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Elders

Meet our servant leaders

Our church leadership consists of elders and deacons. Elders minister to people by meeting spiritual needs (guiding people through conflict, encouraging people in their personal struggles, etc ). Deacons minister to people by meeting physical needs (helping people with finances, assisting those with physical ailments, etc). These servant leaders pour their hearts into ministering to the people at Trinity Church–we are very thankful for them!

Officer Nominations: The elders are soliciting nominations for prospective candidates for the office of elder and deacon. Complete the nomination form and mail it to the church office or give it to Sarah Storebo. Deadline is January 31, 2017. Nominations will not be accepted without the proper signatures.

Elders

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Bryan Clark
Co-Pastor

Although I attended the Air Force Academy with a desire to fly, God instead called me to pastoral ministry. I married Alicia after graduating in 1993, and we went to the University of Maryland, where I attended grad school for two years. After three assignment stations in the Air Force, we moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Seminary.  Along the way, God blessed us with four children. Trinity called me as pastor in May, 2003.

I want to help people truly know our Triune God. In my experience, people are transformed not by formulas, programs, or principles, but by the mystery and intimacy of a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ. To this end, I hope to be a “limping leader,” one who leads not out of strength, but out of a sense of my own weakness.  I am merely a beggar telling other beggars where to get bread.

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Jeff Hamling
Co-Pastor

I was raised in small-town Montana: Shelby, Lewiston, Lincoln, and Big Timber.

I have been involved in full-time ministry since 1997. I began my work as pastor at Trinity Church in 2007. I am blessed to be the husband of my wife Annmarie and the father to my three children: Lucas, Rex, and Tessah.

I love the outdoors (I am a fly-fisherman wannabe!). I daily look at the Bridger Mountains and thank God that he has called me to serve in this beautiful place. I pray that I will be able to grow old here. There is no place I’d rather be!

My favorite parable of Jesus’ is the Prodigal Son because I’m reminded that my Father seeks me out, forgives me, and invites me into feast with his family. I’ll never get over it!

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Scott Herron
Pastor of Youth and Families

Growing up in Ohio, it never seemed like I would leave, but then I realized that there are places where the sun shines in the winter! God has blessed my journey across three time zones and now 7 states, from high school teacher to now full-time ministry. My sweet wife, Alison, has been an example of Christ’s love to me and I can’t believe that I get to be the daddy to three fun and energetic children: Brady, William, and Aubry.

In Colossians 1:13 Paul reminds the church of what God has done for them in Christ: “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

When I look back on my journey, I rejoice at this reminder and get excited that God would use me to share this story of deliverance, transformation and relocation.I am excited to be a part of the lives of the families at Trinity and pray for the Spirit to bring growth, in Christ, to our family and church community.

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Mike Kelly
Elder

I have lived in Bozeman since 1989 and have come to love this vibrant community and all that the surrounding area has to offer. My wife Julie and my four children Elaine, Eric, Sean, and Ryan enjoy skiing, camping, and just being out in God’s creation.

With that said, I must unashamedly assert that Trinity has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. It’s as though the very arms of God are wrapped around me and my family through the love, care, and discipline of this wonderful, albeit imperfect, family.

I count it an honor to serve as an elder and hope by God’s grace that I will be an instrument in God’s hands to bring some of the grace and truth that I have experienced to some of you!

I presently work as a national director for Nations, which is Campus Crusade for Christ’s ministry for Native American students and First Nations people of the world. Our mission is to honor Natives by trusting God to restore life and culture with Christ.

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Sam Koenen
Elder

A Montana native, I moved to Bozeman in 1997 to study English literature at MSU.  I met and married my wife, Catherine, in 2002 and started working at Petra Academy, where I have worked ever since.  I currently serve as Petra’s Academic Dean and teach two sections of humanities.  In my free time I enjoy flyfishing on our beautiful local rivers, hiking and playing chess with my son, reading to my daughters, and eating my wife’s delicious cooking.

I have attended Trinity since 1999.  My three children–Tjabe, Maggie, and Clara–have been raised under its excellent preaching and ministry.  Trinity has been an unspeakable blessing to my family.  It isn’t a perfect church, but it clearly proclaims the grace of Jesus Christ each Sunday, and its members actively strive to live out Christ’s calling in their lives.  The more involved we have become with worship and community at Trinity, the more my family has been shaped and molded by God’s grace working through his Word, his sacraments, and his people.

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Andy Rowe
Elder

Hello, my name is Andy Rowe. My wife Liz and I have been living in Bozeman and attending Trinity since 2002 and have come to love the people and the place.

I own a commercial/residential construction company; it keeps me on my toes and allows me to meet many people in the Gallatin Valley. Elizabeth and I enjoy many of the outdoor activities Bozemanites love.We’re blessed with a beautiful place to live.

God has given us the desire for relationship because He desires relationship. I love the Trinity family because it provides fertile soil to grow in Christ through being in relationship with others and communion with Him.

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Nick Schutter
Elder

Hi, I am one of the elders here at Trinity. My wife Susan and I and our four children–Nicole, Philip, Melanie, Olivia–have come to love and cherish this community of believers. As we have poured more of our lives into the people of this church, God has revealed more of Himself to us. We have grown in our understanding of the incarnation of Christ: just as God himself entered our world, so also we are called to enter the lives of others: to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, and listen to their stories, laugh and cry with them, and pray both with them and for them. We have grown in our understanding of the body of Christ; becoming more like Christ is a group project. There are no holy hermits. We hope God will form this community into a haven for those who seek to grow in their understanding and desire to serve Jesus, and a safe place for those who are searching, doubting, or hurting.

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Gregg Valeriano
Elder

I moved to Bozeman, Montana a number of years ago. I am an adjunct instructor in the Philosophy Dept. at Montana State University. I also teach high school students at Petra Academy, a local Classical Christian school. I love to fly-fish, snowboard and most other outdoor activities. One of the biggest joys for me here in Bozeman is Trinity Church.

Many people see the church as a kind of voluntary society that one chooses to attend. Yet a close reading of Philippians 1:27, 3:20, as well as other parts of Scripture, shows that God ordained the church to be that site where a person becomes the Christian they are meant to be. The church is not optional for the Christian; it is absolutely essential to a Christian’s life. Without it, a person will never be the Christian they are called to be.

What is amazing is that God calls Christians, sinners saved by God’s grace, to be the Church. Because the Church is full of sinners this means, among other things, that the Church is full of sin! Yet God calls us sinners together so that He might show his love and grace to us and in turn teach us how to love him and each other in new and better ways.

Given that the Church is a place of saved sinners, this means that the Church should be a place of humility and love. At Trinity, we do not have all the answers and we do not always live out our theology. We are not a perfect people. But we strive to be a Church that manifests God’s love and grace for ourselves and all who are seeking. For it is in the midst of his people that God promises to grow us, in Word and Sacrament, repentance and community, Spirit and truth.

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John Ward
Elder

I’m John Ward. I was born and raised on a farm in the Gallatin Valley and I have lived here all my life. I married Beth Ward, another valley native, in 1982 and we make our home in Belgrade. We have four children, Becky, Rusty, Ben, and Tyler. I am an independent tile contractor owning my own business since 1996. God graciously saved me in 1983.

Since we have been attending Trinity, God has revealed the preciousness of Christ to us and the value of the covenant community. I have been so blessed to be part of this community and am committed to pursue the peace and unity of the body of Christ through the means of grace He has given us.

I am also thankful for the opportunity to serve as an elder and look forward with much anticipation to what God will continue to do in our congregation.

Also meet our Deacons.