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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church [TELC] has a long history of Christian ministries in Santa Barbara.  So many outreach programs and benevolences have been made possible through special gifts to our Endowment Fund.   We are thankful to so many past and present members who had a vision for TELC and gave generously to accomplish so much. 

The Church established the Trinity Endowment Fund on June 15, 1980. The mission of the Endowment was to provide a vehicle for funding God’s work. Today the Endowment supports outreach and benevolences; our Pastor for Children, Youth and Family Ministries, Outreach and Social Justice; scholarships for Little Angels and Christian Colleges; and facilitates TELC capital expenditures and equipment purchases.

The founding officers for the Endowment were Gaylord C. Hanson, chairman; John Rydell II, secretary; John Smith, treasurer; and Cal Hansen and Alma Pearson. Three families provided the first donation of funds, and at the end of the first year and a half, the balance for the Endowment was just over $6000. In December of 1999, a generous donor gave $50,200 to establish a Scholarship Fund for college students in the congregation; donors, over the years, have added to that amount.  Especially noteworthy was a generous gift made by Alma Pearson, who gave $1.7 million to the Endowment in 2009.

Today the Endowment has grown to about $2.5 million with many gifts made on a testamentary basis through wills and trusts.  Current leadership of the Endowment committee includes: John Rydell, Chair; Tom Brooks, Treasurer, Bob Huhn, Secretary; Richard Church, Scholarship Coordinator; and Judy Larson, Marketing.

The Endowment Fund helps with so many remarkable projects today including some of the following:


The Endowment funds scholarships to college students at TELC who are attending Christian colleges or preparing for a career in Christian ministries or education.  The scholarships are also available for members’ children attending Little Angels Pre-school. Applications for College and Pre-School scholarships are due in January for students attending classes beginning the following fall.

The Endowment Committee recently agreed to fund scholarships for African American students who attend California Lutheran Universatiy.  Each student will receive $2,000 per year for a maximum of 4 years.  One student per year will be selected by CLU for the next 4 years


For the health and benefit of the congregation and the community at large, the Endowment Fund supports a Parish Nurse. Our nurse listens to and counsels members about health issues; she integrates wellness of body, mind, and spirit into healthy lifestyle; she facilitates health related committees and support groups; she educates our community about health concerns. Sharon Head is currently our Parish Nurse.


Trinity’s Garden Song Day Camp is an annual summer day camp open to all community families. The camp runs one week each summer and is focused on Trinity Gardens, giving children opportunities to harvest food and learn about sustainability. Activities include storytelling, music, craft activities, games, food and so much more. It is a great way to educate children in our congregation as well as introducing our church to the greater Santa Barbara community. The Endowment Fund helps with operation costs of running this fun day camp by offering Trinity members discounts and/or scholarships to deserving families in our community.



Grace Food Pantry

Food from the Heart

Transition House

“Love Kits” Ministry

Trinity Members in Need


Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Californian Lutheran University

El Camino Pines Camp


Missionary Support

ELCA World Hunger/Health

ELCA Disaster Response


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We Thank You For Your Generosity


Thank you for your generous financial offerings that enable the ministries of Trinity to continue and flourish.

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