The Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment Fund was established circa 1980 to be used for outreach and benevolence programs; retirement of long term Church debt; continuing education of pastors and members; and capital improvements and equipment purchases for the Church.

The Endowment Fund is valued over $2 million [2016] thanks to generous founding donors: Cliff and Alma Pearson; Don and Christine Anderson; Gaylord Hanson and over the years, so many others who added to the principal of the Endowment Fund. Contributions to the Fund continue to come as memorials or other special gifts. Expenditures from the Fund are guided by Continuing Resolutions and voted on by the Endowment Fund Committee. Petitions are made to the Endowment Committee as needs arise in the Church.

Would you be interested in making a gift to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Endowment Fund?

Anyone wanting to make a contribution to the Endowment Fund should contact Pastor Truls or any member of our Endowment Committee: John Rydell, Chair, Bill Kelly, Judy Larson, or Bob Huhn. You may include a gift to the Trinity Endowment Fund in your will or Trust or donations may be made via cash, appreciated stock, or other financial means. We are delighted to work with you in helping you make a special gift to the Endowment Fund.

The Endowment Fund helps with so many remarkable projects & staff!

Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund supports students at Little Angels Preschool, college & university students as well as Lutheran seminary students who are church members. The application is due January 31 for the following academic year. Request an application from Bill Kelly.

Parish Nurse

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 Troll is currently our Parish Nurse.


Martha Santrizos, an active member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation, is under call from our Southwest California Synod to serve as a Deacon through our church, Trinity Lutheran, and Christ Lutheran Church of Goleta. Deacons serve at the boundary between church and society, sharing the love of Christ with the surrounding community. Trinity’s Endowment Fund provides a portion of the financial support for this ministry position.

Summer Children’s Church Camps

Trinity’s Garden Song Day Camp is an annual summer day camp open to all community families. The camp runs one week each June 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.

Benevolence Support 

(for more a detailed description of each benevolence see the Outreach section of this website)


  • 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

Trinity Lutheran Church Capital Improvements Fund

The Endowment Fund makes contributions to the Capital Improvements Fund, which is managed by the Church Council for many projects benefiting the long-term well-being of the physical structures on Trinity’s campus.

Grace + Gratitude = Generosity

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich”                                                           2 Corinthians 8:9