Trinity Lutheran Church

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Pastor William (Bill) Beckstrand, Pastor and Director of Music

My first encounter with Trinity was nearly 20 years ago, when I attended worship as a new seasonal resident - having just acquired a tiny Island in Little Pigeon Bay (Lake Superior), just across the border in Canada. I knew immediately, that first summer, that I wanted to make this my home, and Trinity my faith community. I have been here in some form, on and off, ever since, as my ministry in the church has called me here and there, in all sorts of capacities.

Much of my ministry and background has been in worship and music, and for years I served University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis. I also attended Luther Seminary, graduating from there in 1993. During that time, I was deeply involved in the professional musical circles of the Twin Cities, primarily in choral music, and as a composer (a vocation that is still very much central in my life). An MA in Church Music (Concordia University, Chicago) was completed along the way, and in the years that followed I served parishes in Duluth, Thunder Bay, Minneapolis, and elsewhere, and for a brief time taught in the music department at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. In recent years I have enjoyed directing Cook County's BOREALIS CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA , an enthusiastic civic musical ensemble that draws 100 or so participants from our community.

Ordination has been chasing me around for some three decades now, and until recently God has had other plans for me. Trinity  finally became the catalyst for my answering a call to Word and Sacrament ministry, and I was ordained on March 20, 2021.  I look forward to a future of pastoral leadership in this beautiful and faithful place.

Vicar William Strand, Intern

Hello, You may already know me, but I am William Francis Strand, Vicar at Bethlehem and Trinity Lutheran Churches. I am a senior at Luther Seminary in their Masters of Divinity Distributed Learning Program. I am Distributed Learning as my wife Kayla, and I are from Huntsville, Alabama. Both of our families are there as well. We also both went to the University of Alabama down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I majored in History and Religious studies, and my wife majored in Environmental Science. We were married just after college and celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary this past July. Kayla and I are avid cooks, and we both enjoy trying new foods and cuisines. We both have an interest in model building. I paint Warhammer 40k miniatures and other minis, including those my wife uses in playing Dungeons and Dragons. We also have a few things we collect together, including Vinyl, Pokémon cards, puzzles, and books. Our previous opportunities have blessed us; as we were both in the marching band in high school, I went on to play in the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band. We were in scouting programs Kayla in Girl scouts and I in Boy Scouts of America; Kayla received a Silver award, and I received the rank of Eagle. This Internship is the final step before my graduation from Seminary and my approval for ordination in August. Thank you for welcoming us to the Trinity community!