Pastor Mark is a second career pastor. He worked as an electrical engineer for 10 years designing computers and communications systems. He entered Concordia Seminary in 1987 and was graduated in 1991. He served two parishes in Iowa over the next 24 years. Pastor Mark begin his ministry at Trinty on July 1, 2015.
Pastor Mark is married to Kaye Schwalenberg. Pastor Mark has four daughters (ages 25 - 31) from his previous marriage. Two live in the Des Moines area, and the other two live in Colorado.
Pastor Mark enjoys working with technology, playing guitar, and cowboy action shooting.
Mr. Dean Frick - Principal Gr. 7 & 8
Mr. Frick is married to Mrs. Frick (Deb),Trinity's Preschool/ Kindergarten teacher. They have two children, Emily and Andrew. Mr. Frick enjoys having the whole family at school.
Mr. Frick graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN in 1991, and has been teaching the past 20 years. This will be his 8th year as Principal/7th & 8th grade teacher at Trinity.
The outdoors is where Mr. Frick finds peace and enjoyment - some of his favorite activities include hunting, fishing and golfing.
Mrs. Becky Van Rixel - Gr. 1 & 2
Mrs. Van Rixel is married to Mark, and they have three children - Joshua, Abby, and Elizabeth.
Mrs. Van Rixel currently teaches 1st & 2nd grade.
Family time is very special to the Van Rixel family. Some of their most treasured times are spent at the cottage where they go swimming, fishing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and playing games.
Mrs. Deb Frick - PK/K
Mrs. Frick has been teaching for over twenty years, most of which have been at the Kindergarten/Preschool level. Deb is graduate of Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and still loves to visit the mountains each summer.
Mrs. Judy Weise - Administrative Assistant
Judy and her husband Kevin have been married since July of 1980 and have three children; Megan (David) Radowski, Samantha (Chris) Kruger, and Matthew. They also share their home with a dog, Jake, and two cats, Jimmie & JoJo.
Judy was Administrative Assistant at Trinity from 1995 - 2005, and was blessed with the opportunity to return in September of 2008. She is also leader for the Crusaders For Christ Youth Group and enjoys leading the Youth Mission Trips.
Walking is one of Judy's favorite hobbies, along, with spending time with her family. She enjoys her time volunteering with the Athens Area Ambulance Service.
Mrs. Kaye Schwalenberg- Custodian
Kaye was married to Pastor Mark on December 31, 2016. She has two sons who live in the area. Kaye also serves as a subsitute teacher at Trinity School and volunteers many hours for needs at Trinity and in the community.
Mrs. Debbie Balz
Child Care Teacher
Mrs. Laurie Brodziski - Cook
Laurie recently moved into the Village of Athens, where she enjoys being able to walk to everything!
Laurie has been a cook at Trinity Lutheran School the past several years. Her favorite thing to make for the children are cookies! Laurie also works at the Heartland Co-op Convenience Store.
She enjoys feeding and watching the birds, walking, or just being home.