Rev. Peggy Yingst, Pastor
A lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Peggy Yingst grew up in Mentone, a small, rural town in southern California, and attended Faith Lutheran Church in Yucaipa nearly all her life. An active and vibrant Luther League helped to shape her faith, as did all the mentors she felt loved by in the church. She graduated with a B.A. in Art/Graphic Design from San Jose State University in California in 1980. Pastor Peggy discerned a call to parish ministry in her late 30s, while she was in the midst of a career in advertising. She attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2003. During her preparation for the ordained ministry, Pastor Yingst served as an intern pastor at United Lutheran Church, and as the chaplain for the Good Samaritan Health Care Facility, both in Eugene, Oregon, under the supervision of The Rev. Tom Dodd. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education by serving as a chaplain at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, and trained at the Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco de Espanol in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
After seminary, Pastor Peggy spent a year in California's high desert community of Victorville, serving as Director of Evangelism and Coordinator of Parish Education at another Lutheran Church named Trinity.
Although always a California girl at heart, Pastor Peggy now loves calling Vermont home! She lives in Trinity's parsonage in Brattleboro with her cat, Monica. Pastor Peggy was elected to a four-year term on the New England Synod Council at the Synod Assembly in 2014.
One of Pastor's all-time favorite books is Philip Yancey's What's So Amazing About Grace? She is currently reading Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove and just finished Cleve Jones' When We Rise. Pastor can be reached at the church by appointment or by chance, Wednesday through Friday, 8 am to 12:30 pm. She works from home on Saturday. Contact her at email@example.com or call 802-579-1948
Molly Melloan, Church Musician
Molly brings a host of talents and experience to
Trinity. She grew up mostly outside New York City and in London, England. She moved to Vermont a year after graduating from Hampshire College. She has had a varied career, working mainly as a musician, but also illustrator, chef, choreographer, and intuitive consultant.
Jill Stahl Tyler, Choir Director
Jill Stahl Tyler grew up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois. From birth, she's loved cows. And from a young age, she also was fascinated by international people and their languages and cultures. Jill graduated with an agricultural communications degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign--plus an additional degree in Spanish. While in college, she studied in Spain and traveled Western Europe. After completing her degree, she spent half a year in Argentina studying international agricultural economics, and the other half teaching English in Brazil. She also worked as international marketing director for the Holstein Association USA, working in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Ukraine, France, Italy--and with people from all over the world. It was a natural move to focus on international dairying when she began her business, The Global Cow in 1991. The Global Cow makes the international exchange of ideas between dairy farmers as easy--and fun--as possible.
Jill lives in West Brattleboro with her husband, Brian, and their children, Nathaniel, Ryan and Kiran. Their family also includes two dogs, Abby and Sophie, chickens and numerous fish...and bunnies!