Rev. Andy Behrendt
Lead Pastor - Pastor Andy was first called to Trinity as associate pastor of family life and youth. Installed in the church basement during a 2010 tornado warning, he became lead pastor at the end of 2019, just in time for a pandemic. Pastor Andy is a former newspaper reporter and occasionally still moonlights as an improvisational comedian. He’s married to Tracy, the Waupaca Historical Society’s director. Raised in the Green Bay area by an ELCA pastor and a piano teacher, “PA” is now a dad to two boys of his own, Ben and Christian. The four Behrendts feel enormously blessed to be part of the Trinity community.
Rev. Mark Ziemer
Interim Associate Pastor - was pastor at Hollandale-Trinity Parish (1979-1987), St. John’s in Marion (1987-2001), and Grace in Tomahawk (2001-2019). After a month retirement he began as part-time interim at Trinity. His free time is spent on their small farm in the Gays Mills area near their daughter, granddaughter and the dairy-farming son-in-law. They also have a small condo in Merrimac to be closer to Waupaca and to their sons and their families in Manawa and Pewaukee (six more grandchildren).
Administrator - Alicia was selected to serve as Trinity’s first Administrator in January 2020. Concurrently, she also serves in the Wisconsin Army National Guard (WIARNG) and is Wisconsin’s first female field artillery officer. Alicia has a passion for volunteer work and currently serves in leadership positions for Badger Honor Flight and the Wisconsin National Guard Association. She hopes to get involved in volunteer capacities around Waupaca. Alicia earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Political Science and Communication and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2019.
Director of Music Ministries - Wanda has been employed at Trinity for 16 years, taking on fulltime leadership of the Music Ministry in 2006. She has a passion for music (having majored in it in college) and Christian ministry, so this was the perfect job for her. Wanda has especially enjoyed working with the many gifted musicians who are active in our congregation and feels blessed to have served Trinity throughout these years.
Youth Coordinator - Collins came to us from High Point, North Carolina. He is very close with his family, parents Beth and Mike Pritchett, older sister Mindy and brother-in-law Jeff Hochuli. Collins was raised Lutheran in Augsburg Lutheran Church of Winston Salem, NC. He graduated Appalachian State University with a degree in Communication in 2017 and then studied ministry in a graduate program of an ELCA seminary. Through the YAGM program of the ELCA he spent 2019-2020 in the beautiful country of Senegal. Collins is passionate about the direction in which this denomination is called to serve the world through love, and he is proud to be serving Trinity.
Sunday School Coordinator - Jean has been Trinity’s Sunday School coordinator since March of 1985. She just celebrated 35 years in this position. Her duties include planning activities for Trinity’s students ages 3 thru grade 5. These include Sunday school, Christmas programs, Jake the Pancake Man, Palm Sunday parade, vacation Bible school, plus more.
From Jean: “What a blessing this congregation and job have been to me. I have enjoyed watching students grow-up here and now their children are attending and participating in activities.”
Administrative Professional - Lori is an administrative professional, who has provided office support to the staff and assistance to Trinity members and visitors with inquiries since August 2017. She graduated with honors from Fox Valley Technical College with an administrative professional degree and is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. It is a priority for her to have educational updates while working in this technical position. In her time away from work, she enjoys exploring God’s beautiful world on a zipline, running through airports, and tasting new cuisine!
Volunteer Coordinator - Tammy graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies with a minor in Church Services. Aside from being a pastor's wife for many years, Tammy has served in various capacities at hospitals, clinics, as well as Bethany Homes locally. Tammy feels blessed to serve as Trinity’s volunteer coordinator, and has enjoyed working alongside such generous, loving people. Aside from her time at work, she enjoys her family, traveling, hiking, boating, camping, basically anything outdoors, as well as connecting with old and new friends over a great cup of coffee.
Building & Properties Supervisor - Mike began working at Trinity in 2017 and takes care of our church both inside and out. Originally from Stevens Point, Mike moved to the Town of Lind, where his grandparents were from, and enjoys working on the hobby farm he has created on his property. Mike is a very humble person and you will never hear him boast about his work. However, he often works long days, electing to volunteer extra hours to ensure our church is taken care of. Trinity has depended on him greatly through COVID-19 as we have established a lot of new procedures. Outside of work, he has one daughter named Maddie, who he spends a lot of time with. In his free time, Mike enjoys working outside and hanging out with his brother who lives down the street from him.