L-R: Scott Herron, Pastor of Youth and Families; Anya Valeriano, Director of Worship Arts; Bryan Clark, Co-Pastor; Sarah Storebo, Church Administrator; Jeff Hamling, 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.
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!
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.
God brought me to Trinity in 2006 and I am so glad! Being a part of this body of believers is such a blessing for our family. This is truly a community that seeks to live out the gospel in the day-to-day by the grace of God and I am continually being encouraged and convicted!
From a degree in intercultural studies (missions), to work in higher education, information technology and instructional technologies, and then a graduate degree in adult education, God has brought me on an always-surprising path to my next step. I am delighted to have the opportunity to now be serving the church in this role.
No matter what path our lives take, I love the comfort God provides when He says in Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Director of Worship Arts
Martin Luther once said, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” That has been my experience with music. I grew up watching my mom play the piano and lead worship in the church. I started leading music in the church when I was a teen. I graduated from MSU-Billings with a B.A. in Piano performance. For the next year, I worked with Mission to the World in Slovakia, teaching english, choir and general music to all ages. Now I enjoy working with the Trinity worship team and consider it a privilege to be used by the Lord to usher people into the presence of the Living God through music.
One of my favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17: The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. he will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”