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Rev. Stephen C. “Steve” Lee, B.A., M. Div., an experienced missionary and church planter and developer, is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s new pastor. Pastor Lee is a former California law enforcement officer who says, “My standard Lutheran joke is that my first career was in the law and my second is in the Gospel!”
 
Pastor Steve left law enforcement in 1988 to enter Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated in 1992. He has since served as a missionary, church planter and pastor, and law enforcement chaplain. As a chaplain, he was Executive Director of Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. (POM), a non-profit 501c3 law enforcement chaplaincy he founded in 1996 (www.peaceofficerministries.org).  In his role as a chaplain, Pastor Steve has ministered on-scene to both victims and emergency workers at major national and international crises including the Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and Aurora CO theater shootings, 9/11 Ground Zero, Hurricane Katrina, Joplin MO F5 tornado, California wildfires, Samoa tsunami and the Haiti earthquake. He chaplained the team that recovered the steel-beam cross at Ground Zero, now being preserved as part of the Ground Zero Memorial. He has produced and distributed 35,000 copies of “God’s Word for Peace Officers,” a special edition Bible for law enforcement, and has written a book for officers, “Backup on the Beat.”He also teaches an annual law enforcement chaplaincy course he developed at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
In his role as church planter, Pastor Steve helped start Aboite Lutheran Church and New Life Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and he also started Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been married for over 38 years to “my wonderful and lovely wife” Elaine. In addition to helping Pastor Steve with various ministries over the years, she has worked for various organizations including Focus on the Family.She loves singing, Bible study and worship with God’s people. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Pastor Lee says, “I am very excited to join the friendly folks at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church as we follow the Lord in growing our church family. I really like the warm and welcoming spirit of the people here, and I look forward to the great things God is going to do here in the days ahead. We all have a great spiritual need for Jesus Christ and the answers He brings us through God’s Word, the Bible. He has brought answers, help and comfort in my own life. I have lived in many places and seen a lot…including much tragedy and evil.

 I protected and served victims in my law enforcement days. As a chaplain at Ground Zero, I knelt and prayed by the side of a FDNY firefighter who was searching for his dead firefighter father, killed on 9/11. I have witnessed devastation on a grand scale, like the Haiti earthquake, and on a private and personal scale, such as a friend’s painful divorce. I have survived many close calls in life. My wife and I have survived 38 years of marriage and are still in love today, not because we are better than anybody else, but because of the Lord. He has given us everything we need in an imperfect world, including peace, faith, hope and love. My heart’s deepest desire is to share our hope and strength—the hope and strength found only in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—with our hurting world. That is my purpose in life. That is my passion…Come grow with us!” To view my photo gallery of my history as a police officer and a law enforcement chaplain, click here
 
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is a warm and friendly fellowship of believers who are faithful to the Bible and focused on Jesus Christ. Our goal is to live out the love of God in Christ, and reach out to others with His love. We preach and teach inspirational and practical guidance for faith and life, and seek to provide the best in both traditional and contemporary ministry and worship, based always on the Word of God and the mission of Christ. We are a congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, a two and one half million-member church body founded on the Reformation principle of “Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone.” 

Do you have musical talent or other Christian ministry gifts? We invite those interested in using their God-given gifts to join us! 
Contact Pastor Stephen "Steve" Lee for information. 


 Elaine Lee, Administrative Assistant and First Lady

"I was born in Southern California, and I met Pastor Steve in college.  We married in 1977, and I am mother to 4 children and 5 grandchildren.  I love to sing and attend Bible study.  I have been the church secretary since January 2014."




President and Elder Richard Madal

Elders

                            
     Jack Karnia, Head Elder                Devin Andrews, Elder                      
Marty Ryan, Elder Emeritus               

(An Elder in the Lutheran Church is a position of lay-service, concerned with the temporal and administrative affair of the congregation.  They are also assigned to assist the pastor in the sacraments (the Eucharist and Baptism). In the Eucharist, the Elder may assist in the distribution. In Baptism, the Elder may hold the water or assist the pastor in other ways. Generally, an elder is not permitted to consecrate the bread and wine in the Eucharist,  as these acts are usually reserved for the pastor.)


Organists

         
                      Karen Lindemann

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