Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
292 Orange Street
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 292 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 787-6521 x
Fax 203-776-7915
E-mail pastor@trinitylutherannh.org
Web and Social Media
Trinity Lutheran Church
Mission
The purpose of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is to witness for Christ by uniting all people in a common bond of Christian fellowship through worship, hospitality, service, concern, and evangelism and to keep our hearts open to new possibilities.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1865
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Ryan Mills
Board Chair Debra Cakal
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission The purpose of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is to witness for Christ by uniting all people in a common bond of Christian fellowship through worship, hospitality, service, concern, and evangelism and to keep our hearts open to new possibilities.
Background Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is the oldest Lutheran church in Connecticut, a historic building and community that continues to be a place of faith, love, and service for all in our community.  Originally founded by German-speaking immigrants to New Haven and meeting in the rooms over a storefront, the present historic building was purchased by the church in 1870.  With thousands of worshippers, mostly drawn from the factories in New Haven, Trinity was the center of German life in New Haven from the 1880s through the 1950s.  While other congregations fled New Haven during the tumult of the 1960s, Trinity stayed downtown and opened its doors to minister to all, reflecting the diversity of the city.  From multiple services and thousands of members in the 1950s, Trinity now counts 60 worshippers each week from every background, race, and ethnicity, and hundreds more each week in an extended community of all those who make use of the church as a community meeting space and place for serving others.  
Impact
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church serves as a vital part of the Greater New Haven community, and our impact spreads from our corner at Orange and Wall Streets across our neighborhood to Greater New Haven.
 
In the past several years, Trinity has continued its tradition of neighborhood hospitality, evangelical outreach, and community service.  Trinity continues a long tradition of serving as a meeting space for dozens of community groups.  Twelve-step groups, support groups, ministries with homeless persons, the Educational Center for the Arts, and Yale's Baroque Opera and Institute for Sacred Music all utilized our space regularly.  Reaching out to our community's spiritual needs, Trinity hosted a free exhibit for the community, "The Passion and the Shroud," exhibiting a replica of the famous Shroud of Turin, drawing hundreds of pilgrims from all over Connecticut, and continued our innovative sidewalk Ash Wednesday services.  Trinity hosted various youth groups from around New England looking for an immersive experience serving others in an urban environment.  We continue our partnerships with organizations across New Haven and across the world, feeding the hungry in our city, educating children in the developing world, visiting the sick and elderly in our community, caring for the human needs of seafarers in the Port of New New Haven, and being known as a beacon of hope in New Haven.  
 
In the 151st year of the Congregation, we look forward to continuing our mission and ministry in New Haven.  2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, and will be celebrated by Trinity hosting the Yale Schola Cantorum for a Bach concert, a public forum on closer Lutheran and Roman Catholic relationships, and a major restoration of our historic tower and steeple.   
 
Needs
We are in need of financial partnerships and/or named gifts towards the restoration of our historic steeple, a landmark in the New Haven skyline. The tower and steeple are in need of about $200,000 of restoration work, to be undertaken in late 2017.  
We are in need of continued maintenance and restoration of our historic Cassavant organ that will allow the organ to continue to support worship and sacred music in downtown New Haven.                          
We are interested in working with experts in fundraising and public relations, who can help us better connect with donors in New Haven around the positive impact we have within our community.  
 
CEO Statement
Trinity Lutheran Church is a unique Christian congregation with a heart for faith in God and love for others, located in the heart of New Haven since 1865.  Trinity has a long 150-year history of deep involvement with our neighborhood and city that continues today.  From our famous lunchtime forums and Strawberry Festivals of days gone by, to our current hosting of dozens of community, arts, religious, and educational groups, Trinity provides a vital community space at the heart of our city.  
Our congregation continues its outward focus on serving others, even as we exist as a diverse community of people from every background imaginable united by a common faith and mission in our community.  I often tell people, "If you want to worship next to professors and homeless people, longtime New Haveners and new immigrants, people from Newhalville and Guilford, people who will pray with you but in their own language, Trinity Lutheran might be the place for you."
Trinity's doors are open, and we are excited to build relationships and partnerships with all our neighbors in Greater New Haven as we continue our mission over the next 150 years.  
Board Chair Statement

I was only 13 when my family became members of Trinity in 1966. While some might be impressed by my 49 years of membership, it is shorter than that of several current members of our congregation, and represents only a small piece in the 150 year history of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Trinity has gone through several evolutions during its 150 history. Founded as a small neighborhood church by local German immigrants in 1865, it grew into a thriving congregation in the 1940’s and 50’s with a local membership. In the 60’s and 70’s the church’s membership changed as many members moved out of New Haven to the local suburbs. In the 70’s and 80’s Trinity’s membership waned as many members and their families moved further away from New Haven and transferred their membership to local “neighborhood” churches. Recently the membership at Trinity has stabilized and is composed of a mixture of urban (New Haven) dwellers and sub-urban members like myself.

