Trinity Lutheran Church

123 E. Blackwell Street

Dover, NJ 07801


From Points West:  I-80 E, Take EXIT 35 toward Dover, Merge onto Mt Hope Ave, Mt Hope Ave becomes N Bergen St, Turn Left onto E. Blackwell St.  123 E. Blackwell St is on the left.

From Points East:  I-80 W, Take EXIT 35A toward Dover, Merge onto Mt Hope Ave, Mt Hope Ave becomes N Bergen St, Turn Left onto E. Blackwell St.  123 E. Blackwell St is on the left.


The transition and call of a new pastor is a critical event in the life of a congregation. It is a time of making choices about our collective futures. This moment provides an important opportunity for us all to share together in assessing who we are and where we see ourselves going.

Our first steps in the Transition process began in the form of a survey that was sent out to every confirmed member of the congregation in March.  Please click on this link to view the survey findings. The completed survey gives us a baseline from which to measure whether we are moving in directions that we think are important.  We have also conducted cottage meetings so that members could offer insight to committees and groups of the church.  On November 8, 2015 we held one more session of discussions to talk about pastoral traits that we would like to see in our candidate and since then have completed on more short survey from the Synod office.  Those results have now been tallied in our "Ministry Site Profile".  The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) is the document that Bishop Bartholomew has now posted nationwide to "advertise" for pastoral candidates.  The MSP will be the material that prospective candidates will read to get to know us.

The transition Team has also gleaned from our studies and conversations  many recommendations for various areas of the life and work of the congregation.  Please click on the links below to see those recommendations:

Recommendations to Council 

Recommendations to Education

Recommendations to Evangelism and Marketing

Recommendations to Fellowship

Recommendations to Music and Worship

Many recommendations have already been instituted and many are in process and will be possibly be instituted in the future. 

Finally, Trinity Church appointed a "Call Committee" of six members, headed by Church Council member Brieanne Richards, to interview the candidates that Bishop Bartholomew recommended.  The Call Committee has now recommended a candidate and the Church Council has voted unanimously to present the candidate to the congregation.  That candidate will be here at Trinity on September 24th to meet us and will then lead a special service of worship on Sunday, September 25th.  Following the service the congregation will vote on whether to accept the candidate as Trinity's next settled pastor.  Watch your mail for a letter from Trinity inviting you to these events!   

If you have questions of the Call Committee itself, you may email them to

Pastor Fred Becker joined us in early November and we will be celebrating his installation on January 29th at 4 p.m.