OUR PASTORS

Tim Smith

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about connecting people in significant relationships where faith plays an integral role as the “glue” that keeps together despite our differences.   In the midst of an increasing polarized society and media context, it’s imperative that the church remain a place where real, respectful dialog can not only occur, but be expected.

Tell of a time when you felt Christ at work in your life?

 I experienced what felt like a significant wave of depression some years ago during a time of transition, and Christ surrounded me with individuals who truly cared  and helped carry me through it, while learning a lot about brokenness in the process.

What is a favorite memory from life within a church community?

A recent mission trip to Moore, Oklahoma, provided a context & opportunity to really wrestle with some of the significant cultural differences within Christianity, and I found it to be an excellent experience in which to discuss & appreciate the distinctiveness of our own tradition, while learning from others’ witness as well.

 

Katie Lowe Lancaster

Pastor Katie Lowe Lancaster serves as Pastor of Discipleship Ministries.  Pastor Katie oversees a number of mission areas,  including Small Group Ministries support, Christian Education, and Servant ministries within and beyond the community. She brings a boundless and evident passion for Christ, and a wealth of experience both as a pastor and a layperson working with youth, mission experiences, and small groups.   

Pastor Katie is a Marion native, veteran of more than 30 years of marriage, mother of six children, and graduate of St. Olaf College and Bethel and Wartburg Theological Seminaries.  Prior to her ordination, she served as Director of Children’s Ministry at both St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, both in Marion.  Most recently, she served five years as both the Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Anamosa.

 


VISIONING COUNCIL

Eric Weiler, President

Eric Weiler

What are you passionate about?

I use philanthropy as a platform to impact people’s lives and help raise critical funds to support our community.  I volunteer with multiple organizations to help make Iowa a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

What about Holy Trinity would you like others to know?

We moved to Coralville in 2005 and spent a couple years exploring different churches before we discovered Holy Trinity.  We feel a strong connection to Holy Trinity and enjoy the worship service, music, youth programing, and most importantly, the people.

What is your favorite Scripture verse and why?

“Much is required from those to whom much is given, for their responsibility is greater” – Luke 12:48.

God has blessed me with a great life and a platform within the Corridor, and I’m honored to pay it forward to help strengthen our community and assist those in need.

Chris Keyser

Chris Keyser
 

 

When have you felt Christ at work in your life?

When my husband Earl was very sick, I was very frustrated and angry. He had dementia along with Parkinson's. I'm sure I was trying to control everything and to be in charge of everything. I finally prayed, "God, I am going to put all this in your hands." After that , I felt more calm and at peace. Not surprisingly, everything turned out fine.

What is a favorite memory from life within a church community?

I love everything about holy Trinity: I love the church services, I love the quilting group and the Bible study group, and I love the way everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I actually look forward to Sunday so I can come and see all my friends. I think this is the first church I have ever attended where I felt so much love.

What about Holy Trinity would you like others to know?

I want people to know that there is plenty of room for them at Holy Trinity.  It really doesn't matter what someone's faith background is; they can make a difference here.  And together we can make this church whatever we want it to be.

What is your favorite Scripture verse and why?

I love the 23rd Psalm, but here is another one. I like Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go." This verse gives me peace.

Sheila Frascht

Sheila Frascht

Where have you felt Christ at work in your life?

I work as a nurse caring for children with serious illnesses and their families.  I feel the presence of Christ with me every day I walk into the hospital.  That He sees fit to use me to spread His love, peace, and comfort to those who are hurting is humbling and a huge honor.

Who is one important faith influence in your life and how they impacted you?

My parents have been the constant my entire faith life.  I feel blessed to NOT remember the first time I was in church, as it is all I’ve ever known.  Even as an adult, I continue to learn from them through their devotion and unfailing love for God, no matter the challenge faced or obstacle ahead.

What about Holy Trinity would you like others to know?

From the first time we attended church here, we felt welcome, included and truly cared about.  Our family has been embraced with open arms by everyone who attends Holy Trinity.  We are grateful to call this our church home.

What is your favorite Scripture verse and why?

John 9: 2-3 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

These verses mean a great deal to me as the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome.  It assures me that Annika is exactly who God intended her to be, and He has greatness planned for her life.

Lisa Stille, Vice President

Bill Gelhaus

Tell us something interesting or unique about you?   

I am the eldest of 3 children and grew up on a hog farm in Northeast Iowa.  I was very involved in farming and once considered working in the corn genetics field.  I have hog showmanship trophies and even one belt buckle made of silver!

What are you passionate about?  

Right now I am passionate about listening to what your body or spirit needs.  If your family is not connecting- pay attention to that and make an effort to find time to reconnect.  If you are too busy with activities that limit your time together as a family- make a choice to drop one activity.  We only get this one life.  Don’t forget to take time to pray and recharge!  There are all kinds of ways we can try to treat ourselves better, physically, mentally and spiritually.  Don’t beat yourself up!

Tell of a time when you felt Christ at work in your life.

In my line of work as an audiologist I cross paths with people from all walks of life.  Often patients are working through a stressful time or a simply feeling rushed from appointment to appointment when they come into my “hearing test booth.”  The way the test booths are set up I can see the patient and they can’t always see me.  There is a window separating us.  I often pray for that patient, that Christ would give them comfort and peace and that I would be able to be his instrument of peace and calm as well.  

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson

Tell us something interesting or unique about you?

I lost both of my parents to cancer and that was the genesis for me getting heavily involved in organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  In 2015 I was named Man of the Year for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Eastern Iowa and raised a record $140,000 over the 10 week campaign that is used for research, advocacy and education. 

What are you passionate about?

Anything that I decide to be involved in, I am passionate about it.  That is just the way I am wired.  I’m immensely passionate about my career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and taking the best care of my patients.  I am also passionate about my family, friends and community and strive everyday to build, enhance and reinforce those relationships. 

Tell us about an important faith influence in your life and how they impacted you?

I have been fortunate to have numerous faith influences in my life.  It starts with my parents, most notably my father.  He taught me the importance of faith as well as stewardship and giving of yourself.

Jeff Manthey, Secretary

Jack Fratzke, Treasurer