Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, South Dakota










Staff and Leadership


We are in mission together to bring Christ to the community through worship, service, and fellowship.

Our leaders are elected members of the congregation to committees.  Members work within Committees, engaging the congregation and serving here at Trinity, in the community, and the world.

We lead worship, teach, repair things, and complete administrative tasks.  Staff  bios are below.  If you have questions, contact us through  email (by clicking on the E-mail address) or give us a call!

Pastor James (Jim) Fowler, D. Min. (

Pastor Fowler began his ministry with us in September 2015. He was ordained in 1983, and holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio; and Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Illinois. 

Jim and his wife, Heidi, have one daughter, Sarah and grandson, JJ. 

Jim likes to sing, read spy novels, and play golf.

Karla_website_photo.jpg Karla Tawzer, Office Manager (

Karla attended Augustana University (college) in Sioux Falls and University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

In April 2006, Karla began her ministry with Trinity as our Office Manager. 

Karla enjoys nature, reading, music, photography, crafts and re-purposing.

God wants each of us to accept and see the hopefulness in our days; to make healthy choices; to maintain positive relationships; to inspire others. We are called to, "Encourage one another and build each other up."   1 Thessalonians 5:11, and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14

Paul Almjeld.jpg  Paul Almjeld, Choir Director     


DMA in Choral Music, University of Illinois, 1980

MM in Music Education, Mankato State College, 1972

BS in Music Education, Mankato State College, 1965

Paul served as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell from 1997-2007. Prior positions include service as an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI, and Director of Choirs at Sheboygan South High School from 1974-78 and 1980-82.

He is a published composer of instrumental and choral literature.

Paul’s interests are diverse! If you attend car races in the Midwest, you are very likely to find him working in somebody’s pit crew. He has a special interest in Sunbeam Alpine automobiles. Paul is also an avid fisherman.

Paul is married to Susan, and they are parents to Heidi, Karin, Kristin, and Karl. They have nine grandchildren.

[September - May] The Trinity Choir rehearsals begin at 8:45 AM in the Balcony.  All ages of singers are welcome!