Church Staff

Senior Pastor - Pastor Jonathan Burkee

Pastor Jonathan Burkee was born in St. Louis, MO and raised throughout the Midwest. After completing high school, he attended Concordia University Wisconsin and graduated in 2005 with his Bachelor of Arts. He continued his education at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2009. Until receiving the call to serve at Trinity Lutheran Church and TLC Preschool, Pastor Burkee’s ministry was served at churches in Southern California. Pastor Burkee is passionate about ministry to all ages, but especially sharing the love of Jesus with children. Pastor Burkee is married to his high school sweetheart, Karla. They have been married for 16 years and have one son, Jacob. They enjoy spending time together as a family—taking walks, watching movies, playing games, and just being a family. In his spare time, Pastor Burkee also enjoys working on do-it-yourself projects, household projects, reading, and learning. 

Contemporary Music Ministry - Elias Rodriguez Jr.

Elias Rodriguez grew up along the Rio Grande Valley in a small town named Alamo, TX. Elias began playing drums and singing at the age of 12. Playing locally in South Texas for many years, Elias moved to Hollywood, CA in 2003. While in Hollywood, Elias was able to make his dreams come true working with many of his favorite artists. Elias moved to Casa Grande in 2009 with his wife and two boys where he sings and plays drums in local cover bands and is a board member of The Black Box Theater. Elias has performed on the David Letterman Show, Jimmy Kimmel Show, and featured in music videos played on MTV, VH1, Fuse, and Palladia music channels.

Parish Ministry Assistant - Delcia Harber

Delcia was born and raised here in Casa Grande, AZ. She is a Graduate of Casa Grande Union High School, Class of 1992. She spent a few years residing in Oceanside, California, before returning back to Casa Grande in 2003. Upon returning home, Delcia attended the Central Arizona Regional Law Officers Training Academy in 2006 and served as a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy for 12 years, before medically retiring due to injuries sustained during a motor vehicle accident. After retiring from PCSO in 2018, Delcia enrolled in courses through the Mission Training Center and was commissioned as a Parish Ministry Assistant here at Trinity Lutheran Church and TLC Preschool in 2021. Delcia resides in Casa Grande with her loving Husband, Paul, and their wonderful children, grandchildren and family. 

Office Manager - Ana Mollet                                               

Ana was born in Mexico City. When she was 10 years old her parents moved to Washington state. She  attended Bible Baptist College in Springfield, MO studying business and education. Ana enjoys being involved in church, teaching Jr. Church, and helping in the AWANA program that teaches kids to know, love and serve God.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids. Ana and her family enjoy doing escape rooms, eating out, and watching movies together.

Business Manager/HR Administrator - Jerry Rieck

Jerry is a fellow Lutheran that relocated to AZ from South Dakota.  He is a former CPA with extensive experience in public accounting, insurance accounting, banking, and finance, and has served other organizations and his church as treasurer in his previous location.  Jerry holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and has completed several classes toward his Masters of Business Administration degree.  

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.  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!