Triumphant's Office Staff

God is working His will in the life of Triumphant. We have learned to rely upon the LORD and treasure one another. Through our growing faith and active discipleship, the LORD has destined Triumphant to be an extraordinary church through ordinary people.
Pastor Aaron Richter


Born and raised in the Lutheran church, Pastor Aaron bases his theology and identity on being a child of God. His calling is to lead a community of the faithful in order to seek out fresh and steadfast ways to serve our God, a God who is continually guiding us and speaking to His incarnate nearness, joy, justice, and hospitality.

Pastor Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2004, a Master in Divinity in 2009, and was ordained on August 2, 2009. He served as Senior Pastor at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in New Jersey before then serving as the Assistant to the Bishop for Communication and Mission Interpretation for over 170 ELCA congregations in New Jersey.

Pastor Aaron possesses an enthusiasm for the important missions of pastoral care and visitation, and for youth and family ministries, using innovation, creativity, and humor to carry out these important ministries. He brings a passion for preaching and worship leadership to help us think through how the Word and Sacraments relate to our daily lives.
Chris St.Clair

Deacon - Family and Youth Minister

Chris St.Clair has been the Youth Minister at Triumphant since August 2010. He was consecrated as a Deacon in 2017.

Chris was raised in Dallas, TX. He was a star soccer player (or so his mother claims) when he was 5. Soon after, he decided to retire from organized sports because of a talent deficiency. He grew up at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where his grandfather was the pastor.

Chris graduated from high school in 1999. After a Moses-like wandering through a couple colleges, Chris eventually graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Beginning in 2006, Chris attended Brite Divinity School (affiliated with TCU) in Fort Worth, TX. Chris graduated with his Master’s of Divinity degree in 2010.

Chris has been in youth ministry since 2001. He worked for 2 summers as a camp counselor at Lutheran Hills Summer Camp in Bloomington, IN, and one as Program Director in 2003. In 2003, Chris accepted a position as Youth Director for Ascension Lutheran Church in Louisville, KY. After leaving in 2006 to go back to school, he worked as Student Youth Minister (you can abbreviate it to “Stud Youth Minister” if you want to…) at First Christian Church in McKinney, TX. Chris left this position in July 2010 after graduating from Brite.

Chris met his wife, Britany, in 2005 while both worked in different churches and they got married in 2007. Britany is a Special Ed teacher in SAISD. They have two children – Lukas and Natalie – who are most known for their renditions of Donkey #1 (Lukas) and Sheep #3 (Natalie) in the 2017 Christmas program. (No, the donkey tackling the sheep via “power hug” in the middle of the scene is, technically, not biblical.)

Chris enjoys running and playing sports. (He has coped with his sports struggles from childhood.) He enjoys playing hockey, racquetball, volleyball and golf. He plays the guitar and his playing ability is best described as "artistically inaccurate."
Carol Snyder

Minister of Music

In the Fall of 1993, Carol received a call that a position was opening at Triumphant Lutheran Church for an organist/choir director and she was asked to apply. That position has evolved into Minister of Music, with duties including playing the organ for the traditional 8:30 service, directing the choir, playing keyboard in the Praise Band at the 11:00 service, selecting music for both services and overseeing all other music programs.

Carol grew up in a family of music lovers, with her dad leading the choir at the Methodist Church and her mom singing in the choir. At 8 years of age, Carol began playing piano for the evening church service while her dad conducted the singing. She played for her first wedding at the age of 12. That began a career as a church musician, playing for many denominations before joining Triumphant Lutheran Church.

Carol grew up in Jacksonville, FL where frequent trips to the beach and lake were part up her being. She studied piano for twelve years, taking lessons at Jacksonville Conservatory of Music and Jacksonville University. She received a music scholarship to Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. Carol majored in Music with an emphasis on Pipe Organ and with a Psychology Minor. In addition to her BA in Music, Carol became certified as a teacher, teaching 1st grade for 5 years. She then obtained her Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Following 14 years as an elementary schoool counselor and 12 years as a middle school counselor, Carol retired from NISD.

Carol is married to her Florida State hubbie, Rick, and has raised two sons, one a Texas A&M graduate and dentist in Austin and the other a recent architecture graduate from UTSA. Carol and Rick are now raising a lab puppy who has many Marley-type characteristics. Carol also teaches piano lessons, lunches with friends and travels as often as possible, especially to the beach.
Sharon Hopkins

Administrative Assistant

Sharon feels honored to be part of the TLC Family, having served as the TLC Administrator since June 2009. Her family came to San Antonio in 2006, and are members of Summit Christian Center.

Sharon’s passions include spending time with her family, worshiping the Lord, and investing in others. She has worked with worship teams since 1981, and served in full-time missions at Youth with A Mission’s University of the Nations for 7 years.

Sharon grew up in Merritt Island, Florida and received her degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. Her first employment was with IBM at Kennedy Space Center, as a computer programmer on the Space Shuttle Launch Processing Software. Each Space Shuttle launch was an anxious and yet extremely rewarding moment!

While with YWAM, Sharon helped pioneer and lead the School of Worship, training and mentoring students from many nations in worship and worship team development. The highlight of each School of Worship for her was leading student worship teams on outreach to countries in Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific!

Sharon and her husband, Mike, met in California, where he was a rocket technician who built and launched Delta rockets. Their daughter, Hannah, was born in 1999. She loves to sing and dance and keeps life lively for Mike and Sharon!

Sharilyn Krauss

Director of Communications/Receptionist

Sharilyn has been a member of Triumphant since 1998 and has been on the TLC Staff since May 2007. She creates and edits our monthly newsletter, The Trumpet, and maintains the church website. As part of her ministry to the members of Triumphant, she was also been a member of the 2011 and 2012 Church Council.

Sharilyn grew up in the Methodist church in San Antonio, attending John Marshall High School. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 with a degree in Business Administration. She and her husband, Brian, met at A&M and were married in February 1991. As Brian was in the USAF, they moved to Edwards AFB in the Mojave Desert in California. In 1994, they were sent to the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany. Their son, Collin, was born there and retains dual-citizenship. In 1997, they moved back to Texas, stationed at Randolph AFB. They decided to put down roots and separate from the Air Force in 1998. Their son, Daniel, was born in San Antonio in 1999.

Sharilyn worked for Edwards FCU as Teller Trainer and in the accounting department and marketing department from 1991 - 1994. She worked at the International Library at the NATO base from 1995 - 1997. From 1998 - 2005, she owned home businesses with Usborne Children's Books and Southern Living at Home. Then, in May 2007, she was asked to apply for the TLC position of Newsletter and Website Editor, the position now known as Director of Communications. In July 2016, she agreed to expand her responsibilities to include the receptionist duties when that position opened up.

Sharilyn is also enjoys the theatre, a day at the lake or beach, game night with family or friends, and reading a really good book.
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