Pastor Kerri Clark
Pastor Kerri Clark was called to serve Trinity as pastor at the end of October 2014. She graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in May 2014 with a Master of Divinity degree. Her undergraduate studies were at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Elementary Education. Pastor Kerri is married to Daniel Clark, a Lutheran pastor serving St. Paul's Lutheran, Scottdale, PA and St. John's Lutheran, Connellsville, PA. They have one son, Wade.
She blogs at www.kerriclark.blogspot.com, posting sermons and other reflections on faith & life.
Organist Valerie Stipcak
Valerie Stipcak holds a bachelor of music in sacred music degree from Seton Hill University (2009) in Greensburg, PA and a master of sacred music degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA (2013). She studied piano, organ, and voice at both universities. She is currently the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church (Connellsville) and Reunion Presbyterian Church (Mount Pleasant). Miss Stipcak formerly served at churches in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Texas. She has a private music studio at Asbury United Methodist Church (Uniontown) and she also teaches in-home lessons in Indiana and Westmoreland Counties, and is accepting new students. She also accompanied the private voice studio of a local opera singer. She regularly plays for weddings, funerals, cocktail piano hours, and other events.
While living in Atlanta, Miss Stipcak had the opportunity to play for a televised memorial service in City Hall and she also played for chapel services for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She worked as a Music Administrator for Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, one of the largest Methodist churches in the country with a successful music ministry.
She was formerly the music director for Carousel the musical at Saint Vincent College, the pianist for the pit for Crazy for You at Belle Vernon High School, and vocal director and pianist for Sister Act at Jeannette High School.
Her students know her as “Miss Val.” She offers two student recitals a year, one in the fall and one in the spring.
She resides in Blairsville. She has a rescue Shih Tzu, Arvo, named for Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Pärt.