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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.
Pastor Katie Chatelaine-Samsen, Associate Pastor of Mission and Outreach
Pastor Katie grew up in Owatonna, MN and is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where she studied Political Science and Religion and played violin in the St. Olaf Orchestra. A summer research internship with her academic advisor in the Religion Department revealed a call to pastoral ministry, leading this life-long Minnesotan to move east to attend Princeton Theological Seminary for her Master’s of Divinity. While at PTS, Pastor Katie served as a campus minister at Princeton University, a hospital chaplain in the Twin Cities, and spent a summer on staff at Holden Village in Washington. A persistent passion for faith and public life led her to Washington, DC after seminary, where she worked in fund development for Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Sojourners, and the Georgetown Ministry Center. An even more persistent call to pastoral ministry led Pastor Katie to leave her nonprofit career to complete her pastoral internship at Christ Lutheran Church in 16th Street Heights, where she focused on faith formation and outreach while also completing her Lutheran coursework at Gettysburg Seminary. She 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 and brings experience with and passion for mission and outreach, faith formation, small groups, creativity in worship, and preaching. Pastor Katie lives in Takoma, DC with her husband Chris, a Presbyterian pastor, and their dog Kisco. In her free time, Pastor Katie enjoys training for her next marathon (seven and counting!), hiking anywhere there’s a trail, getting lost in a good book (books by Louise Erdrich, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Dostoyevsky are often found on her nightstand), cooking, and exploring DC on her bike.
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.