Pastor Mark Nelson

Administrative PastornelsonMUG

Mark has been married to Jane for 23 years and is the proud dad of James and Lillian. He enjoys leading teams of people and maximizing potential. Mark’s vision for Trinity is to become a leader in multiplying extended families of God on mission serving their neighborhoods and networks. After 11 years in the corporate marketplace, Mark’s household felt called to Kingdom work where they could realize an ROI of eternal significance and impact. He began a career at the Ford Motor Company in various engineering and manufacturing leadership roles. He completed an MS Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Michigan and Executive Education from Stanford University. He received his M-DIV from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and has served at Trinity since 2007. Mark enjoys family, discipleship, fishing, hiking, nature, gardening, cooking, historical sites, Chicago Bears, Fighting Illini, and NASCAR. Email:


Pastor Matthew SynnottsynnottMUG

Associate Pastor

Matthew Synnott serves as Associate Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church.  He works closely with senior high youth and junior high confirmation and shares preaching and worship responsibilities with Mark Nelson, reaching out to guests and visitors. Matt has served at Trinity since the summer of 2012, following his graduation from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Prior to that, he graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2007. Since settling in Peoria, Matt met and married his wife, Anna, and they have two children, William and Michaela. Matt enjoys hiking and is an avid college football fan, cheering for Texas A&M, Texas Christian University and Ole Miss. He loves music and has recently discovered the joys of audio books. Email:


Scott RauchScottMUG

Director of Christian Education

Scott Rauch is married to Joan and dad to Micah and Hannah. He serves (since 1998) with Trinity’s disciples in the Peoria-area as Director of Christian Education, providing servant leadership with children’s, youth and adult ministries. Scott has served as a DCE since 1986 after graduating from Concordia University – Nebraska. He also has a Masters in Adult Education and is a KINDLE Associate. Scott enjoys soccer and music and time with family and friends.


Peter Wykert


Peter Wykert came to Trinity this year as its cantor. He is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago with a degree in music. He will be in charge of music programs, including directing of the Sanctuary Choir, Bells of Joy and Trinity Brass. In his spare time, Peter enjoys writing and recording country music. He is originally from Lyons, Illinois. His parents, Tom and Vicki, are both Lutheran school teachers, as is his sister, Rebecca. His younger sister, Rachel, is just entering high school. Email:


Joy Graham

Office Manager

Joy Graham has been office manager at Trinity for nine years and feels blessed to work with its great staff and wonderful parishioners. She and her husband, David, have one teenage son, Conner. She enjoys running, reading and watching her son play soccer. Joy is originally from Omaha, Neb., and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.


Kerri Blicharz

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

 Kerri joined Trinity’s staff in August, 2013,  and has been a part of its worship community since 2010. She and her husband, Scott, are parents to three teens, Emily, Allison and Chris. Kerri graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and she worked for nearly 30 years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before coming to Trinity. When not involved in family activities, she spends her time enjoying in books, photography and music.