Staff ministry team

Matt Switzer | Pastor

IMG_5962I’ve been the lead pastor at Trinity since 2012 and love living in beautiful Marin County! I’ve led churches for over 15 years, previously in Colorado and Indiana. I love seeing people live out my favorite Bible verse, Philemon 1:6: I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

Favorite Authors: Brennan Manning, John Grisham, Eugene Peterson, Marin resident Anne Lamott
Favorite Movies: Good Will Hunting, Field of Dreams
Favorite Food: Medium Rare Steak
Hobbies: Cycling, Reading on my Kindle, Commuting on my electric bicycle
Things people don’t know about me: I was a college mascot and I can juggle

 

Dave Levy | Minister to Youth & Families

IMG_5940I grew up in Nor Cal amongst the redwoods in Humboldt and Del Norte County. I moved to So Cal (Irvine CA to be exact) to study religion and theology. I always enjoyed working with young people… even when I was young! Since 2002, I’ve been working with youth and their families at Trinity by leading and facilitating our various youth and family programs. So you want to know more about me, eh? Well I have perfected the art of procrastination… in fact I think I will write a book about it called “Me, a Procrastinator? I’ll prove you wrong someday… just wait and see!” Here are some other things about me… Enjoy!

Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Movie: The Matrix (1999)
Favorite Author: Alan Dean Foster
Favorite Hobby: Video Games
Something most people don’t know about me: I’ve never broken a bone in my body (that’s not an invitation to make it happen by the way!)

 

Christine Cezario | Secretary

IMG_5946I’ve been privileged to serve as Trinity’s secretary for over 15 years now. My work background is pretty diverse: from making puppets and leading playground games for Richmond Recreation department in my younger days; to fitting and selling bridal gowns; to wallpaper and paint sales expert; to a few difference levels of office jobs before this one. I really enjoy serving the Lord here through the variety of jobs – and people! – I get to encounter. My husband Patrick and I live in the East Bay. We’re big –time pet people! He loves to garden, and I love to enjoy the results. We also really like sharing good music, and good food, together.

Favorite authors: Liz Curtis Higgs, C.S. Lewis, Francine Rivers
Favorite movies: Cold Comfort Farm; Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Favorite foods: Gotta have chocolate!  And popcorn, any flavor, even plain (aka ‘packing material’)
Hobbies: crafting, sewing, baking, music, enjoying God’s creation
Something most people don’t know about me:  I’d love to take some trips in a time machine…provided this wouldn’t mess up history or space-time continuum or anything!

 

Natalie Levy | Preschool Director

IMG_5957I was born and raised in Crescent City, CA. Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher. At first I thought I wanted to work with elementary age kids so I started a degree in Elementary Education at Concordia University in Irvine, CA. After I had the chance to get into some classroom experience in college I quickly changed my major! I have a heart for young children. Every day I am amazed at how they grow, learn and play. Lucky for me I can deal with the snot, tears and whatever other body fluids come my way (I hope I didn’t gross anyone out)! I started teaching at Trinity in 2002 then was hired on as the school director in 2006. I have been fortunate to work among some amazing teachers over the years and with even more amazing children and families! I am excited to see what the future has in store for our Trinity family!

Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Movie: Mary Poppins
Favorite Author: James Patterson
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Something most people don’t know about me: I was born and raised in the same house in Northern California until I left home to go to college.

 

Wendy Loder | Classic Praise Worship Leader

IMG_5950 Wendy Loder came with her husband Kevin to Trinity in 2001, looking for a church home for their then 1-year-old daughter Samantha.  She began serving as Music Minister soon after.  Both daughters Samantha and Sophie went to Trinity Preschool and are growing up in our faith with the wonderful teaching at Trinity.

Baptized at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Wendy began her music ministry at the age of seven by singing and playing with her mom, Anne Nurge, as she led worship services for Shiloh Christian Fellowship.  Trained as a violinist, Wendy was accepted to the Virtuoso program at San Domenico High School, and became a violinist with Marin Symphony at the age of 17.  She then began studying piano and Opera with her (now) mom-in-law, Nancy Loder, and was accepted into the San Francisco Opera Chorus upon graduating from Dominican University.  Wendy has sung numerous leading operatic roles with Berkeley, Cinnabar, and West Bay Opera, and has appeared in recital in Germany.  She has also performed as soloist with Santa Cruz Symphony in “Carmina Burana”. She is also on the soundtracks to several movies and video games, both as violinist and singer.  Wendy can be heard locally with various small musical ensembles, playing and singing for galas, parties and events. In addition to her performing activities, Wendy maintains a private teaching studio, with violin, voice and piano students.

Favorite author:  anyone who really makes me think!
Favorite movie:  Groundhog Day or Bruce Almighty  (I love the “What if….”)
Favorite food:  Chocolate ice cream
Hobbie(s):  Cooking and sewing, drawing
Something most people don’t know about me:  I do custom music arrangements for string groups

 

Phillip Mills | Journey Worship Leader

IMG_5953My name is Phillip Mills, I’m from Picture Rocks, Arizona. I’ve been singing and playing music all my life. I started my 1st serious band after high school with childhood friends. We played all over southern A.Z. for 6 years. I came to C.A. to make a solo record in 2007 & met my wife Maggie at local Rock ‘n’ Roll venue in Fairfax. I now have many lifelong friends in the local music scene.

Shortly after we were married, we began to talk about all the things that really mattered in this life. We came to Trinity and felt Gods Peace there. About a year ago, my mighty little praying Grandma told me,” You go down to that church & tell the Pastor that you are at his service & then do whatever he asks you to”. Not long after that Pastor Matt asked me to lead Worship. As a rebellious youth, I was always reluctant to do this. Mostly because I realize that it is a Sacred task & felt unworthy to serve God in that way. In the short time that I’ve been obedient to God in leading His people in worship at Trinity Lutheran Church, I’ve begun to see His hand in my life more & more. I have said that this is the greatest musical experience of my life and I mean that. The band and I always pray The Holy Spirit anoint our voices, hands, & instruments at every rehearsal. We are blessed to be able to serve God in this way. “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul; And all that is within me, Bless His Holy Name!” Psalm 103.

Favorite author: C.S. Lewis & Charles Bukowski
Favorite Movie: “Open Range” Robert Duvall & Kevin Costner
Favorite Food: Everything, Mexican
Hobbies: Poster Art, Hiking, Cooking, Collecting Vinyl Records.
Something most people don’t know about me: I dunno…I’m an open book.