Pastor Carl came to Trinity in 2008 after earning his Master’s of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis. He was ordained into the pastoral ministry on July 22nd, 2008 at St. John Lutheran Church, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pastor Carl served his vicarage at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Decatur, Illinois. In 2004, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education, mathematics from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and student taught at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Illinois. His ministry experience includes coaching basketball at both the grade school and high school level, as well as three summers of service at Camp Lakeview in southern Indiana, where he served for two years as a counselor and one year as summer program director. Since 2013 he has served Trinity in the role of senior pastor. He loves to spend time with his wife, Katie, and his five children (Lydia, Esther, Elizabeth, Ruth, and Silas). His interests also include camping, reading, playing basketball, and do-it-yourself projects around the house.
Rick came to Trinity as a third grade teacher back in the summer of 1984. From 1984 through 1998, teaching third grade for four years and fifth grade for ten years. He also coached football, basketball, softball and track. In 1999, Rick transitioned into the position of Director of Youth and Family Ministry. When Trinity needed an interim principal in 2007, Rick moved into that role while continuing to oversee youth and family ministry. When Trinity called a full time principal in 2010, he transitioned to his current role as Director of Discipleship.
Rick is native to the Milwaukee area, having attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and graduating from Milwaukee Lutheran High School in 1980. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1984) as well as his Master of Science degree (1989) from Concordia University Wisconsin.
Rick has been married to Kathleen since May of 1984, and has been blessed with three children - Robin Michael (30) Hannah Margaret (28) and Andrew Curtis (25). Robin and his wife (Hannah Audrey) gave Rick and Kathy a grandson, Richard Luther, (Ricky) in November of 2017. In his spare time, Rick enjoys golf, following the Milwaukee Brewers, and working in his yard.
Marlene Forshee, Director of Music and middle school math teacher, joined the faculty at Trinity in August of 2004. Marlene has been a life-long student of Lutheran education, attending St. John Lutheran School, Random Lake, Sheboygan Lutheran High School, and Concordia University Wisconsin. Marlene has spent her 28 years of teaching in a variety of settings, with a variety of ages. Her first Call was to teach third grade, play the organ, and direct the church and school music at Trinity, Sauk Rapids, MN where she met her husband, Richard. After returning to Wisconsin, Marlene taught pre-school and was the organist and music director at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Waukesha, WI. After her God-mother’s retirement, she went back to her home congregation and started the kindergarten program at St. John, and served as their organist and music director for 8 years. God then led Marlene to accept the Call to be the Director of Music at Trinity, Freistadt. As the years progressed, Marlene took on more classroom duties, and currently also teaches middle school advanced mathematics. When Marlene isn’t at Trinity, she enjoys spending time with her husband Rich, daughter Amanda (English teacher at Wisconsin Dells High School), and son Tom (recent graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, English major). She also enjoys reading, crocheting, hiking, and card making.
Cindy Mollwitz was welcomed to the Trinity team in the fall of 2013 after retiring from her role of Director of Business Technology Services at Robert W. Baird & Co. where she served for just shy of 25 years. Prior to her time at Baird, she worked for 2 years at WITI TV6 in Milwaukee. Cindy graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree, majoring in Broadcast Communications. Her ministry experience at Trinity and a previous congregation includes Sunday School teacher and superintendent, Vacation Bible School teacher and director, evangelism committee and director, stewardship committee and director, financial secretary and treasurer, as well as leadership roles in various capital campaigns, missions, auctions, and children’s events. Cindy, her husband Fred and daughter Katy have been members at Trinity since 2005. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, finishing DIY projects, and playing a challenging game of Scrabble. Her focus as Ministry Coordinator is to work collaboratively across the organization to pursue and bring excellence to all areas of ministry at Trinity.
Brian Axtman joined Trinity in the summer of 1998. Brian graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School in 1988, and went on to pursue a B.S. in Communication with an concentration in Radio, Television, Film & Computer Animation at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. His time in Chicago was spent producing, directing and acting in various theatrical, television, live sports and film projects. After college, Brian spent 20 years in the media business, starting, managing, developing, merging, buying and selling companies in Mequon, Milwaukee, Chicago, Tampa, Los Angeles, Reno, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Rochester, New York City and Charlotte. Brian is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Organizational Management at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to his current role as Executive Director and School Choice Administrator, here at Trinity, he also is part of the contemporary worship team. Brian serves on the Board of Directors for Living Word Lutheran High School, the annual Christ For Africa mission auction, and is an Executive Producer and Board member for Congo Unites, an international relief organization fighting genocide and child slave trafficking in Eastern Africa. He is married to Angela, and they have 5 children (Jonathan, Daniel, Michael, Matthew and Emily), all graduates of Trinity School. Outside of work, Brian enjoys golf, managing investments, commercial real estate, writing and public speaking. Future goals include teaching at the college level, and developing financial literacy curriculum.
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