Trinity Church Council

Heidi Fischer

President

Heidi has truly enjoyed her journey through faith to the platform Trinity has provided. She has been a chaperone on numerous youth events, including as a trip leader for Faith Ventures to Montana, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Heidi has sat on the Family & Youth Team, relished being a group leader for Confirmation classes for many years, and volunteered at many of Trinity’s long-time events like the Pancake Supper. She has also been enriched by making phone calls to the older, wiser Lutherans in our congregation. Heidi is very excited for the opportunity to serve in this capacity on our Council.

Bruce Anderson

Vice President

Bruce has been a member of Trinity since his family moved here 23 years ago. He has been involved in the community on the School Board, Boy Scouts, middle/high-school cross country, and youth baseball. Bruce has served in various supportive roles here at Trinity. He enjoys taking a proactive role on the congregation leadership team.

Kerry Lueders

Secretary

Kerry has been a part of Trinity her whole life, being involved in different aspects as the years have gone by. She decided that the time was right to say yes to the call of being on Church Council. She is glad to add her voice to the wide range of people who make up Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Pam Gusmer

Treasurer

Hi!  I am Pam Gusmer and am Trinity’s Treasurer.  I joined Trinity with my husband, Chris, and our three boys back in 2013.  I have enjoyed being active in Christian music ministry since 2005, with much of that right here at Trinity.  I took on the Treasurer role in 2023 after a year on the Finance Committee.  A lot of this is new to me, but I great up in a Lutheran church myself witnessing both of my parents joyfully serving their congregation, and I am happy to have the opportunity to serve here myself at Trinity Lutheran Church!

 

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.

Nick Barden

Nick grew up in West Bend and graduated high school there. He then moved to Wausau where he was a forester and met his wife, Erin. They have three children, Annaleigh, Madalynn, and Conner. He has changed careers since being a forester and has been a safety manager for more than 12 years. When there is free time, he and his family enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, fishing, swimming, and kayaking.

Spencer Grams

Spencer Grams is a 2018 graduate of Waupaca High School and a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. A funeral director at the Holly Funeral Home, he is excited to serve his congregation and thinks having a young mindset that is dedicated to the church is something that is needed. Trinity has played an essential role in his life as he found his faith through this wonderful church.

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Susan Harrington

As a lifelong member of Trinity, Sue has been involved in several capacities. She taught Sunday School and was also involved in Confirmation for many years. Currently she is a prayer partner for one of her former third-grade students. Sue and her husband, Mark, have also served as elders for many years. As a Church Council member, she seeks to represent Trinity in a positive light and encourage her fellow Council members as they strive to make decisions that will impact all Trinity members. Philippians 4:13

Betsy Sachs

Betsy and her husband, the Rev. Jon Sachs, joined Trinity in July 1989. Jon served at Bethany Home until he retired in 2005. Betsy is a registered nurse. She was a home-care/hospice nurse for Waupaca County before becoming a parish nurse for five years at Trinity until she retired in 2006. She has offered blood-pressure checks as part of Trinity’s Health Team. She has been active in congregations since her confirmation in Ohio. She met a young man at Capital University at the end of her first year of college and returned to Toledo for nursing education. She graduated after three years and married Jon a week later—the rest is history. She continued as a pastor’s wife for congregations in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Her hobbies are sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, gardening, traveling, time with family, and singing with the Waupaca Community Choir.

Cheryl Sletten

Cheryl and her husband, Paul, moved to Waupaca in 2011 and joined Trinity especially for its large and vibrant youth groups as their daughter was in seventh grade at that time. Cheryl and Paul have three grown children and two wonderful daughters-in-law. Cheryl is very excited to be on the Church Council at a time when we’re contemplating where we are as a congregation and ways we can have more meaningful opportunities to connect with each other and our wider community.

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Kayla Keil

Youth Representative

Kayla is a senior in high school. Outside of the church she is on the Waupaca Dance Team and participates in softball in the spring. She also recently achieved her CNA license, which is setting her up for her plans to go to school to be a nurse in the future. She has been the Council’s first youth representative for two years. She loves taking the youth’s concerns and voicing them to the Council.

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Bob Olson

Bob grew up as a member of Trinity and was confirmed here. Then, after spending his entire working career in Iowa, he returned to Trinity and has served as an elder and usher. On the Council, Bob looks to contribute to Trinity’s mission as needed and assist with discussions and implementation of needs identified in the recent discernment activities.