Church History

In 1926, Rev. Oliver R. Harms, a recent graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, accepted a request to come to San Angelo, TX to help a small group of dedicated Lutherans establish a congregation. Ten people attended the first service, held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lott at 1221 West Harris, in September of 1926. Trinity Lutheran Congregation was formally founded on January 2, 1927 and the first house of worship was dedicated on September 7, 1929 at Kenwood Drive and Avenue I.

The congregation grew steadily during the 1930's and 1940's, and God blessed them richly
through the hard years of WWII. Dedicated men and women of faith and foresight worked hard to supply the physical needs of the growing church family, and in August 1948 a new building was completed to meet the growing congregation's need for education facilities.

By 1981, Trinity had outgrown its longtime home on Kenwood and Avenue I. Soon, relocation plans resulted in the purchase of land on Loop 306, groundbreaking for a new building, and a move to the church's current location at 3536 YMCA Drive (Since renamed Lutheran Way).

In the fall of 1951, the Board of Education established a kindergarten for children of the
congregation. Each succeeding year a grade was added to the new school, and today, Trinity Lutheran School successfully provides quality, Christian education for children in kindergarten through ninth grade with plans to expand up to twelfth grade in the coming years. It was also in 1951 that a new school building was dedicated. It was a landmark at the corner of Kenwood and Avenue J until the mid 1990's when the school moved to join the church at its present location just off of Sunset on YMCA Drive. The Early Childhood Center, adjacent to the school, is known throughout the community as the place to send children for Christian care.

Today, by God's grace, Trinity Lutheran Church is blessed to celebrate over 90 years of faithful service by the Lord in ministry and Christian education to the San Angelo community. May the Lord continue to bless us as He forgives our sins and prepares us for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

To God alone be the glory.