Pastor William (Bill) Beckstrand, Pastor and Director of MusicMy 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.
Ben Nikodym, InternBen and his wife Julianna arrived in Hovland in July 2022 for Ben's internship at Trinity. Ben is a candidate to be a Minister of Word and Service (Deacon) in the ELCA and studied at Luther Seminary. He writes the following about his move to Cook County.
"There’s something special about this area – I can’t quite put my finger on it, but ever since I first fell in love with the boundary waters on a trip in middle school, I keep finding myself coming back up to the North Shore. Between working as a canoe guide at Wilderness Canoe Base, going on trips with friends, and now doing my internship up here, this place is starting to feel like home!
"I spent several years of my childhood overseas, in Madagascar and France, and moved to a suburb of Minneapolis when I was 12. I attended Luther Seminary starting in 2020. I am a candidate to be a Minister of Word and Service (Deacon) in the ELCA, which basically means that I feel called to work in ministry, but that I am not becoming a pastor.
"I moved here with my incredible wife Julianna who is from St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently working remotely at Prosperity Connection, a non-profit in St. Louis, but her passion lies in prison reform (among other things), and she hopes to find a way to contribute to that work in some capacity. You can often find her surrounded by many types of tea and belting Beyoncé into a hairbrush. We’ve been married since April 2022, and the proposal actually happened not far from Trinity at Eddie Falls in the Boundary Waters! Thank you to everyone who has welcomed us with open arms to this community!"