staff

Our staff, elders and deacons at Trinity Church are here to serve you.

  • david widerski

    lead pastor FOR PREACHING, VISION, LEADERSHIP

        Pastor Dave Widerski  grew up in St. Paul, MN and is a long-suffering Minnesota sports fan (Go Wild, Vikings, Twins, & Gophers!). He is a graduate of Bethel College (BA Bible/Theology) and of Bethel Seminary West (MDiv). Pastor Dave married his college sweetheart, Cheri, in 1985, and they continue to enjoy the adventure of a gospel-centered marriage. They have been blessed with four amazingly diverse boys: Drew, Tyler, Zach and Jonny. And Cheri finally has a couple of wonderful daughter-in-laws: Sarah (Drew) and Abigail (Tyler).

        Dave is passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ, His Gospel Word, His Gospel Community, the Church, and His Gospel Mission of filling the earth with His Glory through disciple-making. He loves serving the Lord in the local church as a Pastor/Teacher and has had the joy of doing so in local churches in California, Montana, Minnesota, Washington and now North Dakota. He is passionate about expository preaching and rich, biblical reformation theology. He is an equipper of gospel-centered, disciple-making, Kingdom-multiplying leaders and churches. 


  • MELANIE MOORE

    OFFICE MANAGER

    Melanie is a native of Minot and worked at Minot State University for nearly 40 years before starting at the church mid October 2017. She is very close with her grown son, Neil, and her mother, who both live in Minot. She likes attending MSU sporting events (especially hockey!), plays, concerts, and the races. Staying active in the community is one of her passions. She feels very blessed to join the staff at Trinity Church and is looking forward to serving for years to come.


  • Ben Easling - Elder spokesperson

    Elder FOR OUTREACH/MISSION

    Ben and his wife, Lydia, live in rural North Dakota and have three children. They consider it a privilege and a blessing to be part of the congregation at Trinity Church. In addition to being a small business owner, Ben is actively involved in jail ministry, providing Bible studies for inmates. Historically, Ben has served in several mission capacities in four separate countries. 


  • GARY RITCHIE

    ELDER FOR MEMBERSHIP & ASSIMILATION

    Gary and his wife, Sherry, have been members at Trinity since 1985. They have two children and two grandchildren. Gary has served in a number of positions at Trinity including: elder, deacon, evangelism director, jail ministry and other various ministries. The ministry Gary enjoys most is greeting and meeting new people and sharing with them why he loves Trinity Church. Gary is a retired farmer and a U.S. Air Force Veteran and lives on a farm near Max, ND.

  • howard rodgers

    elder FOR FELLOWSHIP & CARE

    Howard is a native of the Minot area and farms south of Minot in the Max area with his wife, Janet, of 30 years. They have six children, three of which are married, and a total of three grandchildren. Howard has been attending Trinity Church for over 25 years and has served in various roles during that time.

  • Wade Talley

    elder for groups & trinity bible institute


  • DAWN TALLEY

    ADMINISTRATOR


  • BOB OGUREK - CHAIRMAN/SPOKESPERSON

    DEACON

    Bob and his wife, Susan, came to Minot through the Air Force in 1994. They fell in love with the area, and especially the people, and have been here ever since (except for a brief break when the Air Force moved them to Virginia for three years, but they gladly came back!). Bob retired from the Air Force in 2005 and now works at the base as a Maintenance Advisor to the wing leadership. Sue is the Veteran's Employment Representative at Job Service North Dakota, helping our nation's heroes. They have three dogs, three cats, three horses, and numerous other friends on the small spread near Burlington. They are blessed to be a part of Trinity and enjoy serving the Lord's church.

  • Helen Mccormack

    Deacon

    Helen and her husband, David, moved to Minot in 1981 but came to Trinity in 1982. They taught in the area until 2007 when they joined Wycliffe Bible Translators. Until 2015, they taught at Black Forest Academy (BFA) in Germany. BFA is an international school for children of missionaries and other expatriates living throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. David taught math, and Helen did educational therapy for students with learning difficulties. After returning to Minot, still as Wycliffe members, David is now a human resources financial liaison helping all new Wycliffe members establish the budget they will need to go to the place in the world to which God has called them. Helen is occasionally involved in educational consulting as well as engaged in church activities. Having had personal mission experiences, she serves on the deacon board as the mission point person for the church. 

  • Rod Nogosek

    Deacon

    Rod has been a member of Trinity Church for six years and a Deacon for the past two years. He currently works at Trinity St. Joseph's Hospital as a Licensed Addiction Counselor on their Addiction Unit. Rod has also been active in the Men's Jail Ministry at the Ward County Jail for the past four years participating in Bible Study and weekly visitation with the inmates.  

  • CLIFF HAWKINS

    deacon

    Cliff was born and raised in western Montana. He served in the Army and Army Reserves. Cliff moved to North Dakota in 2010 to work in the oilfield. He and his wife Mary and son Eli live in Minot. Cliff enjoys time with his family and all kinds of outdoor activities. He became a deacon in 2018.

  • Pam Hopkins

    DEACON & custodian

    Pam came to Minot by way of the Air Force 30 years ago. She is a member and has served on many committees at Trinity Church throughout the years. Pam retired from Minot State University but works part-time at Thomas Family Funeral Home and is a part time custodian here at Trinity. Please contact her with any cleaning issues at pamelahopkinscornwell@gmail.com

  • janet rodgers

    worship COORDINATOR

    Janet has been attending Trinity Church for 27 years and has been involved in the music ministry for most of that time. She has a passion for God-centered, Christ-honoring, Spirit-led worship. Though she does not keep regular hours at the church as the music leader, she is available to discuss any aspect of our corporate times of worship including methods, songs, and involvement.

    You can contact her at janet@trinitychurchminot.org

  • RON MOLZAHN

    GROUNDSKEEPER

    Ron has attended Trinity Church since late 2002, and has been actively involved from the start. He operates a van ministry for those needing a ride to Sunday services. Originally from Kansas, Ron retired from the U.S. Air Force, in Minot, in 1986 and stayed.