Our Staff

Senior Pastor--Mark Chase

Pastor Chase was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He graduated from Concordia University in Irvine, CA in 2006 and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO 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 of that same year, 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 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, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1970. He attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL and graduated and was ordained in 1974. He served his first call as Chaplain to the backstretch workers at the thoroughbred race tracks in New York. In 1979 he was called to be pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on the south-side of Tucson. He served as pastor there for 14 years, and met and married Kittie. Together they have four sons, a daughter and 8 grandchildren. In 1996 he became a prison chaplain at Eyman State Complex in Florence, AZ and moved to Casa Grande. After serving almost 15 years in the prison system at all levels including death row, he retired 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 include painting, woodwork, hiking, swimming, gardening, puppets and traveling with Kittie in their RV.

Deacon--Dennis Dirks

Deacon Dennis 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. In 1982, he earned his Master’s degree in School Administration and Curriculum from Mankato State University. He served as a LCMS teacher for 8 years (Janesville, MN), and 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 Cross Cultural Ministry seminary program working toward ordination and a Masters of Theology. (This program is a non-traditional approach where students serve as a vicar within their parish for four years while taking classes on-line during the school year and on-campus each 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 remains 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 and moved to Maricopa to be closer to grandchildren. Dennis and Lynn have two adult children, Jonathan and Susan, and three grandchildren. Dennis enjoys woodworking, reading, and wine tasting.

TLC Preschool Director & 4s Teacher- 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. Karla 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. Karla 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 Mollet is the church's Administrative Assistant. She attended Bible Baptist College in Springfield, MO for about a year and a half studying business and education. She's 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 16 years to her wonderful husband, John. They have three kids: Ben 14, Jerry 7 & Kimmie 5. Ana enjoys being involved in her home church, and volunteer teaches in the children's ministries. She also helps out with the AWANA program that teaches kids to know, love and serve God. Ana looks forward to working here at Trinity Lutheran Church and TLC Preschool.

Youth Ministry and Community Outreach Director -Kerry Davenport

Kerry Dee Davenport was born and raised right here in good 'ole Casa Grande and attended CGUHS & CAC. She is very excited to be the youth and community service director here at Trinity! She's been working with youth groups and leading worship bands for over 20 years, and has directed Vacation Bible School for the past 5 years at Casa Grande's 1st Presbyterian Church. Kerry Dee, her husband David, and her daughter Mabry are full of enthusiasm for this new adventure with Trinity Lutheran Church.

Business Manager/HR Administrator - Jerry Rieck

Please welcome our new Business Manager, Jerry Rieck, who begins in January! Jerry is a fellow Lutheran, recently 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. He will be working with our current business manager, Peggy Hoover, to learn her job, and gradually take over her role as she winds down and prepares to leave us this spring! Welcome Jerry!

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 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 experience before joining us. Miss Rahberta is continuing her education at Central Arizona College to receive A.A. 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 3s 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 2 1/2 - 3s Teacher - Desiree Enriquez

Miss Desiree is a native to Casa Grande. She has two brothers and one sister, she enjoys spending time with her family. Desiree 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 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 she enjoys gardening and knitting.

TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Felicity Gabaldon

Miss Felicity was born and raised in Casa Grande. She has a younger brother and older sister. Miss Felicity is taking classes at Central Arizona College to receive her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and eventually aiming for her Master's Degree. She loves spending time with children. She loves to spend her free time with her family.

TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Charlie Walsworth

Mr. Charlie was born and raised in Olympia, WA. After receiving his BA in Education, he moved to Alaska to drive tour buses, then began a career as a teacher and stayed in Alaska for almost 30 years, where he taught Resource Room, Physical Education and Special Education and coached lots of sports. He received his Masters Degree in School Administration, and then became an elementary school principal. After working in schools for more than 20 years, he retired to try something new, working for Court Services with the Alaska State Troopers. After retiring again, he and his wife moved to Arizona. Since living here, he's tested out several careers, most recently working for Alaska Airlines. Now he's back to what he loves--serving children and families and sharing his love for education. In his spare time, he loves music, tennis, and all sorts of sports, and keeps busy with church activities. He has four sons and just had his first granddaughter.

TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Heidi Wolf

TLC Preschool Afternoon Enrichment Co-Teacher - Lori Dorris

TLC Preschool Afternoon Enrichment Teacher - Renne Tiffany

TLC Preschool Substitute Teaching Assistant - Krystle Lopez

Ms. Krystle has almost 7 years of experience in childcare and feels blessed to have TLC be a part of her life. She enjoys camping with her family, and spends most of her time cooking, swimming and playing with her three kids.