Leadership

Rev. Scott Gustafson, Administrative Pastor

Pastor Scott Gustafson (Pastor G) 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!” He left school in Tampa to enroll at Concordia University, River Forest, IL where he met Georgia Pagel. During the summer of 1993, 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, Caleb, Joshua, Sarah, and Rachel. 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.”

Email: pastorgustafson@trinitymerrill.com

Office: 715-536-5482 | Cell Phone: 715-351-0016

Rev. Adam Rodriguez, Associate Pastor

On May 1, 2019 Adam was excited to be called to Trinity to begin his pastoral ministry. He graduated in May of 2019 with his Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Prior to studying at the Seminary he served at Zion Lutheran Church in Wayside, WI as their Director of Christian Education. Adam was ordained and installed at Trinity Church as Associate Pastor on July 28, 2019. Pastor Rodriguez and his wife Kyla have two children: Carson and Madison. He loves to build relationships, play and coach basketball, and is glad to call Merrill home after many years of moving.

Email: pastorrodriguez@trinitymerrill.com

Office: 715-536-5482

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. 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. 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.

Email: BobSchneider@TrinityMerrill.com

Office: 715-536-5482

Robin Grenfell, Church 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.  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 daughter-in-law, 1 son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Robin’s favorite Bible verses are: 1 Thessalonians 2:8 and 1 Thessalonians 1:4.

Email: RobinGrenfell@TrinityMerrill.com

Office: 715-536-5482

Kathy Yahr, Trinity Lutheran School Administrator and Preschool Director

Kathy graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and with her Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in 2001. She completed the colloquy program of the LCMS in 2007 and has a Call to serve at Trinity as the Day School Principal. Kathy is married to Don who is an active member of Trinity.

Email: Kathy.Yahr@TLSMerrill.com

Office: 715-539-0905