Meet the staff and leadership of FaithPoint Lutheran Church.
Rev. Dr. Steve Trewartha
Pastor Steve is the founding and senior pastor of FaithPoint Lutheran Church in New Prague, Minnesota. He has served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church for 25 years in Minnesota, North Dakota and Colombia, South America. Steve’s passion is helping people become all they can be through a living relationship with Jesus Christ. This means helping people come to faith, grow in their faith and live out their faith in ways God leads.
Steve completed his undergraduate studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and doctorate from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, KY.
Steve has been married to his wonderful wife Debbie, a teacher at New Prague Middle School, for 27 years and they have three children. He enjoys basketball, biking, playing guitar and fixing things when he is not spending time with his family.
Gretchen Havlicek, Ministry Coordinator
Gretchen Havlicek is our Ministry Coordinator. She helps equip volunteers in adult and children’s ministry, launch new ministries, and encourage adults toward a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Gretchen graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN with a degree in International Studies and has done some post-graduate work at St. Thomas University in the area of non-profit organizational management. She was the refugee resettlement director of Minnesota’s branch of World Relief in the 90’s and has a passion for worldwide missions. For the last 17 years, Gretchen has worked in local churches primarily in the area of adult ministries with particular focus in small groups, discipleship, and helping connect new attendees in a congregation.
She is married to her best friend Chris, who is a JAM leader, Confirmation mentor, and part of the men’s ministry team. They both grew up in the New Prague area and they have three children. She enjoys walks in their prairie, leisurely bike rides, and is regularly teased by her family when she tears up while watching Hallmark movies.
Trisha Otterness & Kristen Thoreson, Confirmation Coordinators
Trisha & Kristen are the Confirmation Coordinators for FaithPoint Lutheran Church, working with 6th, 7th and 8th graders to help them strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ and prepare for the day they will affirm their Christian faith through the ceremony of Confirmation. They both have a passion for serving and helping our youth grow in their faith.
Jen Sayler, JAM Coordinator
Jen Sayler is JAM coordinator, our Wednesday night program for 3-5th graders. She is involved in the weekly planning, Bible Study curriculum, and coordinating communication to the congregation about the program.
Jen teaches Social Studies at New Prague High School. She lives in New Prague with husband, Greg and two boys Jonathan and Carson. Jen loves being connected to the church family through JAM and is inspired by the JAM planning team who have amazing hearts for the Lord, Jan Clay and Chris Havlicek.