Rev. Glen Triplett was installed as pastor here at Friendship Lutheran Church of Joy on October 21, 2018. Before coming to Champaign he served the congregation of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Dickson City, PA (a suburb of Scranton, PA) for a little over 2 years. He also was the vacancy pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Scranton. While in Scranton, Pastor Triplett served on the board of the Lutheran Academy and also taught Religion and Physical Education at the Academy.  He was ordained at his home church: Grace Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Oh on July 3, 2016. Pastor Triplett received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN in the spring of 2016 after completing undergraduate studies at Cincinnati Christian University in 2012.

Pastor is a second career guy who went into the military straight out of high school, played in rock bands in California, worked in retail, and spent 15 years as a truck driver, but, was aware that the Lord had called him to the Office of Holy Ministry since he was 10 years old. He tried to run from this calling and often tried to “appease” God by participating in various aspects of ministry without the commitment of full time vocation. But, as we say, “His will be done”.

Pastor Triplett is married to Tami, who is a licensed independent social worker (LISW), with a master’s degree in social work. Tami graduated from Xavier University and earned her Master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati. She has dedicated her life’s work to preserving and strengthening families. While in Scranton, Tami also served as a teacher at the Lutheran Academy. They have 2 wonderful children (Amber, 33 and Aaron, 21) and 3 delightful grandsons.  Amber, Mike, and the boys live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Being closer geographically gives more opportunities for pastor and Tami to spend time with them. Aaron currently plans to move to Champaign in January 2020 to attend Parkview College.

Pastor and his family enjoy spending quality time together, music, their pets (2 cats), sports, exploring the local area and travelling the country (as opportunities arise). Pastor Triplett and Tami have quickly fallen in love with the Champaign area and the congregation that is so dedicated to Friendship and Joy that they chose to put it in the name of the church.


Sally has been with us at Friendship Lutheran Church of Joy since December 2018.  She previously was the Administrative Assistant at 15th Avenue Christian Church in Rock Island, Illinois, for 7 years.  Sally grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois and went to Western Illinois University in Macomb.  She currently lives with her husband Steve and dog Jack in Danville.

Sally has been with us at Friendship Lutheran Church of Joy since December 2018.  She previously was the Administrative Assistant at 15th Avenue Christian Church in Rock Island, Illinois, for 7 years.  Sally grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois and went to Western Illinois University in Macomb.  She currently lives with her husband Steve and dog Jack in Danville.


Music Director – Allison Arends from Melvin