Church Staff

Pastor - Mark Chase
Pastor Chase was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He graduated from Concordia University in Irvine, CA in 2006 and then from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 2010 with a Masters of Divinity. He served Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church and School for 2 years before accepting the call of “Vacancy Pastor” at Church of the Master in March of 2013. He then accepted a call to be the Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church & TLC Preschool in May and was installed June 2, 2013. Pastor Chase and his wife Amanda are blessed with two children, Emma and Nathan. He enjoys just about anything competitive or outdoors and is always looking for his next opportunity to be in the Valley’s great outdoors!

Visitation Ministries - Pastor Phil Kelley
Pastor Phil Kelley was born and lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1970. He attended Concordia Theological Seminary in  Springfield, Illinois. He graduated and was ordained in 1974.  His first call was as Chaplain to the backstretch workers at the thoroughbred race tracks in New York. In 1979 he was called as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on the south-side of Tucson.  He served as pastor for 14 years.  During this time he met and married Kittie. Together they have four sons, a daughter and 8 grandchildren. In 1996 he took a position as a prison chaplain at Eyman State Complex in Florence, Az.  He and Kittie then moved to Casa Grande that year. After serving almost 15 years at all levels including death row, he retired from the prison in 2010.  During that time he also  served as supply pastor to Christ Lutheran in Coolidge and interim pastor at Sonland Lutheran in Casa Grande. His hobbies are painting, woodwork, hiking, swimming, gardening, puppets and traveling with Kittie in their RV.

Deacon - Dennis Dirks
Dennis Dirks was born and raised in Wisconsin.  He graduated with from Concordia University – St. Paul with a BA in Elementary Education (with a concentration of math and science) in 1971.  He earned his Master’s degree in School Administration and Curriculum in 1981 from Mankato State University.  He served as a LCMS teacher for 8 years (Janesville, MN), a LCMS principal for 32 years at Lutheran Schools in Minnesota and California (Sauk Rapids, MN; Wayzata, MN; Rochester, MN; Lancaster, CA; Livermore, CA).  At the age of 60, he enrolled in the seminary program called Cross Cultural Ministry working toward ordination and a Masters of Theology. This program is a non-traditional approach where the student serves as a vicar within his parish for four years while taking classes on-line during the school year and on campus during the summer.  This course of study was interrupted when the pastor left and Dennis “stepped in” to lead the congregation during an interim period.  As a result, Dennis is still a few classes from graduation.  Dennis and his wife, Lynn (also a LCMS elementary teacher) both “retired” in 2014 after serving in Livermore, CA for 15 years.  They have been married for 43 years.  They moved to Maricopa to be closer to grandchildren.  They have two adult children, Jonathan and Susan, and three grandchildren.  Dennis enjoys woodworking, reading, and wine tasting.
Preschool Director - Karla McDivitt
Karla was born and raised in Akron, Ohio as the ninth of eleven children. While her Bachelor's degree is in Psychology, she has always been interested in creating environments where kids feel safe, loved and secure. Her teaching career began February 7, 1996 in Illinois; since then she has watched first-hand the way God uses a preschool ministry to make a difference in the lives of the students and families and the community in which it is positioned. 

She has a Lutheran Teaching Credential as well as her Principal's Certificate, along with countless hours in the field where she has kept abreast of the best practices for children and staff. She is divorced and has a son who was born in June 2000. She enjoys singing, baking and playing volleyball. 

She believes that every child can learn and that each child is uniquely created by God. She looks forward to walking alongside you as your director-teacher at TLC Preschool where together we can build a solid foundation for your student.
Office Manager - Ana Mollet
                                                     Ana was born in Mexico City. At the age of 10, her parents decided to move to Washington state. She attended Bible Baptist College in Springfield, MO for about a year and a half where she studied business and education. Ana enjoys being bilingual, and especially being able to communicate in her native language, Spanish. She has been married 16 years to her husband, John, and they have been blessed with three children:  Ben 14, Jerry 8, and Kimmie 6. Ana enjoys volunteering in her church and serves as the Jr. Church Director. She also helps out with her church's  AWANA program, teaching kids to know, love and serve God. She looks forward to working here at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Youth Ministry and Community Outreach Director - Kerry Davenport
Kerry was born right here in good ole Casa Grande and attended CGUHS & CAC. She is so excited about being the new youth and community service director here at Trinity!  She has been working with youth groups for over 20 years and leading worship bands, as well as directing Vacation Bible School for 5 years at 1st Presbyterian. She is excited for this new adventure with Trinity Lutheran along with her husband David and daughter Mabry.

