Alumni Profiles

Stories of Trinity alums Serving Around the World

Jenny Frantz

jenny franzWhen Jenny Frantz, ’08, was named director of Camp Luther last summer, it was a call to something very familiar.

Since the age of 6, Frantz has spent nearly every family vacation at this camp along the shores of Lake Erie. Even today, her parents, sisters, and nephews continue to travel to northeast Ohio each summer to spend a week together at Camp Luther. Throughout college Frantz worked there as summer staff.  Now, it is a place she affectionately refers to as home.

“In many ways it feels like going home. My dad is a second-career pastor, so we moved a bit when I was a child. My parents also moved the year I graduated from college, so I don’t really have a childhood home to go to anymore. Camp has been my home,” she said.

She will begin her first full summer as director this year, hiring and training staff, promoting the week-long family camps that define Camp Luther, and developing programs. The part-time, year-round position runs concurrent with her now three-quarter time position as director of Youth and Family Ministry at Christ Lutheran Church, Columbus. She will continue to work fulltime for Christ nine months out of the year and serve a part-time call at Camp Luther, one of three camps of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio (LOMO).

Johan Bergh

One Faith, Two Vocations Define Bergh’s Passion

By Margaret L. Farnham

bergh alumni profileDuring a leave from call a few years ago, Johan Bergh, ’81, turned his focus to an area near and dear to his heart: environmental sustainability. When he left People of Faith Lutheran Church in Winter Garden, Florida, after 25 years as their pastor, Bergh went to work as a research associate for a friend who is a Senior Scientist with Valent Biosciences Corporation, to explore “the green side” of agricultural production. He wanted to contribute in some way to the development of safe fertilizers and pesticides.

The career move was not unrealistic for Bergh, who earned his undergraduate degree in environmental interpretation from The Ohio State University. He once thought a job in natural resources would be his life’s work. “The experience at Valent ultimately gave me a whole new view on what we need in order to produce food in an ecologically sound manner,” he said.

While much is being said about the small, local gardener and local food production, he witnessed firsthand what was happening on a broader scale in agriculture and horticulture. “It is still possible in large productions to produce sustainable crops. The work being done in large-scale farming enterprises is important. Large-scale farms are producing foods in a way that is good for the environment and good for people,” he said.