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Pastor James

What a joy to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serve the Lord with the wonderful people of God at Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran Church and School. I have been blessed to serve TLO Church and School as Senior Pastor since 2004. I previously served 3 LCMS congregations: St. Paul, Dolton, Ill.; Zion Lutheran, Aniwa, Wis., and Trinity Lutheran, Rochester, Minn. While serving as pastor I enjoyed serving as North Wis. District Editor; traveling on Mission trips to India, Panama and Canada. I have participated in 5 National LCMS Youth Gatherings and 8 LCMS Youth Servant Events, and as a Regional Director for Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ. I currently serve on the Minnesota South District Public Policy Committee and as District Life Ministry Coordinator. I'm married to Lynn. We have three children and two grandchildren. All three of our children attended LCMS Lutheran schools for elementary, middle, high school and college. I especially enjoy volunteering to support TLO's 12 Baskets Ministry, Trail Life Troop 2950, and as an Eagan Police Chaplain. Outside of ministry I enjoy spending precious time with family, playing board games, working on home projects, walking, biking, playing golf, and taking in a great cup of coffee with friends.

Kathy Jones


Mrs. Kathy Jones has served Lutheran schools in Dallas, TX, the Twin Cities, and most recently Bismarck, ND. Her experience includes teaching grades four through eight and school administration.  As an educator, Mrs. Jones seeks to promote an educational environment where children are engaged, supported, and challenged. Mrs. Jones and her husband have two children, Jessica and Jacob.  They enjoy every opportunity to travel and enjoy the outdoors - especially camping and hiking in our State and National Parks.

Jean Peterson

Administrative Assistant

It’s rewarding to share the Gospel every day in my vocation.  I get to meet interesting folks who are seeking to know Christ and follow His will for their lives.  My husband and I are grateful our four children could attend TLO School, benefitting greatly from the Christian instruction in their school day.  We feel blessed to have TLO as our church home.


Administrative Assistant

I attended K-8 at Mt. Hope Redemption (LC-MS) in Bloomington and have a deep desire to serve my Lord in Lutheran Schools. I'm working on a degree through Concordia University, St. Paul.

Diane Streich


In addition to playing organ for services, I enjoy accompanying church and school music groups, and coordinating the Young Investors program at school.  I also enjoy teaching piano lessons, and am blessed by staying active in Bible study. My husband, Layne, and I have two sons who are graduates of TLO School.

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Merlin Simon


My greatest joy in working in a Christian setting is leading uplifting worship services. The sound of joyous singing while I’m playing gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I have over 40 years experience and am excited to play at Trinity Lone Oak.

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