Under its first Pastor, the Rev. Harold E. Berg, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was first organized in November of 1954.  Thanks to the thoughtful efforts of Mrs. Louise Sena, Mrs. Lois Hepler, and many others in our Holy Trinity congregation, decades of important church events have been carefully recorded and preserved - a historical record of church blessings and events.

Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran ChurchIt all began with a church chapel at the Five Points intersection of the Springside section of Burlington Township - (first occupied on July 6, 1888).   It was over 67 years later, in November of 1955, that Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church made this chapel building its new home.

As we "fast forward" and stop at November 18, 1979, Holy Trinity had now celebrated 25 years of God's blessings.  At that time, a chronological event schedule was published and is shown below.  Now, as we move ahead and the 50th year anniversary of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church approaches, it is soon time for a new and updated chronology.  Until that time, a nostalgic look at our past...

The First 25 Years... 

October 15, 1953 -The first Lutheran Church service in Burlington was held at War Memorial Hall.  The Rev. Harold E. Berg, a student at Princeton Seminary, conducted the service.
November 23, 1953 -The first Lutheran Sunday Church School in Burlington was held at War Memorial Hall with 8 pupils and 2 teachers. 
November 17, 1954 - The first Congregational Meeting and Official Organization, was conducted by Dr. Edwin H. Knudsey, President of the N.J. Synod.  The name Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was chosen.  The first Church Council was elected consisting of Albert Guse, Fred Hennigs, Richard Heiss, Leonard Miller, John Becker, Daniel Brown, Allen Foulks, Lee Zimpleman, Edward Shewell, John Biehn, Harry Dunham, and John Stuckey. 
November 21, 1954 - 
Formal organization of Holy Trinity as the 136th Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of New Jersey.
December 6, 1954-The first Church Council meeting was held.  Officers elected were Vice-President, Richard Heiss; Secretary, John Biehn; Treasurer, Albert Guse; Financial Secretary, Fred Hennigs.
January 25, 1955 -The first meeting of the Sunday Church School Association was held.  Allen Foulks was President of the Association and John Biehn, Sunday School Superintendent.
February 20, 1955 - A call was issued to and accepted by Reverend Harold E. Berg to serve as Pastor of Holy Trinity.  Pastor berg had been serving as Mission Developer until this time.
June 16-30, 1955 - The first daily Vacation Church School was held.
November 20, 1955 -Service of Dedication of the New Chapel.
October, 1958 -Dedication of the new parsonage on Rancocas Road.
April 5, 1959 -  Pastor Berg resigned to accept a call to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, Glen Rock, NJ.
February 1, 1960 - The Rev. Dallas D. Dorward became Pastor of Holy Trinity.  He had been serving as Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Gloucester, NJ.
February 3, 1963 -The congregation voted approval for construction of the Parish Education Building
November 17, 1963 - Service of entry and dedication of the Parish Education Building.
March 26, 1972 - The congregation voted approval to proceed with construction of the new church building.
June 3, 1973 - Service of dedication of new sanctuary and education facilities.
February, 1975 - A surprise dinner was held honoring the Dorward's 15th anniversary with Holy Trinity.
June 5, 1977  - Pastor Dorward resigned to accept a call to St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Cherry Hill, NJ.
February 26, 1978 -The Rev. Charles Immendorf became Pastor of Holy Trinity.  Pastor Immendorf had been serving as Dean and Professor at Luther College, Teaneck, NJ., and was interim Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Woodcliff Lake, NJ.
October 15, 1978 - November 18, 1979  - 
To be continued...



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