History

Our First 60 Years
 

The first 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.

The first 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.

Additional fellowship and educational facilities were constructed in 1968 to serve a congregation that had grown to over 400 baptized members.

Kindergarten classes, originally located at First Lutheran Church, were moved to Trinity in 1964.

A Building 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.

Trinity 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.

A one-acre 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.

Monday 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 had two homes on it.  One served as a home for intrem church workers such as Vicars.  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 and as a space 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.

In 2016 Baton Rouge experienced a devastating flood. Trinity immediately began serving the community by transforming the large house on the S. Harrell's Ferry property into a volunteer camp called Camp Restore Baton Rouge. This ministry connected over 1,500 volunteers with over 250 community members. 

In 2017 Trinity began construction on a new campus at their S. Harrell's Ferry location. This expansion saw a new Sanctuary and preschool being constructed. 

In the summer of 2018, the church and preschool began operating from the Harrell's Ferry campus. In the fall of 2019, Baton Rouge Lutheran School formally changed its name to Trinity Lutheran School and moved its location to the S. Harrell's Ferry Road location.  We currently have 66 children enrolled and deemed the new school year, "A New Beginning"!

Today we look to the future with confidence as we grow and serve through passionate spirituality, loving relationships, and inspired worship.