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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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!
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 ni 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.
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, going for walks, 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!
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