Is a community of faith where… God calls us together and sends us to serve through word and deed in daily life.

Guiding Principles

  • GATHER: We regularly gather to grow through worship, Bible study, fellowship and prayer.
  • INVITE: We humbly invite others to join us as followers of Jesus.
  • SHARE: We gladly share our resources in the community and around the world.
  • SERVE: We joyfully serve to make a difference.


Jay Quinn, Pastor

Jay Quinn, Pastor


Pastor Jay Quinn resumed his ministry at Trinity in October of 2009. He has served three congregations since he was ordained in 1990: Mayville/Gran Lutheran Parish in Mayville, North Dakota (7/90 - 2/93), Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois (2/93 - 12/00), Faith Lutheran Church in South Beloit, Illinois (12/00 - 10/09), and Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois (10/09 - current). Pastor Jay received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and his Master of Divinty from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Pastor Jay loves reading, movies, theater, music and the Green Bay Packers. He is married to Kristine, a life-long resident of Rockford. Pastor Jay was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Additional Staff

John Sauter, Business Manager
Mary Bowen, Secretary
Jean Anderson, Organist


Mark Broman
Renee Buhl
Mary Corirossi
Mark Dummer
Jeff Gilmour
Don Hamilton
Jan Johnson
Barbara Kelly
Lori Kline
Pastor Jay Quinn
Tiffany Seedoff
Marc Theien

Where We Are

Map of Trinity Lutheran Church

In the heart of downtown Rockford, a 3-minute walk to the Rock River, kitty-corner to the Rockford City Market and a few hundred paces from the numerous, and welcoming, locally owned restaurants and shops along State Street, Trinity Lutheran is proud to be a beacon of friendship and brotherhood to residents of Rockford and all its neighborhoods.

Just 6.7 miles from the intersection of East State Street and Interstate 90, and only 5 to 15 minutes from just about every residential neighborhood in town, Trinity Lutheran Church welcomes its parishioners and guests of any and every faith to join us for Sunday worship or any special events, gatherings and engagements.

Our Members Reflect

We asked some of our members to share their thoughts about Trinity Lutheran Church, tell us how long they have been a part of the Trinity family…(some are new and some have been with us a long while)… and what some of their favorite experiences have been. Here’s what they said:


1893Rev J. Ruthraff met a group of devoted Christians desiring to establish an English–speaking Lutheran church – at the home of Andrew J. Harter.
1894A call was extended to Rev W. H Manns of Polo IL.
1895Pastor Manns assumed his duties. The congregation was fully organized.
1898The old Christian Church in the 200 block of N. First St. was purchased for Trinity’s first permanent place of worship.
1900A new building for Trinity was dedicated on the site of the old Christian Church.
1916A Sunday School addition was built
1931The largest confirmation class in Trinity’s history, 133 members, was confirmed. We recorded the highest Sunday School attendance for a single Sunday with 1,106 present.
1956The New Trinity Church sanctuary was completed.
1971The old North Building, the Sunday School, was destroyed by fire.
1972The new North Building, the present Sunday School, opened.
1983Trinity St. James Food Pantry opened, serving 900 people monthly.
1989Trinity House, Inc. a non-profit corporation to assist low-income persons with housing, was created.
1991Gazebo at Haight Park and Berm projects were under taken to enhance the neighborhood.
1995Trinity marks 100th year with an eight month celebration, opening with festive birthday party in Anderson Hall and closing at Tebala Shrine Temple.
2005Trinity celebrates 110 years of ministry.
2015Trinity celebrates 120 years of ministry.

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