On June 17, 1945 the first service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hawthorne was held in Goodale Mortuary, with Rev. Norman Hammer, area missionary of Southern California, conducting the service.  The congregation was formally organized September 18, 1945 and chose Trinity Lutheran as its name.

Charter Members at Goodale Mortuary

The Congregation worshiped at the American Legion Hall and the Community Recreation Hall before property was purchased at 130th Street and Inglewood Avenue. The Church (now the parish hall) and day school were dedicated in the fall of 1947.

American Legion Hall

Sunday School at Recreation Center

Parish Hall (was first church building)

Additional property across the street from the present parish hall was acquired in 1955.  The formal dedication of the present sanctuary took place on March 23, 1958.

Current Exterior

The Adult Ministry Center across the patio from the sanctuary was dedicated on September 19, 1976.

Adult Ministry Center

In 1988 the sanctuary interior and the adjacent patio were completely refurbished.

Our Altar

Continued growth of the church and school was evidenced by the building of a two story administration building which included additional classrooms.  It was dedicated in October 1964.

Administration/School Library/Class Rooms

Our original preschool was started in 1962.  A new preschool with a capacity of 120 students was built in 1988.

The Preschool

 Our Senior Pastors  

Rev. Gaylord Falde
1946 to 1950
Pastor Falde was installed March 17, 1946.  He served until October 1950, when he was called to be President of the California District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  He was Bishop Emeritus of the South Pacific District of the American Lutheran Church at the time of his death August 15, 1989.

Rev. Andrew C. Anderson
1951 to 1960
Pastor Andy Anderson was installed on March 18, 1951.  He served until December 1959, when he received a call to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Costa Mesa.  He remained there 22 years until his retirement.  He went home to the Lord November 18, 1986.

Rev. Orvile Hiepler
1960 to 1978
On May 12, 1960 Pastor Hiepler was installed and began his 17 years as our pastor.  He was called to First Lutheran Church at Camarillo, California in 1978. 

Rev. Merlin Seal
1978 to 1983
Pastor Seal was installed December 3, 1978, and served until December 1983.  He is now retired.

Rev. O. K. Anderson
1984 to 1993
Installation for Pastor O. K. Anderson was August 19, 1984.  He served until September 1993.  After leaving Trinity Lutheran Church, Hawthorne, he was called to Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD. In 2004 he retired and moved to South Carolina.  He went home to be with the Lord August 1, 2010.

Rev. Lawrence Becker
1994 to 2018
Pastor Lawrence Becker was installed on September 11, 1994.  He served Trinity Lutheran Church of Hawthorne until June 24, 2018.  He is presently serving as Senior Pastor at Westchester Lutheran Church.

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