Trinity Lutheran Church
"A mission outpost in a troubled world..."
Pastor Mark was called to Trinity Lutheran as Senior Pastor in the Fall of 1992. A
1978 graduate of Concordia Seminary in Exile (Seminex), Pastor Mark moved to
Colorado from Chicago where he served two different congregations: Edison Park
Lutheran, Chicago, '78-'84; and Redeemer's Lutheran Church, Oak Forrest, '84-'92.
Pastor Mark is married to Lynn who is a retired school teacher and they have three
"Trinity is a marvelous community of people who have been called and gathered here by the Holy
Spirit to be a mission outpost in a troubled world. We are not perfect by any means but we work
hard to honor God who has graciously called us to be partners in this ministry. We are a diverse
group of people who are in continual conversation about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
We are centered in the Word of God around the Table of the Lord. Everyone who comes to Trinity is
welcome. Everyone who walks through the door is here to receive and participate in the grace of
God, and together we work to figure out what it means to be a disciple."
Pastor Mark Twietmeyer
Terry Schjang is the Vistation Pastor at Trinity and is also a called Pastor to New
Beginnings Church, a church located inside the Denver Women's Correctional Facility in
Colorado. At Trinity, she is serving as Visitator Pastor, specializing in visiting those who
are unable to worship regularly with the congregation and pastoral care. Terry started
July 2012. In addition, she also assists with leading worship and preaching.
Pastor Terry Schjang
Daniel Bock....Dan is the Director of Youth Ministries and joined the Trinity staff
August 2014. He graduated from Augustana College with a BA in Religion and worked
at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp for 3 years. Dan's job is to connect with the youth of
Trinity and act as a support in their lives. He helps the youth on their faith journey by
acting as a counselor, friend, cheerleader, and supporter. His goal is to grow the
youth into leaders & disciples of Jesus. Dan loves how integrated the youth are
integrated with the whole church at Trinity and not stuck off in a youth room
somewhere. Dan lives with two wonderful roommates (his parents) in Arvada. In his
spare time, he loves to home brew beer, play guitar and banjo, watch movies, and
explore the world around him.
|Director of Youth Ministries
Melanie Nehls Burow has been a member of Trinity since spring 2001 and serves
as Coordinator of Congregational Life. She has been part of the staff since July 2004.
Melanie manages the church calendar and events, production of church publications,
the church's technology and equipment, and communication to the congregation. She is
the person who makes sure things get done and considers herself a
"Jane-of-all-trades." Melanie holds a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in
Social Service Administration with over 20 years experience working with nonprofits.
Melanie is married to Andrew Burow and they reside in Boulder. When not at Trinity
working, Melanie is at Trinity volunteering with the Middle School youth group. She also
sings in ASTER Women's Chamber Choir, where she serves as choir president.
Melanie is a Master Composter and teaches composting classes in the area each
spring and fall. She is an avid traveler and is always trying to find time to see more of
|Coordinator of Congregational Life
Melanie Nehls Burow
Valerie Hess has been at Trinity since September 1996. Valerie has a Masters in
Music in church music and organ from Valparaiso University.
As Coordinator of Music Ministries, Valerie oversees the active music program at
Trinity. She also leads the Worship Team. Valerie chooses the hymns and consults
with the choir directors and pastors about music and liturgies for our varied services.
In addition to her musical work, Valerie is a published author: "Habits of a Child's Heart:
Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines" came out in 2004 and "Spiritual
Disciplines: A Year of Readings" came out in June of 2007. Most recently, she
co-authored "The Life of the Body," out January 2013. Here is a recent interview with
Valerie about her new book!
|"Trinity as an organized community of faith is a mission outpost in a
troubled world, making a God shaped impact on the World."
Monica Plumb has been the bookkeeper since 2006 and a member of Trinity since 1995.
Monica has an AA degree in accounting and has been working in this field since 1983. She is
responsible for paying the operating expenses of the church as well as Trinity's payroll service.
She also balances the check books and does the financial statements for the church.
Monica is the mother of two boys. When she is not at Trinity, she likes to read, hike and hang
out with her family.
Bill Rhode has been at Trinity since 1977. Bill's role at Trinity is to keep God's
house clean. Sweep floors, clean bathrooms, wax floors, change light bulbs, empty
garbage cans, etc. Bill has always enjoyed doing things for the church since he
joined Trinity, even trimming the bushes and grass and, when needed, shovelling
Bill grew up in Chicago, IL. He was in the Air Force for 4 years and worked for the
Federal Aviation Administration when he got out of the service. He first worked for
the FAA in Illinois and requested a transfer to Colorado in 1976. He retired from the
FAA in 1995. Bill and his wife Carol have been married since 1968. They have one
son, Steven who is married to Amy, and two grandsons, Kyle & Travis.
Bill & Carol have a condo in Maui and whenever they get a chance, they go to Hawaii
and enjoy the sunshine to relax. Bill likes to ride bike and run, and he also enjoys
going down to Mexico to build houses on Trinity's Casas Mission Trips. In 1997, Bill
also traveled to Africa to build houses with Habitat for Humanity.
Melinda Vernon joined Trinity’s staff in May 2012. She previously worked at Faith
Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas for 5 years. Before coming to Trinity, she was an
Executive Assistant for a local software company, and she brings nearly 27 years of
experience doing administrative work. She attended the University of Texas in Austin.
Melinda serves as the Office Assistant and provides support in the Trinity office for the day-to-
day tasks, including answering phones, bulletin preparation, and assisting the staff,
congregation, and community as needed.
Melinda grew up in Dallas, TX, and later Austin until moving to Boulder in 2003. She has 3
dogs (2 full Border Collies and a Border/Sheltie Mix that is a rescue) and she competes with
them in a Dog Sport called Flyball. She is the Regional Director for the sport in this area.
Melinda is also a football fanatic and loves to garden, cook and enjoy nature.
|Coordinator of Music Ministries
|Adult Choir Director
Dr. Leila Heil
Dr. Leila Heil is Trinity's Adult Choir Director. She began her ministry among us April 2013.
Leila is an Assistant Professor at CU in the College of Music: Choral Methods, Graduate Level
Foundations of Music Education, and Faculty Advisor. She recently moved to Broomfield from Ft.
Collins where she also served as the Choir Director of Christ United Methodist.
|Youth Choir Director
Jeanine Marsh is the Youth Choir Director. Jeanine and her husband Tom joined Trinity
in April of 2012 after they moved to the Denver area (Westminster) from Columbia, South
Carolina. She has a Bachelor's degree in music with a piano major and voice minor from
the State University of West Georgia (1976) and has done graduate work, including organ
study, at Columbia College in Columbia, SC. She has been organist/choir director at two
churches, one ELCA and one Episcopal, where she was director of adult and children's
choirs. For many years she directed the children's choir at their home church, Westminster
Presbyterian in Columbia, and has experience directing bell choirs. Tom and Jeanine
spend a lot of time playing with their two grandsons that live here in Colorado, traveling
back East to see their three granddaughters, and driving to California to visit family.