Reverend William E. Shimkus, Pastor

Trinity Lutheran Church called Pastor Shimkus to the mission and ministry of its church and school in December 2010. He is a graduate of Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis, Missouri, from which he received a Masters of Divinity degree in 1977. In 1978 he completed colloquy requirements for ministry in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Prior to Trinity he served congregations in Anchorage, Alaska; Cottage Hills, Illinois; Wenatchee, Washington; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Honolulu, Hawaii. For 23 years he served as a chaplain in the US Army Reserve, primarily in hospital ministry. He and his wife Bette have three children: Matthew, married to Emilie, with daughter Robin; Maria, married to Doug Mills; and Emily, In addition to his parish responsibilities, Pastor Shimkus has served in a variety of positions in church and community, including Circuit Counselor and NW District Regional Vice President.

Reverend Miguel and Deaconess Marta Luna, Latino Ministry Evangelists

Miguel visits Spanish-speaking people in NE Portland, leads Bible study, and leads a Spanish language worship service on Sundays at Trinity. Marta ably assists Miguel, and provides music leadership for the worship. Although they live in Woodburn, Pastor Luna is at Trinity Thursday afternoons or evenings for counseling and Bible study.

Mrs. Ruth Gray, Business/Office manager

Since 2009, Mrs. Gray has been Trinity’s Administrative Assistant, managing all office matters 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 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

Dr. Krueger, organ recitalist, choir director and is an adjunct professor at Concordia University,Portland. His Doctoral degree is from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Krueger is regional dean of the American Guild of Organists. He also serves the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod as instructor in the “Lutheran Musician Enrichment” program. He has been serving Trinity since 1992.

Reverend William E. Shimkus, Pastor
Reverend William E. Shimkus, Pastor
Reverend Miguel and Deaconess Marta Luna
Reverend Miguel and Deaconess Marta Luna