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As congregations go, Trinity is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary. Our roots run deep through centuries of Christian tradition, yet our branches stretch outward into a contemporary world.

HISTORY OF TRINITY...

PASTOR...Garry Alan McCracken

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TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

Garry Alan McCracken was born September 1, 1960 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Homer and Leona McCracken. A twin brother, Larry A., was called home to eternal life on August 9, 1962. Garry and Larry were brought to the Christian faith through Holy Baptism on October 2, 1960 at Salem Lutheran Church in Affton, Missouri, by Rev. Enos M. Frentzel. Garry was confirmed in the faith given him in Holy Baptism on April 28, 1974, under the catechetical instruction of Rev. Arno E. Krentz and Rev. Edward F. Melchior.

Garry attended Salem Lutheran School (1974) and Lutheran High School South (1978). After high school, he attended Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois, receiving his B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri in 1984. He worked as a teacher for twelve years, teaching grades 4 though 12 at schools in University City, Clayton, and Brentwood, Missouri.

Garry graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1998 with a Master of Divinity degree. His year of vicarage was served at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud, Illinois, under the supervision of the now sainted Rev. Donald A. Schultz. On April 2, 1998, Garry received a Divine Call to serve as Pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Illinois. He was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry on June 28, 1998, by Rev. Richard H. Warneck at Salem, and installed as Pastor of Messiah on July 5, 1998, by Rev. Herbert C. Mueller. On November 1, 2003, Garry accepted a Divine Call to serve as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Troy, Missouri.

In addition to his duties as a parish pastor, Garry served the Southern Illinois District (SID) as the district coordinator of synodís Tell the Good News About Jesus emphasis (2000-2004), treasurer of the SID Pastoral Conference (2000-2004), Pastoral Counselor of the SID Lutheran Womenís Missionary League (2000-2004), and Circuit Counselor (2003-2004). Garry is also a founding member of the Outreach Leadership Institute, held each summer at the Oswald Hoffman School of Christian Outreach, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

On July 3, 1982, Garry was joined in marriage to Dawn M. Harit at Salem. Their marriage has been blessed with two children: Matthew and Rebecca. Matthew and Rebecca were both baptized at Salem Lutheran Church, and confirmed at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Illinois.

SECRETARY...LETTA SMITH

Letta L. Smith was raised in Barnhart, Missouri and resides on an Arabian horse ranch in the small town of Truxton, Missouri, just west of Troy; along with her husband Jerry and is the mother of two children, Justin and Larissa. With over twenty years of clerical experience, she was hired in September of 2013 to assist Pastor Garry McCracken with the office duties at Trinity.† Letta overseeí the office volunteers, maintains the master calendar for the church,† records the Official Acts of the Church, handles the phone calls and correspondences, prepares, proofs and prints the weekly Sunday Divine Service bulletin and the bi-monthly TLC Newsletter for the congregation, and is the designer and webmaster of the Trinity Lutheran Church website. She takes great pride in her work and service skills; and is an asset to our staff here at Trinity.††††

†††† It began with a notice in a small town newspaper. On August 26, 1963, Donald Diedrich put a notice in the Troy Free Press for anyone interested in starting a Lutheran church in the area. A number of local residents met in the City Park.† Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wentzville, Missouri; agreed to sponsor the mission start.

†††† On October 27, 1963, the first Divine Service of Trinity Lutheran Church was held in the Little Theatre of Buchanan High School.† Fifty-two people were in attendance, and the Divine Service was led by Rev. L. W. Temme of Warrenton, Missouri.

†††† Over time this little mission start grew and moved from the Little Theatre of Buchanan High School to the American Legion Hall to our present site. Throughout itís young life, Jesus Christ was present in His Word and Sacraments. Godís Word was proclaimed in all itís purity and truth. People young and old were brought into the family of faith through the washing of Holy Baptism. Godís people were fed with the Body and Blood of Christ in the Lordís Supper.

†††† Trinity has been blessed with faithful pastors as well. Rev. John E. Faszholz served as Interim Pastor from 1965-1970. Rev. George Gibson, Jr. was the first called pastor at Trinity and served from 1970-1975. Rev. Ross Haupt was called to serve as pastor and served from 1975 until his retirement in 1981. In 1982, Rev. Thomas Larson was called and served as pastor until 2002. On January 25, 2004, Rev. Garry A. McCracken was installed and continues to serve as pastor to this day.

†††† Throughout the past fifty years, God has richly blessed Trinity Lutheran Church in Troy, Missouri. His forgiveness, life, and salvation continue to be a daily part of the life of the Church. Though not perfect, the sinners/saints at Trinity continue to respond with their prayers, praises, and thanksgivings.

†††† On Sunday, October 27, 2013, Trinity Lutheran Church celebrated itís 50th Anniversary! Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Church yesterday, today, and into the future as well. He will be there tomorrow, just as He has been there yesterday, and is today.

 

A thousand ages in Thy sight, Are like an evening gone,

Short as the watch that ends the night, Before the rising sun.

 

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Soon bears us all away;

We fly forgotten as a dream, Dies at the opening day.

 

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guard while troubles last, And our eternal home.

(LSB 733:4-6)

CrossSecretary, Letta Smith