Each staff member makes a meaningful impression in church life at Trinity.
They’re skilled leaders, faith-filled servants, and thoughtful stewards of our spiritual home. You’re invited to learn more about these remarkable individuals in their bios.
Pastor Janet Kettering
Pastor Janet Kettering serves as our Visitation Pastor. Pastor Janet and her husband, Pastor Phil Kettering, joined as members of Trinity in spring of 2016.
Pastor Janet is a second-career pastor who comes to us from the Southwestern Minnesota Synod. Her 30 years of experience as a District Court Reporter for the State of Minnesota served as a surprising catalyst to a call to pastoral ministry and the opportunity to engage in the stories of God’s people in a new way. Pastor Janet completed the ELCA candidacy process through the TEEM program (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries) at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, and was ordained into her first call in February of 2009 as Associate Pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby, Minnesota. That was followed by a call as their Senior Pastor; she continued in that position until 2016, at which time she and her husband, Pastor Phil Kettering, relocated to the Rocky Mountain Synod and the Boulder area.
Pastor Janet currently serves as a half-time pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Boulder and cherishes spending time with her husband and their family, preparing and sharing meals with others for others, and seeing God’s presence revealed through our life experiences.
Melanie Nehls Burow
Melanie has been a member of Trinity since spring 2001 and a staff member 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. Melanie 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 the world.
Monica has been our bookkeeper since 2006 and a member of Trinity since 1995. Monica holds an AA degree in accounting and has been working in this field since 1983. She is responsible for paying operating expenses, payroll service, balances the checkbooks and creates the church’s financial statements. Monica has two boys whom she loves fiercely. She likes to read, hike and hang out with her family.
Dr. Leila Heil
ADULT CHOIR DIRECTOR
Dr. Heil is Trinity’s Adult Choir Director. She began her ministry among us in 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 moved to the area from Ft. Collins where she served as the Choir Director of Christ United Methodist.
COORDINATOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES
Jeanine is the Coordinator of Music Ministries/Youth Choir Director. Jeanine and her husband Tom joined Trinity in April of 2012 after they moved to the area 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.
Marilyn Van Roekel
Marilyn came to Trinity as our Organist in Fall 2017. An organist and pianist, she studied at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. She has a lifetime of serving churches from Iowa to Alaska to Missouri to Arizona to Colorado! She currently lives in Frederick with her spouse, Jeff. Marilyn has two children and two stepchildren, plus one adorable grandchild who prompted the move to Colorado from Iowa. When away from the keys she loves hiking, biking, motorcycling, rafting, and sailing.
Andrea joined the Trinity team in September 2017 as part time Office Assistant. She compiles the Sunday Bulletins, helps with church communication and supports the pastors and other staff members as needed three mornings per week. She has had the privilege of serving as church administrator at two other churches. She resides in Westminster with her husband, Daniel, and their two daughters, Katie and Chloe. On the weekend, Andrea is all about planning events, baking with her kids and getting outside in the Colorado outdoors. She loves hiking, mountain drives, picnics and time with friends and extended family. She is very involved in her local church and enjoys volunteering in a variety of ministries.
Bill has been at Trinity since 1977. Bill’s role at Trinity is to keep God’s house and surrounding yard clean. Bill has always enjoyed doing things for the church, even trimming the bushes and grass and, when needed, shoveling snow. Bill was in the Air Force for 4 years and then worked for the Federal Aviation, retiring in 1995. Bill and his wife Carol have one son, Steven, who is married to Amy, and two grandsons, Kyle and Travis. Bill & Carol have a condo in Maui and whenever they get a chance, they go to Hawaii and enjoy the sunshine to relax.
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