Pastor Terry Merrill, Interim Pastor

Reverend Terry Merrill, Interim Pastor

Pastor Terry Merrill of Albany is serving as Trinity’s interim pastor. Pastor Terry is a second career pastor and it was after the military, college and work in the electronics and telephone industries that he received a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne IN and a Doctor of Ministry from Denver CO Seminary in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Pastor Merrill has served LCMS churches for 37 years including 10 years as spiritual director working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment.  He holds clinical membership with Association for Clinical Pastoral Education from Trinity Medical Center in Minot ND.  Currently, he is working with churches in transition as an Intentional Interim Minister.

Pastor Terry (Merrill) finds joy in relationships formed through his ministry as pastor and counselor, and in being part of a church and school community working together to connect people with Jesus and grow in Christian love toward one another. He lives with his wife Peggy, in Albany OR. Together they have five children and 13 grandchildren.

Ruberto Ek Yah, Ministry to Latinos

Ruberto Ek Yah, Ministry to Latinos

Seminary student and long time member Ruberto leads the Latino Bible study, the Spanish language worship services on Sundays, and translates for the bilingual Sunday morning services.

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Mrs. Ruth Gray, Business/Office manager

Since 2009, Mrs. Gray has been Trinity’s Administrative Assistant and in 2013, became the Business Manager for all church and school matters. She is a graduate of Concordia University holding a degree in Business Administration. After an early career in the business world, Ruth became the music teacher and director of student choirs and bands at Trinity Lutheran Christian School. She, her husband Cedric and their children Rachel, Marcus and Jacob are active participants and leaders in many areas of Trinity’s church and school life.

Dr. Walter Krueger, Organist, Choir Director

Walter E. Krueger is a Lutheran musician and educator residing in Portland, Oregon. In addition to being Trinity’s organist and choir director, he currently serves as adjunct professor of music at Concordia University, Portland and teaches piano and organ students privately.  An organ recitalist, lecturer, and hymn festival leader, Krueger has also composed and arranged a number of works for keyboard, choir, handbells, and other instruments.  Over the years, he has served churches, high schools and colleges in California, Illinois, Michigan, and Oregon.

Dr. Krueger’s musical doctorate is from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  He also studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Concordia University Chicago.

Krueger is a recognized Fellow and Choir Master of the American Guild of Organists (FAGO, ChM).  He served on the National Council of the AGO. Krueger is also a Dean Emeritus of the Portland Oregon Chapter, recently serving as Director of a “Pipe Organ Encounter” for teens.

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