Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, South Dakota










Staff and Leadership

We are called to live out God's Great Commission: to bring people to Christ through fellowship, teaching, service and worship.

Staff and Committee  Leaders teach, learn, grow, serve, worship, and stay connected.

Questions? Contact us through  email (by clicking on the E-mail address(es) below, or give us a call at 605-624-4442.

Pastor James (Jim) Fowler, D. Min. (
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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 Tawzer, Office Manager (

Karla attended Augustana University (college) in Sioux Falls and the 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


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Paul directs The Trinity Choir.  Rehearsals begin promptly at 8:45 AM in the Balcony each Sunday morning.  All ages of singers are welcome! Come & Sing. 

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. 

Education: DMA in Choral Music, University of Illinois, 1980; MM in Music Education, Mankato State College, 1972; and BS in Music Education, Mankato State College, 1965

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.