About Trinity

Trinity was organized on December 19, 1865 and has occupied the present site since 1916, although the building dates to 1870, and is one of the finest examples of High Victorian Gothic in the city of New Haven. Trinity is the oldest Lutheran congregation in Connecticut.

Trinity Lutheran is a parish of many different people; some new to the New Haven area, many here for generations. The familiar faces and families who have made a lifelong commitment to Trinity are continually joined by new faces as our congregation grows.

Students from nearby schools such as Yale University and Quinnipiac University find that Trinity Lutheran Church is the ideal place to feel grounded while away from home, and anyone who visits can appreciate what Trinity offers. From the bowling alleys in the basement, to the pipe organ and world-class concerts, Trinity has something for everyone.

Residents, visitors and newcomers to the New Haven area are always welcomed with a smile and invited to make Trinity their own. Every member of our congregation is encouraged to attend worship regularly and actively participate in the church’s life.

Trinity Lutheran Church is a registered New Haven, Connecticut Landmark, and a congregation of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

What We Believe

Faith Statement

As Trinitarians, we seek to worship the living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe and confess Jesus Christ as the crucified, risen, and ascended Son of God and our Lord and Savior. We are a church that accepts the Holy Scriptures as the inspired Word of God; that confesses the historical ecumenical creeds; that celebrates the Real Presence of the Lord Jesus in the Sacrament of Holy Communion; that accepts the Lutheran Confessions as a faithful exposition of Christian belief and practice; and that seeks to live our faith in our community as Jesus has given us the example.

Mission Statement

The purpose of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is to witness for Christ by uniting all people in a common bond of Christian fellowship through worship, hospitality, service, concern, and evangelism and to keep our hearts open to new possibilities.

Our Ministry Leaders

“I base my ministry on the Book of Acts 2:42 which tells about the earliest Christians: ‘They continued in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers.’ I follow this pattern at Trinity: preaching God’s Word, teaching the Christian faith, presiding over the sacraments, and praying with and for my flock.”
HANNELE (PAT) SUNDERMANNParish Administrator
I was born in Finland where the the Lutheran Church is the religion of the majority of the Finnish people. I have been a member of Trinity for over 55 years and served on almost every committee, taught Sunday School and served on the Church Council. When I retired from teaching, I volunteered to be the Parish Administrator. Trinity is much more than a Church, the congregation is your second family, with you in good times and bad. Trinity also does so much good with outreach to our neighbors in need in the community.




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