Pastor Tom Knoll
Rev. Knoll is a graduate of Concordia College, Milwaukee, and Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne IN. He received a BA in Psychology/Sociology and Theology in 1977. In 1981 he received a Masters in Divinity from Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis, MO, with a special emphasis on Urban Ministry. In 1982. He received a Masters in Social Work with a special emphasis on Community Development from St. Louis University. Reverend Knoll is a licensed and board certified social worker and was the Executive Director of Community Life Services from 1982-2002, a social service ministry started by First Trinity. Tom has also served parishes in North St. Louis, and Bogota, New Jersey. Currently Reverend Knoll is the President of Capital Area Asset Building Corp., Treasurer of the United Lutheran Appeal, Vice President of the Lutheran Planned Giving Consortium, President of Trinity Landholding Corporation and President of CFLS Restaurant Inc. Rev. Knoll has served on the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness and is a frequent speaker on poverty and homelessness issues.
Pastor Knoll is married to Fran Knoll, a Certified Nurse-Midwife. They have two grown children: Sarah and Daniel.And, one granddaughter, Dani who lives in Alaska.
Cantor Stefan Brodd.
Stefan is the cantor at First Trinity Lutheran Church and the kantor for the Churches of Sweden and Finland, all in Washington, D.C. He is also a musical director for shows and events for the City of Greenbelt, Maryland and performs frequently at such venues as the Shakespeare Theatre and the Embassies of Sweden and Finland. He lives with his husband Christopher Cherry in Greenbelt.
Katie Chatelaine-Samsen, Young Adult Coordinator
Katie grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota and is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where she studied Political Science and Religion. After graduating, Katie moved east to attend Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received her Master’s of Divinity and gained experience in campus ministry at Princeton University, hospital chaplaincy in the Twin Cities, and spent a summer on staff at Holden Village in Washington. A passion for faith and public life led her to Washington, DC after seminary, where she has worked as a fundraiser for Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Sojourners, and the Georgetown Ministry Center. She most recently completed a pastoral internship at Christ Lutheran Church in 16th Street Heights, where she focused on faith formation and outreach.
Katie lives in Fort Totten with her husband Chris [a PC(USA) pastor] and their dog Kisco. In her free time, Katie enjoys running in Rock Creek Park, hiking anywhere there’s a trail, cooking, and exploring DC on her bike. Katie is an approved candidate for ordination in the ELCA and is excited by the many ways that God calls individuals and congregations to put their faith into action to work for social justice, peace, and community transformation.