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
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, traveling, science fiction television and movies, playing and watching sports, exercise, and reading.
Vicar Stephanie Roth
received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from York College of Pennsylvania. She worked as a
computer programmer analyst in a variety of industries for over 30 years.
While volunteering at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City post 9/11, Stephanie felt a call to ministry. In January 2003 she began seminary studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and was awarded her Master of Divinity in May 2011. Stephanie served as Youth Ministry Director for Trinity Lutheran Church in Wernersville, PA in 2011. In the ensuing years, she has focused on social ministry activities and congregational leadership at her home church as well as doing some mission work in El Salvador and Guatemala. In 2019 Stephanie returned to ELCA candidacy process. In April 2022, she completed her Clinical Pastoral Education unit at Wellspan in York, PA. Vicar Stephanie is currently completing her internship in the ELCA candidacy process at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville, PA with the goal of being ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. Vicar Stephanie and her husband, Don have been married since 2014. They currently reside in Reading, PA. They have 6 children and 14 grandchildren between them.