Pastors & Staff

Jeffery Gramza

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Jeffery George Gramza grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He was baptized in the Swedish Covenant Church (a close relative of the Lutheran Church). He earned a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Biology and Chemistry at Valparaiso University, a Master's of Divinity (M.Div.) at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min,) at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.
He was ordained in 1998.  He interned at St. John Lutheran Church in Wilson, Texas and has served Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Castle, Indiana, and St. John Lutheran Church (The Purple Door Church) in Celina, OH.  He joined Trinity, Midland, in 2023.
Pastor Jeff’s ministry is sustained through the loving support of his wife Elizabeth.  She is his best friend and partner in ministry.  Together, they have four children—Molly, Lilly, Nathaniel George, and Grace.  They gain new perspectives on life through their two grandchildren--Bridgette and August.
When Pastor Jeff accepted his call to ministry, he knew he was setting out on an impossible venture.  What gives him the ability to do daily ministry is the knowledge that God goes with him. Where his faith or strength or courage or skills may fail or fall short, God is there guiding him, renewing his faith and strengthening him for ministry. Through every aspect of his ministry, Pastor Jeff remains open to the blessings and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Jeff firmly believes the Word of God is relevant for life. God's Word has transformational power in his life and he believes God calls him to do "relevant ministry." He works very hard to keep others connected to God in meaningful and relevant ways. He wants others to experience the power of the living Word and the blessings of Almighty God as much as he has.
He is honored and joyful to have the honor of serving Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, MI.  He is thankful to be a part of this community of people, living, laughing, worshiping, serving, struggling and growing together.

Danielle Shealy

Associate Pastor

Baptized February 6, 1972 at Trinity English in Fort Wayne Indiana and given the name child of God, Pastor Danielle grew up attending Lutheran churches in Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina. She confirmed her faith In October 26, 1986 at Atonement Lutheran in Barrington, Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was active in Lutheran Campus Ministry.  She received a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and taught in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system for 7 years.  Hearing a call from God, she then entered seminary in Columbia, SC and graduated in 2005 from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.  Ordained November 19, 2006, her first call was to University Lutheran in Clemson, South Carolina where she served as a youth pastor for almost 10 years.  In 2016, God called her to serve at Trinity!  She loves being part of the Trinity family.
Pastor Danielle and Ben have been married for 20 years and have 4 children: Zachariah, Abigail, Caroline and Isaac.  In addition to spending time with her family and going to children’s events, she loves to be outside and explore God’s world, paint and create and travel.
Pastor Danielle lives each day thanking God for the people God provides to join her on her journey.  Her goal is that every person will know and believe that they are a beautiful child of God!  Her favorite Bible verse is always changing but often returns to “ God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love”, which is found many times throughout the Old Testament. Her favorite hymn is Rise up O Saints of God.  She loves ministering to and serving with all the saints!

Jonathan Lonsway

Music Director

Jonathan is a native Michigander raised in the church and involved in church music from a very young age. He studied piano and vocal performance at Moody Bible Institute in Chicaco, IL and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2008. He has served many churches in the Grand Rapids, MI area, including St. Luke’s Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran and Faith Lutheran. Some of the highlights of his musical career include singing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus in the 2021 and 2022 seasons and performing opera with the Grand Rapids Opera Chorus in such operas as Carmen, Rigoletto and The Magic Flute.
In 2023 Jonathan answered the call to serve as the Director of Music Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church. He is joined by his wife Melanie and three children who are getting to know a new city and a new school system. Jonathan is very grateful for the support of his family to make this exciting move!
Jonathan enjoys helping people achieve their musical potential and inspiring them to make music well as an ensemble member or soloist. He is privileged to direct the Chancel Choir and the JuBELLation handbell ensemble, as well as lead the Worship Band. He invites you to join the music ministry as we all worship God together!

Stacey Thurston

Administrative Assistant

Stacey accepted the administrative assistant role at Trinity in May of 2021.  She retired from Northwood University after 20+ years.  She missed working and serving others, so she chose to come out of retirement. She has two grown sons’; Ryan is in WA and Logan is in Midland, and her husband, Gary, retired from the Department of Defense and also from the Army after 28 years of service.  In her spare time, she enjoys family and her two dogs; Zena and Luna, playing pickleball with family and friends, camping, and traveling.

Cathy Bloomfield

Administrative Assistant

Cathy has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 67 years.  She worked at Eastlawn Elementary School for 20 years.  After retiring from the school, she became a volunteer in the church office.  She enjoyed the work and the people so, when offered a paid position, she gladly went back to work.  She finds technology fascinating and is always willing to learn something new. She has three daughters and four grandchildren.  In her spare time she enjoys sewing, needlecrafts, traveling and reading.

Jeri Lynne Koenig

Administrative Assistant

Jeri Lynne Koenig has been part of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1978. She's been working at the church since June 2014, mainly at the front desk where she meets many people every day. Jeri Lynne loves helping others with a caring heart. She's thankful for the supportive staff and enjoys her job. Working at the church has also helped her grow in her faith and follow God on their faith journey together.

Peyton Durfee

Director Of Technology

In 2021, Peyton took on the role of Director of Technology and has been actively contributing to the position ever since. Concurrently, he's pursuing a degree in computer science at SVSU. Juggling his responsibilities as a student and a professional, Peyton navigates both worlds with genuine enthusiasm. His commitment to his work and studies reflects his dedication to personal and professional growth. Peyton's journey involves seamlessly integrating his academic pursuits with his professional responsibilities, demonstrating his passion for technology and learning.

Gary Warren

Facilities Coordinator

In fall of 2021, Gary accepted the role of being a volunteer for Facility Coordination. This role has developed into a key touch point for issues of routine cleaning,  event set-up/ take down, addressing immediate Maintenance requirements and identifying longer term capital plans. Each and every week is a balance to get the top priority items completed. He works with other Trinity volunteers, contactors, and suppliers. And he would like to express a strong and loud THANK YOU to all the Trinity Volunteers which help support Trinity Lutheran Church ministries.