Meet Our Team
Trinity Lutheran Church has and excellent team that uses their God given talents in support of the Gospel. Take some time to meet Pastor Mike, our Elders, the Church Council, and our staff.
Trinity's Elders are the spiritual leaders of the church. They support and advise visitors, members, and Pastor Mike. They are available to answer questions, offer advice, hear concerns, and communicate prayer requests. Below you will find a picture with their family, contact information, and an introduction to who our Elders are in the words of their wives.
“John grew up in a family that has always been active in the church. His father was a Lutheran pastor and his mother a Director of Christian Education (DCE). As a baby, John was baptized by Pastor Lewis, who his family lovingly called his great-uncle, in the oldest Lutheran Church in Virginia, built in 1740. John met Jill in Dallas, Texas while both were swimming. He soon transferred his church membership to her larger church, and then became chairman of the Prosperity Committee for the church and their Lutheran School. John loves living in a parsonage again (Trinity’s former parsonage), being near the church to help its members. He continues to embrace his hobbies of collecting political buttons, drawing cartoons, and blowing glass. He also still enjoys working out with his swim buddies at ISU. We have 2 sons, Luke and Nate.” Jill Byerly
“Brian was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. His Grandfather was an elder and his parents are active members here. When the opportunity to become an elder arose, Brian knew it was his time to serve the Lord. Brian enjoys his conversations with members of the church and values the relationships he has developed with the members of Trinity throughout the years. Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Brandy and son, Harrison. When time allows he also enjoys helping his parents with farming activities. Brian likes to keep busy and has plenty of tasks going on at one time, but still finds time and enjoys helping others when he is needed.” Brandy Hartwig
"Jon is the heart of our family. His faith is an important part of his life and he daily shares it with his kids and those he helps each day. Prayers and encouraging thoughts are sent out often through his social media. Towing has been a calling for him, he enjoys helping people and talking with others. Jon can visit with anyone and loves to tell stories! Jon can often be found at many of our kids' activities- cross country, wrestling, soccer, band, basketball, and softball. He is their LOUDEST cheerleader! (When that happens, the kids try to stop him with a lollipop.) He is very excited about becoming an Elder." Denise Mustaine
“The year Dan started confirmation instruction, his congregation opened its Lutheran day school. Pastor Koepke decided to let the new principal/teacher, Mr. Schmidt, handle the 7th grade class: thus began Dan’s journey toward life-long service to the church as a Lutheran teacher and principal. During his 33 year career, Dan served churches and schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota. In 1983 Dan met me (Sarah) while in Milwaukee. (I also was a Lutheran teacher for six years.) We have three sons, Karl, Christian and Joel, all three of whom Dan was blessed to be their teacher for at least one year. Christian has followed in Mom and Dad’s footsteps, also teaching in Lutheran schools. In addition to his teaching in elementary schools, Dan has led adult Bible classes and taught confirmation to public school students. He is honored to have been chosen to serve the members of Trinity as an elder.” Sarah Wacker