Heidi has truly enjoyed her journey through faith to the platform Trinity has provided. She has been a chaperone on numerous youth events, including Group Leader for faith ventures to Montana and Pennsylvania. Heidi has sat on the Family and Youth Committee, relished being a group leader for confirmation classes for 5 years, plus volunteered at many of Trinity’s long-time events like the pancake supper. Recently, she has been enriched from making phone calls to the older, wiser, Lutheran in our congregation. Heidi is very excited for the opportunity to serve in this capacity.
Bruce has been a member of Trinity since his family moved here 23 years ago. He has been involved in the community on the School Board, Boy Scouts, Middle/High School Cross Country, and Youth Baseball. Bruce has served in various supportive roles here at Trinity. He looks forward to taking a more proactive role on the congregation leadership team.
I have been a part of Trinity my whole life, being involved in different aspects as the years have gone by. I decided that the time was right to say yes to the call of being on church Council. I am looking forward to adding another voice to the wide range of people that make up Trinity Lutheran Church.
Rev. Andy Behrendt
Pastor Andy was first called to Trinity as associate pastor of family life and youth. Installed in the church basement during a 2010 tornado warning, he became lead pastor at the end of 2019, just in time for a pandemic. Pastor Andy is a former newspaper reporter and occasionally still moonlights as an improvisational comedian. He’s married to Tracy, the Waupaca Historical Society’s director. Raised in the Green Bay area by an ELCA pastor and a piano teacher, “PA” is now a dad to two boys of his own, Ben and Christian. The four Behrendts feel enormously blessed to be part of the Trinity community.
I grew up in West Bend, WI and graduated high school there. I then moved to Wausau where I was a forester and met my wife Erin. We have been married for 13 years now, and have three children (Annaleigh 11, Madalynn 10, and Conner 8). I have changed careers since being a forester and have been a Safety Manager for the last 12 years. When there is free time, my family and I enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, fishing, swimming and kayaking.
My name is Spencer Grams, a 2018 graduate of Waupaca High School and a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. I am a funeral director at the Holly Funeral Home. I am excited to serve my congregation and I think having a young mindset that is dedicated to the church is something that is needed. Trinity has played an essential role in my life as I found my faith through this wonderful church.
As a lifelong member of Trinity, Sue has been involved in several capacities. She taught Sunday School and was also involved in confirmation for many years. Currently she is a prayer partner for one of her former third grade students. Sue and her husband have also served as Elders for many years. As a Church Council member, she hopes to represent Trinity in a positive light and encourage my fellow council members as we strive to make decisions that will impact all Trinity members. Philippians 4:13
Hi, I am Betsy Sachs.
My husband, Rev. Jon and I joined Trinity, July 1989. Jon Served at Bethany Home until he retired, 2005. I am a registered nurse. I was a Home Care/Hospice nurse for Waupaca County before becoming a parish nurse for five years at Trinity Lutheran until I retired 2006. I have been offering blood pressure checks later as part of being on the Health Committee here at Trinity Lutheran Church.
I have been active in congregations since my confirmation in Ohio. I met a young man at Capital University the end of my first year of college, I returned to Toledo for my nursing education. I graduated three years later and married a week later—the rest is history and continued as a pastor’s wife for congregations in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
My hobbies are sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, gardening, traveling and time with my family, and singing with the Waupaca Community Choir.
Hello, I'm Cheryl Sletten. Paul and I moved to Waupaca in 2011 and joined Trinity especially for it's large and vibrant youth groups as our daughter was in 7th grade at that time. We have 3 grown children and 2 wonderful daughters-in-law. I'm very excited to be on the Church Council at a time when we're contemplating where we are as a congregation and ways we can have more meaningful opportunities to connect with each other and our wider community.
Hello! I am Kayla Keil, a junior in high school. Outside of the church I am on the Waupaca Dance Team and participate in softball in the spring. I also achieved my CNA license this past summer, which is setting me up for my plans of wanting to go to school to be a nurse in the future. I have been serving on the Council as the youth representative for quite a while now [serving a first one-year term in 2022]. I love taking the youth’s concerns and voicing them in some things brought up in the Council.
I grew up as a member of Trinity and was confirmed here. Then, after spending my entire working career in Iowa, we returned to Trinity, and I have served as an elder and usher. I believe I can serve on Council and contribute to Trinity’s mission as needed and assist with discussions and implementation of needs identified in the recent Discernment activities.