About Trinity

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Since 1874

Teaching the Word in Truth and Love

Our History

Founded in 1874 by German immigrants, Trinity Lutheran Church and School has been located in Elkhart with the goal to reach as many people for Christ as possible and provide quality Christian education.

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What Drives Us

Our Mission

We are dedicated to worshipping God, ministering to families with children, and building strong Christian relationships in our families, friendships, and communities.

Core Beliefs

What We Believe & Why

Who is Jesus?
This question is central to our faith and how we see the world around us. We confess that Jesus is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, who lived, died, was buried, and rose again from the dead. In Him alone we have forgiveness of all our sins! We believe He is both fully God and fully man. He lived roughly 2,000 years ago in first century Israel. We come to know this Jesus and His love for the world through the Holy Bible, most specifically the Gospels. After Jesus’ time on earth he ascended to heaven and the Church waits until He will come again.
Holy Communion
Every week and at every service, we celebrate Holy Communion, or as we typically call it at Trinity, the Eucharist. Eucharist is an ancient word used by the Church which means “Thanksgiving.” In the Eucharist, we personally encounter Jesus, who gives us his love, forgiveness, and grace through the giving of His Body and Blood.   The Eucharistic liturgy* prepares us to meet Jesus, deepens our understanding and appreciation for Him, shapes what we truly value in life, and transforms how we think, speak and act.
* . “Liturgy” is the entire worship service which includes Scripture readings, preaching, prayers, songs, rituals, and, above all, receiving Holy Communion.
The Trinity

As our Church’s name proclaims, we believe in the Triune God. Based on Holy Scripture, we teach that the one true God (Deut. 6:4) is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Three distinct persons, but of one God. Our Creeds (namely the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds), which we recite in worship, explain our understanding of the Triune God.

God's Word

We believe that the Bible, or the Holy Scriptures, was written by holy men of God by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). God has given the Church His Word so that she may have a foundation of faith. This Word is living and breathing, working faith within those who hear and read it. Through this Word, we learn who God is and encounter Him in powerful ways.

Statements of Faith

At Trinity we profess that we are founded on the principles of the Augsburg Confession, 1530. Almost 500 years ago, a group of reformers published these articles of faith, which we hold to today. They confess the very faith we as believers confess each week in the words of the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creed. We believe these creeds to be a clear summary of the teachings we find in the Holy Bible, which is how God has chosen to reveal Himself most clearly to us so that we may have an eternal relationship with Him.

Our Team

Pastor Spencer Mielke

Jodi Freshour

Director of Early Childood

Pastor Robert Schallhorn

Dawn Fisher

Father Ted Stanley

Stephanie Stanley