REV. Kathryn Irwin


Kathryn is a runner, and enjoys running the occasional 5K race. She’s not very fast and doesn’t aspire to run marathons or anything, but she loves to run and once she starts, she finds it hard to stop. Over the years, however, she’s learned that some types of running are better than others. After being raised in a very “churchy” household, as the child of a Pastor and an Associate in Ministry, Kathryn tried to satisfy her sense of call to service by enrolling in Navy ROTC at Purdue University. When the planes hit the towers on September 11th, 2001, in the beginning of her freshman year of college, she began to realize that the path she had chosen for her life was in fact one running in the opposite direction from what God was calling her to do. Kathryn was running, as she loved to do, but it wasn’t a very enjoyable race. And ultimately, it wore her out. She changed courses, embracing more fully her sense of call to ordained ministry, and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington with a degree in Social Work before attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where she earned her Masters in Divinity.

In November of 2011 the Candidacy Committee of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA approved Kathryn as a candidate for ordained ministry. In the fall of 2012, she and her husband, Carmine Pernini, were assigned to the New Jersey Synod. Carmine received a call to serve at Zion Lutheran Church in Rahway, and began serving there in the fall of 2013. In the three years between then and now, as Kathryn awaited a call of her own, she discovered a new type of running – running after children. Kathryn and Carmine have three energetic young children, Tucker (4), Tillie (2), and Thomas (7 months). These young siblings in Christ keep their parents quite busy, and the two older Ts have developed their own love for running as well.

Kathryn has been called by the people of God who gather at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Nutley, NJ and cannot wait to see where this new course will take them together. Her heart is full of gratitude for her siblings in Christ who have extended to her the call to serve as their pastor and her siblings in Christ of Third Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, whom she served as a supply pastor for the past year. She gives thanks as well for her parents who faithfully fulfilled the promises they made at her baptism, for her friends who have become as family over the years, and for her spouse and children without whom she cannot imagine living a fulfilling life. 
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

The race Kathryn sees set before her includes service to the people of Holy Trinity, active participation as a member of the executive committee of the New Jersey Clergy Coalition for Justice, and outspoken support for our siblings in Christ whose voices are not appropriately valued by society. Kathryn will continue to run, knowing that the one who has run the race ahead of her and all of us has called her on this course and will continue to encourage her along the way.

J. Scott Jones



Steve Oberndorf

Congregation President

Steve Oberndorf has been a member of Holy Trinity since 1984. He was elected to Council in 2016 and became Council President in February 2017. Steve previously has served three times on the Church Council and was the Council President several times during the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. At Holy Trinity he has served in various capacities with the Finance , Stewardship and Endowment committees. He also taught 6th grade Sunday School at Holy Trinity for several years.

Steve is a graduate of Upsala College and Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a retired attorney, who specialized in employee pension and benefits law for over 40 years. Steve is married to Evelyn Lindblad Oberndorf and they live in Cedar Grove, NJ. Steve and Evelyn have two adult children and three grandchildren.



Tina Patti is a lifelong resident of Nutley with a lot of family still in the area.  Her professional background is varied; Tina has worked in the corporate, small business, local government and now church environment and she will be celebrating her ten year anniversary at Holy Trinity in 2017.
Tina enjoys reading, movies, nature walks, birding and Cape May, N.J. and has a soft spot for any and all animals.