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What We Believe

What We Believe 

We believe in one God, who has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and know that through Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection, we are offered the forgiveness of sin and salvation.

The faith of the Lutheran Church is grounded in Holy Scripture which together with the creeds (*) and the confessions of the church, provides a stable faith in often chaotic and troubling times. We are a sacramental church stressing Baptism and the Eucharist as the means of God’s grace and gift of the Holy Spirit. All who are baptized are welcomed to receive Holy Communion. 

(*) The Creeds we follow are The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed and The Athanasian Creed.

We believe when we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere and of every time. When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story. Lutherans are a diverse group of people, convinced that the Holy Spirit is leading us toward unity in the household of God. When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.

We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. Lutheran teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ. 




Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions 

The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life. 

Mission & Vision

Our mission Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully. 

Our vision A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation. 

Our values – are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as church together.

Forgiveness and reconciliation – We are reconciled to God by God’s forgiving mercy. Forgiveness and reconciliation flow from what God has made us to be in Jesus Christ and what God is doing with us in the world. As a people of God, we embody forgiveness in speech, action and relationships, and our ministry in reconciliation is foundational.

Dignity, compassion and justice – Each person is created in God’s image. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all people. Through proclamation of the gospel, through worship and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people.

Inclusion and diversity – As Christ’s church, we value the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society – for women, people of color, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people who are marginalized or living in poverty, and the LGBTQ community.

Courage and openness to change – Because we trust in God’s promise and understand faith to be a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, we are emboldened to embrace learning and change in our spiritual and institutional journey as church. This means we are open to new ways and willing to take risks to discover God’s plan for this church.

Faithful stewardship of God’s creation and gifts – As church together, faithful stewardship is about holding to God’s purpose and ensuring the responsibilities and resources that God has entrusted to us are used with great care and with accountability to God, to each other and those served by this church.




Music Ministry

Music Ministry

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Music has always played an important role here at Trinity and we partner with many outstanding musicians and musical groups.

Our Choir is comprised of music professionals who have sung with the Metropolitan Opera Company, Richmond County Choral Society and the Wagner College Choir as well as folks who just love to sing. Many of our members also teach at Wagner College and other neighborhood schools.

We also enjoy a Bell Choir that graces our services throughout the year.  Other members in our congregation are music professionals and young musicians who add their gifts to our worship services.

Supporting our love of music, we are fortunate to have a 36 rank Casavant organ. Under the leadership of our organist and Director of Music, Mark Rossnagel, we continue the tradition of bringing beautiful music to our space.


Mark Rossnagel, Director of Music Ministry at Trinity

Mark, originally of Staten Island, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance from Binghamton University, where he studied with the late Jonathan Biggers, and a Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Maine, where he studied with Laura Kargul. In addition to his work as a keyboardist, he has sung in and conducted numerous choirs, and participated in a two week seminar on choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he worked with William Weinert and Kent Tritle.Mark loves creating great music within the space of worship and is grateful for the opportunity to do so at Trinity Lutheran. He is always looking for interested singers, instrumentalists and bell-ringers, so please get in touch with him if you would like to participate in our Music Ministry.


Music Partnerships 

Wagner College Music

Wagner College and Trinity’s history go hand in hand. The New York Ministerium, recognized the need to find a new home for Wagner, and placed the Reverend Frederic Sutter, one of Wagner’s first graduates, in charge of the relocation. Pastor Sutter, a lifelong supporter of Wagner College, had established his own ministry on Staten Island in 1907 (Trinity Lutheran).  Through Sutter’s efforts, Wagner College relocated to Grymes Hill on Staten Island in 1918.

In keeping with our ties to Wagner College, Trinity plays host to many of their concerts throughout the year. Visit Wagner’s web site for more information.




Voyces is a Staten Island-based early music ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of Renaissance and Baroque vocal works. Voyces is one of the many ensembles that hold concerts here at Trinity. The ensemble’s commitment to the community is one of education, exposure, and enjoyment of lesser known music. Visit their web site a




Is a new baroque vocal chamber music collective and is members are the Artists in Residence at Trinity. They believe baroque vocal chamber music makes for a unique musical experience because of its singular,intimate beauty. Staten Island artists and/or emerging artists are featured in each concert, because fostering both local and young talent is essential to the community and to the art form. Access is provided for as many people as possible: nursery services provided FREE for 5 and under, concerts about an hour, early start times, handicap access always, senior and student discounts, and kids 18 and under get in FREE.

We promote exposure to this glorious repertoire to an audience that rarely has access to it, using local artists as much as possible.  Please visit their website at


Feeding Ministry



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For over 25 years, Trinity Lutheran has been ministering to the hungry and needy. Every Saturday morning between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm you will find a hive of busy bees cooking, serving, and offering comfort to those less fortunate. It is hard work but exceptionally rewarding.

Soup Kitchen

Together with volunteers from local churches and schools, our Soup Kitchen serves homeless men and women as well as children and families. On average, our Saturday Soup Kitchen serves approximately 150 meals. With no eligibility restrictions, hot “sit-down” meals are offered to all without regard to age, gender, race, income, or denominational affiliation.  Between 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. our Soup Kitchen meals consist of a healthy, diverse menu that includes fresh produce and meat/proteins. Guests dine in a clean, safe and supportive environment.





Food Pantry

Our weekly Food Pantry serves predominately senior citizens, children and families. Groceries are offered to all without regard to age, gender, race, income or denominational affiliation.

Between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M., our Food Pantry distributes well balanced food stuffs that are designed to provide three meals per person in each household. We also distribute fresh produce, bread and other supplies when available. Occasionally when available, we distribute dog and cat foods and try to be mindful that our furry friends need support also.


Volunteers are always welcomed. Please contact the church office or visit us on any Saturday for more information!
If you would like to make a donation please send a check to:
Feeding With TLC., Inc.
309 St. Pauls’s Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10304
Please note in the “Memo” field, Feeding Ministry

I Want To . . .

Trinity Lutheran Church is patterned on old-world Gothic cathedrals and was build in 1913.  Generations of families have participated in sacred services and often former members who have moved off of the island return because they want to continue their family traditions.



Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. We will be happy to meet with you and arrange to baptize your child. If you as an adult, wish to be baptized, we will meet with you and discuss the requirements for Adult Baptism. 







Wedding are happy occasions celebrated at Trinity and many couples are married here as were their parents and grandparents before them. Our staff works closely with the couple in choosing vows, readings and music to bring their vision to life.

We welcome you to share in and experience the beauty of weddings at Trinity.








The Funeral or Memorial Service is an opportunity for family and friends to remember one who has died.  Trinity is prepared to offer simple memorials to “high” church funerals.  Please call the Church office for assistance.

Directions, Hours, Staff

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 

309 St. Paul’s Avenue
Staten Island, NY  10304
(718) 447-0526

  • Sunday School 10:30 AM
  • Eucharist         11:00 AM 

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  • Food Pantry 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Soup Kitcen 12:00 NOON – 1:00 PM

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  • Pastor Jennifer Hanus Richards
  • Pastor Martin Malzhan, Chaplain Wagner College
  • Music Director Mark Rossnagel
  • Synodical Deacon, Margaret-Ann O’Donnell
  • Church Administrator, Karen Schiels
  • Sexton, Walter Riddick
  • Pastor’s Asst. June Perrine