Trinity’s History
1947 - Trinity Church in the Village of Bloomfield Wisconsin, was founded by Rev. Albert Lorenz from St. John's Lutheran Church in Slade's Corners. The mission congregation met in Mrs. Christine Antemann's garage for seven years. Eventually, the congregation purchased a one room school house from St. Joseph’s Parish in Lyons, WI. The building was put on wheels and transported ten miles, until it found a new home on Clover Road in Pell Lake.
1955- The new building was dedicated on Palm Sunday, April 3, 1955 with 97 worshipers attending the ceremony. After the building was dedicated, Trinity became aligned with St. Paul's Church in Lyons as a two-point parish. The Pastor lived in Lyons but also led worship and confirmation classes at Trinity.
1975- For years, Trinity had served the needs of the community, but in 1975 the synodical “Bishop” concluded that Trinity was not a viable church and therefore would be closed down. The tenacious members of Trinity petitioned the leaders of the LCA (Lutheran Church in America) to provide a full-time pastor to renew the congregation; after prayer and discernment the “Bishop” agreed to send Rev. Donald Behrendt. He became Trinity’s first full-time pastor in 1977 and the congregation began to grow.
1982 -Rev. Brian D. Metke (and Cindy) came as a mission pastor to continue nurturing Trinity’s growth. The average Sunday worship attendance was 67 and the members decided to dig in their heals and grow the congregation.
1984-Trinity embarked upon a building program, but instead of building with bricks and mortar, the congregation began to build members into biblically educated servants of Christ. It was truly a leap of faith when Trinity, a poor mission congregation, invested $2,000 in order to enroll in the Bethel Bible Series. This intensive two-year course became the foundation for Trinity's future growth and development. In the same year, Trinity also began to work alongside St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church to hold lively Vacation Bible School programs for the children of the community.
1985-On Palm Sunday, March 31st, Trinity celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Clover Road location. On that day Trinity became financially self-sufficient with a full-time pastor. The entire budget for 1985 was $32,792.
1988-The Lutheran Church in America merged with other Lutheran denominations to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In the same year, Trinity became a “Tithing Congregation” by pledging 10% of its income to the synod's benevolence, world hunger, and other ministries.
1989- Trinity's average weekly worship attendance reached 130 people. The facilities became so cramped that the church decided to double the size of the building by constructing an addition. A professional fundraiser told the congregation that it would not be able to raise enough money for the project; after hearing that challenge adequate funds were swiftly raised and Trinity paid the building off before the loan was due. Trinity praised God for this awesome blessing.
1990- Trinity entered a new phase of development. The church's three-point goal was to:
1) Provide engaging worship experiences. 2) Focus on adult discipleship. 3) Provide intensive youth programs. Members of Trinity began to participate in the Lay Leadership Movement called Via de Cristo (Cursillo), which continues to be a key experience in Trinity’s spiritual development.
1991- Leaders of Trinity learned that one of the biggest complaints of unchurched people was; “All the church wants is money.” Trinity wanted to reach out to those far from Christ, so they decided to stop passing the plate and began using an offering box for supporters of the congregation. On the third Sunday of the month however, an offering was taken for needy people around the world and in the local community. Because of this special offering, Trinity was honored to be one of the largest givers to Lutheran World Relief in the entire synod. Praise be to God.
1993- Trinity began forming some innovative outreach and discipleship ministries.
- Trinity was instrumental in founding “Teens Encounter Christ in Wisconsin (Bader TEC).”
- “Jubilee,” a traveling troupe of musicians, singers, dancers & puppeteers was developed at Trinity by
Nancy Roth. The group was honored to perform at the Synod assembly and pictured in “The Lutheran
- “The Hobby Shop Program” provided activities for community children during the summers. Members
of Trinity would teach children their favorite hobbies: Baking, guitar, stained glass, knitting, rocketry,
fishing… over 25 hobby shops were taught during each summer.
- Brass bands, string ensembles, worship bands and even a Mariachi group were formed to perform at
church, nursing homes and special community events.
1996- Trinity made a practical change in their worship style and began using video projection for worship services. This was cutting edge technology at the time, but Trinity has always been willing to try new things as long as the Gospel message was lifted up.
1997- Trinity celebrated its 50th anniversary in high style with the Bishop. Along with the fanfare and banquet, members were reminded that Trinity was slated to have its doors closed permanently, but God had other plans for the church. The congregation began to look towards big changes in the near future.
