Pastor John & Kathy Friedlund have been serving in pastoral ministry with the Evangelical Congregational Church since 1985. They each hold degrees in Education from Clarion University of PA, and John has a Master of Divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary.
They love the challenge of parenting as they continue to raise four active young adults: Matthew, Andrew, Karen, and Amy.
The Friedlunds enjoy a great variety of sports and activities and the out-of-doors in general. Kathy and John take pleasure in hiking and biking in picturesque areas, gardening and farming, and books and movies.
“As a couple in pastoral ministry, our passion in life is to help others see that by His Grace, Jesus Christ can take our brokenness and turn it into beauty and strength. Our walk with God begins at home in marriage and family life and then overflows into the church, the community and the world. We think of missions at home and abroad as part of our daily lives.”
John is motivated by the challenges of leadership as well as helping people see the refreshing relevance of the Bible in daily life. John also has a real heart for men, both those who follow Christ and those who are still deciding. Kathy especially enjoys mentoring and leading other women in the journey of life and faith.
Pastor Dale Miller grew up in Douglassville, PA and graduated from Daniel Boone High School. He attended Central Christian College of the Bible in Missouri, where he had the opportunity to serve in youth ministry for two years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Preaching, he became a student at Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Formation. While in Dallas he worked in youth ministry at Northwest Bible Church as well as college ministry at Southern Methodist University.
He loves going out to Reading Phillies games, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, heading down to the Jersey beach, and snowboarding at Bear Creek. He also likes playing all sorts of sports and listening to different kinds of music. He is a drummer and has been playing for over ten years in various worship bands.
Dale has a desire to see students grow in their knowledge of and passion for Jesus Christ. Through teaching and discipleship balanced with evangelism and outreach he strives to encourage students to discover their personal walk with Christ.
Pastor Gary leads the Discover Team as well as the First Impressions Ministry. He also has an increasing role as a preacher. He is responsible for leading our welcome team, creating in-house videos and announcement slides, keeping our church up-to-date with modern trends, and encouraging the congregation to continually embrace the church vision of “Seeing undecided people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” The goal of the Discover Team and First Impressions Ministry is to create a warm, welcoming, and friendly church environment that is conducive to meaningful worship, connections, and spiritual growth.
Kathy has been in ministry with her husband since 1985. In each of their churches, Kathy has used her teaching degree to direct a Christian Preschool, assist and oversee Children’s Ministries and lead Women’s Bible Study groups. Currently, she also serves the denomination as the Children’s Coordinator for the Global Ministries Commission, writing missions curriculum to be published on the denominational website and planning a large annual rally designed to enable children to be mission-minded in the way they live. From substitute teaching in public and private schools to teaching seminars and microbusiness skills to ladies in third-world nations, Kathy combines a love for children and families with over 30 years of experience ministering in various capacities. Together, Pastor John and Kathy have raised 4 children, who are all young adults now and active in their own ministries. Kathy is serving as the director for Cornerstone Preschool and Children’s Ministries at Trinity.
Jackie Iatesta, RN, FCN (Faith Community Nurse), also known as our “Parish Nurse”, is a part of the Trinity Pastoral Team. Gathering her expertise from a long and diverse nursing background and her love for people of all ages, she assists people with a variety of concerns. Prevention through education, resource, advocate, instructor, and supportive services are all part of the umbrella she works under. Whether it is navigating the health system or navigating one’s spiritual journey, Jackie is there to provide guidance. Prayer ministry is an integral part of what she enjoys with each person and feels God has called her to this special ministry. Her services are available to the church family and community and include hospital and home visitation.
Jackie is credentialed as an Ordained Deaconess in Parish Nursing through the Evangelical Congregational Church.
Pastor Don, as he is called by the congregation, was born in Illinois.
His parents returned to Pennsylvania during his teen years.
He graduated from Penn State and completed seminary training at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
He served pastorates in western Pennsylvania. While serving in his first church, he met and married Ann Ellis from Erie. After their three children relocated to southeastern Pennsylvania, he and his wife moved to Douglassville upon retirement.
He has served as Trinity’s Visitation Pastor since 1998. He enjoys his ministry of visiting the sick and shut-ins.