Welcome To The Campus Ministry Page of Trinity Lutheran Church and Student Center

Ministering to Drake, DMACC, and Des Moines University students

Welcome to 2013-2014

Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church and Student Center. We are located on the northwest corner of 32nd and University—just a few blocks from Drake.

Lutheran Student Fellowship (LSF): Trinity has an active outreach to college students at Drake University, DMACC, and Des Moines University. Just last spring a Lutheran Student Fellowship (LSF) student organization was established at Drake University. Students from DMACC and Des Moines University are more than welcome to be involved in this organization as well. LSF’s mission is to foster spiritual growth through sound teaching & searching of the Holy Scriptures. Through such diligent work students will become better equipped to face the everyday challenges of college life. Combine this with faithful attendance of the Divine Service, where students receive God’s Word & Sacraments, and they, God willing, will be led by the Holy Spirit to profess this wonderful Gospel truth throughout their campus life.

Bible Study
And opening His mouth [Jesus] began to teach them(Matthew 5:2) He saw a great multitude, and He felt compassion for them because they like sheep without a shepherd; and He [Jesus] began to teach them many things (Mark 6:34)

And He [Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again(Mark 8:31)

This semester’s Bible study we will venture into a casual reading on the importance of teaching. The material compares and contrasts God’s definition with the popular secular definitions (public opinions) of faith, Word, sin, etc. These proper definitions will give us a clear understanding of the precious saving faith God has given us, all focused on the bitter suffering, the bloody death, and the victorious resurrection of our blessed Savior Jesus!

We truly hope to see you at the Divine Service and, if you can make it, any of the other functions

Worship Service

WORSHIP SERVICE TIME (God serves us!):
Opportunites TO BE Served – Trinity Lutheran Church has a morning Divine Services. at 10:00am on Sundays with Bible study at 8:45am. Holy Communion is served the 1st and 3rd Sundays.

Additionally during Advent and Lent: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.

College student Bible study: The vicar leads the campus students into a deeper understanding of Holy Scripture through studies that will intrigue them and equip them for campus life. See Bible Study for current enrichment.

Opportunities to serve
The students at Trinity have found many ways to get involved in congregational life displaying a faith toward God and love toward one another.

Here are just a few possibilities:
Greeter or Usher for Sunday morning Divine Services
Adult Choir
Musical ensembles (e.g., bell choir, piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet,etc.)
Youth ministry volunteers (Help out with different Jr. High & HighSchool youth activities)
Teaching children’s Sunday school classes
Peer ministry team
Servant projects (each semester LSF will try to perform at least oneservant project where we reach
out to those in need. If we can do more than onethen we’ll move ahead and do it!)

If you would like more information about Trinity’s music ministry, please contact Debbie Bennett, the music director. The choir meets every Wednesday night at 6:30pm during the school year.

Meet our team
Trinity is blessed to have an active campus ministry team that includes a full-time campus ministry vicar (pastoral ministry intern), campus board (Trinity members who care about you), and peer ministry team (some of your fellow Lutheran students). Here are some brief bio notes on some of our leaders:

Vicar Timothy Anderson
Tel: 279-3609 ext 11

Timothy Anderson

I was born on March 13th 1987, to Danny and Nancy Anderson. I was raised on Long Island, New York and lived in a number of towns in the Long Island area. Growing up I got to know Long Island well, as my Grandfather owned a moving company that I worked for every summer. In 2005 when I graduated High School, I enrolled at Concordia College New York in their Pre-Seminary program. While at Concordia I studied Christian Doctrine and Digital Film Making. In 2009 the National Lutheran Fraternity, Beta Sigma Psi, offered me a one-year position on their staff. I moved to St. Louis to work out of their main office and ended up living around the Corner from Concordia Seminary. As the year continued, I felt the guidance of the Lord and His church continuing to lead me to the Seminary. So in 2010 I started studying for the ministry at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and this past May I received my vicarage placement to serve here at Trinity.

Most of my family still lives in New York including my mother Nancy, my brother Daniel and my Grandparents Morton and Marianne. It was my grandfather who raised me as an avid New York Mets fan; and my brother who got me interested in Science fiction, From Star Wars to Doctor Who

I am looking forward to serving you this year at Trinity, getting to know the students of Drake, and enjoying my time here in Des Moines. Go Bulldogs!


