Rick Stieve - Pastor
Pastor Rick was born in Dearborn, Michigan. His parents are Richard and Charlotte Stieve and he has three siblings – older
brother Jeff and his wife Deb who are in the process of moving to Arizona, younger sister Dawn and her husband
Mark who live in Berkley, Michigan, and a younger brother Mark and his wife Denise who live near Auburn Hills.
Rick attended Michigan State University attaining an Elementary Education degree. He then taught at an inner-city
preschool in Lansing, teaching 3 and 4-year olds. Rick attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio and then
received his first call at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City. After 4 years in TC, Rick accepted a call to Trinity in
Frankfort, where he has served for over 28 years.
Rick has two boys, Alex and Tim. Alex is a social worker and he and his wife Taylor live in Grand Rapids, where Taylor
works for Meijer Corp. Tim and his wife AnnMarie live in Portage where they both work for Pfizer.
Rick married Lisa (Packard) in May 2014 and two wonderful daughters came into his life - Shelby (and Will) live in Troy,
Michigan, and Madison lives with Rick and Lisa in the church parsonage next door to the church.
Lisa Stieve – Music Minister
Lisa June (McMasters) Stieve was born November 12, 1974 in Grants Pass, Oregon. Her parents are Mike and Carol
McMasters. Her dad was raised in Huntington Beach, CA until sixteen, then moved to Grants Pass where he met Lisa's
mother. Lisa has two younger brothers - Aaron who lives in Tulsa and has three children, and Johnny who lives in Seattle
and is an artist.
Lisa's maternal grandparents are Leatha (Seimens) Button and the late Leonard Button, also of Grants Pass. Her maternal
grandfather worked, as many of the family did, his entire life in the saw mills. Lisa was very close to these grandparents,
having spent two months every summer with them. Lisa names Leatha as a person who has greatly influenced her during
her life along with her family.
Lisa has two daughters, Shelby and Madison. Shelby works in the communications field and she and Will live in Troy, Michigan. Madison is a cosmetologist, working at The Hair Code in Traverse City.
Lisa has a passion for working with youth and has acquired a wealth of experience in this area. Starting at the age of sixteen Lisa worked after school at the Small World Learning Center with school aged children. After high school she worked for four years as lead teacher for four and five year old preschoolers. In 2002 Lisa was hired to teach at the Betsie Bay Coop Preschool. During that time she also studied and obtained an Associate Degree in Child Development.
Lisa has been working for Trinity for the past ten-plus years; both as Youth and Family Minister and now as the leader of music for Trinity's Tuesday night worship service. In this capacity, Lisa works with the members of Trinity's Praise Band to provide beautiful and inspiring contemporary music. Lisa also works for the Northstar Chiropractic in Frankfort (moving in to the old Subway building in Nov 2020).
Besides her music, Lisa enjoys cooking, swimming, biking and yoga. She has participated in the Traverse City Marathon twice.
The Congregational or Church Council has general oversight of the life and activities of Trinity Lutheran Church.
To that end, the Council is tasked with ensuring Trinity functions in accordance with the Word of God and in the
faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Council is comprised of five Officers and nine Coordinators or Committee members as follows:
The five officers consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Financial secretary. Officers are elected by written ballot and serve for one year and not more than three consecutive terms.
The nine coordinators include Youth Ministry, Education, Worship, Christian Service, Finance, Property Management, Evangelism, Congregational Life, Social Ministry and Member-at-Large. The coordinators are also elected by ballot and serve for two years and not more three full terms. *Council normally meets on the third Monday of each month.
Current Council Members
President/Charlie Gregory, Vice President/Anne Rodey, Secretary/Ann Loveless, Treasurer/Paul Turner, Financial Secretary/Jane Schwocho,
Youth/Open, Education/JD Kittleson, Worship/Shirley Tranquill, Christian Service/Marilou Schlotterbeck, Finance/Robin Breseman, Property Management/Paul Luedtke, Evangelism/Open, Congregational Life/Jay Larson, Member-at-Large/Tina Noffsinger