Reverend Scott Gustafson, Senior Pastor

Pastor Scott Gustafson (aka: Pastor G) was born in Rockford, IL, but grew up in Tampa, FL. After graduating high school he became very active in his church, but went to college in pursuit of a business degree. While he was enjoying his volunteer work with the youth of his congregation, a great idea hit him: “Hey,” he thought, “I can get paid for this!” So he left school in Tampa to enroll at Concordia University, River Forest, IL where he met Georgia Pagel.

During the summer of 1993, between his first and second year at the seminary, Pastor G and Georgia were united in marriage. In the fall of 1996, after seminary graduation and ordination, Pastor G was called to serve as the Associate Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Norwood/Young America. It was in December of 2010, when Pastor G accepted the call to serve as the Administrative Pastor here at Trinity that he moved to Merrill. At the same time, Georgia accepted the call to serve as a teacher at Trinity School.

Pastor G and Georgia have five children: David, born in 1998; Caleb, born 2001; Joshua, born 2003, Sarah, born 2007; and Rachel, born 2009.

Since 2005, Pastor G has served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard where he holds the rank of Major. He has multiple deployments, the longest of which was a year in Kosovo in support of KFOR9.

His motto is simple: “Two can do anything if one of them is God.”

The Bible verse that centers at the heart of all that Pastor G does is recorded in Isaiah 40:1, “Comfort, comfort, my people, says your God.” 

You can reach Pastor G at: or at 715-536-5482 (church) or 715-351-0016 (cell).

Reverend Adam Rodriguez,  Associate Pastor

Pastor Adam Rodriguez Joins Staff at Trinity

Pastor Rodriguez was born on October 25, 1989 in Panama City, Florida. He moved around quite a bit growing up, spending years in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri and Indiana. Upon graduating from Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour, IN, Adam moved off to college and attended Concordia University Chicago and entered the Director of Christian Education (DCE) program. On move-in day at college, Adam met a beautiful girl, Kyla, in the stairwell of his dorm hall and they started dating towards the end of the first year of college. Adam and Kyla would date all the way through college, taking almost every course together, because they both were in the DCE program. Before going off to their perspective DCE internships, Adam asked Kyla to marry him. They would spend the year of engagement apart, Adam being in Wayside, Wisconsin and Kyla being in St. Louis, Missouri. After their internships, they were married on August 2, 2013.  Kyla joined Adam up in Wisconsin for three and a half years where they both were in ministry as DCEs. In August of 2015, Adam realized that there was a shortage of pastors and heeded Christ’s call into the Pastoral Office. While at Seminary, Kyla worked as the Assistant Registrar for two LCMS Youth Gatherings, and also was on staff at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Missouri as a DCE. Adam’s vicarage year was spent in Frankenmuth, Michigan at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and School. On May 1, 2019 Adam was excited to be called to Trinity to begin his pastoral ministry. He graduated on May 17, 2019 with his Masters of Divinity degree. Adam was ordained and installed at Trinity Church as Associate Pastor on July 28, 2019. Pastor Rodriguez and Kyla have two children, Carson and Madison. The Rodriguez’s are excited and eager to finally settle down after moving almost every year of their marriage.

You can reach Pastor Rodriguez at: or at 715-536-5482 (church)

Bob Schneider, Lay Minister

Bob served Trinity for many years as a Bible class leader, treasurer and Elder.  He graduated from the Lay Ministry program in 2002 from Concordia University at Mequon, WI, as a certified Lay Minister in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.  He was called and installed as Lay Minister at Trinity in 2013.

He currently assists the pastor(s) and serves the congregation with shut-in and hospital visits, confirmation instruction, leading Bible classes, special projects, and church services.
Bob is married to Sandy who teaches the new member classes and is the Treasurer at Trinity Lutheran Church.  They have three grown children, Christine (Hartson), Catherine (Page) and Tim (Schneider) and 12 grandchildren. 
He enjoys fishing, hunting and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. 
His favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2: 8-10, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  This verse spells out how we are saved and what we are to do in response to God’s great love shown to us in His Son, Jesus.  “Knowing Jesus brings so much joy and peace that it makes our busy life bearable.” 
Bob would be happy to share the Gospel message with anyone and can be reached at:

715.536.5482 (Church)

Robin Grenfell, Office Administrator

Robin is our friendly, smiling, cheerful Office Administrator.  It is such a pleasure to speak with her.  She has an uplifting, joyful attitude, and is a truly caring person.  We love having Robin in the office!

Robin loves people of all ages and connects well with everyone from babies through the elderly.  A major focus for Robin is her family, whom she loves very much.  She and her husband Rich have 2 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, and 2 brand new granddaughters.

Robin’s favorite Bible verses are:
1 Thessalonians 2:8

 “We loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel but our lives as well.”
1 Thessalonians 1:4
“For we know, brothers and sisters, that God has chosen you.”

Contact Robin at:
715.536.5482 ext. 1 

Kathy Yahr, School Administrator

Graduated from the University of Wyoming with her Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in 2001

Completed the colloquy program of the LCMS in 2007

She has a Call as the Day School Principal

Kathy is married to Don who is an active member of Trinity.