Trinity Church Council

Heidi Fischer


Trinity Lutheran has been Heidi’s church for almost 15 years. She is proud to say it has been a true foundation for her and her two children. Heidi is glad to serve on the Church Council for another three years. Her first year as president in 2023 taught her just how much Trinity means to its members and that we have plenty of work to do to keep it that way for all. 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 longtime events like the Pancake Supper. She has also been enriched by making phone calls to the older, wiser Lutherans in our congregation.


Bob Olson

Vice President

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.

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.


Pam Gusmer


Pam joined Trinity with her husband, Chris, and their three boys back in 2013. She has enjoyed being active in Christian music ministry since 2005, with much of that right here at Trinity.  She took on the treasurer role in 2023 after a year on the Finance Committee. A lot of this is new to her, but she grew up in a Lutheran church witnessing both her parents joyfully serving their congregation, and she is happy to have the opportunity to serve here herself at Trinity.

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.


Joe Jones

At Trinity, Joe has been involved in the men’s Tuesday-morning Bible study, Strategic Planning Team, and Trinity Choir. He was previously a council member for Our Savior’s in Iola in the 1980s and for Peace in Amherst in the 2000s. He also frequently preached at Hitterdahl, Peace, and Our Savior’s, just as he has now offered sermons and several temple talks at Trinity.

Kerry Lueders

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 and served for the past two years as secretary. She is glad to add her voice to the wide range of people who make up Trinity Lutheran Church.


Hannah Newsome

Youth Representative

Hannah has been a part of Trinity since she can remember. Her baptism, first communion, and confirmation have all taken place at Trinity. Since her confirmation, Hannah has stayed an active member with the youth. She has gone on multiple outings and went on the trip last year to Colorado. As youth representative on the Council this year, Hannah wants to make an impact on the church and its community. Also, she loves to get involved in things outside of school.

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.

Nate Ziemer

Nate has been a member of Trinity for nine years. He has taught Sunday School and has been a Confirmation small-group leader. He currently sings in the choir and helps with the live stream at Sunday services. As Trinity has focused on our new mission statement, Nate feels called to listen and serve.