A year after its Jubilee celebration, Trinity began having three worship services on Sunday mornings. With over 100 people in small groups, Trinity began to discuss the possibility of relocating the church site for future growth.
1999- Trinity purchased 23 acres at the intersection of Highway 12 & Pell Lake Drive. With a perfect location for future growth, the vote to relocate was unanimous. The expanding church family was primed to begin a new era in Trinity's history. However, the future looked uncertain for a while, in order to receive a loan, Trinity needed to sell the old building. After one year of being on the market, it still was not sold. Finally, after prospects had completely dried up the congregation had a one-day prayer vigil. Every worshiper prayed at different times throughout a 12hour period. Within 48 hours of the prayer vigil, Trinity received 3 offers and one of the individuals purchased the building and allowed the church to rent the building until Trinity was ready to relocate to their new home. Praise God- what an answer to prayer!
In the midst of an uncertain future, as the congregation waited to sell the building, Trinity was honored as “Best In Class” when it came to making adult disciples in the entire five million member ELCA denomination. Wow, God knew what he was doing when he prevented Trinity’s doors from closing.
2000- Trinity’s staff included the pastor, full time “secretary”, full time youth director, part time lay ministry coordinator, part time janitor, and two keyboard players.
2001-Trinity held its last worship service on December 6th in the old building on Clover Road. A motorcade which included a “Bloomfield” fire truck processed to the new building in order to dedicate the church. On Dec.15th the new building was opened and weekly worship attendance increased overnight.
2003- Trinity branched outward yet again as leaders from the congregation began to lead workshops throughout the synod on innovative ministries that would be of help to other churches: “Making disciples instead of members”, “How to successfully move a church from traditional worship to blended and contemporary worship”, and “How to assimilate new members and develop a Lay Ministry”.
In the same year, Trinity received a “Fast Growing Church Grant,” to help with needed staff. A full time Lay Ministry Director was hired, as well as these part-time positions: Youth Director, Janitor, Receptionist, Parish Coordinator, Christian Ed Director, Director of Discipleship, and two keyboard players.
2004 – Trinity set aside a church member, Gladys Mungo as a full-time missionary in Haiti. Yearly mission teams began to travel to Haiti in order to be a light in this struggling country.
2008 – Trinity had hired a second pastor with great hopes for the future, but suddenly the Great Recession engulfed the country and this pastor, along with several staff members had to be let go. This was a very difficult season in the churches life.
2010 – Trinity became a member of the LCMC denomination. Trinity has always been a “Mission Congregation” at heart, therefore “Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ” was a natural fit.
2011 - Trinity called Joyce Rossen and Tom De Groot into the pastoral ministry, installing them as members of a new pastoral leadership team at Trinity with Reverend Brian D. Metke.
2012 - Trinity reached out to, St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. This wonderful congregation had fallen on hard times, just as Trinity had experienced in the past. Their doors were threatened to be closed. Trinity decided to partner with the congregation for two years and Trinity’s pastoral team served both churches.
As a certified counselor, Pastor Joyce began a Christian counseling practice at Trinity and provided needed help to the community with a sliding fee for those in need.
2012 - Trinity set aside another church member, Holly Okoth (Camalieri) as a full time missionary in Kenya. She married a Kenyan Pastor, Fred Okoth and they host mission teams while encouraging sponsorships for Kenyan children.
2014 - Pastor Tom DeGroot was called to be the solo pastor at St. Johns in Elkhorn and the congregation was back on its feet. Pastor Brian and Pastor Joyce were joined by a full-time youth pastor, Susie Gali who began to help the children’s ministry excel. Cindy Metke became Trinity’s Spiritual Director after being certified through the “Christos Center for Spiritual Formation.”
2015 – Trinity began providing weekly community meals and showing Jesus’ love in practical ways through; PADS for the Homeless, READS training at the local school, Feed my Starving Children and community outreach events.
2017- Trinity welcomed its first seminary student, Dan Doran (Trinity International Seminary) as its Pastoral Intern. The congregation began focusing on the next generation.
Trinity voted unanimously to build an addition which will include a gymnasium, four classrooms and a food pantry. The congregation plans to wear out its building in serving the community. Its goal is to help people make a positive life-changing connection with Jesus Christ.