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Our Staff

Pastor Adam Arends

St. Timothy is excited to welcome Pastor Adam Arends and his family to our church, child care, and Grand Island community! Pastor Adam comes to us with a deep commitment to love the people of God as they are created, and a strong desire to gather the church around the common mission of building community by caring for and loving neighbors. We look forward to a fruitful partnership in the coming years as we work to make God's love known! 

Pastor Adam can be reached at

Athena Torain
Director, Child Care Center

Hello, everyone! My name is Athena Torain. I am the new Director of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Child Care Center. My husband and I live in Lockport and have 3 children. I have worked with children for 18 years now. I studied Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education with a concentration in Math and a minor in English at SUNY Fredonia and received my Bachelor’s degree. Throughout my career in childcare centers I have been a teacher, Assistant Director, and Director. I find my position as a Director most rewarding by facilitating growth for children,  families, staff, and our community as a whole. 

Tracy Marrs
Assistant Director, Child Care Center

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. We like traveling, trying new restaurants, and exploring local events. Feel free to share with me your family’s favorites. ​

Please reach out to me at or 716-773-9249 with any
questions or to set up a tour!

Hi everyone! My name is Tracy Marrs and I am currently the Assistant Director of St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center. I have been at St. Timothy’s for five years now and I have loved every day! I started my career at St. Timothy’s as a teacher assistant and was quickly promoted to Lead Teacher of the One-Year-Old room. There is where I really found my passion for young children and their education. Being the Assistant Director now allows me to share my dedication and passion with every child throughout our entire building. What a blessing to do what you love!

Outside of St. Timothy’s, you will often see me around the community spending time with friends and family, especially my niece, Harper. My boyfriend, Kyle, and I are looking forward to becoming puppy parents to a Shiloh Shepherd, named Odin. Finally, I am a huge Buffalo sports fan! Every Sunday you can catch me at the stadium cheering on the Buffalo Bills!

Please free to stop on into the child care main office to say hi! I hope to see you join our St. Timothy family! 

Kim Yaeger
Communications Director

Kim has been a member of St. Timothy's for most of her life and is glad to have this opportunity to further serve the church and support the Child Care Center's children and staff. On her time off, she can be found taking care of houseplants, reading, cooking, and spending time in nature.

Kim can be reached at communications@sttimothygrandisland. com.

Nicholas Zehao Bai
Organist and Choir Director

Nicholas Zehao Bai began his journey with piano as early as three years old, and made his debut concert at the age of 14 at the City Hall of Wuhai, China.

In 2012, Zehao came to the US, where he received his Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina. He is now pursuing his Doctorate of Music at the Eastman School of Music.

As an active soloist, Zehao was invited to play at various cities in China and the US, and is the prize winner of many competitions. 

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