Trinity Lutheran Church began in the early 1960s when a group of Christians gathered with the intention, God willing, to establish a Lutheran congregation in St. Francis. At first, they had only a Sunday school, but soon Sunday worship services were added.
The first church building was dedicated for use on April 23, 1961. In 1963, 34 adults became communicant members, officially establishing Trinity Lutheran Church as a member congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).
By God’s grace the congregation grew to the point that a new building was needed. The new church was dedicated on November 17, 1968. There were 88 communicant members at that time.
In 1969, Trinity called its first resident pastor, Rev. Paul Sutterer. The original church building was then converted into the parsonage for the pastor.
The congregation purchased four acres of land south of the church in 1972 for the purpose of building a much needed education wing. Trinity’s nursery school opened the following year with an enrollment of sixty 3, 4 and 5-year-old children.
In the fall of 1978 Pastor Sutterer accepted a call to serve elsewhere in the Lord's vineyard. The congregation then called Rev. Jack R. Baumgarn to become the second resident pastor of Trinity. Five assistant/associate pastors have served Trinity over the years as well: Rev. Tom Ries, Rev. Mark Schoen, Rev. Gregory Musolf, and Rev. David Baumgarn, Rev. Dr. John Maxfield.
In August of 1980 the doors of Trinity Lutheran School were opened. The principal, Mr. William Dunk, and a staff of dedicated teachers started with an enrollment of 91 students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
The summer of 1982 construction commenced for an addition to the education wing, which more than doubled its size. The addition provided more space for the Sunday school, Bible classes, Wednesday family education night, the Christian day school, and many other activities.
In 2001 the congregation added a new large worship center and full size gym, which serves as a Family Center. The Family Center accommodates many activities from Sunday’s adult Bible study to school PE classes to congregational dinners. At that time the old sanctuary area was renovated, providing a church library, meeting rooms and office space.congregation launched a new venture in the fall of 2006 by opening Trinity High School with Rev. John Maxfield, associate pastor of Trinity, serving as the administrator until an executive director could be called.
In 2007 Trinity’s principal Mr. William Dunk accepted the call to serve as executive director of the K—12 school. Unfortunately, due to low enrollment, the high school division ceased at the end of the 2008-09 school year, though the nursery through eighth grade programs continue.
On July 27, 2008, senior pastor Rev. Jack Baumgarn, retired from preaching at Trinity after 30 years of service. During the call process for a new senior pastor, Rev. John Maxfield, associate pastor at Trinity, received and accepted a call as a professor of church history at Concordia University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
In April 2009 a call was extended to Rev. Timothy B. Vaughan to serve Trinity as senior pastor. Pastor Vaughan accepted the call and was installed on May 17, 2009.
Mr. Dunk and his wife DeLoris, who taught alongside him, both retired in June of 2009. Trinity Lutheran School continues now under the leadership of Mr. Ken Koch as executive director/principal. He heads up a teaching faculty of six for kindergarten through grade eight.
God continues to bless Trinity Lutheran Church and School to fulfill its mission of “being disciples and making disciples” through the preaching teaching of the Gospel and giving of Christ’s gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation by means of God’s Word and the Sacraments.