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 - Jay Vallee
Born in Idaho, and raised in the northwest US and western Canada, Jay was educated in Mathematics and Chemistry at Western Washington University and received his MDiv. from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. He has served in full-time ministry through a variety of capacities and pastoral roles since 2009, leading Children’s, Youth, Adult, and Music Ministries at Cascade Christian Center before relocating to Arizona at the end of 2018. Jay and Angela, now celebrating ten years of marriage, are blessed with three children, Seth, Noah, and Scarlett. Jay enjoys hiking, camping, hunting, and hockey along with having a passion for music, writing songs, and leading worship.
Office Manager - Ana Mollet
Ana Mollet is the church's Administrative Assistant. She attended Bible Baptist College in Springfield, MO studying business and education. She has also taken a few courses in computers and most recently received certification in Simultaneous Translation, English to Spanish and vice versa. Ana enjoys being able to communicate in her native tongue, Spanish. She's been married 20 years to her wonderful husband, John. They have three kids: Ben, Jerry & Kimmie. Ana enjoys being involved in church, teaching Jr. Church, and in helping in the AWANA program that teaches kids to know, love and serve God.
Business Manager/HR Administrator - Jerry Rieck
Jerry is a fellow Lutheran, that relocated to AZ from South Dakota. He is a 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!