Church Staff and Leadership

Truls Person
I’ve been called to be a servant of God’s Word, a proclaimer of the good news of Jesus Christ, a shepherd to the people of Trinity and, with congregational leaders, a collaborator in extending Trinity’s witness and serving in the world around. “So help me God,” I have prayed since my ordination into the pastoral ministry. Without God’s help, this calling would be beyond me. With God’s help, I experience great joy in it.

My interests include God, faith, Church, family and friends, bicycling, travel, the seashore, deserts, mountains, music, theology, German language, news and views.

Education and experience: Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College, Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, additional post-graduate study in the Protestant and Roman Catholic theology departments of the University of Vienna. I’ve served congregations in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, and California over the past three decades.

I am blessed to share faith and life and to serve with faithful, kindhearted, fun-loving people. Week after week, I get to see people caring deeply for the mission of Christ’s Church, for one another, and for the surrounding community and world. Each week brings tremendous variety; no two days are the same!

Sarah Kreitzer
Sarah Kreitzer-Lillard
Director of Music 
I serve Trinity’s congregation in worship through all forms of music, but especially in song. Programming service music and special music for our worship time and providing opportunities for our families to participate in special musical offerings.

My interests include singing, photography, dancing, hikes with the family, life and geological sciences

Education and experience: A.A. in music with an emphasis on vocal performance I have been singing in church since before I can remember!

I get to make music a part of everyday work! I am also so very blessed as a mother with a large family and many different schedules to be supported by Trinity’s staff and congregation; flexible schedules and lots of love here in the office make being a working parent less stressful and more rewarding!

Sharon Head
Sharon Head
Parish Nurse
Parish Nurse Ministry – Sharon spends most of her time listening to personal health stories and counseling individuals and family members on treatments, referrals, and options for supportive care. Sharon also leads the Care Ministry Team:  The mission of the Care Team is to offer Christian fellowship and compassionate support to persons living with illness, persons living alone, persons who are homebound, and persons who are grieving.

My interests include Family, Travel, Photography, Swimming, and Golf

Education: Graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College. Sharon’s has worked at UCLA, St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara IPA, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, St. Francis Hospital, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and St Francis Foundation Parish Nursing Program.

I can truly say throughout my career at Trinity Lutheran I have been blessed to work with so many compassionate and caring individuals who make my work so rewarding.

Alison Hansen
Office Manager
I have a background in finance, hospitality, property management and customer service.  I strive for greatness, remember to take the time to really listen and honestly care about helping other people.

The beautiful and lush gardens here at Trinity which welcome 600+ school children are a favorite spot of mine on the church campus as well as the walking trail.  I enjoy spending time with my 3-year-old daughter and my dog.

Thomas Voelp,
Associate Pastor
I grew up in the Inland Empire before hitting the major cities of the West Coast for college, seminary and internship. Having been called to ministry in the ELCA from a young age, I have often had the opportunities to experience God’s church in the world – the church without walls – in my relationships with many of the people I encounter. That said, I always find myself coming “home” to hear the Word proclaimed and receive the Sacraments as food for the journey. In the complex web of relationships between God and ourselves, I am grateful for the immense history of the church and lessons of the past. And, I hold onto the words of St. Francis, “preach the gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words.”

My interests include music and history, food and drink, art and culture, architecture and exploring the natural world with friends and family.

Education and experience: Religion B. A. with minor in music composition and performance from Pacific Lutheran University. Master’s of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University. Street ministry and outreach with San Francisco Night Ministry. Event planning and community organizing experience from undergrad to present. Over the past decade, I have served congregations in Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, and Covina.

As I continue to serve Christ’s church now on the Central Coast, I am continually amazed and humbled by the great gifts of community and the challenges of ministry in this new era and rapidly-changing world.


Trinity Church Council 2018-2019

Jim Benz, Chanin Birkhahn, Roger Cartwright, John Chatenay, Rick Church, Janet Swanson, Marcia Lenvik, Dennis Lewis, Tatiana Nazarenko, Paul Perez, Truls Person, Larry Severance, Marshall Sittig