Meet our Staff


  • Senior Pastor

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    Pastor Roth has served Trinity as Sr. Pastor since 2007. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in Social Work and Psychology. He received his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary and was ordained into the holy ministry in 1986. Pastor Roth loves teaching and proclaiming God's Word. He enjoys getting to know people and working with them for the sake of God's kingdom. He loves spending time with his wife Amy and their 8 children and 4 grandchildren. He also enjoys outdoor activities, boating, fishing, woodworking, reading, and exercise.

  • Assistant Pastor

    Pastor Gerber was installed as the Assistant Pastor at Trinity on July 6, 2014. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in Secondary Education with a Math Emphasis. He received his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary – St. Louis. Pastor Gerber loves teaching, especially in a middle school/high school setting. He has 1 wife (1 Tim 3:2!), Stacy and 3 very energetic children, Landon, Alexandria, and Samantha. He is excited to see what God will do in the areas of youth and family ministry in the upcoming years.

  • Vicar

    Vicar McCalley hales from eastern Colorado, not too far from Denver, but refers to it as: “not postcard Colorado” or “the part that Kansas forgot.” In 2008, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder majoring in International Affairs. A stint with the US Congress quickly dissuaded him from pursuing civil service. He then studied for two years at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. After six years of schooling, he opted to be sent off to Beijing to teach humanities. Following four years abroad and endless bizarre gastronomic experiences, he realized that to teach and counsel more effectively, a more formal theological training was necessary and began studies at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne in 2015. He enjoys the skiing (water and snow), debating, reading, and especially teaching about Jesus.

  • Parish Nurse

    Jan Yelding has been a parish nurse since 1998, coming to Trinity in August of 2010. Serving the Lord by combining nursing and ministry has been her greatest passion. Jan and her husband Reuben have 3 grown children and 9 wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano, and traveling. In addition to her parish nursing at Trinity, she also works nights in Obstetrics at South Haven Hospital.

  • Director of Children's Ministries

    Debby has served at Trinity since 2002. Debby has lived in St. Joe all of her life and graduated from Lakeshore high school. Debby and her husband, Michael, have three children, Trina, Matthew, and Bobby. She also has three lovely grandchildren. Debby enjoys spending time with her family as well as outdoor activities such as kayaking and gardening. Debby prays that she can help instill the love of the Lord into all the people that God allows her to touch throughout life.

  • Director of Music Ministry

    Paula Steuernagel is the newest member of Trinity’s staff arriving in January of 2016. She is happy to be back in Michigan as she was born in Pontiac. Life as a Pastor’s daughter took her to many different locations. She then graduated with her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Next she graduated with a Master’s in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is also ABD for her Doctorate of Musical Arts from The University of Oklahoma in Norman. Praising God in music is her favorite thing to do and teaching others to enjoy His praises is the exciting benefit of this work. When not at the church she enjoys doing anything that involves her dog, Mollie, who smiles like people.

  • Financial Coordinator

    Sue has been with Trinity since 1999, managing the day to day financial operations for the ECC, School and Church, as well as Human Resources Manager. She is a member of Midway Baptist Church where where she serves on their missions board. Sue resides in Watervliet with her husband Ray. She enjoys spending time with her sons, Drew & Aaron (Kathleen) and two grandsons Ceth & Kaleb and her granddaughter, Taelyn.

  • Church Secretary

    Betty Perrone has served at Trinity since 1997. She served as an Office Assistant in the school office from 1997 – 2007. In 2007 she transferred to the church office, where she serves as the Church Secretary. Prior to coming to Trinity, Betty went to Lake Michigan College for Restaurant Hospitality & was the Asst. Manager at Grande Mere Inn for 10 years, leaving there when she become the mother of her second child. Betty is married to Gary Perrone & has 2 daughters (who both graduated from Trinity's school) & 3 grandsons & 1 granddaught. Betty feels blessed to be involved in the numerous ministries of Trinity Lutheran Church & School, and assisting the Boards & Committees that make our church what it is today.

  • Technology Support Staff

    Nathan has served as Trinity’s Technology Support personnel since 2013. Nathan is a former Trinity Student having attended Trinity for Kindergarten through 8th Grade, before attending Bridgman High School and graduating in 2006. Nathan enjoys anything that has to do with Technology in his free time and is an active part of the Contemporary Worship Team on Sundays.