Climbing your way to the top is exhausting.
It’s time to stop. It's time to rest.
At Trinity Lutheran we believe there’s no way to know or enjoy God by climbing the stairs of your own morals, obedience, or efforts. Instead, we teach that the good news of Jesus Christ restores our hearts to both know and enjoy God in every area of life. From him come true peace, faithful obedience, and spiritual rest.
We’d love to tell you more. Please visit us — and start resting.
Worship with us on Saturdays at 5:30pm,
Sundays at 8:15 and 10:45am,
and Mondays at 6:30pm
What to Expect at Trinity
We strive for worship that is more more timeless than traditional, more diverse than contemporary
Our services typically last about an hour. We’ll work hard to make sure you feel welcome. But we’ll also tell it like it is—helping you come face to face with your living and loving God.
The focus will always be Jesus and the Bible. To make that happen, we are a church that follows an order of service—a liturgy. In the message and sacramental meal, in specially selected Bible readings, and in carefully crafted songs, prayers, and creeds, the liturgy proclaims the good news about Jesus from start to finish.
We work to keep the entire body together
We seek to enfold young people into the life of the entire church and encourage them to participate in worship with the whole body of Christ. Children can learn about God next to the people who play the most important role in their formation as people—their parents.
For your convenience, we have a nursery where you can take your children if they need a moment.
Several of our members have small children—we love hearing the sound of those little ones echoing inside the walls of our church.
We gather an offering, but we don’t require that you donate any money
The members of Trinity Lutheran have joined together to support the Lord’s work in this community and around the world. The offering is their way of contributing to the financial needs of that work. Without it we would not be able to continue our work in Waukesha.
So, while an offering plate will be passed, no one here expects our guests and visitors to donate money unless they wish to.
We often celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and we’ll politely ask you to abstain — for now
About every other Sunday we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This sacramental meal is an expression of unity, agreement, and spiritual intimacy between the people who have committed themselves to membership in this church body. That’s why we ask guests and visitors not to participate — yet. We sincerely desire that all who come to us will eventually join us in the privileges and responsibilities of membership. We also understand that no one can make that kind of commitment without proper instruction. To help people along that path of commitment we offer instructional classes that, upon completion, open the door to full membership in the congregation and participation in the Lord’s Supper.
We are theologically conservative Lutherans
The Lutheran Church traces its history to a man named Martin Luther, a church reformer who lived primarily in the 16th century. That was a long time ago, but his work has influenced churches ever since that time.
Our church is set firmly in the Lutheran tradition. Though not all Lutherans are similar, we are among the theologically conservative, which means we reflect what the Bible teaches with Lutheran theological emphasis.
We believe that people are born sinful, in other words people can’t help but do wrong and need to be rescued from sin and wrongdoing. Jesus is that rescuer. He is given to us by God’s undeserved love. We come to know him through the Bible. We are saved only by faith in him.
Where to Find Us
Pastor Aaron Christie
Administrative Pastor, Worship, School, and Youth
Pastor Aaron Christie was born in Bay City, MI. He accepted the call to be Trinity’s third pastor in the summer of 2010. He currently works in the areas of administration, worship, school, and youth. He serves our synod-at-large as a member of the WELS Hymnal Committee and the WELS Commission on Worship. He and his wife Kristin live in Waukesha with their children Karl, Peter, and Anna.
Pastor Lawrence Gates
Pastor Gates was born in Kenosha County in 1952. He attended the public schools of that area. In 1970 he graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Navy working in submarines. In 1976 He began his ministry training. He graduated the seminary in 1984. He served churches in Illinois and Wisconsin before arriving at Trinity in 1995. He and his wife Kathy have five children and two grandchildren.
Pastor Scott Oelhafen
Pastor of Outreach and Spiritual Nurture
Pastor Scott Oelhafen, a third-generation WELS pastor, grew up in Flint, Michigan. After graduation in 1994, he was called to lead community outreach efforts at Trinity. He serves on the SEW District Evangelism Commission, National Campus Ministry Committee, & college ministry at Carroll University. He and his wife Christine live in Waukesha with their three college-aged kids: Stephen, Katherine, and Hannah. He enjoys travel, technology, and basketball.
Pastor Phil Gurgel
Pastor Gurgel serves as Trinity's pastor of Hispanic Outreach. Previously, he had served as a student pastor in Mexico and Florida, and as an ordained pastor in Florida and Delaware. He and his wife Christa live in Waukesha with their son Theophilus. He is happy to serve you and help you mature in your christian faith.