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.

  • Vicar

    Vicar Álvaro Witt Duarte was born and baptized in the Lutheran church in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. At the age of ten he moved with his family to Peabody, Mass. There he attended school until graduating college. At Salem State University he studied history and education. Before attending Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, he taught high school history for three years in the historic, seaside town of Beverly, Mass. Although the Vicar is eager to go out and serve the Lord in the field, he is also interested in academic graduate work. Álvaro has also recently been interested in Johannes Bugenhagen, Luther’s pastor, and his role in the Reformation. The Vicar’s free time is filled with family, friends, travel, music, films, good food, and good drink.

  • Director of Youth & Family Ministry

    Melissa Graham, the oldest of three children, was born and raised in Big Rapids, MI. Melissa attended a Lutheran school through 8th grade, before attending Big Rapids Highschool and graduating in 2014. She continued on to Concordia University Ann Arbor, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education with two minors in Youth Ministry and Social Services in May 2018. In her free time Melissa enjoys spending  time with her friends and family, watching sports, and traveling.   

  • 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 was married to Gary Perrone, and became widowed in May 2018.  She has 2 daughters (both who graduated from Trinity’s school), 4 grandsons & 1 granddaughter. 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. Betty became a trained Stephen Leader in January 2019, and  serves as the Referrals Coordinator and Awareness Coordinator. 

  • 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 in their Awana program. Sue resides in Watervliet with her husband Ray. She enjoys spending time with her sons, Drew & Aaron (Kathleen) and three grandsons Ceth, Kaleb & Bennett and her granddaughter, Taelyn.

  • Director of Music Ministry

    Paula Steuernagel came to Trinity in January of 2016 from the Chicago area. 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, RosaLee.

  • Deacon

    I was baptized into Trinity’s family in August of 1957. I attended grade school here at Trinity and was confirmed in 1971. I graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1975, attended Southwestern Michigan College with studies in Architectural Design. In October of 2017 I graduated from the LCMS Michigan District’s Deacon Program. I have been married to Janice for 18 years this May. Between us we have three sons-Seth, Charlie, and Caleb, one daughter Laura Nuccio, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. I am the 4th generation here at Trinity and for me, this is home! I am humbled and honored to be serving my Lord and my church as Deacon.

  • 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.