rev. jon gathje, pastor

Pastor Jon has served Trinity since the fall of 2018. Previously, he served at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He is working on a doctorate in liturgical theology (wondering about music’s role in faith formation) and loves gardening, his pets, protesting, taco trucks, and a cappella singing.

Carri prusia, office manager

Carri Prusia is the Office Manager at Trinity and a member of the church as well. Carri received her secretarial training from Metropolitan Community College (Omaha, NE) in 1984. She since has worked for various types of businesses, both large and small in the Omaha area, as well as the United States Postal Service in Mills County, Iowa. After the tragic loss of her son in 2014, she began to look for a position where she could make a difference in the lives of others. She came to Trinity Lutheran Church in February of 2016 and has never been more content with the work and enjoying those she gets to interact with. When she is not working or volunteering at the church, she spends her time with her husband Steve and their three rescue dogs. 

chris peck, director of choirs/handbells

Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS). He was the first student director of the college handbell ensemble. Upon graduation, Chris taught band and choir for nine years at public schools throughout Kansas and Iowa. For the past twenty years, he has served churches in various musical positions throughout Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. Chris is also the Choir / Bell Choir Director at Eastmont Towers, a retirement community in Lincoln, NE. When he's not directing bells or choir, or driving a school bus, Chris rings with the Omaha-based community bell choir River City Ringers, writes music, and runs marathons.


julie sandene, director of music/organist

Julie has been a Lutheran church musician for more than half a century! She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with bachelor and master degrees in organ performance and is retired from teaching elementary vocal music for the Millard Public Schools. Pictured with Julie her new rescue Siberian Husky, Gracie.


Ruth Wood, Treasurer

Ruth studied accounting at MCC and graduated in 2011. She has been working for Trinity since 2015. Ruth and her husband Brian have two young children that can regularly be seen and heard throughout the building. When not at church, Ruth works on her family’s farm and volunteers her time with the Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, as well as the Ponca Hills Yellow Ribbon Association.