Trinity has always had a strong sense of mission. From its founding up through the 1950’s the mission was almost exclusively an inward looking mission focusing its energies and resources on programs to benefit the members. In the late 50’s the mission began looking outward through an evangelical outreach program called “Fishermen” which made home visits to visiting parishioners. In the 1960’s Rev. Frederick Auman who served Trinity from 1968-74 was a driving force in the initial formation of Hospice and the Downtown Cooperative Ministry. Trinity also hosted monthly “Downtowner’s Luncheons”, which attracted local businessmen (sorry – but in the 60’s it was businessmen) for what we would today call a “Lunch & Learn” program.

Today, nearly all of Trinity’s mission is outward looking. Trinity is beginning its 13th year as the host for “Agape Homeless Ministry” and serves as the meeting place for multiple Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotic Anonymous and other self-help groups. Trinity has served as a classroom for ACES – Educational Center for the Arts, and the Yale School of Music. Trinity has also served as a performance location for several local music groups including the New Haven Chorale and the Yale Baroque Opera Project. We have also served as a host location for the Connecticut District of the National Council Auditions Program, sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera.

Going forward Trinity faces challenges that are not uncommon in most urban churches.

It is a struggle for most “downtown” churches to maintain an active membership. Many parishioners find it much more convenient to worship at local churches closer to home. Downtown churches like Trinity, while working to retain suburban members, also need to provide a place of worship that welcomes our “neighbors” including students from local colleges who make Trinity their “home” congregation for their time in New Haven.

The other struggle for Trinity is money/finances. It is difficult for Trinity to keep the books balanced relying only on member contributions and we depend on endowment funds which were bequeathed to Trinity by generous members.

This year, 2015, will mark the 150th anniversary of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Haven. As we begin to celebrate our sesquicentennial we look forward to a continuation and, where possible, expansion of our mission to our local New Haven community.

