Trinity Lutheran Staff

 Rev. Christina Scheuller (Interim Pastor)

“Pastor Tina” Scheuller is Trinity’s Interim Pastor.  She started at Trinity shortly before Christmas 2017.     Pastor Tina has served ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) congregations since 2002 in several settings: both part-time and full-time, as interim and called pastor, as solo pastor, and as co-pastor with her husband.  As Trinity’s part-time interim pastor, she leads worship, teaches Bible study, visits homebound members, works with Trinity’s council and staff, and provides pastoral care and organizational leadership to the congregation.  She enjoys the variety and depth of all that goes on in parish ministry, but she especially enjoys teaching, counseling, mission planning, giving children’s sermons, and filling in with the handbell choir.

Pastor Tina grew up in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from the Dayton Performing Arts Magnet School at Colonel White High School.  She left the area after high school for college, seminary, and her early pastoral career.  Before having any thought of becoming a pastor, Tina studied German, Humanities, and Music (playing oboe and flute) at Valparaiso University, a Lutheran liberal arts college in Valparaiso, IN.  Her studies there included a year as an exchange student in Tubingen, (then West) Germany.  After a year serving in Lutheran Volunteer Corps, she worked for several environmental non-profits in Chicago before feeling the call to attend seminary and receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee.  A year of further studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and another year on internship in snowy southwestern Minnesota rounded out her pastoral education and led her to meet her husband, Pastor Kevin Scheuller.  Marriage and Kevin’s first congregational call took them to east-central Wisconsin, where the two of them served separately and together in several parishes and towns until they moved back to the Dayton area in 2011 to be near extended family.  They now live in West Carrollton with their three school-age daughters.  Pastor Tina enjoys biking, reading, gardening, playing music, and world cuisine.  Her future plans include someday having an Australian shepherd to train as a therapy dog.

 

Megan Hughes (Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator)

Megan Hughes is the youth and family ministry coordinator.  She plans and facilitates activities for the youth at Trinity. She loves that this job gives her the opportunity to get to know the kids and their families in a setting outside of the church service or Sunday school. She also loves to see the youth interacting with older members of the congregation at the various events.  Megan grew up in Brookville, attending Trinity herself until college. She studied at Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland as an English major and earned her teaching license.  After college, she moved back to Brookville, began teaching high school English at Dixie High School, and eventually found her way back to her church family here! She is now married, and she and her husband, Benji, have three children—4-year-old twins (a boy and a girl) and their baby brother.  They love camping, visiting the zoo, playing at the park, and craft projects.

Margaret Dill (Office Secretary, Choir Director, Organist)

Margaret Dill wears several hats at Trinity: she is Trinity’s Office Administrator, Music Director, and one of Trinity’s two organists.  Margaret manages Trinity’s office and directs the Vocal Choir and Handbell Choir.  She has played organ at Trinity’s traditional worship service since 1987, a duty she currently shares with Julie Pratt.  Margaret and Julie share organist responsibilities at Trinity and at St. John’s Lutheran in Vandalia, each of them playing two Sundays each month at each congregation.  Margaret is a graduate of Sinclair Community College, Dayton, and Wittenberg University, Springfield, where she studied organ with Trudy Faber and conducting with John Williams. She also holds a certificate in advanced conducting with William Payne of Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. In addition to her responsibilities at Trinity, Margaret directs the Sinclair Community College Concert Handbell Choir and teaches private piano lessons. Margaret is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Handbell Musicians of America, and the American Choral Directors Association. Margaret is married to husband, Frank, and has three adult children.

 

Julie Pratt (Organist)

Julie Pratt is one of Trinity’s two organists.  She and Margaret Dill share organist responsibilities, each of them playing two Sundays each month at Trinity and two at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vandalia.  What she loves most about Trinity Lutheran Church is the people.  Even though the congregation is small, they are mighty in their faith, and an excellent example of living out “God’s work, our hands”.   Julie was born in Greenville, Ohio, moved to Trotwood in fifth grade, and graduated from Trotwood-Madison High School.  She graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a minor in Sacred Music.  While at Wittenberg, she played flute in the band and sang in the Bach Chorale.  She was also in Ivy Ring, the Junior Women’s Honorary. She studied organ with well-known composer, arranger, and choral director, Dr. Donald Busarow, for all of her four years at Wittenberg.   Julie worked as a Special Education teacher of children with learning disabilities for 14 years, taught second grade for two years and third grade for 19, all in the Greenon Local School District.  She retired in 2014 after 35 years of teaching.  She is currently employed by Sinclair Community College and works at Vandalia-Butler HS as the Facilitator of the College and Career Resource Center.  Julie has been married to husband Jeff for 35 years.  They have two adult children and a granddaughter in preschool. Julie plays in the Sinclair Handbell Choir and teaches private piano and flute lessons.

