Meet our Staff


  • Principal


    Mrs. Terry Bird currently serves as our principal. Mrs. Bird has over forty years in the teaching ministry. She received her Bachelor of Science degree while at Concordia University, Seward, NE. Terry received her first Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk). While serving in Kansas City, she pursued her second Masters degree in Education Administration and graduated from Emporia State.Serving the Lord is a great joy. Spending time with children and teachers is a special blessing. Terry and Tom have three children and seven grand-daughters that now have an open invitation to visit St. Joseph anytime.

  • Office Manager


    Angela is new to the Trinity family. She is the mother of two wonderful children- Anali and James. Her and her family relocated from Hammond, Indiana in August 2015 and have since grown to love the beautiful state of Michigan. Angela is in her first year of obtaining a Bachelors degree in Accounting after 4+ years in the accounts payable/receivables department. Angela enjoys singing, writing, but holds family time spent watching her children grow the closest to her heart. 

  • Kindergarten


    Katie has served at Trinity in a variety of roles since 1998. Katie has her BA in Early Childhood Education, specializing in Art from Concordia University Chicago. She has 3 children who have all attended Trinity- Abbie, Luke, and Sara Beth. When not at Trinity, Katie likes to spend time outdoors, camping, running, playing with her children, and travelling throughout the U.S.

  • 1st  Grade


    Kim Kelly has served at Trinity since 2006. During her time here she has volunteered, been a substitute teacher, taught Kindergarten and is now in her current position as our 1st grade teacher. Kim earned her BA from Hope College and her Colloquy from Concordia. Kim is the mother of 3 beautiful children, Sam, Hannah, and Max who all have attended Trinity. Her husband Dave is the Curriculum Director at New Buffalo Area Schools. They have been married 31 years. They love to spend time with family, play tennis, and ride their Harley. Kim loves to be outside, plant flowers, and take walks.

  • 2nd Grade


    Amy Roth has been teaching at Trinity since 2012. Prior to that, she served for over 20 years in children’s ministries, teaching and directing Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and MOPS. She earned her BA from Siena Heights University and Masters of Education from Concordia University. She is married to Michael and has 8 children. She loves spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

  • 3rd Grade


    Heather Steffens has been teaching at Trinity since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University, River Forest and a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and four children and loves living near Lake Michigan.

  • 4th Grade


    Laurie Mantei received her B.S. Degree from Central Michigan University, her elementary teaching license from Indiana University and Language Arts endorsements from Western Michigan University. Laurie has been a teacher for 30 years.She has taught a wide variety of grades from preschool through high school. She also teaches Driver Education in off hours. She lives in Saint Joseph with her husband Mike and two children. Laurie is fond of doing art, gardening and going to the library with her kids.

  • 5th & 6th Grade


    Alison Jakubs, the youngest of five children, was born and raised in Holt, MI. She graduated from a K-12 Lutheran school in 2011. She attended Concordia University, Ann Arbor and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education – Language Arts in May 2015. Alison lives in Bridgman with her husband, Ben. In her free time, Alison enjoys reading, singing, and exercising. She loves to visit her parents, siblings, nephews, and niece.

  • 7th & 8th Grade


    Jeff Weiss received his Bachelor's in Elementary Education - Mathematics from Concordia University, Ann Arbor. From the town of Christmas and German Chicken, Jeff was raised in Frankenmuth, Michigan and enjoys going there for family time. Jeff, his wife, and son currently reside in South Bend, Indiana. They are expecting another boy in November. Jeff enjoys spending time with his growing family, weight lifting, tinkering with a variety of items, and proclaiming Christ risen.

  • Facilities Manager


    Louie Miltibarger has served as Facilities Manager at Trinity since 2004. After attending Trinity for elementary school, Louie graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1982. Louie and his wife, Dallas, have three children and five grandchildren.

  • Mr. Paul Knefelkamp, Chairman

    Mrs. Adele Bluschke, Board Member

    Mrs. Kelly Ebner, Community Board Member

    Mr. Tim Ernst, Board Member

    Mr. Michael Hendrickson, Board Member

    Mr. Matthew Koch, Board Member

    Mrs. Elizabeth Petzke, Board Member

    Mrs. Angela Walker, Board Member

    Ms. Joy Woods, Board Member