healing, wholeness, and purpose in the Gospel of Jesus. Because of that, I very badly want people to know and experience God's love. My call and desire is to proclaim good news, and my confidence is that God will powerfully shine the light of his salvation into our community.


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  • Travis Erdmann

    Pastor of family ministries

    In 2012, I joined Trinity church as Pastor of Youth and Families. I love our church family and what God is doing through the people of Trinity to reach the lost with the life transforming message of Jesus Christ. It is truly a joy to be a part of a church that treasures the Gospel and lives on mission to share this Gospel to those who do not know Jesus. My specific passion is to encourage and equip families to raise their children to know Christ and live their lives for His glory.

     

    Next to Christ, my family is the most important part of my life. My wife, Suzanne, and I have been married since 2003 and have three children, Abigail, Daniel, and Jacob. I love and enjoy being a father and together with Suzanne, raising our children to know and love God. We love the amazing summers in Ludington, and we’re learning to love the winters too! 

     

    I grew up in a family with a lot of brokenness and dysfunction. It’s incredible that God has brought me out of that brokenness and called me to be a pastor. But this is what God does! He redeems our past and gives us a new life and future through what Jesus has done on the cross. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share my story and help others know that God redeems our pain and restores us through Jesus. No person is beyond the reach of God’s saving grace! Jesus is for everyone and I long for God to use my life for His glory.

     

    I am a sports junkie and love following all of the major sports, including tennis and golf. I’m a loyal Michigan football fan and especially love following one of their alumni, Tom Brady – the greatest quarterback of all time. I’m a big Warriors and Steph Curry fan and enjoy rooting for all of the teams opposing Lebron James. If you ever want to talk sports, I love a good conversation or debate.


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  • Chuck Visser

    Care Pastor

    I was born in Grand Rapids, number six of seven children. I grew up in Rockford, just a few hundred yards from a pristine trout stream. I was raised in a home where the Bible was read after almost every meal and at bedtime. Originally, my goal after high school was to become a Michigan State Policeman and I attended Western Michigan University. It was there, while involved in an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship workshop on evangelism, the Lord changed the course of my life and led me into full-time Christian vocational ministry. It was during this time that I met my wife Carol and we were married on June 15th, 1973. God graciously blessed us with two children. 


    I studied at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Master of Divinity degree through the School of World Missions. 


    I began my ministry as a missionary to the Barbados Bible Institute. I then returned to the states where I pastored several different churches and served as a hospice chaplain. 


    In terms of hobbies, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and playing duffer golf. Thus, Ludington, along with putting us close to my son and his family, has been the almost perfect place to retire. We started attending Trinity during July of 2015 and accepted the position of Care Pastor on January 1st, 2017. We are thrilled with what God is doing at Trinity Church and are thrilled to be a part of this ministry. 

  • Jen Vogel

    Kids Ministry Director

    It is a joy for me to return to Trinity Church, first as a member and now as a part of the staff!  I grew up in Trinity Church and have so many fond memories here.  It is through my parents and our church family that I learned what it means to love the Lord and be excited about cultivating a relationship with Jesus.  There are so many people who have faithfully served and loved as teachers, pastors, mentors, and role models.   I’m grateful for the impact they’ve had on others and our community, as I at least see the effects in my own life.  Now I am blessed to be able to continue this impact as I work to support our teachers and develop our kids ministry here at Trinity.

     

    My call to work directly in ministry is new; I have a background in education.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College that certified me to teach both special and regular education.  My Master’s Degree is also in special education, though most of my teaching years have been spent as a “regular education” elementary teacher and I’ve taught in Georgia, Kentucky, and Michigan.  I’m passionate about kids and I have loved being a part of Ludington Area Schools.  I’m really looking forward to supporting both as Trinity’s director for the Kids Hope USA mentoring program!

     

    When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.  My husband (who is originally from Illinois) and I have two young children and we love them dearly.  With an understanding that life is unpredictable and can be difficult, we’re trying to learn and model for our kids how to respond to the reality that God loves us deeply and wants to guide us as we journey through each day and whatever it may include.  Jesus is not just a part of decisions we made in the past or what we talk about in certain times of the week.  We’re continuing to learn how what He’s done can transform our thoughts and actions.  We’re so grateful to be a part of a community of believers as we journey through life and respond to God’s great love and big plans!


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  • Cathy Laman

    secretary

    I have been the secretary at Trinity since March of 2001. I grew up in Mason County. My husband, Doug, works for Rieth & Riley Construction. We have three married daughters and nine grandchildren.


    My interests include: running, hiking (especially at the State Park), reading and coaching pole vaulters. My other areas of ministry include helping with Kids Hope and supporting Northern Michigan Fellowship of Christian Athletes through the Ludington Lakestride annual race. 


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  • Megan Lundin

    communications director

    I officially came on staff at Trinity in January 2017, but I've been behind the scenes doing some communication projects here for the last couple years. I'm excited to be a part of our church in this way, and I'm enjoying revitalizing older pieces and creating new ones to communicate effectively inside and outside of our church family. I grew up at Trinity and I'm so humbled and excited to be a part of God's great work here today.


    My husband, David, and I have been married since 2012 and have two children, Elsa and Joel. We graduated from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) in 2015 where I studied Bible and Communications and he studied Pastoral Ministry. We enjoy working at our family's campground, and we're thankful for the opportunities the seasonal business provides us to work alongside our family and partner heavily with our church in our off-season. We like being together, watching our kids learn and grow, and, recently, making candles.


    Currently, I maintain our website and Facebook page and create sermon series graphics and other materials (information cards, brochure, etc.) with plans of redesigning and creating new things along the way! 


    Have any communication suggestions or any questions about Trinity? 

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