Our First 55 Years
service of Trinity Lutheran Church was held on September 8, 1957, in a small
frame building located on the newly acquired property at 10925 Old Hammond
Highway (now Florida Boulevard). Twenty
(20) people were present for the service conducted by the Rev. Thomas Schuetz,
first pastor of the congregation.
Previous meetings had been held in the home of one of the members.
sanctuary, two educational rooms, office and kitchen facilities were
constructed and dedicated in 1961 with the help of a loan from the Church
Extension Fund of the LCMS Southern District.
fellowship and educational facilities were constructed in 1968 to serve a
congregation that had grown to over 400 baptized members.
classes, originally located at First Lutheran Church, were moved to Trinity in
Committee was formed to plan construction of a new sanctuary that was dedicated
in January 1979. Additional facilities –
enlarging the kitchen and remodeling of the Fellowship Hall–
were also constructed.
expanded its educational ministry by forming the Baton Rouge Lutheran School
Association with First Lutheran Church in 1981.
The entire school was moved completely to the Trinity campus by the fall of 1988.
tract of land was purchased in 1985 to allow for future expansion of school and
church facilities. Dedication services
for a new classroom/gymnasium complex were held in April, 1990.
Night Praise, a new worship service, began in 1994. That year also saw the completion of the
second story of the classroom building as the first phase of the “Sow and Grow”
program. Phase Two of that program was
the paving of the parking lot.
In May 2005,
Trinity purchased a 25-acre site at 15160 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road which has two
homes on it – one serves as the home for the Vicar. The larger home served as the temporary
office for the Southern District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for eight
(8) months after Hurricane Katrina.
Currently it is used for Bible studies, youth events, picnics, outdoor
worship services, retreats, and the 58 Watt Coffee Shop.
The 10925 Renovation Campaign
began in September 2011 with the goal of refurbishing the sanctuary with new
lights, sound system, carpet, pew covers and new signage for the front of the
church facing Florida Blvd. Funds in
excess of $220,000 were raised to complete this project and the renovation was
completed in August of 2012.
look to the future with confidence as we grow and serve through passionate
spirituality, loving relationships, and inspired worship.