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.
As 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.
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.
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
- 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.
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
10:30 Holy Communion with choirs
9:30 Education and Social Hour
8:30 Holy Communion
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
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
Sara Wunsch, Vicar
Sara is an 8thyear seminary student from Trinity Lutheran Seminary! When she began seminary in 2011, she was originally commuting from Cincinnati. Then, her family relocated to Asia and they lived in Singapore for four years on an expatriate assignment – so she continued in a seminary there – called Trinity Theological College. They moved to Columbus in 2016, which has sped up her seminary process. Sara is excited to be at Holy Trinity and is looking forward to a growth-filled, God-filled experience with everyone. As you can tell, she’s drawn to Trinity places!