The Trinity Lutheran Family would like to introduce you to our Pastor and Leadership Team…


Ildiko Rigney

pastorildiko @ trinityvictoria . net

Pastor Ildiko Rigney was born in Croatia, and brings with her Hungarian heritage. She finished college in Zagreb, Croatia, with a major in English language and literature and ethnology. She is a Master of Divinity graduate from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and in the past she served congregations in Yoakum and Gonzales.

Pastor Ildiko is new to Trinity Lutheran and enjoys exploring the history, people and ministries of the congregation and she is excited to join serving together with all generations of Trinity. She believes in building bridges among people and including all of God’s diverse children in the life of the church. Her passion lies in all things related to healing, especially essential oils, and she often teaches classes related to that interest.

Her family includes her husband Carlos, mother Katalin Szanto and daughter Anna.

Pastor Ildiko loves reading, embroidering and gardening in her free time.

Church Secretary

Tracy Hermes

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I was born and raised right here in Victoria, Texas. I graduated from Stroman High School in 1988 and married my high school sweetheart (Dennis) in December of 1989. This past December we celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary. We have 2 children, Lain and Mallory. Our children are our lives, when our children were in athletics, we were always at the baseball and football fields cheering Lain and his team on; or in the gym supporting Mallory for volleyball. When time allowed, we would take the children and go camping for the weekends.

We love being outdoors. I like to work in the yard and my flowerbeds. Dennis and I spend weekends down in Rockport fixing up our boat and fishing when we can.

I am excited to take on the secretary position here at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Congregation President

Steve Zimmerman

stevezimmerman @ trinityvictoria . net

Steve Zimmerman, current president of our congregation, is a life long Lutheran and a member of Trinity since November of 2008.

“One of my retirement goals was to devote more time and involvement with the church since career responsibilities had dominated otherwise.  I have enjoying serving on various committees/teams and musical groups throughout this time, and currently serve as Council President.  Additionally, I prepare and produce livestreaming of our worship services. Trinity is a great fit in my spiritual life and I share this feeling with my wife, Barbara, and many friends in the congregation.  I recommend Trinity to anyone that values the Lutheran style of worship, fellowship and outreach.  I can be reached at, or if you see me around church, I’ll answer to “Hey Steve”!


Mendy Dierlam

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“I was born and raised here in Victoria. My husband, Stanley has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since he and his family moved to Victoria from Placedo when he was in the third grade. I became a member in 2000 after being invited to our neice’s conformation. I immediately felt welcomed and was eager to become a member of the Trinity church family. Upon joining, I began my service on the Witness Team which led to my service on Congregational Council for two terms. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to serve on several committees and I’m currently serving as Vice President of the Church Council. If I can be of service to anyone in our church family, I’m in the church directory.”

Council Secretary

Becky Green

beckyg @ trinityvictoria . net

I am serving as council secretary of the church council. I began attending the sewing group in April, 2017 and enjoyed the camaraderie of the women members. I began attending church activities and later officially became a member in December of 2017

I am representative of the social ministry committee. This year we had a toiletry drive benefitting the women and children of Mid Coast Counseling Service and Perpetual Help Home.
We provided quilts to Luther Fest, Long Term Recovery Program, Promise Pointe and Lutheran World Relief. During the summer we attended meetings with the Main Street Victoria Program in order to partake in the evening tour of stained glass windows in the downtown area. In December we donated groceries to needy families of our church.

Reach out to me if you have any ideas or would like to participate in an activity relating to social ministry.


Meredith Golden

treasurer @ trinityvictoria . net

My journey with Trinity Ev Lutheran Church started in 1996, with open arms the members welcomed me. My husband Gary grew up at Trinity so it was with great honor that we married in our beautiful Chapel in 2001. I have 2 sons and 2 beautiful granddaughters and feel blessed they live nearby. Our granddaughters love attending Church with their Grandma and PaPa. I have taught Sunday School, Assisted in VBS, I have served on the Congregational Council and Executive Board (17 years rotation), and many committees throughout the years.
Gary and I serve together on our Altar Guild – 22 years and Luther Fest manning the coffee, tea, & water station for about that same amount of time.
My name is Meredith Golden. I am starting my 2nd year as Trinity’s Treasurer. My journey began with Trinity’s Open Arms to me, I would like to do the same to you – and say: WELCOME TO TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

Financial Secretary

Ralph Howard

ralph @ trinityvictoria . net

“I am currently serving Trinity Lutheran Church as the Financial Secretary. Since Margaret and I joined Trinity about seven years ago we have been blessed to have met some of the nicest people who have now become our very close friends. I am now serving on the Church Council, Altar Guild and Ushers and Greeters. For several years Margaret and I served as chairman for the Lutherfest live auction and Lutherfest Raffle. We have four children along with 6 grandchildren. If I can be of assistance, you can “flag me down anytime “.