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Getting to know us

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is a congregation of 200 households affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We strive to welcome all children of God (INVITE), transforming each with ministry opportunities to deepen and share faith (EMBRACE) in order that we might serve Christ together in all the events of our daily lives (EMPOWER). We celebrate our unity in Christ across generations, neighborhoods and backgrounds. And we pursue our ministry together relying on the spiritual gifts each brings to our community of faith.

Finger-Cross-Photo-1As a part of Holy Trinity, you can expect to know and be known by the pastor, congregational leaders and others. And you can expect to share your gifts for ministry in service to others who will be sharing their gifts with you as well.

Please contact Pastor Steve Wachtman if you would like to learn more about our ministry. We are eager to do what we can to help you make a church home.

Membership Basics

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church receives members by baptism, confirmation and affirmation of faith when joining us from another faith community.

An Intro to Holy Trinity Event takes place during the 9:30 Learning Hour on Sundays during the Months of February, May and October. This four week seminar engages interested persons in a conversation about what makes our congregation Christian … what makes it Lutheran … and what makes it Holy Trinity. It also includes a Spiritual Gifts Inventory exercise to help discover the gifts for ministry that God gives each person. The group also has ample opportunity to get acquainted with each other and familiar with the resources available in the congregation.

Please contact the Director for Equipping Ministers Laura Hudson to register:
Email: Laura Hudson

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

The Spiritual Gifts Assessment tool is a quick survey you can take to identify your spiritual gifts. After you have completed the survey, you will receive a document highlighting your spiritual gifts.

Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tool

Please contact the Director for Equipping Ministers Laura Hudson to discuss your gifts further and how you might be called to use them in ministry.

Our Vision Statement

Inviting All ~ Transforming Each ~ Serving Christ Together


Core Values

  • The gospel of Jesus Christ that reveals God’s unconditional love for all creation calls us to the same unconditional love.
  • Our study of the Bible provides the foundation for our lives of faith in the gospel.
  • Our vitality as a community is expressed when our members share their spiritual gifts through the four traditional expressions of the gospel — worship, learning, outreach and inreach ministries.
  • Our discipleship may call us to perform any ministry consistent with our core values.
  • Prayer and other forms of regular communication are necessary care for our relationship with God, one another, and the world.

Parking Ministry

A Vision for the Parking Ministry at Holy Trinity as an opportunity to show hospitality for guests, neighbors and each other:

  • We walk, ride bikes or car pool to church when possible.
  • We park as far from the entrance as is practical.
  • We use Northwest Blvd, Glenn and Westwood Avenues for overflow parking
  • When parking on Westwood and Glenn Avenues:
    • We do not park within five feet of a driveway (which may also be ticketed), and
    • We try not to park immediately opposite a driveway as courtesy

Sunday Morning Schedule

10:00 Holy Communion with choirs
9:00 Education and Social Hour



Leadership Staff Bios


Steve Wachtman, Pastor

Steve has a degree in psychology and computer science from Capital University and graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in June, 1992, receiving his first call to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in July of that same year. He began his service as the Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Youth. In 1998, he became a Pastor-in-Mutual-Standing with his colleague Pastor David Markowich. Since Pastor Markowich’s retirement in 2000, Pastor Steve has been serving as the lead pastor among a staff of diversified ministry professional and several pastoral interns. He is married to Melea and together they enjoy three daughters: Annika, Elli, and Adrienne.

Email: Steve Wachtman


Joshua Brodbeck, Minister of Music

Joshua is a young American concert organist who is in constant demand as a performer and hymn fest leader. At the age of nine, Mr. Brodbeck performed his first concert in the United States. He made his international debut at age 12, playing for an organ dedication in Slovenia, Europe. Throughout his brief career, Mr. Brodbeck is known, and is commended for his varied programs that please audiences everywhere.

Mr. Brodbeck studied at the Capital University Conservatory of Music as well as the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Mr. Todd Wilson. Since graduating, Mr. Brodbeck has had coaching sessions with Mr. Paul Jacobs of the Juilliard School of Music and Dame Gillian Weir of the United Kingdom.

Currently, Mr. Brodbeck is the Minister of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, he oversees the entire music program and concert series. Mr. Brodbeck is also the Organist-in-Residence at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Email: Joshua Brodbeck

Laura Hudson, Director for Equipping Ministers

2012_1013_0237_m300 Laura graduated from Capital University with a degree in Communications. After working in the corporate world for the better part of two decades, she began serving in August 2004 as Holy Trinity’s Director for Equipping Ministers, helping people explore their spiritual gifts and connecting them with ministry opportunities. In February 2006, Administrator duties were added to Laura’s role description giving her responsibility for much of the church’s print and electronic communications as well as overseeing volunteers. Laura and her husband Tim are the parents of  Josh and Rachel.

Email: Laura Hudson

Nancy VanFossen, Director of the Child Development Program


Nancy is a graduate of Wittenberg University and a member of Holy Trinity for more than 20 years.  Mother to young adults Joe and Grace who grew up in Grandview, she’s affectionately known as “Miss Nancy” to all the other children of the community whom she loves and treats as her own as well.

Email: Nancy VanFossen




Noelle Fox, Director of Faith Formation Ministries                                                                                                    

Noelle’s life and career have always involved collaborating with others and fostering relationships.  A Columbus native, she has a degree in elementary education from Capital University and a masters degree in school guidance counseling from the University of Dayton.  Whether it is serving as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School leader, youth group leader, or a twenty year career as an elementary classroom teacher, Noelle has always put sharing her love for nurturing and educating first.  She loves to learn and is currently enrolled in a class at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in the Masters of Theological Studies program.  Noelle cares immensely for the emotional well-being of all people and healthy interactions between individuals within a community.  She is thrilled to support people in their faith journeys and is always ready to listen to others’ stories or experiences.  Noelle and her husband, Matt, have three children- Ben, Madeline, and Noah.  As a family, they enjoy listening to and playing music, doing woodworking projects, spending time with extended family, and attending family camp at Camp Luther at HopeWood Shores.  Noelle enjoys being outdoors, exercising, gardening, cooking, baking, reading, and traveling.  Caring for creation is important to Noelle so that all of God’s children have a safe planet on which to live.

Email: Noelle Fox

Jaren Summers, Vicar

Jaren is a student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Columbus, OH. He is in the process of earning his Master of Divinity Degree and serves as a vicar at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Raised in Indiana, Jaren studied at Ball State University and earned his degree in Social Studies Education. He held a teaching license in Indiana for two years where he was eligible to teach history and political science from grades 6-12. Jaren has also served as a chaplain at The OSU Wexner Center where he provided pastoral care to patients, family, and staff. He and his wife Kendra are parents to young son Ezra. Jaren has a passion for sharing Jesus’ love and the infinite grace of God with others.

Email:  Jaren Summers