About Us

Our Mission

Trinity Lutheran Church is a Worshipping, Learning, Witnessing and Serving Community of Baptized Christians.

It is a welcoming place where the word is proclaimed and The Sacraments are celebrated according to the Gospel.

As a community of believers we Challenge each other to respond to the call of our Lord to love and minister to persons at home and through out the world. We encourage each other to Share our time, our talents, and gifts to further the Mission of our Lord Jesus Christ

In this way we bear witness to the love we have first received from God through Jesus Christ.

Adopted by the Congregation January 25, 1998

Our Pastors

Pastor Hand and Pastor Chris invite you to worship with us. Maybe you’re looking for for a new congregation, or have recently moved to the area, or maybe you’re a member who hasn’t been “home to Trinity” in a bit, we welcome you. We invite you to join us at any of our weekend worship services and look forward to seeing you!

The Rev. Harold L. Hand, Jr.

The Rev. Harold L. Hand, Jr.

Born in Pottsville on November 18, 1952, Pastor Hand is the son of the late Harold and Eleanore (Purnell) Hand of Tower City. A 1970 graduate of Williams Valley High School, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion at Susquehanna University (1974) and a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (1978). Ordained into the Lutheran ministry on August 6, 1978 (along with his twin brother, Ray), he served congregations in Nescopeck, Schuylkill Haven, and Birdsboro, PA along with a church in Baltimore, MD.

Now in his 40th year of ministry, he presently serves (since 2005) as Senior Pastor here at Trinity.

Harold is married to Christine Hildenbrand Hand and they live in Seiders Hill. They are parents of two sons: Christopher, who resides in Maryland and is a graduate of Blue Mountain High School and Susquehanna University and Jonathan, a graduate of Blue Mountain who lives in Minersville.

Pastor Chris Rothharpt

Pastor Chris Rothharpt

Hi, my name is Chris Rothharpt. I was born and raised in Berks County PA. I have three daughters who are somewhat scattered about. I was baptized Lutheran, although not as a traditional infant. I have been an active member of a Lutheran congregation for almost 30 years and have served in various capacities at a number of Lutheran congregations in Berks County and the surrounding area for over 15 years.

I am a 2007 graduate of Lancaster Bible College (as well as having attended three other institutions on my way to earning my degree). I am a 2014 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. I came to Trinity Lutheran Church here in Pottsville on June 1, 2014 as an intern, and after completing my internship year, was hired by Trinity, and then officially called as a Pastor in July 2015.

Prior to entering the ministry, I had been employed in many different areas and businesses since the mid 1980’s. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family whenever possible, travelling, science fiction television and movies, playing and watching sports, exercise, and reading.