John Burns

Director of Music Ministry

Greetings! I’m John Burns, the Director of Music Ministry at Trinity. I lead music programs here, including our Sunday morning services steeped in LCMS tradition, to our Saturday Sierra Spirit modern worship, to helping with the Preschool and Sunday schools, Special Events and more.

I’m a second-career church worker. I grew up in Michigan and completed a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Michigan Tech. I was with GE for 27.5 years, in roles ranging from engineering to general management, while living from Schenectady to Minden to Caracas. I then led a non-profit aquatics organization in Houston for 2.5 years. I’ve been involved in church music from early on and during my professional career.

I was in church choirs from middle school through university and at several LCMS churches with my GE moves. I directed choirs, played in praise bands, played major roles in pageants, ran sound boards and planned & led worship. I also served a church plant in Houston and a small congregation in Grand Cayman. I’ve been very blessed to serve with and learn from phenomenal music directors, musicians and pastors, including John Marrs, Anthony Lenzy, Vinh Vu, Adam Countryman and Matt Popovits.

While with GE, I was at Trinity in the mid-2000’s, helping Bev Caulkins with all things music. I couldn’t be happier to be back home at Trinity and in the Carson Valley. God placed His hands on my life, closed and opened doors, and put me in this role to serve Him and Trinity – I couldn’t be more blessed! I look forward to meeting you!

Suzie Adam

Church Office Coordinator

I’m Suzie Adam, and I am the Church Office Coordinator for Trinity Lutheran. My family moved from Pennsylvania to Carson City in 1960. I grew up with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. We all attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church, picnicked at Lake Tahoe and had BBQ’s at Bowers Mansion. I love this area!

I spent 30 plus years in different levels as an Administrative Assistant, with a brief period as a dispatcher for the Nevada Highway Patrol.

I graduated from Concordia University, Irvine, CA in 1993 (I was a nontraditional student) with a BA degree in Liberal Studies and a concentration in elementary level teaching. I returned to Carson City in 1993 and worked with the State Government. I retired from State service in 2014. In September 2016, I came to work at Trinity and have enjoyed every minute of being with a loving, caring Christian family!

I like to spend time with my family and friends, and sing in my church choir.

Lisa Filbin

School Business Manager

Hi, my name is Lisa. I have the honor of being part of the Trinity team since May, 2002. During this time I have gone from being a part-time bookkeeper to currently holding the position of Business Manager and Assistant Director. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to be a member of such a dedicated staff and to work with our amazing families and their wonderful children.

I am a fourth generation Carson Valley native and grew up on a ranch here in Gardnerville. After graduating from Douglas High School, I attended the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated in 1987 with a BS in Business Administration. I have two wonderful children and in my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling, but most of all spending time with my family.

Amber Glynn

Communications Director

My name is Amber, and I began as Trinity’s Communications Director in June 2024. TLC has been my church home since my family moved to the Carson Valley in 2012. I graduated from Crean Lutheran High School in 2017, and afterward, worked at Sierra Nevada Media Group before going to college at Lipscomb University. I have a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing.

I met my husband, Sam in 2019, and we got married in June 2023. For the first year of our marriage, we lived in Tennessee and did a few odd jobs while we waited to see where God would take us to.

My position at Trinity is a wonderful position for me at this stage of my life. I hope to put my skills to good use, and I am excited to help grow this community and to bring people closer to God in whatever way I can.