TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

1401 Madison Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

(218) 847-7211     tlchurch@arvig.net

©2019 by Trinity Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes ELCA

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Jillene Gallatin

Senior Pastor

  • My favorite thing about being Trinity’s Senior Pastor is that I get to connect with people of all ages in all stages of life’s journey by sharing the Good New’s of Jesus Christ-there is hope and promise in that powerful message for everyone! Hearing people share their life’s story in how it’s lived out as part of God’s story is incredibly life giving to me. It is a complete blessing to be a part of a place where people are given the opportunity to share their God given gifts in new and ongoing ways. I love this Trinity family and all who are blessed by it’s ministries!

  • I graduated from Cambridge High school. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Saint Benedict. I attended Luther Seminary where I received my Master of Divinity degree. I was ordained at Ullensvang Lutheran in Thor, IA where I served as solo pastor during my first call. In my second call I served as Associate Pastor at Elim Lutheran in Scandia, MN.

  • My husband Peter and I have two sons, Van and Grant.

  • I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, and watching B-grade science fiction movies.

Suzie Porter

Deacon

  • I love that encouraging community is a big part of my job at Trinity.  Within my work with both youth and adults, I have the opportunity to foster connections and build small groups where relationships can form and deepen.  We all walk this journey of faith together, supporting one another and reminding one another along the way of how we are claimed, called and loved so deeply by God.

  • I attended Concordia College, where I received by BA in Elementary Education.  After some years serving in outdoor ministry and youth ministry, I knew that ministry is where I was called to be, and went on to earn my MA in Children, Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary. 

  • When I’m not at Trinity, I can be found sharing life with my two full of life boys, Bryce and Jackson, and our dog Mickey.  I love to spend time with family, take time to cook a good meal, hop in the car once in awhile for a long road trip, read books, and camp in my tent under the stars. 

Laura Morlock

Children and Family Ministries

  • I love that I get the opportunity to work with some of the youngest at Trinity! It is a joy to walk alongside them at the beginning of their faith journey, encourage relationships with all ages and empower them in who they have been created to be: beautiful and unique Children of God. 

  • I grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota. I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Religion and  Youth Ministry. I served as the Program Director for Pathways Lutheran Outdoor Ministries for seven years before moving to Associate Director. 

  • I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being an auntie, singing, being outdoors, reading, pickles, enjoying the lakes and car washes!

Teri Buschette

Administration Secretary

  • I heard the phrase once that I should be deemed Director of First Impressions. I like to think that's just one of the many hats I wear.

  • I have been a member of Trinity since 1984 and began working as the Administrative Secretary in 2003. My secretarial journey started many years ago and eventually brought me here. Being at Trinity has been awesome, fulfilling, interesting and challenging.

  • I have 2 grown children, Jared and Travis, who are finding their own paths in life.

  • I enjoy traveling, being a mom and being a friend. I read when I have time, and am enjoying quiet times more and more.

Ann Jacobson

Visitation Pastor

  • Learning people’s stories and coming alongside them when life’s joys and challenges arise are very meaningful to me. As visitation pastor I have the privilege of supporting and accompanying people upon the journey. 

  • I am also a hospice chaplain and do grief support at a funeral home in Fargo. I have been in parish ministry for over twenty years, serving 5 different churches in Minnesota and North Dakota. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and my Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. 

  • I am married to Peter and we have three children and one son-in-law.

  • I enjoy biking, hiking, yoga, cross-country skiing, coffee with friends and watching a sunset over water.

Joann Schott

Parish Nurse

  • I love helping other people and have loved by nursing career so I am privileged to work at Trinity Lutheran as the Parish Nurse as I now am retired from my other nursing jobs.

  • I graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Fargo, ND and then from Bemidji State University with a bachelors degree in Vocation Education. I have worked for the last 46 years as a Registered Nurse in a variety of setting, including Hospitals, Nursing Homes, teaching Nursing Assistance and LPN’s, Home Care and Public Health.

  • I’m married to Clay and we have 2 grown children and their spouses, Becky and Keith Duffy, John and Jamie Schott. We also have 2 granddaughters, Cecilia and Lydia Duffy.

  • I enjoy quilting.

April Spaeth
Worship Music Coordinator
  • My goal as Worship Music Leader is to create a meaningful worship service through music. I strive to provide music that connects each person to the readings and message of the week. Music is a powerful and moving experience of each worship service.

  • I am a music teacher at Frazee-Vergas Elementary School. She also plays piano for weddings and social events throughout the surrounding communities.

  • I have two daughters, Aeriana and Addison

  • I enjoy being a mom, traveling, shopping and sharing the gift of music with everyone!

Mark Berg

Choirs/Arts Project Coordinator

  • I act as a coach, or catalyst, to make music happen from a group of people.  For me, I enjoy watching the choirs grow and learn the music during rehearsals. But I am especially thrilled by the beautiful sound and music they make each Sunday. 

  • I like hearing from each member, the tremendous satisfaction they have from performing. I enjoy that they are quite humble because tomorrow is another day.

  • I love the music each choir makes.

  • My wife Julie and I have two adult children Tyler and Caitlin.  

  • I enjoy spending time visiting with friends new and old, discovering new pieces for music for our Trinity members to share, working at the farm, and being at the lake.  

Bill Simmons

Technology Coordinator

  • I have always liked computers since my first TRS-80 purchased in the late 70's.

  • I started working on computers  for pay in the early 80's while selling fruits & vegetables, then on to office products,  the phone company and now at a school.

  • My wife, Julie and I have two grown sons and one grown daughter. They have shared four beautiful grandchildren. Julie and I are empty-nesters now.

  • I love to spend time with our grandchildren, computer games, and traveling.

Dan Derouin

Custodian

  • I retired after 32 years from the Postal Service in Hallock, MN.  I found I needed something to fill my free time. My position as custodian at Trinity is part time and allows me flexibility to be able to do other things.  The community of Trinity offers a great work environment.

  • My wife Pat and I enjoy spending time with our 4 grown children and our grandchildren.

  • In my free time I tinker with golfing and ice fishing.  Mostly I like to be outdoors and be involved in whatever that brings.

Sue Eidenschink

Financial Treasurer

  • I am the Fiscal Services Coordinator for Detroit Lakes Schools,

  • and just completed my 40th year.

  • My husband-Dean and I have two sons - Nathan & Brent, one daughter-in-law -

  • Stefanie, and two grandsons - Tatten and Dekker.

  • I like to read and watch sporting events.

Roger Josephson

Financial Secretary

  • I took the financial secretary position when the previous persons retired in 1995 and I needed something to do during the Sunday evening NBC newscast each week.  However, I discovered that it took more than a half hour to complete the task and then enter the members’ contributions into the computer and prepare weekly reports for the treasurer, monthly reports for the church council and quarterly and annual reports for members.  It has been twenty four years and counting of hopefully accurate records for Trinity Lutheran Church.

  • I graduated from Stillwater High School, 1959 and Gustavus Adolphus College with majors in History and Political Science, 1963.  I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil, 1963-65. I worked as a Social Studies Teacher at Detroit Lakes Community High School, 1966-2001

  • My wife Sharon and I have 3 Children – Sarah, Dan and Martha and 4 Grandchildren – Sophia, Nate, Henrik and Bjorn.

  • I enjoy Genealogy, Gardening, Globetrotting, and working out at the Gym