In the spring of 2011, Trinity Lutheran Church formed a committee to look into the feasibility of starting a Lutheran Preschool. For many years, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Secor had operated a preschool and many of Trinity’s members had attended. With St. John’s Preschool no longer available, Trinity looked into carrying on this mission in El Paso.
The members of the original feasibility committee were Joan Comincioli, Kathy Faulk, Lisa Hocker, Kathy Johnson, Donna Parkhouse, Amber VanHoveln, and Pastor Boehne.
In August of 2011, the feasibility report was submitted to the Voters’ Assembly of Trinity Lutheran Church. A resolution was passed to form Trinity Lutheran Preschool. We opened the doors for our first year of Preschool in September 2012.
For the first six years of the Preschool, Valerie Boehne served as the teacher and director. The Preschool was supported by volunteer aides at first. After Michelle Wahls was first hired as an aide, she then began teaching one of the class in 2017 and took over as the Director and teacher for both classes in the fall of 2018.
Our Purpose and Goals
The purpose of Trinity Lutheran Preschool is to bring glory to the Triune God by providing a Christ-centered learning environment where children develop spiritually, socially, and intellectually in preparation for kindergarten.
In connection with this purpose and mission, the goals of Trinity Lutheran Preschool shall be:
Overall: To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children and their families in El Paso, IL and the surrounding areas.
Students: To provide a Christian Preschool in El Paso where students grow in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and reach their full potential in preparation for kindergarten.
Church: To be an extension of the congregation during the week where children of the congregation are drawn closer to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ even as other children of the community are introduced to Trinity Lutheran Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Community: To provide members of El Paso and surrounding communities with a choice in Christian schooling that is centered around the Gospel of Jesus Christ and equips students to grow into responsible Christian citizens an leaders in the community.