Trinity Lutheran Church was started in the summer of 1961, when the
Rev. Wayne Koenig was called to canvass the northwest area of
Livonia. On Sunday, November 5, 1961, the first service was
held in Lincoln Elementary School. Over 100 people attended
that first service. On January 21, 1962, this new mission was
first chartered as Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
On June 17, 1962, Pastor Koenig was
installed as first pastor of Holy Trinity. About this time a
building committee was formed and plans were made
to construct a building on the newly purchased
site on Five Mile Road. On October 7, 1962, ground was
officially broken for construction of the first sanctuary and
multi-purpose addition. On November 4, 1962, the cornerstone
was laid. On May 19, 1963, the first church was dedicated.
By April 3, 1966, the growing mission went
off district subsidy and became a self-supporting congregation.
At that time, there were 280 confirmed members and a total of 500
Pastor Koenig accepted a new call in May
1967, and Holy Trinity faced a long vacancy until March 1968, when
the Rev. Fred Balke accepted the call as second Pastor of
Holy Trinity. The need for a second full-time parish worker
was filled by Deaconess Shirley Geyer (1969-1971) and
Deaconess Diana Werlinger (1971-1979). A number of Vicars also
served with Pastor Balke until January 4, 1976, when Rev. James
Spilos was ordained and installed as Assistant Pastor. In
August of that year, Pastor Balke accepted a position with the Adult
Christian Education Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin. Pastor Spilos
served the vacancy. Affiliation with the English Synod of the
new Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) came in
November 1976. The following February, the Rev. Robert
Seltz was called as the third Pastor of Holy Trinity; Pastor
Spilos remained as Associate Pastor until 1993.
Throughout these years, the church’s
ministries continue their expansion. A new, larger sanctuary
was built and dedicated on February 4, 1973. The Tiny Tots
Preschool began operations in 1974, and a new Rodgers
combination pipe/electronic organ was installed in 1985. In
1984, Epiphany Lutheran Church, an LCA congregation in Plymouth,
consolidated with Holy Trinity. Epiphany sold its buildings,
investing the proceeds in a perpetual mission fund. Epiphany’s
40-foot-high triple crosses were installed in front of Holy Trinity
in October 1984 as an enduring symbol and beacon to the community.
On January 1, 1988, Holy Trinity became a member of the
newly formed Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a
merger of the ALC, LCA, and AELC. Additional staff, some lay,
some ordained, served through the 1990s, a continued period of
growth and expansion. New classrooms, fellowship hall, and
office wing were built, with dedication celebrations in July 1997.
The Rev. Dennis Bux was installed as Senior Associate Pastor
in November, 1994, and then later as Senior Pastor prior to Pastor
Seltz’ retirement in 1997. The Rev. Joel Brandt was
called as Associate Pastor in April 1999. Pastor Bux resigned
in February 2000, and in November the congregation called the
Rev. Linda Golden as Interim Associate Pastor.
On August 11, 2002 Holy Trinity called
Rev. Joel Brandt and Rev. Linda Golden as a Pastoral
Ministry Team. As a formal structure, the Pastoral Ministry
Team is a new concept at Holy Trinity; neither is Senior Pastor,
neither is Associate or Assistant. But this is not new in
practice to Holy Trinity, as Pastors, other staff and lay leaders
have worked as a team for many years.
August 2007 brought changes to our pastoral
leadership when Pastor Brandt accepted a new call. In December
2007, Rev. Kurt Fangmeier was called as Transitional Pastor.
The Congregation extended a call to Pastor Golden in May 2009 to
serve as Senior Pastor and she was installed in September 2009.
Pastor Fangmeier accepted a call in November 2009. Rev.
Michelle Werner was called as Associate Pastor in January 2011.
Pastor Werner took a leave of call in June 2014 to become a full
In 50 years, the congregation has
experienced growth, change, challenge and faithful witness to
Christ. We pray for continued faithfulness for many years to come.