Pastor Randy Kasch
Randy grew up in Rapid City South Dakota and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1974. His Master of Divinity degree is from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, 1979. He served First Lutheran in Sioux City, IA from 1979-1985 and Trinity in Mason City, IA from 1985 until 1990. He has been pastor at Gloria Dei since December of 1990.
He is married to Donna. His children include Rob, Jennifer, Chase, Vanessa and Jonathan. Grandchildren are Rachael, Brandon, Elysse and Emeline. Favorite hobbies include reading, running, softball and tennis. Favorite teams are the Cedar Rapids Kernels, NY Yankees and the Green Bay Packers.
A significant Bible verse for him is Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen.
Pastor Trish Decker
Trish is from Palatine, IL. She graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO in 1992. She spent 13 years in sales and management before answering God’s call to be a pastor. Trish earned her M. Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2009. After graduating, she served as an interim pastor in Tama, Malcom and Cedar Rapids, IA before coming to Gloria Dei in October 2010.
Trish is married to Vince and has two step-sons, Torrent and Canyon. She enjoys gardening, her dogs, crossword puzzles, and cooking shows. She’s been a Yankees fan since she was 6.
On being a pastor, Trish says, “I love sharing the Gospel and I love caring for God’s people. What a joy to be called to do both among the members of Gloria Dei.”