--Fred Sundermann, Church Council President, Trinity Lutheran Church
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Religion- Related / Protestant
Areas Served
New Haven
West Haven
Bethany
East Haven
Guilford
Woodbridge
North Haven
Hamden
Wallingford
International
Located in downtown New Haven at the corner of Orange and Wall Streets, Trinity draws worshipers and participants in our congregation's life from our immediate neighborhood, every neighborhood of New Haven, and the suburbs of Greater New Haven including West Haven, Bethany, Easy Haven, Guilford, Woodbridge, North Haven, Hamden, Wallingford, and through a large network of former worshipers and Internet friends, into every corner of the world.   
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Trinity Lutheran Church is a unique Christian congregation with a heart for faith in God and love for others, located in the heart of New Haven since 1865. Trinity has a long 150-year history of deep involvement with our neighborhood and city that continues today. From our famous lunchtime forums and Strawberry Festivals of days gone by, to our current hosting of dozens of community, arts, religious, and educational groups, Trinity provides a vital community space at the heart of our city.
Our congregation continues its outward focus on serving others, even as we exist as a diverse community of people from every background imaginable united by a common faith and mission in our community. I often tell people, "If you want to worship next to professors and homeless people, longtime New Haveners and new immigrants, people from Newhalville and Guilford, people who will pray with you but in their own language, Trinity Lutheran might be the place for you."
Trinity's doors are open, and we are excited to build relationships and partnerships with all our neighbors in Greater New Haven as we continue our mission over the next 150 years.
Programs
Description Bi-Weekly offering of traditional Lutheran worship services, with ordained Lutheran pastor, professional organist and choir director, in the beautiful sacred setting of the church.  
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Short term success will be measured by an increased average weekly worship attendance, from 63 to 68 per week.  
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. As Christians, worship makes us who we are.  Our goal continues to be excellence in preaching, sacred music, liturgy, and increased participation across different populations and in number of attendees.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Continual assessment by the church's Worship and Music Committee.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. For 150 years Trinity has stewarded Word and Sacrament in the heart of New Haven.  Our most recent successes have consisted of an increased number of affirmation of baptisms, infant baptisms, and inquirers at Trinity which has increased the number of new worshipers by over a dozen in the last year.  
Description At the heart of our congregation is the formation of children and young adults in the narrative of the Christian faith, helping them see themselves caught up in the story of God's love for the world, and how they can embody that in their daily lives.  From Pre-K through high school, through celebrating milestones and with age-appropriate materials, curriculum, service, and mentoring relationships, Christian education is a key element to our congregational life.   
Population Served / /
Description Partnering with NYC-based Seafarers and International House, we help provide pastoral care and religious services for seafarers onboard ships in New Haven harbor.  Far from home, and mostly unable to step foot on dry-land due to visa restrictions, we provide listening ears, internet/phone access, and religious services as requested.       
Population Served / /
Description Occupying 1/4 of a city block, Trinity has significant meeting space that we make available to community groups from across the city--everything from girl scouts and choirs to 12-step groups and homeless ministries make use of our facility, which is open by arrangement 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The capital costs for heating, repairing, and insuring such a "community center" continue to be a challenge, but we are committed to being a space for the larger community.   
Population Served / /
Description A professionally-managed fund, with the goal of capital preservation and conservative growth, aimed at the long-term capital/plant/infrastructure needs to preserve and maintain Trinity Lutheran Church.  These funds are generally not accessed or spent, except by committee and congregational approval to balance annual budgets and/or pay for major capital works necessary for the preservation and utility of the church building.  
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. In the last several years we have minimized withdrawls from this fund, thus preserving capital for the long-term needs of our historic building.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. In FY 2014, we withdrew only $8,169 from this fund to balance our yearly budget.  
CEO/Executive Director
Rev. Ryan Mills
Term Start Nov 2010
Email pastor@trinitylutherannh.org
Experience

Professional

Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, New Haven, CT 2010-Present

Pastor, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dallas, TX  2006-2010

Vicar, Calvary Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, TX  2004-2005

Lutheran Campus Ministry at Princeton University  2002-2004

Education

Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2016

Master of Sacred Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 2004

Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2003

Academic Residence, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2000-2001

Bachelor of Arts, Augsburg College, 2000

Ordained to the Holy Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), 2006

Subscribed Vows to the Societas Trinitatis Sanctae (STS), 2007

Publications

Ideas and Images, St. John the Baptist, Sundays and Seasons (Augsburg Fortress, 2013).
Ideas and Images, Summer, Sundays and Seasons (Augsburg Fortress, 2012).

May Collects in Bread for the Day (Augsburg Fortress, 2010).

January Collects in Bread for the Day (Augsburg Fortress, 2009).

Ordinary for the Eucharist, Summer, Sundays and Seasons (Augsburg Fortress, 2009).

Awards

Knights Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage Award, 2012
 
Board Member-Elect, Seafarers and International House, New York
 
Lend-A-Helping Hand, Volunteer of the Year, 2010
 
Truman Scholarship Finalist, 2000

Professional

Yale Divinity School Ministry Supervisor, 2012-2014


Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Board Chair
Debra Cakal
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2021
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Louise Bahner Community Volunteer
Debra Cakal Community Volunteer
Giovanna Craviero
Rev. Ryan Mills Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church
Roger Parks Community Volunteer
Jennie Setaro Community Volunteer
Ruth Setaro
Luke Thompson Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Feb 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Jan 31 2018
Projected Revenue $266,080.00
Projected Expenses $266,080.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Audit Documents
Budget2015
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
IRS Letter2015View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$239,271$311,817$311,388
Administration Expense$2,106$8,014$6,723
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.221.061.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%97%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$397,950$300,000$339,000
Current Assets$40,000$10,000--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$437,950$310,000$339,000
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $92,986The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $69,738The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $66,232
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted. Repairs and historic restoration of Tower and Steeple to address damage from wind and water, and to preserve High Victorian Gothic architectural signature of tower and steeple.
Goal $20,000.00
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This organization receives designated funds from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and has completed an abbreviated profile. 


This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 292 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 787-6521
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Ryan Mills
Board Chair Debra Cakal
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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