The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
102 Apple Street  Leesport, PA 19533     (610) 926-7176     The Rev. John E. Houck, Pastor

History of LCHT

The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity was born on May 15, 1994.  It came into being with the consolidation of  Trinity Lutheran Church of Leesport and St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church of Mohrsville.  Trinity  had its start when some citizens of Leesport and the surrounding area met on February 15, 1867 in the Leesport School House and made plans to build a church to be used by the Reformed and Lutheran denominations.   Over the years Trinity belonged to numerous multiple church parishes.  In 1968 it initiated weekly services and called the Reverend David H Pflieger as its first full time Pastor. 

On December 1, 1984 Pastor Edgar Reed began his ministry with Trinity.  He was also appointed interim pastor at St. Timothy’s in November 1991 by the Reverend John Houck who then served as Dean of the East Berks District. 

St. Timothy’s Union Church was founded in 1864 by some area residents that had been worshiping at the Shoemakersville church and were also meeting for a short time at the Birch Hill School.  They banded together with area members from other churches and constructed the Church at a cost of $6,000.00 which was dedicated on May 7, 1865.   St. Timothy’s ceased to be a Union Church in 1929, when the Lutheran congregation purchased full rights to the property for $25.00.  St. Timothy’s was also a member of numerous multi-church parishes over the years.  When Reverend Richard Boyer resigned in 1991 it became a single congregation. 

With Pastor Edgar Reed serving both Trinity and St. Timothy’s the goal soon became to consolidate these two congregations into one.  A Future Dreams committee was established with various subcommittees to plan the process.  The Synod Bishop appointed various people to work with the congregations including Pastor Glenn Simmons and Pastor Gilbert Furst.  After many meetings and hard work, a final joint service was held at St. Timothy’s before the building was sold.  The charter was signed by the members and the new congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity was formed.  A Consolidation Dinner was held on May 15, 1994 at the Leesport Market, where Dean John Houck brought greetings to the new congregation along with other dignitaries from the Church. 

The Future Dreams committee moved forward with the study committee process.  With the assistance of the UCC  Congregation, equity for the current building at 17 North Centre Avenue was established at $382,500.   A long search for a suitable building plot became a reality on December 9, 1996 when for the sum of $240,000.00 we purchased the existing tract of land along with the Stone House.  The Stone House which was used for meetings and fellowship was later sold for $220,000.00 

Pastor Reed resigned in the spring of 1997, and accepted a call to Dover, Pa.  Pastor Richard Wolfe became our pastor as a Synod Interim appointee.  His goal was three-fold: Dissolve the Union, increase stewardship and make plans for a new sanctuary.  Quoting Pastor Wolfe, “I have seen your promised land – it is beautiful!  You have come to terms with your history.  You are discovering a new identity.  You have renewed your denominational linkages.  You are committed to a new future.  There is much to celebrate!” 

A Call Committee was appointed and the Reverend John Houck was called.  He began his ministry on September 1, 1998. 

On a cold, windy April 18, 1999 ground breaking ceremonies took place on the spot where the Altar is now placed.  An antique plow and children with their toy shovels, turned the soil.  Lunch was served in the Stone House.   

Building plans were developed, and approved by the Congregation and Lutheran Church.  A “kick-off” dinner for the “Fulfilling the Dreams” capital funds campaign was served at the Leesport Market on April 10, 1999.  Pledges of  $272,000.00, to be paid over a three year term, were received.  Triple H Construction Company of Ephrata was engaged to construct our new sanctuary, total cost of the project is estimated to be $1,250,000.00.  After some unavoidable delays, construction began on October 4, 1999.  Laying of the cornerstone is scheduled for June 4, 2000. 

After 35 years of vision and dreams, we celebrate and give thanks – we have reached this:  OUR HIGHER GROUND!!

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