Trinity United Church of Christ
Portage WI


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Trinity United Church of Christ is a United Church of Christ church in Portage, Wisconsin.

We are a fellowship of believers, made in God's image and called as disciples of Christ to share the Good News with everyone through learning, listening, praying and working together actively to reach out to our communities.

We are a place to believe, belong, and become!

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Trinity United Church of Christ
503 W Prospect Ave
Portage, WI 53901-2016
United States
Phone: 608-566-1244
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Kay Hallanger
Kay Hallanger
503 W Prospect Ave
Portage, WI 53901-2016
United States
Phone: 608-566-1244
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Colossians 3:1

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.




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History of Trinity United Church of Christ, Portage WI

A Brief History of Trinity

To sketch the history of a church is not always an easy task. In history we look for facts. Facts, however, are not easily obtained, particularly when they have not been recorded. In that event, one is compelled to have recourse of memory. But, memory is a treacherous thing as nearly everyone knows. It often leaves one in the lurch entirely, or one frequently imports false information. Much of what has entered into the life of Trinity Evangelical Church has never been recorded.

In the year 1865, Rev. Louis Von Rague, the well known traveling clergyman and organizer of many of the Evangelical Congregations of Wisconsin, came from Oshkosh to Portage. Several of our influential men in Portage made his coming possible and Trinity German Evangelical Church was organized.

The first members who signed the Charter were Carl Schneider, Fred Gerstenkorn, Carl Groth, Carl Pfaff, W. Neu, George Port, August Bettke, Benjamin Schulze, Theo. Venke, Julius Hass, Carl Domstreich, Carl Schenk, Fred Kiser, Fred Thurler, Aug. Fischer, Samuel Graff, Fred Groth, Christian Raimer, Wm. Schleicher, Sebastian Storant, Carl Meier, John Belang, and Carl Haertel.

The first church services were held in the hall of the Fire Department Building at the corner of Clark and W. Pleasant Street until 1871. In that year a framed building was erected on the corner of Prospect Avenue and Wisconsin Street, our present location. Brick siding was added later and many other improvements were made in the course of time. The assembly was added in 1956. The present parsonage at 528 West Pleasant Street, was built by the congregation in 1925. The name of the church was changed to the Trinity United Church of Christ after the merger in 1965 and is officially known by that name today.

* This article was written by Earle "Doc" Austin. If not for the dedication of members like Doc, a lot of the history at Trinity may never have been recorded. So this page is dedicated with loving memory to Doc Austin.

Previous Pastors of Trinity...

Rev. Louis Von Rague

Rev. Hanf

Rev. Gottleib

Rev. E. Berger (1871-1872)

Rev. A. Klein (1872-1874)

Rev. D. Ankele (1874-1876)

Rev. Fredrick Frankenfeld (1876-1879)

Rev. Christian Hauck (1879-1883)

Rev. J. Lang (former African missionary - short period)

Rev. Wm. Koch (1883-1885)

Rev. Wm. Schulz (1885-1886)

Rev. Edward Assmann

1886 - Oct. 1, 1917

Rev. Julius Reichert

Oct. 20, 1917 - 1923

Rev. Max Hoeppner

Nov. 18, 1923 - Jan. 1943

Rev. Gordon L. Tritchler

July 1, 1943 - Oct. 31, 1947

Rev. Stanley S. Huesemann

Aug. 1, 1948 - Oct. 1, 1952

Rev. Calvin Ley

June 22, 1953 - Mar. 31, 1957

Rev. Roman Reineck

June 23, 1957 - Nov. 1, 1962

Rev. L. J. Meyer

Nov. 1, 1962 - Dec. 31, 1973

Rev. Dale Wolfgram

Jan. 1, 1974 - Sept. 30, 1979

Rev. Bob Fritzmeier

July 1, 1980 -

Pastor Ken Barnhart 1990 -1998

Interim Pastor Ed Zager 1998-1999 Oct. - Dec. 2001

Pastor Carol Ahrens

July 1, 1999 - September 30, 2001

Pastor Vicki Warren

September 1, 2003 -   Edit

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