Rev. Michael J. Borcherding - Pastor

Rev. Michael John Borcherding (Pastor Mike) was born on November 13, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri to Ed and Norma Borcherding.  He is the oldest of five children, one sister and three brothers.  He grew up in St. Louis and Overland Park, Kansas.  He graduated from High School at St. John’s Academy, Winfield, Kansas, 1967; St. John’s Junior College, Winfield, Kansas, 1969; Concordia Senior College, 1972.  He attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. During the controversy in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, he moved to Concordia Seminary – in – exile, later Christ Seminary – Seminex, St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1977. Pastor Mike’s grandfather was a pastor, three uncles were pastors, and two cousins are pastors – all Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; a brother is a Director of Christian Education at a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana; and his father attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis before joining the army during WWII.

 Pastor Mike was ordained at Zion Lutheran Church, Kingman Kansas on June 26, 1977 in the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) by Bishop Robert Studtmann.  Pastor Mike interned at Grace Lutheran Church (Lutheran Church in America (LCA), Monroe, Wisconsin and has served at the following congregations: Zion Lutheran Church (AELC), Kingman, Kansas  and Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church (AELC), Haven, Kansas, 1977-1983; Faith Lutheran Church, St. John, Kansas (AELC) and Garfield Lutheran Church (LCA), Garfield, Kansas, 1983-1986; Assistant Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (LCA), Hutchison, Kansas, 1986-1987; Emanuel Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Stuttgart, Arkansas, 1988-1997; St. Paul Lutheran Church (ELCA), Peoria, Illinois, 1997-2009.  He began his ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn, on December 1, 2009.

 Pastor Mike is married to Susan (Sue) L. (Trusty) who is a Registered Nurse.  They met in St. Louis while Pastor Mike was in seminary and Sue was in nursing school.  They were married on July 20, 1974 in Salisbury, Missouri and have three daughters, Amy Michele, Erin Melissa, and Alisha Marie.  Amy is an assistant principal at an elementary school outside of Springfield, Massachusetts, and she is married to Jeff Napolitano.  They have two children, John Brown (Jack) and Ella.  Erin is presently living in Saginaw, Michigan where she is working producing independent films and has her own business promoting Christian concerts.  Alisha has her B.S. in social work and is currently traveling and working in St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, and Australia.

 Pastor Mike enjoys movies, reading, fishing, gardening, and keeping freshwater tropical fish. He and Sue like camping and traveling and have visited all of the lower 48 states except Florida and all of Canada except for the Maritime Provinces.  He enjoyed running until his knee gave out. 

 Pastor Mike and Sue are enjoying the move to Oak Lawn and look forward to their ministry at Trinity.



Linda Bensen - Minister of Word and Service

Parish Worker at Trinity since 1968.  Linda works with the confirmation and high school youth – teaching and planning youth programs and trips.  Part of her responsibilities also includes directing the Praise Choir and Trinity Bell Choir, planning fun trips for adults as well as youth.  Linda organizes other activities in the church.  She currently serves on the ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod Candidacy Committee, Oak Lawn Community Partnership Committee and the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn Board.






Cathy Cepican - Director of Preschool

Cathy brings years of teaching experience, a love of children, and her faith together to direct our Pre-School and oversee our Christian Education programming. Cathy has been the director of Trinity Lutheran Preschool for over 20 years and has had the joy of seeing over 1,000 children walk through our doors.  Cathy is active in many community activities.  She is chairman of the board of The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. In 2007, Cathy was awarded the “Soaring Spirit Award” for he extraordinary work for the Children's Museum  .







 Adam Cook - Director of Youth and Family Ministry

Adam comes to us from Community UMC as their Director of Youth Ministry and prior to that from Trinity Lutheran Valparaiso as one of their Youth Coordinators.  He has been in Youth Ministry for 6 years and loves working with youth and their families.  With Adam comes his lovely family; wife Ana, two sons; Alex and Logan and his daughter Nicoletta. 

Before entering lay ministry, Adam enlisted, in 2006, in the United States Marine Corps. He served four years active duty. He spent his active duty time in Beaufort, SC with HQSRV BN S-1 and 4th MAW G-1/Command Deck New Orleans, LA.  In 2010, Adam was honorably discharged and began his academic studies at Valparaiso University (VU).  While at VU, Adam met his wife Ana in a general education course and they began dating shortly after.  At VU, he majored in Political Science and Theology. In 2013, Adam graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Theology.  While at VU, Adam began volunteering with his churches, Trinity Lutheran Valparaiso, youth ministry.

Shortly after, fall of 2013, Adam did a year at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago studying for his Masters in Divinity and pursued his calling to word and sacrament in the candidacy process.  It was then he decided to take a step back from seminary and enter lay ministry while he further discerned his calling.  In October of 2014, Adam also left Trinity of Valparaiso and began his ministry at Community UMC in Naperville as the Director of Youth Ministry.

In the spring of 2017, Adam began his academic studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary, where he is currently a student.  He is pursuing a Masters in Divinity and has applied for candidacy to the ministry of word and sacrament. 

Adam has a passion for social ministry, specifically: LGBTQ inclusion, homelessness and food ministry.  His ministry joins youth and families to the call of serving in social ministries.  Adam loves to plan and attend youth mission trips, retreats and culture excursions.   

Marianne Izzo - Church Secretary
Church Secretary for Trinity Lutheran Church. Mother of 3 wonderful kids. I enjoy hanging out with my kids and fiance’ Bill. I love to watch the kids play sports and be involved in their activities. I enjoy a good book once in a while too. I have been the Church secretary since 2006.  I enjoy working at Trinity, and with the Members of Trinity.








 Ray Wilk- Church Custodian

Ray Wilk was our head custodian for 25 plus years, retiring in 2015.  Ray still drops by to help keep the facility going.


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