Meet Our Staff

Trinity Lutheran School operates under the authority of God and as a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church, The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

Kenneth Wagener

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Pastor Ken has served congregations in Iowa, Wisconsin, and the St. Louis area. He also was privileged to serve at Concordia Publishing House, the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. His passions in congregational ministry have always been uplifting worship, growing as disciples of Jesus Christ, and caring for one another in our times of need. He’s a certified facilitator for 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, and enjoys reading in the areas of marriage enrichment, personal strengths and leadership, and history. His personal mission statement is “Enrich, Equip, Encourage.”

Judy Fraley

Church Secretary
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Judy is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been a member of Trinity since 1993, and has worked in the Church office since October, 2000.

Matt Riley

School Principal
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Matt earned his bachelor’s degree Valparaiso University, and master degrees in Leadership in Reading (University of Sioux Falls) and Educational Leadership (Western Governors University).  He taught on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in Rapid City elementary schools in western South Dakota.  He also had the opportunity to open and direct the Lakeview Villages site while serving as one of the program directors at Lakeview Ministries.  Matt met his wife, Jenn, when they were students at Valpo.  Matt and Jenn have three children, Kati and Elli, and Nate, who attend Trinity.  Matt joined the Trinity staff in 2016.  He enjoys hunting, camping, hiking, and watching the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

Kristina Riley

School Secretary
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Kristina has been a member of Trinity since 1992.  She has worked at Trinity, in various capacities since 1994 and has been the school secretary since 2011.  She and her husband, Brian, have three sons; two are educators and one is in law enforcement.  Kristina and Brian have five grandchildren.  She enjoys cooking, baking, crocheting, and spending time with her 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Erika Starling

Trinity Children's Care Coordinator
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Erika joined our full-time staff in 2016.  She coordinates the Trinity Children’s Care program (day care and before/after school programming).  She served many years as a care provider in our former Baby Lambs day care program, before becoming the coordinator.  Erika has a passion for education, especially early childhood.  She is a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and always looks for ways to further ministry here.    

Linsei Geveden

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Linsei is the Preschool Teacher at Trinity Lutheran.  Linsei was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a Trinity graduate and high school grad from Warren Central class of 2004. Linsei completed her CDA and looks forward to further her education in Early Childhood.  She has one daughter who attends Trinity and will be entering the 5th grade. Linsei enjoys reading, being outdoors, and being surrounded by family and friends. Linsei loves being a part of this amazing ministry and loving these children to Christ.

Rebecca Hoff

Kindergarten/1st Grade
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Rebecca Hoff is the kindergarten teacher here at Trinity Lutheran School. She studied elementary education at Butler University. Since graduating from Butler University in 2002, Rebecca has used her teaching background here locally in Washington Township and abroad in South Africa. Rebecca is currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she attends with her husband Phil and two sons, Ian and Jeremiah. Rebecca’s hobbies include gardening, scrapbooking, and hiking with her family.

Jenny Jones

2nd Grade
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Mrs. Jones has been married to Scott for 26 years. They have two daughters, Katelyn, 22, and Emily, 20. Katelyn is in grad school at IUPUI and Emily is a sophomore at Purdue. Both girls are graduates of Trinity and Lutheran High School. Scott is a structural engineer. This is Mrs. Jones’ 13th year at Trinity. Prior to working at Trinity, she worked at Holy Spirit as a Title One teacher. She was the first person on my dad’s side of the family to graduate from college. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and traveling. As a family they are avid Purdue fans.

Cheryl Stoltenberg

3rd Grade
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Cheryl Stoltenberg grew up in Seward, Nebraska.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Math from Concordia University Nebraska. Cheryl has been in education over 25 years.  She has taught preschool, first, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.  She is currently teaching third grade at Trinity Lutheran School. Cheryl has four children and six grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with her family and her lovable dog Pudge.  Cheryl is an avid sports fan and especially enjoys watching the Nebraska Huskers! Cheryl is passionate about working with students and sharing the love of Christ with them.

Sharon Groth

4th Grade
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Trinity Lutheran SchoolMrs. Groth comes to us with over 15 years of experience as Resource/Special Education and classroom teacher.  Mrs. Groth has taught at Trinity in the past, but most recently comes from Sense Charter School, Indianapolis.  She is excited to be back at Trinity and ready for a new year.

Jenn Riley

5th Grade (Middle School Content Teacher)
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Jenn earned her bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University.  She earned her masters of education in reading from Black Hills State University.  She has taught on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in Rapid City, both in western South Dakota.  She is married to her husband, Matt, whom she met while they were students at Valpo.  She has three children, Kati, Elli, and Nate.  

Becky Thibodeau

6th Grade (Middle School Content Teacher)
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Becky Thibodeau has been teaching middle school language arts at Trinity Lutheran School since 2001. She has been teaching English since 1994. She is married and has two daughters. She enjoys reading, writing, swimming, hiking, gardening and cooking. Also, she loves to serve the Lord in her church and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

Joel Rolf

7th/8th Grade (Middle School Content Teacher)
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Mr. Rolf grew up in Palmyra, Missouri, and Clintonville, Wisconsin.  As a result, he is a St. Louis Cardinal and Green Bay Packer fan.  Joel met his wife, Sheryl, while a student at Concordia, River Forest.  Their son, Jeremy, graduated from MacMurray College.  Their daughter, Andrea, graduated from Ball State.  He has served as a Lutheran School educator for over 30 years. This includes time in Roselle, Illinois; Wichita, Kansas; and here in Indianapolis.  He enjoys his “date nights” with his wife, and attempting to beat his children at golf.


Missionary Pastor

Pastor Sam Ruiz








Teachers’ Aides

Tracy Tabit

Jordan Richardson

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Food Service Director, Athletic Director

Sonya Starling









School Custodian

Jerry Keene