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

Mike Anderson, President

Eric Weiler

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.

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.

Cara Oldham, Secretary

Sheila Frascht

Tell us something interesting or unique about you?

I have visited all 50 states – 48 of them before I graduated from high school, with the last two coming after college. I have also travelled internationally, as I studied abroad in Wales while in college. I was very lucky to be able to travel to several different European countries and attended Easter mass at the Vatican that year.

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

My parents have been key in the development of my faith. Growing up, we were always very active in our church and had frequent conversations at home. One of our annual Christmas traditions growing up was to sit each night around an advent wreath at home and do a devotion with singing of Christmas carols immediately following. Talking about our faith was a normal part of our daily lives and is something that I hope to instill in my kids.

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

One of my favorite memories was attending mission trips. While in junior high, we went to Atlanta and did several different projects on my first trip, with a trip to St. Louis another year. While in college, I went to Reynosa, Mexico for a mission trip during one of our breaks. While all 3 trips were heartbreaking at times, it was also one of the most rewarding experiences of my 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.  

 

 

Jeff Manthey

Jack Fratzke, Treasurer