In 1926, Rev. Oliver R. Harms, a recent graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, accepted a
request to come to San Angelo, TX to help a small group of dedicated Lutherans establish a
congregation. Ten people attended the first service, held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lott at
1221 West Harris, in September of 1926. Trinity Lutheran Congregation was formally founded
on January 2, 1927 and the first house of worship was dedicated on September 7, 1929 at
Kenwood Drive and Avenue I.
The congregation grew steadily during the 1930’s and 1940’s, and God blessed them richly
through the hard years of WWII. Dedicated men and women of faith and foresight worked hard
to supply the physical needs of the growing church family, and in August 1948 a new building
was completed to meet the growing congregation’s need for education facilities. By 1981,
Trinity had outgrown its longtime home on Kenwood and Avenue I. Soon, relocation plans
resulted in the purchase of land on Loop 306, groundbreaking for a new building, and a move
to the church’s current location at 3536 YMCA Drive.
In the fall of 1951, the Board of Education established a kindergarten for children of the
congregation. Each succeeding year a grade was added to the new school, and today, Trinity
Lutheran School successfully provides quality, Christian education for children in grades
kindergarten through eight. It was also in 1951 that a new school building was dedicated. It
was a landmark at the corner of Kenwood and Avenue J until the mid 1990’s when the school
moved to join the church at its present location just off of Sunset on YMCA Drive. The Early
Childhood Center, adjacent to the school, is known throughout the community as the place to
send children for Christian care.
Today, by God’s grace, Trinity Lutheran Church is blessed to celebrate nearly 90 years of faithful
service by the Lord in ministry and Christian education to the San Angelo community. May the
Lord continue to bless us as He forgives our sins and prepares us for the coming of our Savior,
Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory.
Trinity Lutheran Church & School
(Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod)
San Angelo, Texas