70 years of unity and fellowship
Trinity Church is one of nearly 10,000 Lutheran Christian congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Through this ministry partnership, we're linked with churches, colleges, and faith institutions across America. Our mission commitments reach around the world.
Regionally, we are a congregation of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
We are located in Rocky Point, New York--a community approximately sixty miles east of New York City on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore.
HISTORIC ROCKY POINT
Read about historic Rocky Point, including the Fish Church, at
Rev. Dr. Peter Boehringer
Pastor Peter is a native of Connecticut where he grew up and is the third of five brothers and one sister. After high school he did his undergraduate studies at Pacific Lutheran University, Upsala College, and the University of Connecticut. Pastor received his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1983, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2002. The core of his doctoral work centered on the relationship of liturgy to the life of the world, and the possibility of ecumenical baptisms within localized communities.
Pastor Peter has served in parishes in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. He also currently serves the larger church as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of United Lutheran Seminary. Pastor Peter is looking forward to sharing in and growing Trinity’s ministry as we look to the future.
Pastor enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking, singing, gardening, and sharing time with his family.
Pastor Boehringer can be reached at
Pastor Bruce Kaifler
The Rev. Bruce Kaifler is a man of unique talents, deep faith and unbounded energy. Before coming to Trinity Church, he served for many years as youth minister at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Northport, NY, Pastor Bruce was ordained in 2000, but joined Trinity’s pastoral staff two years before as a pastoral intern.
After 22 years of ministry Pastor Bruce will be retiring this summer. Details about our
Pastor Bruce's Ministry here at Trinity will be announced.
Trinity--its people and its pastors
I am pleased you have found your way to our website!
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are located in Rocky Point, New York--a community approximately sixty miles east of New York City on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore.
We are an active church, a congregation blessed with dedicated, hard working parishioners who willingly and generously offer their time, talent and financial resources in support of our many programs, missions and special projects.
Our unique church building appears to many as a large fish, in fact, we are known in the community as The Fish Church. In reality, however, the church is in the shape of an equilateral triangle, a Christian symbol of the Trinity. God is, we confess in the Nicene Creed, “of one divine essence, yet of three persons, equal in power and alike eternal”. This is the universal Christian doctrine of the Triune God.
The gospel of Jesus—the evangel, or good news—is the treasure of our church, the content of our preaching and teaching, and the heartbeat of our mission and service. An evangelical church is one which presents the good news of Jesus Christ as the very center of Christian faith and life, and the standard by which all else is understood, explained, and judged.
We are an intentional Christian community of the Lutheran tradition. We affirm the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, a concise summary of Lutheran doctrine presented during the Protestant Reformation, as a unifying expression of our faith and practice. Lutheranism grew out of the 16th century movement of reform begun by the German theologian and priest, Martin Luther.
As a Christian community we believe that we are created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world.
If you are not familiar with Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, I invite you to visit us. Hopefully this website will give you some idea of who we are and what we are all about. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll do my best to answer your questions and address your concerns.
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Director of Youth Ministry
Mrs. Susan Rutledge
Mrs. Susan Rutledge is vested with the task of directing and leading the youth programming for Elementary, Middle and High School aged youth and takes a leadership role in the educational ministries directed toward youth. As the Director of Youth Ministry, Mrs. Rutledge seeks to foster Christian community through building relationships with young people that strengthen their commitment to the church and growth in faith in Jesus Christ. She provides leadership and functions as the primary staff person relating to youth ministry. Susan is an advocate for youth and educates the congregation about the hopes, concerns and needs of youth in the local church and community.
In conjunction with the Youth Committee and Chairperson for Parish Education, Mrs. Rutledge oversees the recruitment and training of adult volunteers to work with elementary, middle and high school aged groups.
“It is my heartfelt desire to apply my leadership skills, years of experience
as a volunteer Youth Leader and love of Jesus Christ and His children
as Director for Youth Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.”
-In Christ, Susan
Mrs. Rutledge can be reached at: email@example.com