January 21, 2015 by  
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Rev. Kristina Weber

Senior Pastor


I began my call as Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in December 2013.

I am a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.  Prior to coming to Trinity, I served congregations in Minnesota and Illinois, beginning in 1997.  My husband, Erik, and I are blessed to be the parents of two sons.  Erik serves as the Senior Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, also in Jamestown.

I love the vibrancy of Trinity’s ministry with children, youth and families and the deep care and concern for senior adults who live at home or in local care centers.


Rev. Susan Haukaas

Associate Pastor


I began my call as the Associate Pastor here at Trinity in January of 2015.

I am a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Before going to Seminary I served as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Previous to my call at Trinity, I served a parish in Adams, North Dakota. My husband, Michael is completing a degree in Social Work at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. We have one son.

I am so excited to be a part of the ministry happening at Trinity Lutheran and to be living in Jamestown!


Joleen Scott  

Administrative & Financial Secretary

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I grew up in New Rockford and Jamestown, graduating from Jamestown and then later St. Cloud State University with a BS in public accounting in 1980.  I worked at Stutsman County State Bank until 1985 when I got married and became a stay at home mom.

I started my ministry at Trinity in 1997 as the part-time financial secretary and then added the administrative side in 2005.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading and quilting.  My husband Mike and I have 3 grown children, all of who were baptized and confirmed at Trinity.

Trinity has been my church family since 1980 and has truly been there for me and my family throughout the years.  The warmth and compassion of the parishioners has gotten us through trials and tribulations.


Sarah McDermid   

Director of Children and Family Ministries

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Sarah joined Trinity’s staff in 2007. She is a native of St. Paul, MN. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a double major in Music Education and Spanish and received her Master’s Degree in Education from St. Mary’s University in curriculum development.

With a strong passion and love for teaching, Sarah taught both elementary Spanish and music in Woodbury, MN for 4 years before becoming a mother, a Kindermusik instructor, and later involved in Christian education. She loves the privilege and opportunity of coming along side children, women, and families each week through play time at Stepping Stones, bible studies, family classes and events, and our Faith Quest rotational-style Sunday school program, but most importantly, growing in relationship with Christ and experiencing,  teaching,  and sharing His love and message of Good News together as a community of faith.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys quiet reading and reflecting, thrift store shopping, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Aaron and her spirited daughters, Samara and Anja.


Kirstie Dobson     

Youth Coordinator

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A native New Orleanean, I have been in Jamestown and a member of Trinity for more than 15 years. In those first years, I volunteered with youth, children and music and in 2008 was hired as part-time Youth Assistant. With each passing year, my passion for and commitment to our young people grow. I am so grateful to be serving our Lord and Savior with the youth of this community. Thank you, Trinity, for the opportunity.

I love Trinity for many reasons. So many, in fact, that I would hate to list only a few.  My favorite thing about Trinity, though, is not a thing at all. It is the people. The people of Trinity are welcoming, loving, encouraging , faithful, supportive and resilient. I feel blessed to be among you.


Shirley Laber      

Pastoral Assistant and Stephen Ministry Leader

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My job as Pastoral Assistant is to visit the homebound and bring them communion once a month.  I also visit people in the hospital and nursing homes.  Visiting those who are grieving or in a crisis, attending staff meetings and assisting with Parish Care are some of my other responsibilities.

I have been a member of Trinity for many years.  I feel the warmth of the people and it feels like family.

Congregation Council

June 26, 2014 by  
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The Congregation Council shall:

  1. Oversee the life and activities of this congregation, and in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  2. Be responsible for the financial and property matters of this congregation.
  3. See that the provisions of the constitution, bylaws and continuing resolutions are carried out.
  4. Provide for an annual review of the membership roster.
  5. Be responsible for the appointment and supervision of the salaried lay workers of the congregation.
  6. Submit a comprehensive report, through our committees, officers, staff and auxiliaries, to the congregation at the annual meeting.


  • Russ Sunderland, President
  • Judy Perleberg, Vice President
  • Lu Ann Knoke, Secretary
  • Peg Beckman, Treasurer
  • Brent Berry
  • Jeff Hoff
  • Brenda Knapp
  • Connie Lillejord
  • Tom Sanders
  • Joyce Schulz
  • Candace Sedler
  • Jim Vagneur


Church History

September 12, 2011 by  
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Trinity congregation held its first meeting in 1906 in Scandia Hall with Pastor H.H. Frost, Sheyenne, ND, conducting the service. In 1911, Pastor Iver Havneros organized the congregation known as the Jamestown Scandinavian Lutheran Church. The following year Pastor J. C. Wisnaes was installed as the first resident pastor.

Pastor Wisnaes served until 1921 when Pastor Joseph Johnson was installed and served for 33 years during which time the congregation was named Trinity Lutheran.

In 1954, Rev. J. A. Nestigen was installed as pastor and in that same year the congregation began the broadcast of their radio service over KEYJ, which continues today over KQDJ. Ground was broken in May of 1955 for a new church building, that continues to be our present location. The building was updated in 2002, with the addition of a gathering space, fellowship hall, music rooms, and classrooms.

Other pastors having served at Trinity are Rev. Chester Johnson, Rev. Neil Thompson, Rev. Don Richman, Rev. Sheldon Tostengard, Rev. Joseph Belgum, Rev. Nancy Kraft, Rev. Rich Ferris, Rev. Norm Anderson, Rev. Terry Anderson, and Rev. David Eppelsheimer.