School Staff

Our School Staff:

Terri Kober - Director of Youth, Family & School Ministry
terri.kober@tlc-conklin.org

Terri has served as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry since the position was instituted at Trinity in July of 2001. In May of 2014, our school ministry was incorporated into her family ministry role. It is her joy and a tremendous blessing to have the opportunity to serve God by serving families. She is gifted in the area of “gab” but is a dedicated listener as well! When she is not working you will likely catch her reading a great book, cooking, crocheting or playing a game!


Vince Krey - Office Manager
office@tlc-conklin.org  
Vince Krey joined the ministry team as Office Manager in May of 2018.  He is a lifelong member of Trinity, an alumnus of Trinity Lutheran School, and he grew up right next door!  Vince is a retired financial planner and holds a master’s degree in business administration.  He likes attending car shows and enjoys the peace that gardening brings. 


 

Jackie Rasch - Preschool Director/Teacher
jackie.rasch@tlc-conklin.org

Jackie Rasch (Miss Jackie) joined the teaching staff at Trinity Lutheran School as the Preschool Teacher & Director in the fall of 2016. She holds a BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. Miss Jackie is an experienced teacher, having taught preschool for 16 years in addition to her elementary teaching experience. Prior to joining the teaching team at Trinity, Miss Jackie grew up, and still lives, on the family apple farm in Conklin. It is on the farm among her 13 siblings that Jackie’s larger than life dad, Bill Rasch (1924-2004), and quiet, kind-hearted mom, Rosemary, fostered her love for young children. Although Jackie never married, nor gave birth to children of her own, she regards each of her students as 'one of her own', as she loves and nurtures them. She looks forward to many years of "building faith and serving people" through the school ministry at Trinity!

Stephanie Schumaker - K/1st Grade Teacher
stephanie.schumaker@tlc-conklin.org

Mrs. Schumaker attended Concordia University-Ann Arbor to obtain a degree in Elementary Education, with a major in Language Arts and a Lutheran Teacher Diploma. With Christ at the center, she aims to shine the Lord’s light and love in the classroom while serving and teaching the whole child. She looks forward to joyfully, compassionately and diligently partnering with parents to care for and equip children, all the while magnifying Christ. Mrs. Schumaker is delighted to be involved in the school ministry at Trinity.


Allie Eckelbarger (Miss Eck) - 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher
Alexandra.eckelbarger@tlc-conklin.org

In November 2018, due to the departure of Mrs. Bates, we welcomed Miss Allie Eckebarger to the teaching staff at Trinity.  Allie is a Ferris State University graduate, and Trinity’s 2-3 classroom is her first teaching position.  She completed student teaching experiences both at Ridgeview elementary in Sparta, as well as in a 4th-grade classroom at one of the Grand Rapids Public schools.  Allie enjoys crafting, thrifting, spending time with family and friends, running the youth program at her church, and camping.  She is “overjoyed with the opportunity” she has at Trinity Lutheran School.  Her students affectionately call her "Miss Eck" instead of Miss Eckelbarger.



Ruth Mackie 4th/5th Lead Teacher
ruth.mackie@tlc-conklin.org

Psalm 73:23-26:
“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Mrs. Ruth Mackie was born on September 29, 1957 in Highland Park, Michigan. She is a product of Lutheran day schools, high school, and colleges, graduating with an A.A. degree from Concordia, Ann Arbor in 1976 and a B.S. Ed. from Concordia, Seward in 1978. Ruth completed coursework for a Director of Christian Education (DCE) colloquy through Concordia, St. Paul in 2007, and is dually certified within the LCMS as a teacher and DCE.
Ruth has served congregations in Missouri, Ohio, and Minnesota as a church musician, teacher, and DCE. She is a published composer through Concordia Publishing House and is currently composing for CPH’s new LSB Hymn Prelude Series. She has served the International Lutheran Laymen’s League as its convention organist and twice served the Minnesota South District as its convention organist. Her greatest passion, however, is teaching, and she is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Trinity.
Ruth has been married to Roger since 1981. He is an ordained minister in the LCMS and a credentialed Intentional Interim Minister, currently serving another Trinity, Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Missouri. Ruth and Roger are blessed with four sons, Paul, Robert, Timothy, and Benjamin; a daughter-in-law, Megan; and two grandchildren, Byron and Alaina.
When she is not at work, Ruth loves to bake, do counted cross-stitch, and root for the Tigers (and Twins), Lions, Pistons, Red Wings, and Wolverines.

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Sunday Worship: 9:30 AM

School Hours: Mon - Fri 8a - 3p

Pastor: Rev. Mark Oswald
Director of Family, Youth &
School Ministry: Terri Kober
Office Manager: Vince Krey
Preschool Director: Jackie Rasch
K/1st Teacher: Stephanie Schumaker
2nd/3rd Teacher: Allie Eckelbarger
4th/5th Teacher: Ruth Mackie 

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