Mrs. Jill Peters

Mrs. Jill Peters

Position: 3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Peters has been at Trinity since graduating from Concordia University Chicago with a BA in Elementary Education in May 2007. She was raised on a farm near Cissna Park, IL. She and her husband John along with their two children, Adelynn and Konnor, live out in the country outside of Atlanta.

Favorite Bible Verse:
Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Her confirmation verse)

Contact Mrs. Peters:
jillpete@trinluth.org

 

Pastor Billy Newell

Pastor Billy Newell

Position: Associate Pastor; Confirmation Teacher

Pastor Billy is passionate about introducing all people to Jesus and helping them grow in their relationship with Him.  The love of Jesus transformed Pastor Billy's life in a powerful way when he was invited to church in high school.  Since then, Pastor Billy continues to see the many ways God walks through life with His people.

Pastor Billy is married to his amazing wife, Kristen, and has since had three extremely energetic children, Josiah, Addison, and Naomi.  They can frequently be seen chasing after the kids throughout all of Bloomington-Normal.

In his free time, Pastor Billy loves to swim, bike, and run!  He also loves to complete home improvement projects, showing his kids how to help every step of the way.  After all of that, he can be found recovering in from of a good football, basketball, or baseball game.

Favorite Bible Verse:
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

Contact Pastor Billy:
PastorBilly@trinluth.org

 

Mrs. Nancy Fuemmeler

Mrs. Nancy Fuemmeler

Position:  General Music Teacher, K-8 and Director of Music for Trinity Lutheran Church

Mrs. Fuemmeler was raised on a farm in central Missouri.  She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1985 with a B.S. degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education, K-12.  In 2009, she received a Master’s of Music degree from Illinois State University.  She also completed the Colloquy program at Concordia University-Chicago.  She previously taught in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee before coming to Trinity in 1994.  She and her husband Kirk are blessed to have two grown daughters, Sarah and Leah and two son-in-laws, Kyle and Ryan.  When she’s not doing something musical, she enjoys sewing, quilting, and spending time with her family and her two cats.   

Favorite Bible Verse:  
Psalm 150:6  
"Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!"

Contact Mrs. Fuemmeler:
NancyFuemmeler@trinluth.org

 

Mrs. Sara Urban

Mrs. Sara Urban

Position:  2nd Grade Teacher

Originally from Minnesota, Mrs. Urban graduated from of Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor's degree in elementary/early childhood education. She first taught kindergarten in Ormond Beach, Florida before moving to Illinois.  Sara Urban has been a member of the TLS staff since 1996.  She taught first grade at Trinity for a few years and then moved to second grade.  In 2007, Mrs. Urban received her Master’s degree from Illinois State University in curriculum & instruction of reading.  Sara is married to Ron and they are licensed foster parents.  Their son, Brady, is in middle school.  She loves watching her students grow academically and spiritually.    

Favorite Bible Verse: 
Matthew 5:16
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Contact Mrs. Urban:  
saraurban@trinluth.org

Mrs. Becky Rowe

Mrs. Becky Rowe

Position: 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Rowe is starting her 8th year of teaching.  She graduated from Concordia University Seward (Go Huskers!) with a BA in Middle Level Education in 2007.  She was raised in Peoria, IL, and has grown up in the Lutheran School system.  She is blessed to have two children, Catherine and Aaron Patrick, with her husband Aaron.  

Favorite Bible Verse:  
Proverbs 3: 5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Contact Mrs. Rowe:  
beckyrowe@trinluth.org

 

Mrs. Stephanie Davingman

Mrs. Stephanie Davingman

Position: School Counselor

Stephanie Davingman, CADC, LCSW, LMFT, is a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist with a Type 73 certificate, indicating experience working with children and families in a school setting. She is an employee of Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) and through the contract Trinity has with LCFS has provided school-based counseling services since 2000. Services consist of classroom guidance on topics such as social skills, individual sessions to help students deal with issues at school and home, family sessions with siblings to improve sibling relationships, and group services as needed. Stephanie also is part of the KEY team at Trinity, which is a group of staff who help students with learning difficulties to meet their educational needs.

Favorite Bible Verse: 
Hebrews 12:1
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."

Contact Mrs. Davingman: 
stephanieding@trinluth.org

Mrs. Julie Hoffmann

Mrs. Julie Hoffmann

Position:  Jr. High & Upper Elementary Language Arts; Seventh grade homeroom

Mrs. Hoffmann has been at Trinity since August 2001. She was raised in Elmhurst, IL, and graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a BA in Secondary Education in 1998. She and her husband, Shawn, have the joy of serving together at Trinity.  They are blessed with four wonderful children.

Favorite Bible Verse:  
Romans 8:28
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Contact Mrs. Hoffmann:  
juliehoff@trinluth.org

 

Mrs. Gretchen Buhrke

Mrs. Gretchen Buhrke

Position: 1st Grade Teacher

Gretchen graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education and received her Master's in Reading from Illinois State University in 2007. Mrs. Buhrke completed coursework at the University of San Diego in 2016 to become a Certified Dyslexia Specialist in the Orton-Gillingham Approach. She is blessed to have a loving husband, Brad, and son, Marshall. Gretchen wants to thank God for the gift of first graders because they are a joy to teach.

Favorite Bible Verse:
Matthew 6:34
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself, each day has enough trouble of its own.” God has a plan.

Contact Mrs. Buhrke:  
gretchenbuhrke@trinluth.org

 

Mrs. Christy Malinowski

Mrs. Christy Malinowski

Position: Confirmation Teacher

Christy has a real heart for youth and enjoys helping them use their God given gifts and talents in service to Him.  She serves the Jr. and Sr. High Youth at Trinity, along with their families.  Christy also loves to go on mission trips where she can use her gift of serving in a variety of ways.

Christy is married to her handsome husband, Jeff, and together they have three wonderful children; Kristin, Chad and Claire.

Christy enjoys being silly with youth, reading, scrapbooking and watching her daughter, Claire, compete at swim meets.

Favorite Bible Verse: 
Romans 8:37-39
"In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Contact Mrs. Malinowski: 
Christy@trinluth.org

Mrs. Donna Mikesell

Mrs. Donna Mikesell

Position: Full Day Pre-Kindergarten

Mrs. Mikesell has been at Trinity since 1982. She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and received her colloquy from Concordia University Chicago. Mrs Mikesell grew up in Lombard IL. and moved to Bloomington at the age of 16. She and her husband Tim have 3 children Alex, Cole and Kassandra. A daughter in law Heather who she is privileged to work with at Trinity and one granddaughter Kaelyn. Mrs. Mikesell loves to see the little ones grow and learn more about Christ.

Favorite Bible Verse:
Galatians 2:20
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me."

Contact Mrs. Mikesell:  
donnamike@trinluth.org