About Us

Our Vision

Trinity receives new members regularly! We understand that being a Christian means more than membership in a religious community. For us, being a Christian is about living each day with Christ Jesus. Anyone desiring to become a member is encouraged to speak with Pastor Bob.

Belief in Jesus Christ

Jesus is God’s son, sent by God to become human like us. When Jesus died on the cross he abolished our sin and thus restored the relationship of love and trust that God intended to exist between Himself and His children. Jesus was born on earth of a virgin, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was at once truly God and truly human.

We believe Jesus is the Messiah chosen by God to show His love for the world. He is God, yet with all the limitations of being human. His relationship to God, however, was not one of sin but rather of perfect obedience to the Father’s will. The man, Jesus of Nazareth, lived and died in Palestine under Roman administrator Pontius Pilate.

For the sake of a sinful world, Jesus was condemned to death on the cross. But death could not contain him. On the third day after his execution, the day we observe as Easter, Jesus appeared among his followers as the risen, living Lord. Jesus Christ lives today wherever there are people who faithfully believe in Him and wherever the Good News of reconciliation is preached and the Sacraments administered.

The Christian Church

The Christian church is made up of those who have been baptized and thus have received Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world. Sometimes it is referred to as “the Body of Christ.” Lutherans believe that they are a part of a community of faith that began with the gift of the Holy Spirit, God’s presence with His people, on the day of Pentecost. The church, regardless of its physical form, is the fellowship of those who have been restored to God by Christ. Indeed, to be called into fellowship with Christ is also to be called into community with other believers.

The church is essential to Christian life and growth. Its members are all sinners in need of God’s grace. It has no claim on human perfection. The church exists solely for the hearing and doing of God’s Word. It can justify its existence only when it proclaims the living Word of Christ, administers the Sacraments and gives itself to the world in deeds of service and love.

         Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Church Staff

  • PASTOR BOB SCHMALZLE
    PASTOR BOB SCHMALZLE
    Senior Pastor

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  • John Vics
    Business Consultant

       John and his wife Beverly are relatively new to Trinity having been members for just about a year. They

  • VICKI MILLER
    Parish Secretary

    Vicki was born in Brooklyn, NY and at a young age moved with her family to Pennsylvania.  In 1987, she and

Lay Leaders

Monica Folk
Deacon

Deacon

Amy Vanderkin
Deacon

 Deacon

Bob Bergeson
Deacon

Deacon 

Mona Somers
Deacon

Mona

Lois DeLand
Deacon

Lois

Paul Braithwood
Deacon

Paul

Tim Romberg
Deacon

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Miriam Zella
Deacon

Deacon

Elaine Thackston
New Life Group Leader

Elaine, her husband Chick, and their two children (Charles and Sharon) moved to 
Kissimmee from New Jersey in 1976.  She has resided, taught school, and 
counseled here for thirty years, until 2002 when she and her husband retired.  In 
the past, she has taught Sunday school, helped at vacation bible school, and was a 
member of the choir.  Presently, Elaine is a New Life leader, a money counter, a 
communion assistant, an assistant minister, an ambassador, a greeter, a Trinity 
Council Member, and director of Trinity’s Garden of Hope.  She and her husband 
reside in Solivita, where she presides/directs duplicate bridge games, and enjoys 
singing, acting, and dancing with theater groups.

Church Council

  • Anne Burkett
    Treasurer

    Anne has been a member of Trinity since 1988 after relocating from Brooklyn, NY with her daughter Elizabeth (Liz). Elizabeth

  • Sharon Cox
    Service Team

    Sharon is originally from Johnstown, PA. She grew up in Hollywood, FL and later moved to Orlando as an adult.

  • Tony Donnelly
    President

    Tony and his wife Sue were married by Pastor Pete in 1984 and have been members at Trinity since. Along

  • Cindy Evans
    Witness Team

    I moved 5 times growing up until my family landed in Lakeland Florida. Started working for Walt Disney World during

  • Sheila Honeycutt
    Learning Team

      I was invited to come visit Trinity by my neighbor in 1986. My husband Harold & I have been married

  • Luanne Key
    Learning Team

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  • Tim Romberg
    Service Team

    Tim Romberg and wife Terri have been members of Trinity Lutheran Church and School for over 15 years. The Romberg

  • Judith Smith
    Secretary

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  • Greg Stout
    Witness Team

    Greg

  • Joseph Stout
    Stewardship Team

    I have lived in Poinciana since October 2013, formerly of Pennsylvania, Maryland, California and Ohio. In my last church, St.

