Trinity Lutheran Church of New Era Michigan
5631 W. Stony Lake Road
New Era, Michigan  49446
Phone: 231-861-4059
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Trinity Staff
Pastor Sarah Samuelson grew up in Grand Rapids as the daughter of Pastor Wesley Samuelson and his wife, Sylvia.  She is the youngest of four children, sister Linda and brother Steve (Kathy), and her brother, Peter, who died over 20 years ago. She attended Central High School and Grand Rapids Junior College before transferring and graduating from Michigan State
University in 1983. After working for Wang Computers for a few years, she enrolled in the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and was ordained in 1991.
Sarah’s parents owned a cottage at Little Point Sable and she has cherished memories of growing up there each summer. She married a fruit farmer whose farm bordered the Little Point Sable Association, Paul Byl. 
Pastor Sarah Samuelson's Family
With Paul, Sarah had three children. Her oldest, Hannah, is now a senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Communications. She is a producer for U of M’s television station and president of the Scandinavian Club. Sarah’s son, Willem, is in his sophomore year at Michigan State University, pursuing a field in the sciences. He is active in his fraternity and intramural sports, especially basketball. Linnea, Sarah’s youngest, is a sophomore at North Muskegon High School. She keeps busy with the youth group at First Lutheran, her job, and French Club. She is looking forward to taking part in an exchange program in France, next summer.
Sarah has been blessed to serve a number of congregations here in West Michigan. She began her ministry at Emanuel in Ludington, then went on to serve three churches in Muskegon – Immanuel, First Lutheran, and St. Luke’s. She also worked as the Spiritual Director for Harbor Hospice and as a Funeral Arranger for Clock Funeral Home in Muskegon; because of her brother’s death, Sarah has a heart for grief counseling and pastoral ministry.  
Because of health issues with her back and resulting migraines, Sarah had to leave pastoral ministry for seven years but is thrilled that through recent medical advances her health problems have become manageable, allowing her to return to full time ministry. 
In her free time, Sarah works on her goldendoodle breeding business and enjoys various hobbies. She loves to sew, a skill she picked up from her mother, and work on her home. But her favorite thing to do is spend time with her children and her larger family.   


Music Director Stephanie Purvis
Stephanie Purvis has been the music coordinator at Trinity Lutheran Church since 2001.  She directs the adult choir and handbell choir as well as a seasonal youth bell choir.  She received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Michigan and has taught general and instrumental music at New Era Christian School since 2004.  She is a member of the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association, Women Band Directors International, Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and is also a handbell clinician for FUMMWA.  She also works for Blue Lake Fine Arts camp as a scholarship representative, summer band conductor and adult flute instructor.   She lives in New Era with her husband of 25 years, Andrew, and their 3 children, Lindsay, Max and Ian. 
Secretary Barb Youngs
Barb has served as Trinity's parish secretary since the year 2000. She rolls up her sleeves and helps out our church family above and beyond her secretarial duties helping package food for the hungry and coordinating events to name just a few. Barb is also a talented pianist and fills in leading Sunday worships whenever the need arises. A graduate of Calvin College, she lives in the village of New Era, has two grown children who are married, and two grandchildren.

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