What We Believe, Teach, and Confess

We hold the teaching of the Scriptures as they are confessed in the Small Catechism of Martin Luther, the Augsburg Confession, and the entire Book of Concord. For more information about our teachings, please speak with our pastor, or visit one of our services or Bible classes. Several times a year, Pastor conducts a class that serves as an introduction to Lutheran Christianity and provides a way for those who wish to join our congregation. Most people meet with pastor individually to complete these instructional lessons.

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Trinity was formed in 1969, as mission congregation of the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod. During that time it has been served by seven pastors. In 1985 the congregation decided to open a Lutheran Elementary School, which served hundreds of students over the course of over twenty-five years. Our current location and campus on Hondo Pass have been our home since 1991.


Pastor Caauwe was born in Fremont, Nebraska, but grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. He is the product of the Lutheran school system, from kindergarten through high school. He began his formal training for the pastoral ministry at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the college in the spring of 2001. In 2005, he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. Prior to serving in El Paso, he served in Modesto, California for three years after graduation from the Seminary. He has served Trinity since 2008.

Lutheran pastors serve the flock by preaching and presiding at the worship of the congregation, instructing young and old in the Christian faith, providing pastoral care and counsel, visiting with the sick, the dying, members and non-members. Please give him a call or email and he will be happy to serve in whatever way he is able.
Pastor Caauwe is married and the father of nine children.

In addition to his work at Trinity, Pastor Caauwe also serves as the circuit pastor of the Rio-Grande Circuit, and is involved in our church body’s new Hymnal Project.

El Paso is home to Fort Bliss, one of the nation’s largest military installations. Trinity stands ready to serve the men and women who serve, train, or work at or around Ft. Bliss, as well as their families. Pastor Caauwe serves as a civilian chaplain to Ft. Bliss.

Trinity is located in northeast El Paso one half mile west of Highway 54 on Hondo Pass.