Our Staff

Rev. Thomas D. Prochaska - Interim Pastor

Pastor Tom Prochaska and his wife Candy moved to Hyde Park in Chicago in 2014 to live closer to their children. Their son, Micah and daughter-in-law Lindsey and their two grandchildren (Layla and Mattias) live in Hyde Park, as does their daughter Meryl. Their daughter Megan, who is engaged to Kevin, lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. Megan and Kevin will be married in Chicago on September 29th.

Pastor Prochaska has served as pastor of congregations in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio as well as serving two congregations as interim pastor, London, Ohio, and Mt. Zion in Oak Lawn.

Pastor Prochaska will be in the church office on Monday and Tuesday each week this summer as well as leading worship on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. He looks forward to working with the Trinity staff, supporting their ministry as well as working with Trinity leaders during this time of transition. He looks forward to meeting Trinity members and friends. We pray that God bless this interim ministry as together pastor, members and friends seek to remain faithful to our calling and faithful to our Lord.  




Linda Bensen - Minister of Word and Service

Parish Worker at Trinity since 1968.   In the part time position of Word and Service – Linda assists with hospital visits, homebound communion visits and does trip planning for “Trinity Travelers”.   Linda currently serves on these community organizations - Oak Lawn Community Partnership Committee and the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn Board.




 Adam Cook - Director of Youth and Family Ministry

Before entering lay ministry, Adam enlisted, in 2006, in the United States Marine Corps. He served four years active duty. He spent his active duty time in Beaufort, SC with HQSRV BN S-1 and 4th MAW G-1/Command Deck New   Orleans, LA and began his academic studies at Valparaiso   University (VU).  At VU, he majored in Political Science and Theology.  In 2013, Adam graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Theology.  While at VU, Adam began volunteering with his churches, Trinity Lutheran Valparaiso, youth ministry.

Shortly after, fall of 2013, Adam did a year at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago studying for his Masters in Divinity and pursued his calling to word and sacrament in the candidacy process.  It was then he decided to take a step back from seminary and enter lay ministry while he further discerned his calling.  In October of 2014, Adam also left Trinity of Valparaiso and began his ministry at Community UMC in Naperville as the Director of Youth Ministry.

In the spring of 2017, Adam began his academic studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary, where he is currently a student.  He is pursuing a Masters in Divinity and has applied for candidacy to the ministry of word and sacrament. 

Adam has a passion for social ministry, specifically: LGBTQ inclusion, homelessness and food ministry.  His ministry joins youth and families to the call of serving in social ministries.  Adam loves to plan and attend youth mission trips, retreats and culture excursions.   


 Marianne Izzo - Church Secretary

 Church Secretary for Trinity Lutheran Church. Mother of 3 wonderful kids. I enjoy hanging out with my kids and fiance’ Bill. I love to watch the kids play sports and be involved in their activities. I enjoy a good book once in a while, too. I have been the Church secretary since 2006.  I enjoy working at Trinity, and with the members of Trinity.