On August 28, 1928, 49 Scandinavian Lutherans met and organized Trinity Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee.
For the first 15 years of its existence, the congregation worshiped Sunday afternoons at St. Luke’s Church, then located at Eighth and Madison avenues. Sunday school and organizational meetings were held at the homes of church members.
In 1944, the church purchased the Odd Fellows Hall at Sixth and Milwaukee avenues, and renovated it for church purposes.
Trinity Lutheran Church moved to its present location at Fifth and Marshall avenues in 1960. In 1968, a new educational building was added.
The church was served by visiting pastors from Racine and Bay View until 1954, when our first resident pastor, Rev. John R. Refsell, joined Trinity. Rev. Richard J. S. Vordale succeeded Rev. Refsell in 1959 and served until 1983. He was succeeded by Rev. James Niederloh in 1983, serving the congregation until his retirement in 1996.
Senior Pastor Rev. Bill Mains served Trinity from 1997 until his retirement in 2017. Trinity’s current pastor, Rev. Denise M.H. Mbise, was installed in October of 2018.
We are part of Christ's church.
There is a place for you here.
We are a church that seeks to live out a daring confidence in God's grace. Our faith frees us to become the people God has called us to be in our creation and in our baptism. We welcome you with all your questions and complexities as we journey together in our faith. We invite you to join us as we seek to do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.