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Mission Statement

That every encounter with Trinity is an encounter with the love of Jesus Christ.

Vision Statement

Trinity Lutheran Church will be known in our community as a growing congregation that loves Jesus, has inspiring worship, and dramatically impacts the lives of families.

To accomplish this goal, Trinity will demonstrate our ability to be a community leader in church sponsored family ministry, music and Sunday worship programs.

Leadership Team

Meet the staff at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bellingham Washington. As you look through the following information, please remember that people are behind the print — people who would like to know you and seek God with you. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.

Pastor David Wagner
 Pastor Dave was installed as Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran on June 4, 2017. After serving more than 30 years as a pastor in North Dakota, he came to Trinity with his wife, Kim, knowing that they were placed here by God to serve the people of this community. They have enjoyed getting to know the people here and have greatly appreciated the beauty of the Northwest. Pastor Dave and Kim enjoy doing things together such as: taking walks, singing, visiting with friends and going to the movies. They met in college. Both were both involved in vocal music at the university. Music continues to be a big part of their lives. They enjoy singing with one other as well as with other people. Pastor Dave and Kim consider it an honor to sing to others about our amazing God.

The Wagners have four grown children who live in different states. All of them are married. They have four grandchildren. Pastor Dave and Kim relish the time they are able to spend with their family.


Youth and Family Minister – Andrew Young                                                Andrew serves as the Youth and Family Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church. He is married to his lovely wife, Amy, and they have two son’s, Wesley and Samuel. Andrew loves spending time with his wife and son. He also enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and cross-country skiing. Andrew is very excited to be on staff at Trinity and to help the youth and their families grow in their personal relationship with Jesus.


Office Manager – Sue Knowlton
Sue Knowlton has been Trinity’s church secretary since 2000.  She is married to Howard; they have two grown children and two grandchildren.  Sue enjoys listening to music, singing in the choir, gardening, pets, and flowers.  She sees her work as an opportunity to be of service to the people of our congregation and community. Getting to know and working with the preschool children and their families is one of the benefits of her work.    

DeaconessSara Bormuth                                                                              Sara Bormuth serves as a Deaconess at Trinity.  Her focus is Christian Education and Children’s Ministry.  She is married to Greg with two adult children.  Sara loves fishing and boating.  Her greatest joy comes from helping people of all ages grow in their knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ.

Administrator- Rod Hanson
Rod was born and raised in Bellingham and first attended Trinity at the age of 9.  After graduating high school he served in the United States Air Force until his retirement after 21 years of active duty service.  Rod then served as a USPS mail carrier for 22 years and retired again in 2016.   He is married to his wife of 42 years, NaDean.   They like to travel watch good movies spend time together and enjoy good food.  Rod is very honored to serve as church administrator at Trinity.  He looks forward to working closely with Pastor Dave, the church council and the entire congregation at Trinity Bellingham in the service of our Lord and Savior. 
Preschool Teacher- Julie Smith
 Julie is a Wyoming native who spent eight years in the Army (Go Army!).  She is married with two children, Ethan (13) and Ella (9) and received her Bachelor’s degree in development psychology from the University of Texas at Brownsville.  She enjoys a great cappuccino, a good book and spending time with those she loves.
Preschool Assistant – Jessica VanNoy 
Jessica was born and raised in Bellingham.  She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Washington University.  Jessica is married and has two children.  Kennedy is in third grade and Devin, a Trinity preschool graduate, a first grader at Silver Beach Elementary.  Jessica loves to play soccer and spend time with her family and friends.