Pastor Dan Tabor

Pastor Dan Tabor, joined by his wife, Gelene, began as the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church on November 15, 2020.  


Born in St. Paul, MN, his family relocated to Wisconsin and he graduated from Suring High School, in Suring, WI.


Prior to formally entering the ministry, served in the U. S Army as a military police officer, as a police officer for 17 years in Minnesota, and in the Army Reserve as a Military Intelligence officer.


He received a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Administration from Northwestern University, St. Paul, MN; a Masters of Arts in Management from Doane College, Crete, NE; and a Masters of Divinity from St. Paul Lutheran Seminary.


Pastor Dan and Gelene like to hike, fish and camp.  They have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.  Three of the children still live in the Twin Cities, while two live in the Washington DC area.



Julie Sunderland
Parish Administrator  

Julie began working at Trinity in July, 2019.  She and her husband, Kevin, have two children Wyatt & Shay.


Originally from Solon Springs, WI, she attended WITC Superior where she received her degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  She and her husband moved to the Birchwood are in 2008.


Julie enjoys:  Animals, reading, miscellaneous crafts, family events,cooking and camping.


Joanne Schilling
Choir Director   

Joanne originally hailed from WI, and has sung “forever” in church, school choirs, and community theatres.  After 20 years practicing public relations in the Marine Corps, she retired to Colorado where she returned to college to earn a degree in vocal performance, and opened a private voice studio for five years.  The desire to “grow old” with her twin sister moved her to return to Wisconsin in 2005.   


She became the Trinity choir director in 2012, and thinks it’s the best “job” ever!  



Ashley Beffa  
Education, Youth & Family   

Ashley began working at Trinity in September, 2018.  She grew up mostly in Cameron, WI but graduated from Rice Lake High School.  Her dad encouraged and put her through college and she graduated with an Associates Degree in Finance and a Technical Diploma in Accounting from WITC.

After she met her husband, Zach Beffa, they moved to Appleton, WI for career opportunities.  They loved serving their communities by volunteering at United Way and The Boys and Girls Club events.  After having two children and losing her dad, mother-in-law, and her two grandparents they decided to move back to Birchwood to raise their family in a small community and closer to family.  She currently works full-time at Dairy State Bank but wanted to further serve her community and has accepted the Education, Youth and Family Coordinator position.  



Betty Blanch      

Bio here



Donnarae Carrell    

Bio here