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.
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.
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
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
Youth Ministry Coordinator: Middle School
Phone Extension 209
Youth Ministry Coordinator: High School
Phone Extension 209
Noah’s Ark Preschool and Early Childhood Enrichment Teachers
Knickerbocker, Preschool Director
Phone Extension 205
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
Rambo, Senior Choir Director
Corinne Gransee Paral, Jesus & Me and Celebration Singers Director
Liz Drayton, Totally Joyous Christians Director
Cooper, God's Little Singers Director
Poquette, Trinity Tollers Director
Sands, Harmony In Spirit Director
Drew Brandenburg, Crossword Youth Band Director
Lynn Buske, Liturgical Dance Group Director
Building and Grounds Maintenance
Don Peterson, Facilities Director
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