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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Trinity Leadership

Aretha Richardson - Congregation Council President
Jonique Mosley - Congregation Vice President
Janet Walker - Congregation Treasurer
Charles Blue - Congregation Secretary
Valerie Slack - Capital Fund Secretary
Doris Ervin - Financial Secretary


195 Claremont Ave

P.O. Box 15303

Jersey City, NJ 07305

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