A detailed history of our first 100 years.
Our Church's Constitution
Time Line

1899        Small group of Lutherans from Germany met and establish a new church.  Worshipped in Methodist Episcopal
Church of Derby.  Sunday school started October 15th .  Mr. C. Schultz, first superintendent.

1900        Congregation took the name of Trinity Lutheran Church; in German, Dreieinigkeits.

1901        Lutheran services held in Baptist Church in Shelton.  On March 28 Ladies Aid was formed.

1903        First communion vessels purchasedchalice and flagonwhich cost the Ladies Aid $9.75

1906        Church site purchased on Howe Avenue from Ousatonic Water Co.

1911        Construction of church building begun and finished in six months.  Dedicated on October 1, 1911.

1938        Organ rebuiltrededicated on December 18.

1939        Held first service in English.

1948        Church building moved to present location to make room for Route 8.   

1950        Sacristy and kitchen added.  Dedication of renovated church held May 21.

1964        Parsonage purchased in June.  First full time pastor calledthe Reverend Peter G. Drever, Jr.on July 1.  Last
German service was held on Good Friday.

1969        Construction began on new Education Building.

1970        Dedication of New Education Building in April during pastorate of Rev. Daun McKee.

1975        Food Cupboard established to help those who lost jobs due to fire bombing of the Sponge Rubber Co.

1976        Mortgages burnedEducation Building Sept. 23; Parsonage Dec. 19.

1978        Restoration of Worship area began.  Sunnyside school was site of worship for three months.  Organ was rebuilt.  
Ordination of Henry Pawlukfirst minister from the congregation.

1979        New Lutheran Book of Worship introduced.

1980        First Laotion family sponsored. Restoration loans paid.

1984        Another property renewal project begunvinyl siding, energy saving measures including heating system changes,
parking lot, and repairs to the parsonage.  New Baptismal Font given by the Ruppels on their 50th wedding anniversary.  Lay
visiting with Communion to homebound initiated.

1986        Bibles added to pew racks. Suppers for the homeless were started and still continue.

1988        Endowment Fund established.  Lutheran Men in Mission formed.

1990        Renovations to the church basement begana gift from the estate of Clarence Nordstrom.

1991        Called our first female pastorElizabeth H. Mayforth-Pudimat.  Nordstrom Hall dedicated.

1997        Sound system installedChimes dedicated in memory of Elsa Brandenburg.

1998        Spent in search of a pastor and preparing for our 100th anniversary.

1999        Reverend Hans Haspel-Schonfield called as our pastor.

2003        Reverend Jack Whritenour called as pastor in August.

2006        Building improvements undertaken in the sanctuary; a new paint job and a new hardwood floor installed

2010        Altar window
renovated by The Glass Source of Shelton, CT

The Pastors of this Congregation

Pastor Paul Lemke                                    1899-1903

Pastor Otto Heydenreich                           1903-1905

Pastor Otto Konrad                                   1906-1911

Pastor Herman Hunziger                           1911-1923

Pastor Herman Stippich                             1923-1934

Pastor Paul Roediger                                1934-1937

Pastor Otto Borchert                                 1937-1964

Pastor Peter G. Drever, Jr.                        1964-1969

Pastor Daun E. McKee                              1969-1972

Pastor Donald A. Williams                          1973-1982

Pastor David W. Rinas                               1983-1989

Pastor Elizabeth H. Mayforth-Pudimat        1991-1997

Pastor Hans Haspel-Schoenfeld                 1999-2001

Pastor Jack Whritenour                              2003-present
Martin Luther's Seal
183 Howe Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 924-4128