Public Relations Media Specialist - Naomi Walsworth
Naomi was born in Africa and spent much of her childhood in the Philippines.  After more than 30 years in Alaska, she convinced her husband to move somewhere warm!  She is a registered nurse,with 30+ years spent providing patient care, most recently managing the health services department of the Kenai Peninsula School District (the size of Kentucky), as well as providing education/training in a variety of health care settings. As a mom to four, she's volunteered in just about every capacity, and is excited to become a grandmother in the near future.  She loves to cook and create new meals, and enjoys quilting, teaching Sunday school and singing in the church choir.  She looks forward to creating new ways of sharing Trinity's vision and mission with Casa Grande and beyond!

TLC Preschool 4s Teaching Assistant - Amanda Dauley
Ms. Amanda is a proud mama to her daughter. She moved from California to Arizona and found it to be a big, but wonderful change in their lives. Amanda has been involved in several early childhood learning settings and is working toward her goal to becoming a kindergarten teacher. Amanda was baptized in the Christian faith in 2011. She is excited to be a part of the TLC Preschool Publistaff, and looks forward to all the Lord has in store for her and her daughter.

TLC Preschool Afternoon Wrap Around Teacher -
Kathy Miller
Ms. Kathy is our afternoon teacher and has been part of the TLC family for 13 years. Kathy has 20+ years of experience working in early childhood and holds a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from CAC in Casa Grande.  She’s lived in Casa Grande almost her entire adult life and enjoys sharing her Christian faith with our little ones, reading and exercising.

TLC Preschool Substitute Teacher - Maria Estrella
Maria has been blessed to be involved with TLC Preschool on and off for several years, working as an assistant, a lead teacher and now as a substitute as she cares for her youngest son while he's still at home. She has 9+ years of experience and an A.A. in Elementary Education. Ms. Maria is fluent in Spanish, has lived in Casa Grande almost her entire life, and enjoys being outdoors hiking, rock climbing, and just being in nature.

TLC Preschool 4s Teaching Assistant - Rosario Baker
Rosario was born and raised in Nogales, Sonora MX.  In 2007 she moved to Casa Grande AZ with her husband.  She worked in a Montessori setting in Scottsdale before joining our staff in 2014.  Ms. Rose is fluent in Spanish and enjoys gardening and knitting.

TLC Preschool 4s Teacher - Rahberta Estrada
Miss Rahberta has lived in Casa Grande her whole life and has been part of the TLC family for the last three years, with five years of previous preschool experience before joining us. She is continues to work on her education at Central Arizona College to complete an AA degree in Early Childhood Education. In December of 2015, she was blessed with a beautiful baby girl; they were both baptized in the Christian Faith at Trinity Lutheran Church. She spends her free time outside with her family going to the park or playing ball.

TLC Preschool 4s Teacher - Desirees Enriquez
Miss Desiree is a native to Casa Grande. She has two brothers and one sister, she enjoys spending time with her family. Miss
was baptized into the Christian faith in April 2017. She has always enjoyed working with children and holds an AA degree in Early Childhood Education.

TLC Preschool Substitute Assistant Teacher - Lori Schuster
Lori is originally from Wyoming but has lived in Arizona for the past 20 years.  She attended the University of Wyoming where she received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  After spending several years in the classroom,  she decided to become a full-time mom.  She and her husband, Rob have raised two wonderful children and are now adjusting to being "empty nesters".  Lori is an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she serves as a Deacon and is the Sunday School Coordinator.  She also enjoys cooking, reading and being a Meals on Wheels volunteer.   

TLC Preschool Substitute Teaching Assistant - Rose Hamilton
Rose was born in St. Peterburg, Florida. She has lived in Casa Grande for about 4 years now. She worked at a preschool in Surprise, for a couple of years. She also did some home daycare for a few years. She is happy to be working with children again here at TLC Preschool. Rose enjoys roller skating and playing with her grandson, Zayden.

TLC Preschool Substitute Assistant Teacher - Krystle Lopez
Ms. Krystle is excited to be back at TLC Preschool after taking some time off to be with her baby. She has almost 7 years of experience in childcare and feels blessed to have TLC be a part of her life again. She enjoys camping with her family, and spends most of her time cooking, swimming and playing with her three kids. She is looking forward to sharing her love of God with your children.