Historic Trinity


Historic Trinity Lutheran Church was founded in 1850 as the first Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Detroit. Historic Trinity Church soon became the Mother Church of Detroit Lutheranism as She began thirteen mission congregations throughout the City of Detroit that eventually grew to 132 different Lutheran parishes.

Historic Trinity Church became the early cathedral church for Lutherans as they gathered for special worship services, and to organize such Lutheran institutions as the Lutheran School for the Deaf, the Detroit Lutheran Radio Program, the Lutheran High School Association, Valparaiso University, the Lutheran Cemetery, and the Lutheran Fraternities of America.

Historic Trinity Church began in a wooden frame chapel on Larned Street. In 1866, at the present site of Gratiot and Rivard, a large red brick church was dedicated. In 1931 the present architecturally excellent church facility was built with only the finest materials and craftsmanship. The finest in liturgical art can be found in Historic Trinity's stone, glass, wood, tile and brass. Its style is 16th century Pier and Clerestory Gothic, similar to that seen only in the great cathedrals of Europe. Today Historic Trinity Lutheran Church is a National, State and Local Historic Designated Site.

In keeping with its rich historical past, Historic Trinity Lutheran Church conducts worship services in the traditional Lutheran liturgy, providing the finest in preaching, superb teaching, and inspiring music. The cathedral serves as rallying place for Special Worship Services for individuals from throughout Metropolitan Detroit. Many sons and daughters and friends of this significant parish appreciate the opportunity to "journey home" to Historic Trinity. Today, Historic Trinity Lutheran Church is the fastest growing church in downtown Detroit.

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
is a Cathedral Ministry in Detroit,
with an open and caring environment,
encouraging personal and spiritual growth.


Sundays - three services

8:15 a.m.
Worship Service
Matins Worship Service on the 1st Sunday each month

9:30 a.m.
Worship Service ~ Adult Bible Class ~ Sunday School

11:00 a.m.
Worship Service


is celebrated on:
1st Sunday of the month at 11 a.m.
2nd Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m.
3rd Sunday of the month at 8:15 a.m.
4th Sunday of the month at 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
5th Sunday of the month - no Communion

The Flagon used in communion services at Historic Trinity (Photo by F. Hoeper) All Special Sundays
Ascension Day
New Years


  • Ladies Aid
  • Trinity Guild
  • ROCK fellowship
  • Bible Studies




  • Ushers
  • Greeters
  • Altar Guild
  • Acolytes


Children of Historic Trinity Sunday School
  • Cradle Roll
  • Sunday School - all ages
  • Youth Bible Discussion
  • Wednesday Bible Study
  • Sunday Adult Bible Study
  • Information Classes
  • Care-Giving Sessions
  • Tour with Q & A
  • Marriage Seminars
  • Will - Estate Seminars

  • Secure off-street parking
    Lighted Parking Lots
    Air Conditioning
    Easy Access From Freeway
    Handicap Accessible


    A Cathedral is a source of beauty and pride for the city, outrageous and orthodox, utopian and savvy - the place comes to you all at once, in a great rush of contradiction and paradox. A place of holy awe! As important as the cathedral building is, the Cathedral Ministry consists not of the building's appearance - but in how the ministry is conducted. The Cathedral is more than its parishioners, more than a membership club. Such a ministry has a vital, committed parish membership at its core, nurtured by solid pastoral care. The Cathedral belongs to more than its members. The Cathedral ministry belongs to all Lutherans, who are encouraged to claim it as theirs and to use it on occasion, to return to it anytime, and to bring their children there to see their historic roots. The Cathedral ministry also finds a purpose in reaching out to the unchurched. Reaching out far beyond the four walls of our cathedral building, and reaching beyond the four lines that mark our property border. A Cathedral ministry serves a far wider sphere of people - this ministry is our privilege and our responsibility.

    Historic Trinity CATHEDRAL
    is an ecclesiastical, cultural, community
    for all of Metro Detroit.


    Rev. Darryl Andrzejewski, Senior Pastor

    Assisting Pastors:


    You are invited to become a member of this, the church where the action is, in downtown Detroit. Join, today, Historic Trinity Lutheran Church - the fastest growing church in downtown Detroit, with over 1650+ members at a median age of 38. Historic Trinity is THE church to belong to! Each week, more and more individuals are deciding to make Historic Trinity their church home. Become one of these people and make your choice today! Membership applications are available. You may join the church by baptism, confirmation, profession of faith, transfer of membership from another congregation, or dual membership. Simply fill out the application and hand it to a pastor, or to an usher. Click here to request a membership application. Don't wait any longer - take the big step and sign up today. You will be proud you joined this church which is on the cutting edge of today's society. And you will enjoy attending church!

    Lecturn carving (Photo by F. Hoeper)


    If you wish to have a prayer offered during the Worship Services, please call the church office presenting your request. If you are making a request, just prior to the Worship Service, please put the request in writing and hand it to a Pastor or an usher. We now have a membership prayer chain. Click here to Email your request for prayer.

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    Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
    1345 Gratiot Avenue
    Detroit, Michigan 48207
    Phone: (313) 567-3100
    Fax: (313) 567-3209
    Email: Historic Trinity