Mark von Soosten

–  Principal

I am a product of our Lutheran School system.  I attended Hope in St. Ann, MO, Emmanuel in Catonsville, MD, Atonement in Florissant, MO, St. Mark in Sunnyvale, CA, Lutheran High School North in St. Louis, and Concordia in Seward, NE.  I believe that our Lutheran Schools provide a quality, Christian education to hundreds of thousands of students around the country, as well as here in Centralia.  My goal is to help Trinity continue to provide that quality education to all of the students that attend here.


During my career I have taught everything from second through eighth grade, in schools in Perryville, MO, Topeka, KS, Cheyenne, WY, Ft. Morgan, CO, and Albuquerque, NM, and I have been a principal since 1989.  I also enjoy coaching, and have coached, or been an assistant coach, of soccer, both boys and girls basketball, flag football, girls softball, baseball, volleyball, track and field, and golf teams.  I believe that schools should have a well-rounded, complete program that includes all of the core subjects along with religion, music, art, physical education, athletic teams, technology, and even a foreign language.  One my goals at Trinity will be to maintain and expand the programs we are able to offer.


As I was growing up I did not plan on being a teacher.  I either wanted to play major league baseball for the Cardinals, or be an engineer, like my dad.  God knew better though.  God created curveballs, which I couldn’t hit, and calculus, which I could only pass with great effort.  Seeing that my first two career choices were probably not going to work out, I followed a high school friend to Concordia, Seward to study education.  God had led me to where I was supposed to be, and to the career path I was supposed to follow.  One of our goals at Trinity is to prepare students for high school and beyond, so that they are equipped to follow the path that God lays out for them.


I look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Centralia and all of you better.  Please feel free to stop by for a visit!

Join us on Facebook groups!

Students and Families are invited to join our classroom Facebook groups. Stay up-to-date with classroom activities and information.


How to join:

Log into Facebook and navigate to our group page and click “join group”.


Who is eligible?

Students, friends and family. (If a student has friends or family that want to join, just let us know so we can approve their membership).


Links to our class groups:

Kindergarten Facebook group

1st Grade Facebook group

2nd Grade Facebook group

3rd Grade Facebook group

4th Grade Facebook group

5th Grade Facebook group

6th Grade Facebook group

7th Grade Facebook group

8th Grade Facebook group

If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:31-32

Verse of the Year

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ  forgave you.”


Ephesians 4:32

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Trinity Lutheran Church
201 S. Pleasant Ave.
Centralia, IL 62801
(618) 532-2614

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203 S. Pleasant Ave.
Centralia, IL 62801
(618) 532-5434

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Preschool & Daycare
203 S. Pleasant Ave.
Centralia, IL 62801
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