What We Believe to Be True
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is His message to all people. The entire Bible points to Jesus as the Savior.
There is only one true God. He has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God is the Creator of everything that exists.
People were originally created by God pure and holy. They lived according to God's will, doing what was pleasing to Him.
Adam and Eve, the man and woman God created in the beginning, went against God's will and brought sin into the world. Since that time, all people have been conceived and born in sin.
Sin is living out of relationship with God, not living according to God's will, and thus transgressing His will in thought, word and deed.
People cannot save themselves by their good works or restore themselves to a right relationship with God.
God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. He is both true God and true man. He lived to fulfill God's law for us, died on the cross to pay the penalty our sins deserved, and rose from the dead so that we might have eternal life.
Because of Jesus' death on the cross, God declares a human being just - or righteous - and forgiven. This happens not because of human effort, but because the justification won by Jesus is applied to the one who believes in Jesus as Savior.
Faith in Jesus is a gift of God, given by the power of the Holy Spirit, thus all the glory belongs to God.
The means of grace are the Word, Holy Baptism, and Holy Communion. By these means, God applies the merits of Jesus' atoning death to all who believe in Jesus as their Savior.
Jesus will come again to take all believers to Himself. On the final day, all the dead will be raised. Those who are still alive will be bodily transformed. After this, the final judgment will take place. Unbelievers will go into eternal damnation, and believers into eternal life.
The true Christian Church is made up of all believers of all times who believe in the Triune God and in Jesus Christ as their only Savior.
The true visible church is the church which correctly preaches and teaches God's Word and administers Holy Baptism and Holy Communion according to the teachings of Scripture.
Christians are called to tell others that the only way of salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ, and to show their faith by their deeds of love towards others.
What We Hope to Accomplish
We are here as a church to share the Good News of Jesus...
Fellow Christians, loved by God, we know that He has chosen you, because the Gospel we preach does not come to you with mere words, but with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with conviction. I Thessalonians 1:4 & 5
...through Christ-centered worship
We do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of the darkness ", has shone in our hearts for the purpose of revealing the knowledge of the glory of God in the person of Christ. II Corinthians 4:5 & 6
...through Biblical education
All that was written long ago was written to teach us, so that we would have hope through the patient endurance and encouragement which the Scriptures give us. Romans 15:4
...through grace-filled service
This is how we learned what love is: He gave His life for us. We also have an obligation to give our lives for our brothers. If anyone has this world's goods and sees his brother in need but shuts his heart against him, how can he still be one who loves God? Little children, let us not only love in words or in talk, but let us put our love into action and make it real. I John 3:16-18
...through loving fellowship
As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy will be in you and that your joy will be complete. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:9-12
Who You Can Expect to See
Pastor Toopes has been at Holy Trinity since 2011. He has served churches in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Pastor has served as a Law Enforcement Chaplain for over 25 years. He loves the Bowling Green Community and all that it has to offer. Pastor Toopes has been married to his wonderful wife, Sue Ann, for over 30 years. Together they have two daughters who have blessed them with six grandchildren.
Pastor Press came to Holy Trinity in 2017. He has served churches in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. He retired from full-time ministry and he and his wife, Connie, decided to settle in Bowling Green. He serves on a part-time basis primarily in Outreach avenues, preaching, and teaching. Mark & Connie are very active in several ministries of Holy Trinity. They have three children and four grandsons.
Director of School Ministries
Bill graduated from Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, NE in Dec. of 1986. He taught in Lutheran schools in Chicago, IL, Kansas City, KS, and Cedar Rapids, IA for 13 years. He served for three (3) years as Director of Youth and Family Ministry at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, IA from 1999-2002. He served as DCE at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for nine (9) years and currently is in the fourth year of serving as Director of School Ministries.
Director of Christian Education Intern
Jonah graduated from Concordia University, Irvine, CA in May 2020. He is excited to do his internship at Holy Trinity primarily with the Youth and Children's ministry areas. Both of his parents are also D.C.E.'s. Jonah and his fiance, Megan, are getting married in 2021.
Dionne moved to Bowling Green from Shepherdsville, KY in 1982 to attend Western Kentucky University. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. She started as secretary for Holy Trinity in December of 1989 and has served the ministry in a variety of areas through the years.
Jennifer moved to Bowling Green from New Jersey twelve years ago. She graduated from WKU in May, 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Physical Education. She started as the secretary at Holy Trinity that Fall and is now entering her eighth year with us. Jennifer would like one day to pursue her Master’s Degree in Education Administration.