Our Church Council consists of individuals who serve the congregation by meeting monthly (or more often as needed) to discuss and carefully make major decisions, oversee the smooth running of the congregation, serve on key subcommittees, and ensure that the church is fulfilling its mission.
Council members serve three year turns on the council.
At the regularly scheduled Mid-Year Congregational Meeting in June, we thanked Mike Etzell, Kevin Lungren, Teri Schallock and Jenny Staats for their faithful completion of their terms of service on the Church Council.
The new Church Council met on Sunday, August 13th. The election of officers was among the first order of business. Elected to service on the Executive Board:
President: Sheilagh Byler
Vice-President: Gus Erikson
Treasurer: Dwight Smith
Secretary: Trisha Hallgren
Newly elected Board members: Herb Hossfeld, Joann Blalock, Jane Lusk, Nick Borson and Nick Etzell. Others who are continuing their service on the Church Council: Connie Alexander, Barbara Bennett, George Fisher and David Bieniek plus Pastor Jim Lindus.
We give thanks for the leaders that God has raised up and for their willingness to serve us in this way. Please keep all of our Church Council Members in your prayers.
Pastor Jim Lindus
Pastor Jim was born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, and after toying with the idea of a career in golf, Jim decided to follow a persistent calling to pastoral ministry.
He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where served on the Board of Directors for 15 years.
From 1986 to 1989 he served at Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, WA. He has been head pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church since October 1989.
Pastor Jim and his wife, Felicia, (Director of Trinity’s Preschool), have been married 30 years and are parents to three grown daughters.
As senior pastor, Pastor Jim preaches, teaches, provides pastoral care, helps define TLC’s vision, heads the church staff, and has fun living with God’s people. He believes in sharing the Gospel within the context of love, service and hospitality.
Pastor Dennis Hanson
Dennis Hanson pastored churches for 36 years until his retirement in 2000. Along with Pastors George and Eric, Pastor Dennis is frequently referred to as one of the “wise elders” at Trinity Church.
Pastor Dennis serves as part-time Visitation Pastor and teaches throughout the year. He helps teach the Trinity’s New Members Classes which are held three times a year.
He received his BA from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN in 1960 and his M.Div. from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN in 1964.
Pastor Dennis served as senior pastor of Christ Lutheran in Whitefish, MT from 1964-76; First Lutheran in Sandpoint, Idaho from 1976-1995; and Anacortes Lutheran in Anacortes, WA from 1995 until retirement in 2000. He and his wife, Geri, are also members of Trinity’s choir.
Minister of Music
Karl oversees the music program at Trinity, working with pastors, lay leaders and other congregation members. He directs “Breaded Fish,” (Trinity’s worship band), the Trinity Church Choir, and “Splash!” children’s choir.
Karl has been a soloist for a variety of organizations and director of the Whidbey Island Madrigal and Motet Society, the Whidbey Island Chorale and one of the directors of the Sing!Chronicity Vocal Ensemble.
Karl holds an MA in Vocal/Choral Music and a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from the University of Denver. He taught general music at The Bush School in Seattle, has been music director at three churches, and taught music at several elementary schools, including South Whidbey, Coupeville and Oak Harbor.
Karl has also produced two recordings, Heart of Mystery and This Love which are available for sale in the church office. He performs local concerts, sings with the sea shanty group, “The Shifty Sailors,” and also performs nationally and internationally with “The Brothers Four” folk singing group. He is married to children’s author Deb Lund, and is the father of three children.
As Parish Manager, Robin is the one who keeps the congregation running smoothly by working tirelessly, often ‘behind the scenes’ at Trinity. She has been Parish Manager since 1993 and a member of Trinity since 1991.
She works closely with congregation and staff to ensure the smooth running of the church office and assists the members and pastors with communication, lay ministry and worship.
Robin also does the scheduling for church facility use.
Christian Education Director
Amy grew up in Snohomish where she was active in her church youth group, and 4H. After receiving her AA from Everett Community College, she worked in newspaper advertising for seven years. After her second daughter was born, Amy became a full-time mom, very much enjoying her time with daughters Ava and Lia. Within a couple of years, though, she found herself volunteering for her church’s Sunday School program. This very quickly turned into a part-time job, where she truly felt God calling her to serve.
Amy attended Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Children, Youth and Family Studies.
She is thrilled to be serving at Trinity Freeland, working with students of all ages as they navigate their personal faith journeys.
Amy and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, especially on their small farm with their horses, goats, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, and various other critters.
Volunteer Coordinator / Admin. Assistant
Linda Abegglen Nevermann
Bell Choir Director and Adult Education Coordinator
Linda Abegglen Nevermann grew up in the small town of Monroe, Wisconsin. She was fully involved in all aspects of music and gave private cornet/trumpet lessons for 30 years, and also taught horn lines in drum and bugle corps.
Music is an expression of faith for her and she is challenged to tell that story by shaping it with dynamics and techniques to help the worship experience be more meaningful for the congregation.
Linda is also Adult Education Coordinator and enjoys the creativeness that allows for scheduling quality Bible-based programs.
Linda has been married to her husband Jim for 39 years and they have two children, a son and daughter.
Creative Media / Webmaster
As part-time technology and creative media coordinator, Laura is responsible for the worship service projections and announcements for Sunday worship services and is TLC’s webmaster and Facebook page coordinator. She holds a B.S. degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Communications from Pacific Union College.
After an 18-year career in hospital and healthcare public relations, she became a freelancer when her husband was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor.
She works primarily with nonprofits such as the South Whidbey Schools Foundation, Good Cheer Food Bank, Helping Hand, and Senior Services on South Whidbey where she uses her skills in marketing communications, writing, editing, publications, web design, photography, and a developing interest in video.
One of her special interests is in using digital media as a means of communicating the Gospel and helping Christians share their faith journeys with one another. She enjoys just being with her husband, and also enjoys writing poetry, salmon fishing and is a founder of TLC’s Fishinista Workshop, spiritual books, interesting movies, theological conversations, and travel.