Worship and Music Ministry
 
The Apostle Paul writes “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).
 
This passage shows us why public worship is important. As Lutheran Christians, we believe that God’s Word and Sacraments are critical. Worship at Trinity, therefore, is intentionally designed to let the good news of Jesus go to work. The good news is there in our preaching and teaching. The good news is even there in what our people sing, pray, and confess.
 
In worship, we come as God’s guests. This Lutheran understanding makes our worship different than most other churches in our area. For example: we don’t gather in worship primarily to tell God how we feel. Instead, we gather in worship to hear what Jesus has done for us. God speaks the truth that sets us free. We respond with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
 
If you are new to Waukesha, we would encourage you to get to know us at Trinity. We seek to provide a rich worship life in many different musical styles. Get to know us over several weeks. You will find a wide variety of music - traditional to contemporary. You will experience different preachers with different approaches. You will hear piano, guitars, drums, and the pipe organ. Why this dedication to a variety of musical styles? Because the Holy Spirit is no monotone. Why this dedication to excellence in worship? Because the Lord deserves nothing but our best. In all of this, the word of Christ be absolutely everywhere!
 
We are happy that you are interested in our worship and music life. Read on for more information. Our worship staff would love to answer any questions you might have!
 
“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things...” (Psalm 98:1).


WORSHIP TIMES

Saturday 5:30 PM
Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 AM
Monday 6:30 PM


MUSIC MINISTRY STAFF
    Pastor Aaron Christie, Pastor of Administration, Worship, School, and Youth
  • Education and Service to Church at Large:
     
                M. Div., Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI
                M. Ch. Mus., Concordia University, Mequon, WI
                WELS Commission on Worship, Secretary
                WELS Hymnal Project - Chair of Hymns Committee
                WELS Institute for Worship and Outreach, Member
                WELS Schools of Worship Enrichment, Regular Presenter
     
    A career in piano performance seemed the likely path for Pastor Christie. Instead, he opted for the pastoral ministry when he enrolled at Northwestern College, Watertown, WI in the fall of 1989. While in Watertown, he studied organ with Mrs. Bethel Zabell. He graduated from Northwestern in 1993 and continued his ministerial studies at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. While at the Seminary, he served on the worship committee, was student director of the Seminary Chorus, and regularly played for morning chapel services. His vicar year (pastoral internship) was spent at St. Matthew’s in Benton Harbor, MI where he had the opportunity to regularly preach in German for the weekly German service.
     
    Pastor Christie graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (M. Div.) in 1997 and was assigned to be associate pastor at Faith Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS) in Antioch, IL. At Faith, he served as Pastor of Worship and Adult Education, directed the Senior Choir, and regularly played organ. While serving at Faith, Pastor Christie earned a M.Ch.Mus. at Concordia University, Mequon, WI where he studied organ under Dr. James Freese and Dr. John Behnke.
     
    Pastor Christie transitioned in ministry to Trinity, Waukesha in the summer of 2010. His call was originally for school and youth. He added the duties of parish administration and worship to his work in June of 2012. He had the privilege of directing Trinity’s Mixed Choir, plays the organ and piano for services, and began a new Junior Choir of 5-8th grade Trinity students.
     
    Pastor Christie and his wife Kristin live in Waukesha, WI with their three children.

    Mark Davidson, Assistant Minister of Music and Principal Organist
  • Mark Davidson serves as Assistant Minister of Music and Principal Organist for Trinity Lutheran Church, where his duties include overall worship planning and logistics, producing weekly worship service liturgies, choir accompanying and serving as main organist for worship.  In addition to serving at Trinity, Mark also serves the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) at large as visiting organist for WELS parishes in the greater Milwaukee area and throughout the United States, is a member of the Southeastern Wisconsin District Worship Committee and the Hymns Committee that will help produce our new WELS hymnal in 2024.  Community music involvement has included serving as organist and accompanist with the Bach Chamber Choir of Milwaukee, and the Lutheran A Cappella Choir of Milwaukee. Professional certifications and memberships include the Service Playing and Colleague Certificates from the American Guild of Organists, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  Mark holds Bachelor’s degrees in Church Music and Business Administration from Bethany Lutheran College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Upper Iowa University.  Mark has studied organ with Dr. Aaron Burmeister, Sister Mary Jane Wagner, and Karen Beaumont.  Currently living in Waukesha, Mark has served full-time as an Accountant for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod for the past 10 years.
     