  • Pat Wilson
    Vice President

    Pat has been a member of Trinity since 1990 after moving to Central Florida from Westchester County, New York.  She

School Staff

  • Sheila Miles
    Principal
    I have lived in Florida for the past 19 years, emigrating here with my family in 1996 from England, where
  • Jessica Anaya
    Administative Assitant
    Administative Assitant
  • Julyshams Claudio Diaz
    Pre-K 3
    I have lived in Florida for 11 years, having moved here from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico where I received my AA
  • Susie Bain
    Pre-K 4
    I was born in Norwood, Massachusetts but have lived in Florida for 27 years, teaching PreK at Trinity for 16
  • Pam Aldrich
    Pre-K 4
    I was born in Warminster, PA and have lived in Florida for 28 years.  I have been at Trinity for
  • Karen Jackman
    Kindergarten
    Kindergarten
  • Susan Hopper
    First Grade
    Coming from New York, I attended UCF where I received a BA in Elementary Education.  I have been teaching for
  • Yaelis Butterbaugh
    Second Grade
     
  • Cindy Sharman
    Third Grade
    Following receiving a BS in Education at Valpo University, I have been teaching for 26 years, all of which have
  • Heather Sturner
    Fourth Grade
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  • Laura Zieg
    Laura Zieg
    Fifth Grade
    I have been teaching for 20 years and for the past 6 years at Trinity.   I am originally from Canton,
  • Amanda Moratelli
    Sixth Grade
      
  • Cheryl Jenkins
    Seventh Grade
    I moved to Florida 19 years ago, moving from the north east of England.    I graduated from UCF (Go Knights!)
  • Kathy Hostetler-Lisi
    Eight Grade
    I was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and I attended the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks where I received
  • Benjamin Ortiz
    Ninth Grade
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  • Alisha Byrd
    Science Lab/IDEA Computer Lab
    Science Lab/IDEA Computer Lab
  • Jim Kenny
    Kitchen/Family Life Center
    Kitchen/Family Life Center
  • Tammy Owens
    Art Room/B/Care
    I have lived in Florida for the past 22 years, moving here from Highland Park, Illinois.   I attended Lake County
  • Ian Miles
    Physical Education Office
    I was born in London, England and have lived in Florida for the past 19 years, where I have been
  • Molly Harvey
    Computer Media Center
    Computer Media Center
Sheila Miles
Principal

I have lived in Florida for the past 19 years, emigrating here with my family in 1996 from England, where I was an elementary teacher.  I attended Sunderland University where I obtained a BA Second Class Honors  in Education, and a BA in Educational Studies/Special Needs.   I received a Master’s Degree in Education at Stetson University and have been blessed to have had the opportunity to teach everything from 5 year olds to 8th grade students as well as children with many different learning abilities and needs.  I came to Trinity in 2009, teaching middle school science and was offered the position of principal of which I was extremely proud to accept in 2013.  I believe every child has the ability to succeed and excel and it is up to us, as educators to recognize and motivate them and to help them be the best they can be.   

sheila.miles@trinsch.org
Jessica Anaya
Administative Assitant

Administative Assitant

jessica.anaya@trinsch.org
Julyshams Claudio Diaz
Pre-K 3

I have lived in Florida for 11 years, having moved here from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico where I received my AA Degree in Computer Programming from San Juan City College.  I have been at Trinity for 5 years, starting as a PreK teacher’s assistant then progressing to PreK3 teacher as well as receptionist/office assistant.   I chose to work at Trinity when my oldest son started here.  He, as well as my middle son both graduated from 8th grade here and my youngest son is in 7th grade.   My passion is to teach small children and watch them grow and everyone here at Trinity is one big family.   

july.claudio@trinsch.org
Susie Bain
Pre-K 4

I was born in Norwood, Massachusetts but have lived in Florida for 27 years, teaching PreK at Trinity for 16 years.   I am certified in Conscious Discipline, Bright Start and NCDA  and am currently attending Valencia Community College, working on my AA Degree.  I previously owned a Day Care for 13 years and have been working with young children for over 40 years.    I chose to come to Trinity when my grandson was attending here and love the students here as they are the best.                          

susie.bain@trinsch.org
Pam Aldrich
Pre-K 4

I was born in Warminster, PA and have lived in Florida for 28 years.  I have been at Trinity for 16 years and teaching PreK for 8 years.  Both my son and daughter attended Trinity.   I am currently attending Valencia Community College, in the process of completing an AA Degree.   I am CDA Certified.  I really enjoy working with the little ones, watching them grow and learn, how they socialize with each other and become part of the Trinity family.

pam.aldrich@trinsch.org
Karen Jackman
Kindergarten
Susan Hopper
First Grade

Coming from New York, I attended UCF where I received a BA in Elementary Education.  I have been teaching for 29 years, 26 at Trinity where sharing the love of God with my students and the feeling of family with the people I work with makes my life complete.  It is so rewarding to see the “lightbulbs” go off when my students understand a new concept.          

