Dr. Nancy Trimble
Nancy graduated with a BSN from The Ohio State University in 1972. She completed her doctorate in nursing at OSU with a minor in cultural anthropology and an emphasis on Native American culture and health. She has experiences in acute care, ER, intensive care, public health, and hospice care. She serves on the board of the Fairborn Senior Citizens Center. She has been an instructor at Wright State, Capital, Indiana Wesleyan, and Northern Arizona Universities.
Nancy and Hugh were married in 1971 He is an OSU graduate in wildlife biology and retired from the State of Ohio as an environmental scientist. He currently volunteers with Greene County Parks and Trails and is the financial treasurer at Abiding Christ Lutheran Church. They have been members at ACLC since 1989. They have one son, HB (Hugh IV) who lives in Alabama with his wife Andrea and 2 children.
Nancy loves to travel - Japan, Israel, Scandinavia, Greece and Turkey, England, Scotland, and Wales, and around the United States. She also enjoys reading, music, and working in stained glass. She is the first generation American on her mother’s side. Her grandparents and mother immigrated to the United States at the time of the Great Depression from Hungary. No, don’t try to talk to her in Hungarian.
Pastor Peter Kruse
Peter was born in Hamburg, West Germany. His family immigrated to America and settled in Nashville, Tennessee during his senior year in high school. Coming from a family of engineers and craftsmen, he studied Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy at Vanderbilt University and worked in factories in Ohio and for GM near Detroit, Michigan for about 10 years.
He graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio in 1992. He was ordained on Reformation Sunday 1992 by Bishop Robert Lynne of the Western North Dakota Synod, ELCA. Pastor Peter has embarked on extensive studies of Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Ashland Seminary.
Pastor Peter served his first call in Rugby and Berwick, North Dakota. In 1995 he accepted a call from First Lutheran Church in Donnelsville. In 2008 the congregation of St. Mark’s in New Carlisle was added to his call. The two congregations consolidated into Arise in Christ where Pastor Peter serves to this day. He is married to Linda Sprick-Kruse. They have two daughters: Adelaide (at Ohio University) and Joy. Linda serves as a Diaconal Minister in the ELCA.
Pastor Peter has served the Southern Ohio Synod as chair of multiple committees. He is active in various school committees and president of the Northwestern High School Band Boosters. He and his daughters are active in the American Pangainoon Association under whose auspices they study Aiki Jujitsu and Karate.
Mary Anne Blazer
Mary Anne is a native Ohioan who graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1961 and Wittenberg University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Education degree in History and Music. She taught vocal music for 6 years at Greenon High School before becoming a private piano teacher which Mary Anne has been doing since 1972. She has been a church organist for 60 years – Emmanuel Lutheran in New Philadelphia, Story Hypes Methodist in Springfield, First Presbyterian in Yellow Springs, and at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Fairborn since 1972. At St. Marks she is organist, pianist, choir director and hand bell director. She also directs an advanced community bell choir – United Chimes – at Fairborn First Presbyterian Church.
Mary Anne was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is the oldest of 6 children. She married J. Timothy Blazer in Weaver Chapel at Wittenberg University in June, 1967. They have 4 children - Beth Ensing in Michigan, John Blazer in Columbus, Jennifer Twilley in Ottawa, Canada, and Timothy Blazer in Columbus. They have been blessed with 9 grandchildren in Michigan, Canada and Norway.
Besides enjoying music, Mary Anne was a Red Cross Swim Instructor and taught swimming for almost 50 years in Springfield, Fairborn, and Yellow Springs. She also taught synchronized swimming and water ballet as well as water aerobics for many years. Tim and Mary Anne enjoy vegetable gardening, canning, raising various berries on their mini-farm. Traveling has become a very important part of their life, especially to Florida, Tennessee, Hawaii and Europe.
JT is happily married to his college sweetheart Karen - they met in choir at Ohio University. Their oldest son, Kurtis, lives in Yellow Springs Ohio with his wife Brandi and 2 sons - Ryder & Rowan. Their youngest son, Kenny, lives in Lancaster Ohio with his wife Maggie.
JT has worked as a radio DJ, social worker, and high school teacher. He served with the US Army & the Ohio National Guard. When he is not working on a graphic, website, or video, he can be found playing with grandkids, driving his jeep, herding Angus cows - sometimes all at the same time! He loves to play chess and support brides & grooms with DJ services at weddings around Central Ohio.
Partners in Ministry
St. Mark's Church is a beautiful structure of Tudor-Gothic Architecture, built of Kenilworth brick in matte surface and having rich shades of brown predominating. The St. Mark's building was designed by Architect Robert C. Gotwald of Springfield, Ohio. Gotwald was a student of the Lutheran Architecture and the rich symbolism it affords. This symbolism is shown in the stained glass throughout the church.
Dedicated with the church in 1924, the stained glass windows at St Mark’s are the most predominate and most admired feature of the Sanctuary. The windows throughout the church are of European Antique Art Glass. The Glass was made by The Von Gerichten Art Glass Company that had Studios in Columbus, Ohio and in Munich, Germany. Most of the panels in the Sanctuary bear symbols that represent the Lutheran Church. Above the Altar is a beautiful four-panel window of the Resurrection. The shield in the left-side panel bears the words "I am the Resurrection and Life," and the shield the right, "Death is Swallowed Up in Victory." In the foreground of the picture behind the Resurrected Savior stands three crosses. The windows together with the pews and structure of the building harmonize with the Gothic style of the building.