Ministry Staff Retreat
Sedona, AZ 2013
Pastor Bolte was born in 1963 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He is married to his wife, Roxanne, and they have two daughters Kristen (17) and Taryn (13). They live in Litchfield Park. Pastor Bolte attended Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois, in 1982-1986, graduating with an elementary education degree. He went immediately to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, (1986-1990) where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained into the ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 1990, and has served at Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce, Nebraska (1990-1995) and Trinity Lutheran Church, Litchfield Park, AZ (1996-present). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Southwest District and is Vice President of PSWD’s Region Four. In 2009, he taught an intensive class of the Book of Genesis in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudan’s seminary in Yambio, Sudan, and in 2010 he returned to teach critical classes on the doctrines of Christology and Justification. You can follow his trip at http://djbsudan.blogspot.com/.
Ruth graduated from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN with a BA in Theology and a minor in psychology (December, 1977). She was consecrated as a Deaconess in January 1978 and is a commissioned/rostered worker in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. She is also trained as an Active Parent Educator. Ruth has served in a variety of settings as staff and volunteer: Lighthouse Home for Boys, Lutheran Retirement Village in Northwest Indiana, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Portage, Indiana, St. John’s Lutheran Church Champaign, Illinois, Liaison to Ae Ran Won, a home for battered women and unwed mothers in Seoul, South Korea, and Lutheran Church of the Master, Phoenix, Arizona. Ruth is married to Scott and has three children: Caleb, Annaliese and Gretchen and three grandchildren, Dillon, Harmony and Hayden. She began serving at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in November 2001 as the Director of Family Life.
My family and I have been members at Trinity for over twelve years, and I have been on staff for nearly that long. Throughout those twelve years, I have filled several different roles. I am currently primarily responsible for Trinity's outreach ministry. Additionally, I put together the audio/visual presentations for Sunday morning worship services. Another of the roles I have enjoyed over the past ten years has been teaching the Bible History part of Trinity’s confirmation program, both Old and New Testament. I have been through the Lay Leadership Training Program of the Pacific Southwest District and am certified as a Parish Ministry Assistant. I am married to Steve, and we have three children, Aaron, Jason and Mandie.
Juliann has always been a musician, performing in choirs and traveling with bands. Deciding that she needed to find a “grown-up” career, she graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA with a BS in Computer Science. After working as a computer programmer and systems analyst, she left the field to become a full-time mom to her sons, Ian and Erik. Upon arriving in Arizona, Juliann and her family were drawn to Trinity because of the warm, friendly people and the quality of the sermons and worship. They had never experienced contemporary worship before but now felt they had found a worship home! Juliann was hired to put together the weekly service bulletins and newsletters. After indulging in some of the many music opportunities, she “grew” into the position of Director of Music which she has held for several years. It was a great fit and Juliann is looking forward to many more songs of praise and worship here at Trinity.
Pastor Self graduated from California State University East Bay in 1970. He began his church ministry career in 1970 as Principal and teacher at a small Lutheran elementary school which, after two years, became a dual parish school from Pre-K through 8th grade of approximately 250 students. He completed the Teacher Colloquy program at Concordia University Chicago in 1980. After teaching for 12 years he began studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. After graduating in 1986, he was called to serve as Associate Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and School, Fremont, CA. In 1990 he was called to serve as sole Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sacramento, CA where he served until his retirement in 2006. He and his wife Sharon moved to Goodyear, AZ in 2006 and began worshiping here at Trinity Lutheran Church where it has been a joy to be a part of the ministry.