Associate Pastor of Outreach
Ben is the newest staff member at Trinity, as well as the youngest. He is a recent graduate of Concordia Seminary where he studied pastoral ministry. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ben did his pastoral internship (vicarage) in Houston, Texas. Not only did the Lone Star State steal his heart, but so did his wife Jennifer. Ben has a love for ministry towards all ages. He enjoys finding ways of doing outreach, being in the community and letting all people know that Jesus loves them.
Director of Christian Education (DCE)
Karl Winkler is a proud native Texan who grew up in the central Texas area. He received his Bachelor's Degree as a Director of Christian Education in 2007 from Concordia Texas University. Karl has served at Trinity since 2007 as director of student ministry. He also met his wife, Alicia, in Tyler and they have been blessed with four beautiful children. Karl loves mentoring students and helping them connect their faith to their daily lives.
Director of Children and Family Ministries (DCE)
Laura joined the staff at Trinity in September of 2017. Laura has served as a Director of Christian Education since 2002 and has served from children's ministry to youth/young adult. She has a passion for helping parents be Christ-like servant leaders in their home by leading their child in faith and to leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their child's life.
Early Childhood Ministry Director
Penny has been the director of Trinity’s Early Childhood Ministry since February 2020. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1987 and a master’s degree in early childhood education, in 2011. Penny has over 25 years of experience as an educator. Her career/ministry began at Christ the King Lutheran School in Memphis, TN and includes several years of teaching kindergarten to 3rd grade, six years of teaching preschool, and a year of coaching Prekindergarten teachers in the Texas School Ready program. Penny and her husband, Brian, have been blessed with three children who are all young adults. Penny’s passion is to instill the love of Jesus in children’s hearts and to inspire the love of learning in both children and adults.
Church Support Staff
ECM Support Staff