Welcome To “The Information Class Page” of Trinity Lutheran Church


Trinity Lutheran Church is:

  • a member congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
  • a congregation built on God’s Word
  • a congregation which celebrates the Good News of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ, as proclaimed in that Word
  • a congregation which is multi-ethnic and multilingual, rejoicing in the rich cultural diversity of God’s family
  • a congregation which welcomes college students and encourages them to take an active part in our parish life
  • a congregation in mission to the communities of central Des Moines, to the various places where we live, work and study; and to all the world

Would you like to become a member
of Trinity Lutheran Church

If you are a communicant member of a Lutheran congregation and have moved into our area, we can request a letter of transfer from your home or previous congregation. trinitylc@aol.com

If you are not a Lutheran, we invite you to attend our Information Class. This eight week course is a basic introduction to the Christian life, with emphasis on the witness of the Lutheran Church. Upon completion of this course, you are welcome to become a member of Trinity Congregation through Baptism or (if you are already baptized,) or the rite of Confirmation.

Please speak to the Pastor about Baptism or Confirmation for your minor children.

Trinity’s History

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 a Southern Sudanese tribe.

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.