Trinity Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington)

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Trinity Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington)

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The congregation was officially organized on August 25, 1919. In cooperation with Pacific Lutheran University, members of the congregation erected a church on the college campus in 1920, and worship was held there until 1936 when the congregation purchased the property of the Parkland Evangelical Lutheran Church. The structure (built in 1902) was razed, and the present sanctuary was built and dedicated on June 8, 1958. Trinity has helped to establish several churches in the area, including Christ the King in Midland, Christ Lutheran in Lakewood, Spanaway Lutheran, and Gethsemane Lutheran at South 76th.


Tacoma, WA
Parkland, WA

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Holte, Herman, 1919-1921
Foss, Carl, 1921-1923
Svare, T. O., 1924-1941
Thorpe, Nordahl, 1941-1945
Steen, Ernest B., 1946-1953
Thompson, Erling C., 1954-1982
Skepstad, John, 1956-1961
Gulhaugen, Theodore, 1962-1975
Drewes, Robert, 1964-1984
Finch, Richard, 1975-1983

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Jerrilyn Harris (2012), Anna Trammell (2020)




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