The Rev. Gwendolyn S. King, Interim Pastor
Director of Music Ministry: Ms. Kirsten Halker-Kratz
Kirsten Halker-Kratz has been the director of music ministries at Trinity since August 2000. She holds bachelor’s degrees in music and chemistry from Bluffton University in Bluffton, OH, and a master’s of music degree in piano pedagogy and organ performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. In addition, Ms. Halker-Kratz has worked in non-profit administration, serving to ensure youth of the area have resources that lead to success. She is currently director of individual and institutional giving at Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence in Philadelphia. Previously, she was Settlement’s West Philadelphia branch director for seven years. Still an active accompanist and performer, Ms. Halker-Kratz holds a specialization in new music (written after 1980) in all keyboard genres.
Administrative Assistant: Ms. Darlene Leech
Darlene Leech retired in 2010 following a 38-year management career at one of Philadelphia’s largest law firms. After Darlene joined Trinity in 2014, she mentioned to Pastor that she was looking for a part-time job because Darlene missed being around people. A few weeks later, at our Women’s Bible Study, Pastor mentioned that the church secretary had to resign because her husband had been transferred. Pastor looked at Darlene, and having never been a secretary, Darlene thought this would surely be a challenge. And she was right! It took an entire year to get through the church calendar, learn by her mistakes, encouraged by Pastor, and Darlene truly enjoys coming to work every day. Darlene works for and with her church family, a caring staff, a thriving nursery school and each day presents its own challenges and victories. With the encouragement of Pastor, Darlene’s fellow congregants, and God who gave her the courage, Darlene is truly happy at Trinity.
Vicar: Ms. Kathleen Flowers
Vicar Kathleen (Kat) Flowers has been serving at Trinity since February 2019 as an Intern. Her work at Trinity is part of the ELCA Contextual Formation Ministerial Immersion opportunity that allows candidates to experience the full scope of pastoral ministry under the supervision of an experienced pastor. She graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia in 2017. Vicar Kat also holds a Masters of Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and owns and runs a cyber security engineering business. As part of Vicar Kat’s Contextual Formation Ministerial Fieldwork she served previously at Trinity (2011 – 2015) and at Spirit and Truth Worship Center in Yeadon PA (2015 – 2017). She also served as a member of the chaplain staff at Nemours duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington DE in order to complete the Contextual Formation Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training portion of the candidacy process.
Vicar Kat has two adult children; her husband Ron has four. Between the two of them they have fourteen wonderful grandchildren and six dogs that more often than not entertain us with their antics.
Director of the Week-Day School: Ms. Marian Galante
Two Church members, Mrs. Ann Willox and her daughter Eileen, founded
Trinity Lutheran Nursery School in the early 80’s . Mrs. Willox was a retired elementary school teacher and her daughter had just graduated college. Miss Marian has been the director of the school for 30 years. She has watched the school develop from two classrooms to 9 , including before and aftercare hours. The school has also included gym, music yoga and Zumba to the weekly routine. Trinity is blessed with creative patient and loving women who offer a diverse curriculum for the children to explore and grow. Many wonderful people have worked to develop the school: Mary Sealander, John Ross, Mary Borman, and Pastor Littleton just to name a few.
Sexton: Mr. Joseph Henrich & Utility Person: Mr. Jack Burns