Serving in Christ's Love and Sharing the Good News

Our Staff

The pastors at Trinity Lutheran believe the church is a faith community that excels in bringing the good news of God's unconditional love alive in people's lives.

Pastor Peter Bredlau

Pastor Peter Bredlau was raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After graduation Pastor Peter moved to the east coast and attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. In the east Peter served a Lutheran camp, a Lutheran college, and two Lutheran congregations.

He returned to Wisconsin to be Lead Pastor at Trinity. Pastor Peter has gifts for preaching, teaching, strategic planning, and vocational discernment.

                        Contact Peter Bredlau, Lead Pastor
                        Phone Extension 216


Pastor Dave Whelan

Pastor Dave Whelan was born and raised in Mondovi and currently lives in Menomonie with his wife, Amy. Dave and Amy have two sons, Sean (Krista) and Mark (Lori), and eight grandchildren.

Dave served as a pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie for seventeen years. Since his retirement in 2013, Dave has worked as a Bridge Pastor at several area churches. Prior to earning a Master of Divinity degree, Dave practiced general law with Whelan, Morey and Ricci. He was Family Court Commissioner in Buffalo County and City Attorney in Mondovi. Dave piloted a US Navy helicopter from 1965–1970. Dave was Vice President of the Northwest Synod of WI from 1987–1992 and currently serves as chaplain for the Menomonie Police Department, and a team member of “CVSS” which provides critical incident stress debriefings for law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

                        Contact Dave Whelan, Bridge Pastor
                        Phone Extension 217


Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith

Pastor Sarah is originally from New London, MN and was new to the Trinity staff in 2013. After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, she completed studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and served as pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Stanley, WI. Pastor Sarah is energized by helping others see God at work in their lives and nurturing the development of faith in children, youth and families.

                        Contact Sarah Semmler Smith, Pastor
                        Phone Extension 215


Pastor Brahm Semmler Smith

Pastor Brahm is originally from Whitewater, WI. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He served as pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cornell, WI before coming to Trinity in 2013. Pastor Brahm enjoys forming life-giving relationships in faith communities and working with youth.

            Contact Brahm Semmler Smith, Pastor
                      Phone Extension 213


Ministry Directors


Shirley Sands, Worship and Music Director

Phone Extension 214

Pat Garber, Director of Visitation Ministries


Vicki Dueringer, Parish Nurse
Phone Extension 208


Children's Ministries Team

Sara Reed, Director of Children's Ministries
Phone Extension 218


Heather Day, Children's Ministries Assistant
Phone Extension 207


Youth Ministry Team

Ashley Olson,
Youth Ministry Coordinator: Middle School

Phone Extension 209

Cassie Brenden,
Youth Ministry Coordinator: High School

Phone Extension 209

Noah’s Ark Preschool and Early Childhood Enrichment Teachers

Marlee Knickerbocker, Preschool Director
Phone Extension 205

Ginny Lien


Jill Kasmarek

Jeanne Cooper

Sandy Moszer

Ashley Olson

Ministry Support

Amber Moltzau, Office Administrator
Phone Extension 203

Cindy Beck, IT Director and Ministry Assistant
Phone Extension 201

Gail Brian, Financial Ministry Assistant
Phone Extension 204

Becky Ragsdale, Communication Ministry Assistant

Sharry Hebert, Food Pantry Coordinator

Jessie Strey, TGIF Kitchen Coordinator

Brian and Kris Pressler, 10:30 Worship Service Assistants

Choir Directors

Gary Rambo, Senior Choir Director
Corinne Gransee Paral, Jesus & Me and Celebration Singers Director
Liz Drayton, Totally Joyous Christians Director
Jeanne Cooper, God's Little Singers Director
Ryan Poquette, Trinity Tollers Director
Shirley Sands, Harmony In Spirit Director
Drew Brandenburg, Crossword Youth Band Director
Lynn Buske, Liturgical Dance Group Director

Congregational President

Mary Jo Hanson

Building and Grounds Maintenance

Don Peterson, Facilities Director
Sheri Buening

Nursery Attendants

Malissa Dahlstrom

Mission Partners

Maranatha Church in Kingston, Jamaica
Blantyre Lutheran Parish in Malawi, Africa
Patrick and Jacqueline Bencke, Kumamoto-she, Japan

Worship Schedule

Sunday Worship:
8:15 A.M. (Traditional)
9:45 A.M. (Contemporary)
10:30 A.M. (Casual with Communion)

Wednesday Worship:
6:30 P.M.

Office Hours

8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Quick Links

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Living Faith: Stories of God's Grace

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2016 Annual Report

This Week at Trinity Announcement Page

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Current Monthly Newsletter

Trinity's Food Pantry Monthly Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

March 29 - Get to Know Pastor Peter, 7:15 P.M., Fireside Room

March 29 - April 5, Wednesday Lenten Worship, 12:15 P.M. & 6:30 P.M., Worship Center

March 29 - April 5, Lenten Soup Lunch, 1:00 P.M., Trinity Room

March 30, Love in the Midst of Dementia, 4:00 - 5:00 P.M., Fireside Room

March 31, Trinity Serves the Community Table, 3:00 P.M.

April 1 - 30, Diaper Drive, Lobby

April 3 & 10, Lenten Evening Book Study, 6:00 P.M., Fireside Room

April 5, Prayer Friend Gathering, 8:00 P.M., Trinity Room

April 12, Food Pantry Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, 11:30 A.M., Trinity Room

April 12, Friendship Group, 10:00 A.M., Chapel

April 13, Maundy Thursday Worship, 6:30 P.M., Worship Center

April 14, Good Friday Worship, 12:15 P.M. & 6:30 P.M., Worship Center

April 16, Easter Worship, 6:30, 8:00, 9:30 & 10:45 A.M., Worship Center

April 16, Easter Breakfast, 7:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M., Trinity Room





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