Beverly Wadle
Office Manager

I was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, raised near Rockwell City and graduated from The American Institute of Business (AIB). After spending nine years at home with my family, I became the Church Secretary/Office Manager at Trinity, in 1991.

My family have been members of Trinity since 1980, and have been involved in the Sunday School, Midweek Education Programs, Youth Ministries, the Nursery Program, the local Aid Association for Lutherans Branch, (AAL) and other areas of Family Ministry. Husband, Barry, and I have six children and two granddaughter. We live in Mitchellville, Iowa.

Doug Coats, Campus Ministry Board
I grew up in Le Mars, IA. Currently, I am a marketing specialist for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. I am an Iowa Hawkeye and Drake Bulldog fan as well as an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Drake University.


Let’s face it. There comes a time when you have to get serious about study. The Library is a good place but may be too crowded. Your room would be great but your roommate is testing the decibel limit of their sound system.

Almost every college student soon finds the nooks and crannies of campus where they can go for the solitude necessary for study. Trinity offers a multitude of nooks and crannies. Located nearby are a fully equipped kitchen, a TV and a large open space for larger study groups or recreation.

Call the church office and talk to Bev about making arrangements to try out the church for your study location. Works great for groups too! You can reach Bev at 279-3609 Monday through Friday between 10:30a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Trinity Lutheran Church was established in 1902. It was the first Des Moines congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. It’s nearest sister congregation was Christ Lutheran Church located in Bouton over 35 miles to the north west with whom it shared a pastor.

Trinity’s first permanent building site was located at the intersection of 7th & University. The building is still standing and being used as a church facility. In the 1950’s, Trinity erected a new facility on its present site at 32nd & University which at the time was considered the western part of Des Moines. Located in a growing part of the city and in the heart of the Drake Campus community Trinity quickly outgrew its building and in 1963 added a new sanctuary to its facility. The old sanctuary was converted into a multipurpose gymnasium.

Trinity has always been a diverse congregation drawing people from all parts of the city and the distant suburbs. In addition to serving various geography’s, it also serves a variety of people. God has blessed Trinity with its location in relationship to Drake University. It is literally surrounded by the college and college related endeavors. Hundreds of students have called Trinity their church home over the last 5 decades. Many remain here in Des Moines after graduation and continue to be part of God’s family at Trinity. Trinity campus ministry alum’s can be found scattered throughout the world.

Trinity began a ministry to South East Asians and other refugees in the 1980’s. It has been extremely active in helping people fleeing disaster, persecution or tyranny in making a new start in Des Moines. In 1990 the congregation hired its first full time SE Asian worker. God opened another ethnic ministry up to Trinity in 1993 when the congregation responded to the need of people from Sudan. A Sudanese worker was hired to serve the congregation in 1994. Each Sunday, worship services are celebrated in English, Laotian, and in Nuer the language of the Sudanese.

Many other ministries exist at Trinity serving our youth, our elderly, our families, and our community.

Trinity is the mother congregation of all Lutheran (LCMS) churches in Des Moines and continues to serve as a focal point for area Lutherans.


Weekend Activities:
As LSF we gather as students every other weekend (Friday or Saturdaynight) to simply hang out and build relationships that willlast throughout your college life and hopefully beyond. We do this to give you an opportunity to do something other than what usualy makes up the campus life style. Activities include getting a malt and wathcing a movie; going bowling; attending sporting events; playing board/card games; ice skating, etc.. Please reference the calander to see what activities are scheduled for the current month.
Table Talk:
Since we gather every other week for activities, when there isn’t an activity scheduled for the weekend the vicar will meet with the students for what is called Table Talk. This is simply a time to get together eat and talk about any subject matter. Granted, we always humble ourselves to what the Holy Scriptures & our Lutheran Confessions say; this way if there are any questions on how to handle a certain topic we write down our thoughts, the vicar conducts some research and then we conform to what Scripture says where needed. As mentioned above Table Talk will take place on Thursday’s @ 6:00pm, but only when there is not an activity scheduled for that weekend. So as not to get tired of the same food we can meet at Spikes or Olmsted. Please reference the calendar to see when and where these will be conducted.