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  Pastor Gary Bender

The Rev. Gary L. Bender, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Bender, was born June 18, 1950, in BentonHarbor, MI. He was received into the Kingdom of God by means of Holy Baptism on July 16, 1950, Rev. Harold Zink officiating. The family moved to the Coloma, MI area, and it was at Salem Lutheran Church that Gary was confirmed by Rev. Robert J. Voss. He attended Coloma Elementary and High Schools, graduating in 1968. He attended Concordia Jr.College at Ann Arbor, graduating in 1970, and ConcordiaSeniorCollege at Ft. Wayne, IN, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972. Next he attended Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, IL, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree in 1976. During his seminary training Gary served as vicar at TrinityLutheranChurch, Cheyenne, WY, under Rev. William Stark. In 1998 Gary also received a Masters of Family Life Ministry Degree at ConcordiaUniversity, Seward, NE.

 Gary was united in Holy Marriage to Millie L. Brown on February 23, 1974, at EmanuelLutheranChurch, New Haven, IN. The Lord has blessed them with two children. Stacey, age 43, and her husband, Victor Martinez, live in Maricopa, AZ. They have two children, Kylie, age 21, and Isabel, age 10. Jon, age 41, lives in Cudahy, WI. He and his wife, Christina, have one son, Luke, age 14.

 After graduating from seminary, Gary was ordained at his home church in Coloma on July 11, 1976 by Rev. F. E. Kipp. He has served congregations at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Julesburg, CO (1976 – 1983), ImmanuelLutheranChurch, Ellsworth, KS (1983 – 2000), and St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, MI (2000 – 2016). Pastor Gary retired January 1, 2017 from St. Lorenz and is now involved in Intentional Interim Ministry. He served an Intentional Interim at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wheeler, MI (2017 – 2019). He has also served on the Kansas District Family Life Committee, as a Circuit Counselor in both the Kansas and Michigan Districts and as a District Reconciler and part time Congregation Ministry Facilitator in the Michigan District.

Gary enjoys bowling, golf, bow hunting, and camping.


                At Trinity

We believe that Christ has commissioned His church to make disciples through the proclamation of the Gospel, through the administration of the Sacraments in accordance with His instruction, through instruction in the Christian faith, and by fostering Christian fellowship and service.
God: We believe in One God, the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Bible: We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God, the only true, inerrant, and reliable guide for faith and life.

Sin: We believe that all people from their birth are sinful, separated from God, and are in need of forgiveness and salvation.

Jesus Christ: We believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who, through His sacrifice on the cross suffered the penalty and paid the price for the sins of all people. He offers to all people forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

Faith: We believe that we personally receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life as a free gift of God by trusting in the suffering and death of Jesus Christ as our Savior. We believe the Holy Spirit works this trust and faith in our hearts.

Means of Grace: We believe the Holy Spirit works through God's Word and the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Holy Baptism is a "washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit" as St. Paul declares in Titus 3:5. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the true Body and Blood of Christ with the bread and wine. It is not a symbolic eating and drinking. We believe that the communicant who receives the Sacrament in faith actually receives the forgiveness of sins.


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