Rev. Nate Wollenberg has served as the Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Hoyleton since December 2016. He serves primarily by preaching and teaching God’s Word, visiting the sick and shut-in members of the congregation, and supporting our school ministry through Confirmation instruction and by frequently leading our midweek chapel services.

Pastor Wollenberg grew up in Connecticut and decided to pursue pastoral ministry after attending a short-term mission trip in the Alaskan tundra, which he attended in high school. He graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Theological Languages degree in 2008. He received his M.Div from Concordia Seminary St. Louis in 2012, after four years of theological education which included a year-long vicarage internship in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Pastor’s first pastoral call was on the southern border, where he served as the Associate Pastor of Family Life Ministry at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McAllen, TX from 2012-2016. While there, he was heavily involved in planning events for family ministry, youth ministry, Vacation Bible School, in addition to regular preaching and teaching.
Pastor Wollenberg married his wife, Katie, in 2010. Katie has a Lutheran Education degree from Concordia University Wisconsin and has experience serving Lutheran schools in various capacities, including classroom teaching, substitute teaching, and librarian work. She can be frequently seen around the school volunteering her time to support our ministry at Trinity. Pastor and Katie have been blessed with three wonderful children – Zoe, Zachary, and Max!

Chris Dehning has been at Trinity since 2018. He has previously served as a teacher and principal at Lutheran schools in Missouri and Minnesota. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. In addition to being principal, he also teaches 7th grade Math, and K-8 P.E.

He has a wife, Rachel, and two children, Lydia and Toby that are both enrolled at Trinity. When not at school, he enjoys being active with his family. They especially like hiking and exploring new places.

Charlene Bachmann has been at Trinity since 1983. She has previously  served as a teacher in Iowa and Wisconsin.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree and Lutheran Teachers Diploma from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.  In addition to teaching 3rd and 4th grade, she also is a scholar bowl coach.

Mandy Brammeier is the Preschool teacher at Trinity Hoyleton. Mandy is the head of the Preschool program and has been a part of Trinity’s staff since 2016. She enjoys working with our youngest students and getting them excited about school. She also shares the love of Jesus to her students each day as they learn their ABC’s and 123’s. 
Mandy is married to Mike Brammeier and the mother to their six children and their three foster children.  Mandy enjoys baking, drinking coffee, relaxing with her family at home, and reading thriller/mystery novels.

Mrs. Michele Boester is our school cook and makes delicious and nutritious meals for all of our children and staff. Trinity offers the federal hot lunch program. Families may also apply for free and reduced lunch.

Mrs. Diane Guinzy serves as our librarian. She also oversees our Accelerated Reader program which includes an AR Store on Fridays where students can spend the points they ear for reading books.

Francee Kasten is the Kindergarten teacher at Trinity Hoyleton. She has been teaching at Trinity since 2015 and taught 6th grade at Trinity Centralia (2010-2015) and Lincoln Lutheran (2009-2010). She loves interacting with her students and sharing the love of Jesus with them on a daily basis. 

Francee is married to the studly Ben Kasten who teaches at CORLHS. Together, they have four beautiful daughters:  Ellie, Evie, Wynnie, Emmie all of whom attend Trinity Hoyleton.  Kylo, their Goldendoodle, is the closet thing Francee will ever get to having a pony. 

When she is not teaching or running around with her super cool family, Francee can be usually found at the farm baling hay or tending to the goats, or at home eating Chick-Fil-A and drinking unsweetened tea.

Sarah Koester has been at Trinity since 2018. Previously, she has served as a teacher at schools in southern Illinois and Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. She is pleased to be the First/Second grade teacher and the director of the K-2 choir. Sarah is married to her husband, Michael, and together they have four children.

Mrs. Jane Michael is our school and church secretary. If you need anything answered, you call Jane in the office.

Mrs. Tiemann is the seventh and eighth grade homeroom teacher.  In addition to teaching reading, English, science, and health to the seventh and eighth grade students, she also teaches reading to the fifth and sixth graders, math to the sixth graders, and technology class to the first through fourth grade students. She directs the children’s choir consisting of third through eighth grade students. She also co-coaches the scholar bowl team with Miss Bachmann. 

Mrs. Tiemann attended college at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW). In 2009, she received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. In 2016, she graduated from CUW with her masters degree in Education-Literacy. 

In 2009, Mrs. Tiemann began her teaching ministry at Zion Lutheran School in Independence, Kansas, teaching fifth and sixth grade. She taught there for two years. In 2011, she accepted a Call to teach second grade at Trinity Lutheran School in Centralia, Illinois. She taught there for seven years. Mrs. Tiemann has been teaching at Trinity in Hoyleton since 2018.  

Mrs. Tiemann is married to Adam and has two children, Lilah and Grant. 

Mrs. Tiemann’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Hannah Zernicke is the 5th and 6th grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran School. She has been teaching at Trinity since January of the 2019-2020 school year. She attended college at Concordia University Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in Elementary
Education and Special Education in December of 2019.

Before moving to Illinois, she grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, not far from Green Bay, and is a huge Packers fan. She loves to read and her favorite subject in school was social studies because she loves history.