The staff of Messiah Lutheran Preschool takes our mission to heart: To know Christ and to make Him known by providing young children with learning experiences within a Christ-centered environment.


Diane Oppenneer

Diane has been at our Preschool since 1990.  She began as a Classroom Aid and fell in love with Preschool children. She went back to school to get her Early Childhood classes and became a Lead Teacher/Assistant Director in 1996.  In 2009 she became the Director and continues to teach the 4 Year Old classes.  When not at school Diane enjoys traveling with her husband, reading and scrapbooking.

Sue Trotter

Sue joined the preschool staff in 2012.  A life long athlete, she previously coached swimming, diving, gymnastics and track.  She comes to school with a big smile every day.  She loves working with children.  In her spare time she enjoys playing softball, kickball, and spending time with her family.


Pastor Tom Bartzsch

Pastor Tom has been pastor at Messiah since August 2011. Before going to seminary , he worked for a printing company in New York and Phoenix. He grew up in New York City and still loves his New York Yankees and New York Giants. What he loves even more than that is doing chapel with preschoolers and telling them and singing with them about Jesus! When he’s not doing “churchy” stuff he likes to cook for his wife Daina,and play with his dogs, Hunny and Cher.

Rick Krueger

Rick Krueger has served Messiah as Parish Assistant for music, outreach & youth since 1990.  Helping the preschool children sing in class and chapel is always a highlight of his week!  Away from Messiah, Rick also enjoys singing in the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and playing with his grandchildren.