    Jonathan Laabs, Director of Choral Arts
  • Jonathan Laabs currently serves as the Director of Choral Arts at Trinity Lutheran Church, where his duties include directing the church choirs and junior choir, lead cantor, and teaching vocal lessons to all ages.  He has performed in the Greater Milwaukee area as conductor, baritone soloist, and teacher since 2006.  In 2010 he was named as the second Artistic Director of Canticum Novum: a WELS chamber choir.  He also served as the Artistic Director of the WELS Youth Chorale from 2010-2012.  In 2009, he joined the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee under the direction of Richard Hynson.  Since joining, he has performed as bass section leader and member of the professional core, as well as guest conductor. He served as a clinician at the 2010 WELS West Regional Choral Festival in West St. Paul, MN, and was also invited back to clinician the 2011 National Festival in New Ulm, MN.  In 2005, he sang a full season with The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, under the direction of Matthew Culloton. 

    Also an experienced soloist, Mr. Laabs has performed frequently in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and beyond.  He was invited back to Martin Luther College in November 2009 as baritone soloist in a performance of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem.  In July 2011, he performed as a guest soloist on an international tour of Uruguay and Argentina, joining members of Bel Canto and the Texas Choral Consort.  The tour included four sold-out performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Gabriel Faure’s Requiem.  Other solo appearances with the Bel Canto Chorus include Handel’s Israel in Egypt, the United States Premiere of Corrado Margutti’s Missa Lorca, Richard Hynson’s Evensong, Finzi’s Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, Alexander Levine’s Prayers for Mankind, and Howell’s A Spotless Rose.
    Mr. Laabs recently completed a five-year appointment as Director of Choral Programs at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School since 2008.  He built and directed a highly successful, growing department of over 150 students (about 35% of the total student body) organized into three curricular choirs, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, and Concert Choir; and two extra-curricular groups, the Echoes and the Chapel Choir.  Under his direction, the choirs have performed diverse repertoire in their five annual major concerts, recorded a CD, and maintained a rigorous performance schedule around Southeast Wisconsin.  Besides his duties with the choirs, he also taught classes in Lifetime Sports and Honors Music Theory and coached track.  He is a 2008 graduate of Martin Luther College, where he studied elementary education along with secondary choral and instrumental music.  He currently studies voice with Michelle Hynson and conducting with Richard Hynson. 

    In August of 2009, Jonathan married his beautiful wife, Erin.  They live happily together in Jackson, WI.
    Rod Clouser, Director of Royal Brass, Chamber Brass, and Justified Praise Band

Musical Groups Serving Trinity
 
Justified is Trinity's praise band. Their mission is to use music as a ministry tool to let everyone know how "we are all justified through faith in Christ Jesus!" (Romans 3:28)  Justified plays most frequently for Trinity's more contemporary Saturday evening services.
Trinity Mixed Choir is open to all Trinity members who enjoy praising their Savior through vocal music. This choir practices weekly throughout the year and assists with worship on a regular schedule.
Members of Royal Brass and Chamber Brass enrich the worship at Trinity with their instrumental skills. This musical group is open to Trinity members who enjoy playing brass instruments.
 
The Trinity Handbell Choir participates regularly to worship services.  The Handbell Choir welcomes any adults or high school students who have an interest in performing with them.
   


 
Worship at Trinity would not be completed without the many hours of dedicated volunteer service of Ushers, Altar Assistants, Elders, Sound Technicians, Greeters, Coffee Hour Servers and others!
 



If you would like to become involved in the Music or Worship Ministry here at Trinity, contact any of the four staff members listed above.

Winter 2014 Usher/Altar/Elder Schedule
Winter 2014 Usher/Alter/Elder Teams