Trinity Lutheran Church

Staff and Officers

Trinity Lutheran is blessed by the service of a dedicated, passionate group of leaders and staff members who work tirelessly on our behalf. We invite you to reach out to any of us; we are here to serve you. 

Meet Our Staff

Dan Kelm
Senior Pastor
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About Dan Kelm

Pastor Dan Kelm and his wife, Rachel, were born and raised in Wisconsin. Rachel is a graduate of Carroll College, and Pastor Dan graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1981. Pastor Dan established a new mission church, Divine Savior, Indianapolis, and served there from 1981 to 1993. From 1993 to 1994, he served as a missionary and helped establish a Lutheran church in Bulgaria. Pastor Dan made the decision to move to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS). He has since served at St. John's in West Bend, Wisconsin (nine years); Salem in Orange, California (seven years); and most recently at St. John's in Portage, Wisconsin. Dan and Rachel love movies, music, reading and the Green Bay Packers (13 NFL titles).

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Blair Clark
Associate Pastor
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About Blair Clark

Pastor Blair Clark serves as the associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in the areas of nurture and Christian discipleship. He shares his passion for reaching out to the community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through small group ministry, Christian education, and member care. He completed his master of divinity degree as a 1987 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, after completing his undergraduate studies at St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas, and Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he received a BA degree in sociology and biblical languages. Trained as a leadership coach for pastors and congregations partnered with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s revitalization process through the Transforming Churches Network (TCN), Pastor Blair successfully guided his previous congregation through that process. He currently employs those gifts as a member of our Trinity staff. He also continues to serve as a faculty member of the American Public University Systems of Charles Town, West Virginia, as an online instructor of religion. Pastor Blair, originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, is married to Kimberley (Kovac). Together, they were blessed to raise three children. In his spare time, you can find Pastor Blair enjoying his family, working on home projects, golfing, swimming, playing softball or water volleyball, and relaxing in his favorite vacation destination in Destin, Florida.

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Dennis Crowley
Director of Music
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About Dennis Crowley

Our new director of music and organist, Dennis Crowley, was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he lived until attending college at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York. Certified in multiple subjects, he started teaching high school shortly after graduation. He began taking piano lessons at age five and playing the organ in college. Although classically trained, he is open to and well versed in a variety of musical styles, which he plans to introduce at Trinity to enhance the musical experience of our church community. He has served as director/organist for many years in several denominations but most recently at Family of Christ Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Tampa Palms, Florida, just south of Wesley Chapel. He will be looking for more members to join the choral and hand bell choirs. The choirs will work on new and challenging music to support the worship service and encourage full participation by all members.

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Jill Esposito
Business Manager
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About Jill Esposito

Jill D. Esposito began working with Trinity in 2002 as a part-time secretary shortly after moving to Florida from upstate New York. As Trinity grew, she assumed a full-time administrative assistant position. In 2014, she was promoted to business manager. Mrs. Esposito graduated in 2015 with an AA degree in business administration and is currently continuing her education at the College of Central Florida in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational management. Jill has two beautiful daughters and three amazing grandchildren. On April 18, 2016, she married her best friend, Francesco Esposito. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to school, and working out at the local gym.

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Sara Stumbaugh
Administrative Assistant
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About Sara Stumbaugh

Sara currently lives in Lady Lake with her wonderful husband, Jason, who is employed by Publix. They “tide” the knot on St. Pete beach on November 7, 2015. Sara has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she graduated in 2002. She enjoys trips to the beach, seeing her two nieces Chloie and Tori, and attending concerts. If you have any submissions for the monthly Tidings newsletter or the weekly bulletins, please call, e-mail, or stop by. She would love to visit with you!

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Our Officers

Al Etzler
President
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Responsibilities

The president will preside at all meetings of the Voters Assembly and the Church Council. He will make temporary appointments to all committees and boards for ratification of the Church Council and sign contracts and legal documents as required by the terms of our articles of incorporation.
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Bill Myers
Vice President
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Responsibilities

The vice president will perform all duties of the president when the president is absent or unable to serve and perform such duties as may be delegated by the president.
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Pam Bixler
Recording Secretary
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Responsibilities

The recording secretary will record the proceedings of all meetings of the Voters Assembly and the Church Council and maintain a historical file of such minutes, serve as official correspondent of the Church Council, and maintain attendance records for the meetings. The recording secretary will attest to official documents of the Church Council and Voters Assembly and execute legal documents as required.
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Tom Kolberg
Financial Secretary
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Responsibilities

The financial secretary will maintain a record of all contributions received by type of contribution and provide periodic financial statements to all giving units of the congregation, supervise the counting and balancing of weekly contributions, and provide for the safekeeping and deposit of these funds in the appropriate banking institution.
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Gary Eckoff
Treasurer
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Responsibilities

The treasurer is responsible for the entire financial system at Trinity. Included are banking relationships, maintaining an accurate general ledger, the preparation of monthly statements, and preparation of reports to the church council. Other responsibilities include preparing semi-monthly payroll and all related reports, preparing and signing all vendor checks, and preparing annual budgets. The treasurer also serves as chairman of the Finance Committee and serves on the Long-Range Planning Committee and the Endowment Committee.
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