Meet some of our Workers in the Harvest Field
We pray that our body of believers brings joy to our King as we receive His gifts and offer Him thanksgiving and praise - those sweet, sweet sounds from our hearts and lips to His ears.
Rev. Nathan Knaus, Pastor
Nathan Knaus grew up in Solomon, Kansas, graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a B.A. in Physics and Chemistry and a Pre-Seminary endorsement (Greek, Hebrew and Philosophy). He studied at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and to meet certification requirements served as Vicar at Trinity Lutheran Church under Pastor Dean Christ for one year. Ordained and installed in June 2019, Pastor Knaus looks forward to living in Iowa and meeting the residents of Chariton while ministering to the members of Trinity through preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ, teaching from the Holy Scriptures and making visitations. He might knock on your door!
Claudia Owens, Organist
Claudia is our elite musician. She plays organ. piano, flute, keyboard, and probably other instruments I'm not aware of. Under her leadership, our Divine Services progress in a fluid and sedate manner. She also directs our Christmas Program each year. We are truly blessed by this musician extraordinaire!
Rev. Dean E. Christ, Pastor Emeritus
Pastor Christ is almost as mischievous as he looks. Let's see if we can put a BIO in here - not a stale one, though. A fun, friendly one. We could try first person. "Trinity called me to be their spiritual shepherd in July 2010. The church body had been served by vicars in the years preceding. In fact, I served a year as their vicar before they called me to be their Pastor. Going back to school after age 50 was even tougher than I imagined, but the experience served to mold me into the servant God purposed. After serving five years as a DCE (Director of Christian Education) and thinking about retirement, I realized God was not through with me yet. He placed a yearning for Word and Sacrament ministry on my heart and a love for all His people - that's all of us by the way - He didn't die to save just believers; He died to save everyone. I am here to serve this wonderful body of Christ and all who come to worship and fellowship with us. God put a desire in me to help the hurting and lift up the downtrodden. In fact, I marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1966. Let me tell you. It's not fun to have broken bottles and rocks thrown at you. From there I entered the Peace Corps and worked in Nigeria, and Togo. After Peace Corps I stayed in West Africa for 12 more years working in Lome, Dakar, Timbuktu, Ouagadougou, Cotonou, and Accra. Can you find all those on the map?"
Susan Christ - Webmaster
Susan is Pastor Christ's wife and the current webmaster - comments about the contents of the website may be submitted to her. She enjoys walking in the woods, making quilts, playing with her grandchildren, reading, writing, having lunch with friends, and beating her husband at Cribbage.
Pam Richardson, Secretary
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Blessed by Our Church Council
President - Dale Garner
Vice President - Dan Christensen
Secretary - Ann Roach
Treasurer - Laurie Schroeder
Financial Secretary - Brenda Gillaspy
Trustee - Bob Phillips
Director of Education - Michelle Phillips
Elders - Don Hall, Gary Willoughby, Dan Christensen