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Pastor Stewart Crown

Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church.

I am the congregation’s pastor, Stewart Crown.  I began serving Trinity in the spring of 1995 and was called as pastor in 1996.  I also did my vicarage (internship) in this congregation (1987-1988).

Born in Union Grove, Wisconsin, I have also lived in Minnesota and Oklahoma. I attended Valparaiso University, Concordia University-Wisconsin (BA 1985), and Concordia Seminary – St. Louis (MDiv 1989, STM, 1995).

My wife Sue is from Arnold, Missouri; she was trained as a teacher at Concordia University Chicago (then Concordia College River Forest).  She presently works at a local public school.  Our first son Tim (born in Missouri) and daughter Hannah (born in Wisconsin) were raised in Palo Alto, and our youngest son, Luke, was born in Palo Alto.

Astronomy, collecting maps, reading about geography and architecture, and photography, especially microphotography, are a few of my interests.


Here are a few ways to contact me:

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Marilyn Taddey (Organist)​

Marilyn M Taddey joined Trinity Lutheran Church in the Fall of 1966. She was a Graduate of St. John’s College in Winfield Kansas (2yrs) and of Concordia Teacher’s College in River Forest, Ill.  (1963) where she studied organ and obtained a Primary Grade teaching Credential from the State of Illinois.

After graduation from Concordia, Marilyn taught the Intermediate Grades 4, 5 & 6 for three years at St. John’s Lutheran Elementary School in Napa, California, before moving to Honolulu, Hawaii to teach for one year at Our Redeemer Lutheran School.  At both congregations, she assisted as organist for worship services.

In 1966 Marilyn married Rev. Martin Taddey, pastor at Trinity, and became an alternate organist with Mary (Mrs. Noel) Schmidt after the retirement of Anna Hesselmeyer in 1975.

Marilyn has also been engaged as new hymnals have been published by the Synod.  She was privileged to attend a special Music Conference at Concordia University, Mecquin, Wisconsin, where the new Lutheran Worship (LW), the first alternative hymnal to the 1941 edition, TLH  (The Lutheran Hymnal)  was introduced.   Trinity, at that time, decided to continue using TLH.  Later, on two separate occasions she attended Worship Conferences on Music & the Arts at Concordia Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana where the Lutheran Service Book (LSB) was introduced as an alternative to the earlier LW hymnal. This hymnal was adopted for use by Trinity Congregation in 2007.

I thank Trinity Congregation for the encouragement and support they have provided over the past 40+ years of my involvement as one of the  organists for the Congregation and for the “care and keeping” of our historical Hook and Hastings pipe organ (Boston – 1902 vintage).  My biggest joy is to hear the joyful, robust singing of  any of our beautiful Lutheran chorales and  hymns as we worship together at Trinity each Sunday.

Sally Treadway (Music Director)

Sally studied piano and was involved in singing from an early age. She began teaching piano, guitar, and recorder in high school. She got her degree in medieval French literature from UCLA but was active in all manner of musical experiences, classes, graduate courses, and performance groups on- and off-campus. She directed the Boys Choir at Palo Alto First Presbyterian Church until coming to Trinity in 1976 to work with the children’s choir. As Music Director she has led the adult choir and the Trinity children in choir and in the Choir School she and Laura Barton Holding established and directed from 1978-98. The children’s choir sang every other week at Trinity. In Choir School, she prepared children from the community as well as from Trinity for a separate schedule of concerts at local libraries, Christmas services at Stanford Memorial Church, and full orchestral cantatas in the summers at Trinity and Lessons and Carols at Trinity in December. The Choir School children also sang with West Bay Opera (La Boheme, Tosca, The Magic Flute) where she prepared the children’s choruses in those productions. She also taught the intermediate level in the San Francisco Boys Chorus and has sung in the California Bach Society from its inception in 1973. She continues to teach piano when she can pull herself away from reading, knitting, writing, Sudoku, and cooking – and keeping up with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Steve Winterstein (Organist/Choir Accompanist)



Steve began playing piano at age six, won his first piano competition at nine, and began concertizing with symphony orchestras the following year. At age eight, he became the youngest organist to play services regularly within the Missouri Synod (at Faith Lutheran in Philadelphia). Since 2007, he has reprised his role as an organist and choir accompanist at Trinity Lutheran. Piano and organ performances are posted here; the organ accompanies choirs and other Trinity musicians.   


He has also taught diverse topics in applied mathematics and engineering at M.I.T., Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley.  Mathematics and music often intersect in his work. His presentation for Stanford Continuing Studies, "Why is There no Key of H?", discussed why the period-doubling dynamics of floating offshore structures are analogous to the most common and aesthetically pleasing of musical effects: the octave.

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