Below you'll find a brief overview of the ongoing story of this congregation. You can see large, high resolution versions of all the photos below and many more, as well as numerous historical documents, by going to our Flickr account: Trinity Flickr
You can also learn more about our past in this historical record compiled by our Treasurer and Historian, Waldo Reibus: A Brief History of Trinity
In April 1885, several parishioners seceded from St. Paul's German Lutheran Church, located on Henry Street near Third Place (619 Henry Street), because of the manner in which the Rev. John Huppenbauer performed his clerical duties. They quickly started a Sunday School and in September a meeting was held to organize a new church. On January 19, 1886 some fifteen men began a new Lutheran congregation in the South Brooklyn area, beginning with a hall on Columbia Street. Later under the leadership of the Rev. George Koenig they purchased a church building at Kane Street and Tompkins Place. Eventually the congregation settled in at 249 DeGraw Street.
In the early 1920's the continuing movement of people within the city drew a large number of Trinity's members to the Fort Hamilton section of Brooklyn. In the 1930's the congregation developed further in Fort Hamilton with a site on 94th Street.
Construction of 91st Building
Dedication on June 25, 1950
Trinity congregation continued also at the DeGraw Street location under Pastor Raymond Koster.
Pastor Koster with Sunday School Class
In 1966, Trinity closed the church at DeGraw Street. Pastor Koster moved to the 91st building and remodeled the interior to include the many Christian symbols and decorations which richly adorn the interior structure today. Pastor Koster served the parish until his retirement in 1989.
Now Trinity is served by the Reverend Wade A. Miller as we begin our next 125 years. Thanks be to God!