susan.hopper@trinsch.org
Yaelis Butterbaugh
Second Grade
Cindy Sharman
Third Grade

Following receiving a BS in Education at Valpo University, I have been teaching for 26 years, all of which have been at Trinity where my son also attended and graduated from.   I have lived in Florida for almost 30 years, having moved here from Valparaiso, Indiana.  I enjoy teaching at Trinity because of its small Christian environment and I get a lot of satisfaction from helping children learn to love reading.

cindy.sharman@trinsch.org
Heather Sturner
Fourth Grade
Laura Zieg
Fifth Grade
Laura Zieg

I have been teaching for 20 years and for the past 6 years at Trinity.   I am originally from Canton, Ohio, attended Capital University, gaining a Bachelor’s Degree  in Secondary Education (English) and then obtained a Master’s Degree in Language Arts at UCF.   I enjoy teaching at Trinity because of the supportive colleagues and because of the opportunities to help our students become the adults they need to be.

laura.zieg@trinsch.org
Amanda Moratelli
Sixth Grade
Cheryl Jenkins
Seventh Grade

I moved to Florida 19 years ago, moving from the north east of England.    I graduated from UCF (Go Knights!) and have been teaching at Trinity for 3 year.  I feel that I was called to teaching, having my mother as the best role model and at Trinity I enjoy the support and closeness we have with each other, everyone is family and it is such a caring environment.   I became a teacher because I have a love for helping others, to help them discover and build themselves.  I believe I can influence my students by teaching them more than just a textbook but to inspire them to believe in themselves and that they can do better and will do better.                            

Cheryl.jenkins@trinsch.org
Kathy Hostetler-Lisi
Eight Grade

I was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and I attended the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks where I received a BA in Education.  I have been teaching for 34 years, 29 of them at Trinity where I always teach my students that they are gifts from God and that they were called to be at Trinity to develop those gifts and their faith.   I believe that teaching the Gospel is just as important as teaching academics and I assure all my students that coming to Trinity was not an accident but they were called by God to be here to learn, laugh, love and be loved.   I always encourage them to work hard, laugh often, dance, sing and treat others with respect and kindness.   I believe that they will always be a Trinity student, a piece of them will stay with us and a piece of us will go with them.            

kathy.lisi@trinsch.org
Benjamin Ortiz
Ninth Grade
Alisha Byrd
Science Lab/IDEA Computer Lab

Science Lab/IDEA Computer Lab

alicia.byrd@trinsch.org
Jim Kenny
Kitchen/Family Life Center

Kitchen/Family Life Center

Tammy Owens
Art Room/B/Care

I have lived in Florida for the past 22 years, moving here from Highland Park, Illinois.   I attended Lake County College and studied music and am currently involved in the adult bell choir at Trinity church, as well as music and art teacher at Trinity school where I have been for the past 3 years and where both my daughters currently attend.   I have always had the desire to teach and I enjoy it so much here because of the care, concern and support we all have for each other.   I strive to motivate my students to become more than who they think they are, give them confidence to go beyond what they know and finish what they start.           

tammy.owens@trinsch.org
Ian Miles
Physical Education Office

I was born in London, England and have lived in Florida for the past 19 years, where I have been involved in coaching soccer both at high school and county level.  I graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in Sports Studies and am a certified soccer coach as well as a health and fitness coach.   I have been teaching and working with young people for 25 years, the past 5 of which have been teaching middle school P.E. and after school sports here at Trinity.   I have a passion to work with young people, help them get fit, have fun and motivate them to be confident, successful young adults..        

Ian.miles@trinsch.org
Molly Harvey
Computer Media Center

Computer Media Center

molly.harveys@trinsch.org

School Board

  • Sue Donnelly
    member

    We've been members at Trinity for 31 years, married by pastor Pete, we have 3 children they have been baptized

  • Liz Evans
    President

    Originally from Staten Island, New York, Liz has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1991. She loves the

  • Sheila Honeycutt
    Council Liaison

      I was invited to come visit Trinity by my neighbor in 1986. My husband Harold & I have been married

  • Vicki Miller
    Secretary

    Vicki was born in Brooklyn, NY and at a young age moved with her family to Pennsylvania.  In 1987, she and

  • Aaron Schmalzle
    member

    Aaron Schmalzle feels very blessed to be a part of the Trinity family.  He moved down to Florida a little

  • Jeannette Wize
    Vice President

    “Our congregation is extremely friendly and welcoming and I love the enthusiasm of Pastor Bob. The school is a place