Billy Newell
Senior Pastor

Pastor Billy is passionate about introducing all people to Jesus and helping them grow in their relationship with Him.  The love of Jesus transformed Pastor Billy's life in a powerful way when he was invited to church in high school.  Since then, Pastor Billy continues to see the many ways God walks through life with His people.

Pastor Billy is married to his amazing wife, Kristen, and has since had four extremely energetic children, Josiah, Addison, Naomi, and Evelynn.  They can frequently be seen chasing after the kids throughout all of Bloomington-Normal.

In his free time, Pastor Billy loves to swim, bike, and run!  He also loves to complete home improvement projects, showing his kids how to help every step of the way.  After all of that, he can be found recovering in front of a good football, basketball, or baseball game.

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Chuck Bahn
Assistant Pastor and Director of Christian Growth

Pastor Bahn loves to teach and to be with people to talk about faith and God working in our lives, even in the times we struggle.

Pastor Bahn has been married to his wonderful wife, Kathy for 25 years.  They have three amazing children, Jeremy, who lives in Chattanooga, TN; Katie, who is a nurse in Valparaiso, IN; and Rachel, who is studying to be a Director of Christian Education.

Pastor Bahn likes to read all kinds of different things.  He enjoys walking and riding bikes.  He also enjoys food of every size, shape, and background, as long as it's not "weird" food.

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Mr. Shawn Hoffmann
School Principal

Shawn Hoffmann is a 1995 graduate of Concordia University in River Forest. He has served as an administrator at Trinity Lutheran since 2004. Previous to being principal, he taught 5th-8th grade science. Trinity Lutheran is Shawn's first Call and he is so very thankful for the opportunity to serve here among some of the greatest parents, faculty, and staff he has ever met. To God be the Glory!

Favorite Bible Verse:  Romans 8:35, 38-39  
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Mary Bloebaum
Director of Family Life Ministry

Mary has an enormous passion for Family Life Ministry as she works with marriages, parents, and families all through the lifespan, to equip the home to pass on faith while living and serving Jesus everyday!

Mary is blessed to be married to her best friend and life partner, Brett Bloebaum. They get to team up daily to parent their two sweet girls Nora and Jane.  Some favorite family times often happen snuggled up on the couch cheering on the Packers or Colts, around the table in serious board game competitions, or in the van singing crazy for the Lord!

When Mary is not doing all of the above she enjoys being a memory maker, picture taker, journal-er, and scrapbooker!  She loves family vacations, walking, biking, and connecting with others over a good gas station cappuccino!

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Christy Malinowski
Director of Youth Ministry

Christy has a real heart for youth and enjoys helping them use their God given gifts and talents in service to Him.  She serves the Jr. and Sr. High Youth at Trinity, along with their families.  Christy also loves to go on mission trips where she can use her gift of serving in a variety of ways.

Christy is married to her handsome husband, Jeff, and together they have three wonderful children; Kristin, Chad and Claire.

Christy enjoys being silly with youth, reading, scrapbooking and watching her daughter, Claire, compete at swim meets.

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Amy Cottone
Children’s ministry AssistaNT

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Mark Heidloff
Director of Contemporary Music

Mark is passionate about leading God’s people into His presence through praise and worship, especially with music, because "God inhabits, lives among, the praises of His people!" (Psalm 22:3 NLT)

Mark has been married to his lovely wife, Sharon, for 36 years. They have 2 grown children, Jennifer and David, 5 grandchildren, Kali, Fabiana, Alex, Logan, and Noah and 3 precious great grandchildren, Liam, Mila, and Melea.

Mark enjoys songwriting, anything to do with music, sports of all kinds, and all things motorcycle related!

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Nancy Fuemmeler
Director of Traditional Music

Nancy Fuemmeler has an overwhelming passion for music and sharing the gift of music with young people.  Using the gift of music to help others experience God's presence and worship Him is one of Nancy's great joys in life!  Along with leading in worship, Nancy has the great privilege of teaching music at Trinity Lutheran School!

Nancy is married to her amazing husband, Kirk, and they have two fabulous daughters, Sarah and Leah.

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Angela BArgmann
Assistant Director for Music

Angela is passionate about faith, music, and children - seeking to help God's children of all ages connect to, grow in and share their faith through creative and skillful participation in the arts.  She does this through her direction of Trinity's adult and children's vocal choir, Alleluia Ringers handbell choir, and liturgical dance.

Angela lives in Bloomington with her children Nathan and Elizabeth, but is a born and raised Southern girl from North Carolina where her mom still lives.  Angela, Nathan, and Elizabeth enjoy taking road trips down south whenever they can.  They love family movie nights, MarioKart tournaments, and snuggling together in one big chair for stories and prayers at night.

When she's not at Trinity, Angela teaches and directs music at Music Connections Kindermusik, local theater organizations, and her private in-home studio.  She not only loves directing, but performing as well and can often be seen singing and dancing on stage in the Holiday Spectacular.  One of her favorite places to be, though, is wrapped up in a blanket (no matter what season it is!) with a good book or a cross stitch pattern and a hot cup of coffee. 

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Scott Hoeft
Director of Finance

Scott's greatest desire for Trinity Lutheran is to make sure everyone has what they need to serve the community.  From managing finances to building and grounds upkeep, Scott knows these are resources for sharing the love of Christ and makes sure they are ready for God's purposes.

Scott is married to his lovely wife, Shawn, and they have four wonderful children, Zac, Rachel, Jacob, and Abigail.

In his free time, Scott loves nothing more than to run the farm and support the broader farming community.

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Tricia Walker
Administrative Assistant

Tricia enjoys helping people connect with Trinity Lutheran and sharing the love of Christ with them. 

Tricia is married to Geoff, and they have two children, Isaac and Zachary. In the two times per year she has free time, Tricia enjoys scrapbooking. She can often be found attending her nieces and nephews sporting events in the area. She enjoys hanging out with her very large and fun family. 

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Shann Elble
Communications Assistant

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