195 Claremont Ave

P.O. Box 15303

Jersey City, NJ 07305

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About us

Trinity Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  For more information about the ELCA click on the logo in the upper left corner.  

Trinity believes in Grace.  Grace is the promise of eternal life and the forgiveness of our sins FREELY given by God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. We are made new creatures in this holy promise.  At Trinity, we joyfully celebrate the gifts that God has given us, we share in each others' sorrows as broken human beings, and we give thanks to God for this community that allows us to be ourselves and love one another, the world, and God. 

At Trinity, we celebrate the communion meal each Sunday.  This meal is the heavenly bread given by God through Jesus Christ and served at the table to all those who believe.  This meal is not Trinity's table, its not the Lutheran table, but it is God's table, and God invites ALL to God's table. 

Trinity Pastoral team


Gary Grindeland


Gary A. Grindeland is the lead pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Bayonne and Trinity Lutheran in Jersey City. He grew up in Iowa, receiving a degree in English from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He also worked for two years on a PhD in the College of Education at Iowa State University. He has held a variety of ministry positions, including CEO of Seafarers International House in New York City and vice president of Church and Program Development for Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper Michigan, as well as being the state coordinator of Lutheran Disaster Response for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Pastor Gary has served congregations in Ames, Iowa, Prairie du Chien, Brookfield, and Delafield, WI, along with supervising some 12 interns. Pastor Gary is married with two grown children. His wife, Sherri resides in a suburb of Milwaukee, and he regularly commutes to see her.


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Emma Goldsmith

Intern Pastor 

After discovering that she had a passion for working with people, Intern Pastor Eunice Emma Goldsmith earned a master’s degree in counseling from Antioch University. Over thirty years, she held many different positions in human service delivery. During those years, Emma worked with the local courts and in a variety of areas including mental health, research, addiction, and education.


A native of Philadelphia, Emma married Julius Goldsmith, now deceased, and raised two children, Julius and Taryn who now both have families of their own. Julius lives with his wife and six-year-old son Kaedan in Singapore; Taryn lives in Maryland with her husband and two college aged children, Austin and Connor.


Upon retiring, Emma used her past experiences as a stepping-stone towards ministry. She worked towards her second master’s at United Lutheran Seminary (formerly Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia), and earned her Master of Divinity degree in May 2017.


As a member of the Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Emma has served the church in a variety of capacities. She is happy to continue her faith journey by becoming an ordained minister in word and sacrament by becoming an intern with the Trinity and Grace Lutheran Churches. Her goal is to continue connecting with others through the lens of divine grace.

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Trinity Leadership

Aretha Richardson - Congregation Council President
Jonique Mosley - Congregation Vice President
Janet Walker - Congregation Treasurer
Viola Richardson - Congregation Secretary
Valerie Slack - Capital Fund Secretary
Doris Ervin - Financial Secretary
Charles Blue - Sexton
[NOW HIRING] - Music Director