Introduction: My name is Dan Gosswiller. My wife Chris and I moved to Illinois from Minnesota in the fall of 2018 and have been members at Trinity since November of that year. Chris and I have been married for 27 years and have two grown sons, Stephan and Erich. Prior to our move from Minnesota we were active members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Inver Grove Heights, MN for 23 years. I work as a Managing Consultant for a building technical services company, specializing in vertical transportation systems. Chris works as a virtual sales and marketing assistant contractor. During my time at Emanuel Lutheran, I played lead electric guitar in our Praise Band for 14 years. I was also on the Board of Elders for 8 years and served as Chair of the Board for my last two years there.
1) Reflect on your best experience of serving on a committee or working with a group of people to accomplish a goal at Trinity or another organization. My most rewarding experiences, while not the most enjoyable, were the opportunities to help de-escalate and resolve conflicts between church members and staff while serving on the board of Elders. I also enjoyed being part of the Praise Band and using my musical talent to glorify God.
2) What do you believe is the greatest strength or talent given to you by God? I have been told by some that I have the gift of discernment to some degree, making it easy for me to see the “forest” of the issue rather than get distracted by the “trees”.
3) What is it about Trinity Lutheran Church and School that you value most? Our move from MN was on very short notice. We felt that God was leading us to buy the first house (out of 15) that we were shown. When we made that decision, we did not even know Trinity existed. When we stumbled upon it a few weeks later we were amazed at how “at home” we immediately felt. God was certainly working there. My younger son attended an LCMS school back in MN through the 8th grade. I treasure the experience he had there growing up and the effect it had on making him the young man he has grown up to be. My wife and I are very happy to be part of a church that supports a school that incorporates Christian teachings and values into a child’s education.
4) What is it about being a member of the LCMS that you value most? God is definitely present and working at Trinity. Right now, I am just glad that he provided a new church home for us just as we were kind of grieving the separation from our old church family. To me LCMS means that our faith is based on what is in the word of God. We don’t ignore things that put us in conflict with the World, and don’t add things that are not there.
5) If you had three answered prayers for Trinity Lutheran Church and School, what would they be?
a. That the members of the church, school staff, students, and parents would work together to achieve the things that God has put before us. That they would seek God’s presence and teachings when dealing with opportunities, challenges, and internal conflicts.
b. That the God would continue to keep us strong in the face of ever-increasing hostility and derision from those in our community and government that seek to silence those who believe his Word.
c. That God strengthen, protect, and guide those called to a life of serving him, our Pastors, staff, and volunteer leaders. Satan works overtime to try to break these people down every day, while we often don’t see or understand their sacrifices and challenges while we are focusing on our own.