 

Betty Brazier (Cherub Choir Director)

Betty Brazier is the Cherub Choir Director at Trinity, where she has helped our young people enjoy singing God’s praises for over 39 years.  She especially enjoys teaching music to young people, hearing their stories and experiences, and helping them grow as children of God.  She has been a member at Trinity her whole life and is a 4th-generation member!  Betty grew up on a farm in Preble County and attended school at Twin Valley North for grades 2-12.  She went to Wright State University, majoring in Business and Finance.  Professionally, Betty worked in banking for 42 years, but also studied piano, voice, and saxophone for over 20 years.  She has always felt at home at Trinity, where she has been involved in church music since she was 10 years old.  Betty is married to husband, Gary.  They have three adult children ad seven grandchildren.  She enjoys attending musicals and other theatre productions, garden club, Bible study, grandchildren’s activities, and spending time with her family.

 

Jackie Burton (Nursery Attendant)

Jackie Burton is Trinity’s nursery coordinator, and she loves working with children.  She coordinates the nursery care for Sunday mornings during both worship services and Sunday school.  She also coordinates the children’s activities and childcare for the weekday MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) meetings.  Jackie grew up in Dayton and Beavercreek.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and a M.Ed. degree In early childhood education from Wright State University.  Jackie retired from 35 years of teaching primary school children at Newton Elementary School in Pleasant Hill, OH.  Since retirement, Jackie has been a substitute teacher in the Brookville and Newton Local School districts, as well as a teacher at Community Preschool in Brookville.  Jackie has been married to husband Ron for 47 years.  They have lived in the Brookville area for 36 years, and have two daughters and three grandsons.  Among Jackie’s hobbies are dance and fitness.  She has taken dance lessons for many years at Miss Margaret’s in Brookville and keeps her skills up by taking lessons at Leiber School of Dance.  Jackie also teaches water aerobics at Klepz YMCA, has conducted an aerobics class at Trinity for over twenty years, and participates with Total Praise Dance Ministry.

Matt Dill (Custodian)

  

Lou James (“Keyboard Man”)

Lou James is the Keyboard Man for Trinity’s Chicago Folk Service, where he plays piano and leads a jazz combo that also includes various Trinity members playing electric guitar, electric bass, and drums.  Lou grew up in Cincinnati and attended Xavier University there on a band scholarship.  Lou has been playing music professionally since 1960, and still plays gigs frequently, often as half of the duo “James and Moore”, with his wife, singer Pamela Moore.  When playing a gig, Lou’s claim to fame is taking requests and usually being able to play any requested song from memory on the spot.  If he can’t do it, the person who requested the song gets a crisp $2.00 bill.  Lou loves playing music for the Lord and playing golf.

Jeff Studebaker (Vocal Leader, and Worship and Music Ministry Team Chair)

Jeff Studebaker (known as “Dr. Jeff” to many people) chairs the Worship & Music ministry team and provides vocal music leadership for both Sunday services.   Jeff was involved in the establishment of the Chicago Folk Service in 1985, and still provides percussion for that service, including tambourine, bells, and drum set.  As chair of the worship and music ministry team, Jeff also chooses the hymns for both worship services.  He enjoys the challenge of choosing hymns and songs that are accessible to the average worshipper and which fit the scripture readings and the style of each worship service.   Jeff works hard to do so, using more than six different hymnals to find the just the right music!

Jeff grew up in Preble County and has degrees in biochemistry and medicine from Ohio State University.   He has practiced family medicine in Brookville for more than 35 years.  Jeff spent one season in the OSU Marching Band and still participates in Alumni Band activities.   Jeff’s wife, Vicki, joins Jeff in participating in the handbell and vocal choirs at Trinity.   They have one adult son.

Chicago Folk Service Jazz Combo (“The Band”)

Trinity’s Chicago Folk Service is accompanied by Keyboard Man, Lou James; Vocal Leader, Jeff Studebaker; and a rotating crew of several talented musicians: Kevin McClosky, drums; Doug Coppess, electric guitar; Dave Dill, electric guitar; and Jozy Hanos, electric bass.