Rev. Steven S. Billings
Rev. Steven S. Billings began his seminary training at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, in the summer of 1987. Upon graduation he received his first Call to St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dickson City, Pennsylvania, where he served for more than nine years, the third longest pastorate in the congregation's 105-year history.
In 2000 Rev. Billings accepted the Call to serve Redford Lutheran Church of Detroit. He found the inner-city setting to be both challenging and rewarding.
Rev. Billings accepted the Call to Trinity Lutheran Church and School in July of 2008 and enjoys serving in the church/school environment.
Rev. Keith E. GeRue
Rev. Keith GeRue was born February 19, 1965 in Beloit, Wisconsin. His parents Ronald (Deceased 2012) and Beverly, presented him for the washing and rebirth in Holy Baptism at Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on March 3, 1965. Pastor GeRue attended Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 8th grade and was confirmed in the Faith on May 13, 1979.
Pastor GeRue graduated high school in 1983 and continued his education at Concordia College Wisconsin, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Theological Studies. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in February, 1994.
On June 23, 1990, Pastor married Valerie Fay Virchow of Newburg, Wisconsin. She has a teaching degree from CUW and has taught at Zion Lutheran School, in Beecher, Illinois and Concordia Lutheran School in Springfield, Illinois.
Together Pastor and Valerie have adopted two daughters: Catherine (18) and Elizabeth (14). Catie will be a senior at Fox Valley Lutheran; Lizzy will be a Freshman.
Pastor GeRue has served at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Onida, Saint John's Lutheran Church, Agar, and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Harrold, all in South Dakota. From there he served Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Momence, Illinois. In 2006, he was called as Associate Pastor of Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran, Hamel and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Worden, Illinois, where he also served as Headmaster of the school. From November 2008 through July 2015 Pastor served at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Girard, Illinois. In July he accepted the Call to Trinity and is excited about working with Pastor Billings and the entire faculty and staff.
Pastor GeRue is also a U.S. Army Chaplain and has served a deployment to Bucca, Iraq. Beginning August 1, 2015, he will be assigned to the 646th Regional Support Group in Madison, Wisconsin.