Family To Give Presentation On Work In Seoul, South Korea
The Rev. Dr. Hans Trinklein and members of his family will be giving a presentation about their mission work in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, Centralia.
The doors will open at 6:00 p.m., and they will be available for a “meet and greet” from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Representatives from other mission/outreach agencies and endeavors will also be on hand so guests can learn about various other ways the love of Jesus is being shared in our region.
Rev. Dr. John (Hans) and Gretchen Trinklein serve the Lord through the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Seoul, South Korea. Hans teaches at Luther Theological University (LTU) and Luther Seminary. He also works with the LCMS’ partner church, the Lutheran Church in Korea (LCK), helping them with their strategic vision and planning, with church planting and with continuing education for their pastors.
Hans’ hometown is Racine, Wis. He calls Olive Branch Lutheran Church, rural Okawville, his home congregation. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in public accounting from Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. He also received a master’s degree in apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law, Anaheim, Calif. (now known as Trinity Law School, Santa Ana, Calif.).
He acquired his Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Before serving in South Korea, Hans worked as a public accountant; he taught accounting at three different universities in southern California; and he served as pastor first at Zion Lutheran Church, Pierce, Neb., and, most recently, at Olive Branch Lutheran Church, rural Okawville, for 14 years.
Gretchen was born in Whittier, Calif. She calls Olive Branch Lutheran Church, Okawville, Ill., her church home as well. She received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Christ College, Irvine, Calif. (now known as Concordia University, Irvine, Calif.). Over the years, she has served as a Lutheran preschool teacher, a substitute teacher, a nanny, and a homeschool teacher to her children.
Hans and Gretchen have four children: Jael Karth (married to Levi, headed for the mission field in Paraguay), Abigail (Abi), Michael (Mike), and John. Abi, Mike and John are with their parents on the mission field.
Pastor Tim Mueller, Circuit Visitor for the Congregations of Circuit 8 of the Southern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, comments: “This is not a fund-raising event, but rather an opportunity to ‘catch up’ with the Trinkleins, become better educated about the Lord’s mission in South Korea and Southern Illinois, and encourage and build up one another in the faith.”