Office Staff

Pastor: Pastor Phillip Potaczek
Director of Youth & Family Ministry: Suzannah Walter
Office Administrator: Jennifer Stahr

Trinity Lutheran Council

John Reinert – President
Kevin Evensen – Vice President
Darlene Halm – Treasurer
Griffin Youngstrum – Secretary
LouAnn Gayan
Diane Makeever
Justin Reed
Maeckenzie Perino
Mark Hinshelwood


Pastor Phillip Potaczek

Having felt called to ordained ministry since he was a confirmation student in the 1990s, Pastor Phillip is excited to be serving in his first call at Trinity Lutheran Church. He has a bachelors degree in Theology and Philosophy from Elmhurst University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Rockford University. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago after teaching third graders in a public school for a number of years. A Brother in the Ecumenical Order of Charity, Pastor strives to live out his community’s charisms of ecumenism, charity, and availability in his daily ministry. Pastor Phillip is married to Jay, an art educator, and enjoys spending time with loved ones, reading, hiking, singing, and trying new pizza places.



Jennifer (Jenny) Stahr

Jenny is the Office Administrator here at Trinity. She has been a member of Trinity for 14 years and employed in the office since the fall of 2016. She grew up in Moline, IL and relocated to Ottawa with her husband and children in 2001. She started a successful Home Daycare Business here in Ottawa while raising her children. Her daycare business ended in the fall of 2015 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After treatments and becoming a survivor she seeks every opportunity to give back to the community who gave her and her family so many blessings. Jenny enjoys every aspect of her job here at Trinity!