Trinity Graduate School


The Leadership faculty at Trinity Graduate School challenge students to enrich their character by making ethically sound and principled decisions; to gain wisdom for managing relationships within an organization and in the broader world; and to gain skills based on awareness of themselves and research-grounded best practices for effectively reaching their vocational goals.

Karen Wrobbel, EdD

  • Dean of Trinity Graduate School
  • Dr. Karen A. Wrobbel is the Dean of Trinity College and Graduate School and brings many years of experience to the dean’s role. She serves at Trinity both as a teaching faculty member. Before joining Trinity’s faculty, Karen taught missionary kids (MKs) and other international students at Christian schools in Spain and Venezuela where she spoke Spanish fluently. Karen continues to be actively involved internationally with Christian education through conference speaking, accreditation work, and as a volunteer with two educationally-focused international groups. Her expertise and research interests include the education of MKs and other global nomads, languages and education, and intercultural communication.

Craig Carlson, PhD

  • MA in Leadership Program Director
  • Before Trinity, Dr. Carlson served as a pastor (13 years); dean of graduate studies and Christian education professor at Grace University (Omaha); and global training director for Awana Clubs International. Areas of research and teaching interest include leadership, teaching the Bible, educational ministry and family ministry. Dr. Carlson is an associate instructor with Walk Thru the Bible and often speaks in ministry and leadership settings. Dr. Carlson is the Academic Director of the MA in Leadership program for the Graduate School and Director of Church Relations for the University.

Adjunct Faculty

Joanne Kim, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Leadership
  • BA, Northeastern Illinois University
  • MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Wayne Kriemelmeyer, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Leadership
  • BS, Indiana University
  • PhD, Northwestern University

Richard McLaughlin, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Leadership

  • BA, University of Notre Dame
  • MA, Moody Theological Seminary
  • PhD, Talbot School of Theology

Adam Mearse, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Leadership

  • MA, Wheaton College
  • MA, Oklahoma Christian University
  • PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Elizabeth Bjorling Poest, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Leadership

  • BS, Olivet Nazarene University
  • MA, Olivet Nazarene University
  • PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School