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What We Teach and Why

The Mission of Trinity is to share God’s love and promise of salvation through enriching worship experiences, preaching, teaching, the celebration of the sacraments, music, fellowship and through our relationship with others.

For all that God has done and promised to be, we strive to be faithful stewards, serve those in need, work for peace and foster ecumenical relationships!
As a member of the Evangelical Luthern Church in America, we follow the teachings and guidance of our leadership, while exploring our faith and how we can be God's hands in our own community. To learn more about the mission and vision of the E.L.C.A., visit their website here. 

Meet the Core Staff

Pastor Fidler is an Ohio native, and the son of a Lutheran Pastor. He is married to Rev. Deborah Wissner of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Tallmadge and together they have two sons, Benjamin (Molly) and Joseph and one grandson, Malcolm.

Doug is a graduate of The Ohio State University (1978) with a major in Jewish Studies and Trinity Lutheran Seminary (1983). He and Deborah were ordained in 1983. He has served two previous parishes in Ohio before coming to Trinity in 1997.

Senior Pastor

Douglas Fidler
Rev. George W. Gaiser has lived in five states and Canada, but mostly in Ohio. He is son of a Lutheran Pastor, brother of another, and is married to artist Judith E. Gaiser nee' Eilmann. They have two daughters, Evelyn and Jennifer (Charles Korecki) and a granddaughter, Anna.

George graduated from Michigan State University (1956) with a BS, in Physical Sci. Divisional, served in the U.S. Army, and graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 1963.

He served in two campus ministry positions and one interim position before coming to Trinity. He has been an instructor at both MSU and KSU, is past president of Ohio Lutheran Campus Ministry and serves today on the Ecumenical Committee of the North East Ohio Synod. He is also the Administrator for the Akron Symphony Orchestra Chorus in which he sings tenor.

Although mostly retired from a rich career with the Lutheran Church, George helps Pastor Fidler by preaching, presiding, and attending to the congregation as needed. 

Emeritus Pastor

George Gaiser
​​Cindy hails from Poland, Ohio. She has been Director of Music Ministries at Trinity since 1986, and while she is not ordained as a minister, she has felt no less called to serve the people of Trinity by spreading the love and the Word of God through music.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Youngstown State University (1974) and a Masters in Gifted Education degree from Kent State (1995).

Cindy taught music in Warren City Schools, has had several other organist positions, and worked in various Summit County schools and at the Summit County Educational Service Center as a gifted teacher and coordinator for a number of years.

She has two grown children and three grandchildren. 

Director of Music Ministries

Cindy Smith Howard
Jenn grew up in Northeast Ohio and is married to Eric Hedge, an E.R. medic, with whom she has a son, Lincoln. Jenn has been in youth ministry for over 20 years and enjoys her position as Faith Formation Coordinator here at Trinity.  As FFC she oversees youth, campus, family, and christian ed ministries with a focus on inter-generational experiences. She began her career at Trinity in February of 2017. 

Jenn loves Jesus, her family, working with teenagers, Africa, baking, and all Cleveland sports Teams!   

Matthew 6:34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Faith Formation Coordinator

Jenn Hedge
Amanda Gantz is a Pennsylvania native (Go Steelers!) having recently made Ohio her home in 2015. She has been at Trinity since the spring of 2016.

Amanda has a B.S. in Marketing and Communications from Slippery Rock University. When not enjoying the wonderful and kind people of Trinity, Amanda is active in the horse show world where she competes in eventing.

She and her husband Zach own a farm in Lake Milton with 4 horses, 3 dogs,  2 cats, and a family of foxes  who affectionately call Diamond Fox Farm their home. 

Office Manager

Amanda Gantz


Current Groups & Programming


Music & Worship

Music & Worship is an active committee at Trinity, meeting 8 or so times per year and helping to provide new (or different) and meaningful ways we can enhance our worship experiences. This group oversees all the worship assistants and the altar guild, and they help coordinate special concerts or services by our musicians as well as other events. 

Music & Worship

Trinity's choirs and music programs are a vibrant part of worship here! 

From young to old, new to experienced, lifelong musician to yet-to-be-determined-instrumentalist, there's a place for anyone who has a 'song to sing'!

Music & Choirs

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​about music at Trinity! 

Christian Education

​​​Trinity Kent Youth, affectionately known as TKY, meets at the church for dinner on Wednesdays at 6:30! Come join us and find out how you can meet new friends, help in your community, and learn about Lutheran Stewardship  at its best. ​​

We have two groups: Jr. High Youth grades 5-7 and Sr. High Youth grades 8-12.

TKY will be participating in the 2018 National Youth Gather in Houston! Students 8th - 12th grade are welcome. Watch for fundraisers and activites that will help sponsor this trip coming soon!

Contact Jenn Hedge   to receive Youth Group updates and information, or with any questions you may have.   Click here to access TKY permission slips. 

Youth Group

Trinity's strong devotion to education shines through in our programming. With groups and classes for children and adults of all ages, we are committed to learning about our faith, the world around us, and our relationship with God and his creation. 

​From regular programs to special events and activities, there's so much to learn!

Sunday School classes for youth age 3 through High School and two adult classes are offered each Sunday morning. Sunday school begins at 9:30a.m.

Confirmation Classes are held for students in grades 8 and 9. 

Three Bible Studies are held weekly as well. Contact
Jenn Hedge   for more information!


Trinity Lutheran Church reaches out to the Kent State University campus through our worship and Bible study, offering pastoral care and through participation in Lutheran Campus Ministries located at Faith Lutheran Church, Kent.

To learn more, visit

KSU Campus Ministries


Trinity is fast becoming known as the 'popping church'!

Our Kettle Corn is popped at Kent Roosevelt Football games, Kent Heritage Fest, Stow summer blast, Beckwith’s corn festival and other local festivals and events. 

Contact Ted Linden (330) 256-7723 to be part of the Kettle Corn poppers or to request us at your event.

Trinity Poppers

Outreach & Hospitality

What is WELCA? "It’s an easy way to say Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Quite a mouthful, we know. Our organization includes Lutheran women who gather in more than 7,000 locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean, for service, study, advocacy, fellowship and more! WELCA embraces all kinds of ministries that support our mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. There is a place for you in Women of the ELCA."

Trinity's branch of WELCA hosts events like the All Daughter's Banquet, and sponsors congregational needs throughout the year. We strive to support the women of Trinity emotionally and sometimes financially, and to encourage loving ministry in our congregation and community. 


Part of WELCA, the roots of Sarah Circle began in 1945 when 27 young ladies of Trinity, charted an organization called Trinity Fidelis (Always Faithful), dedicated to care of the altar and its appointments, including cleaning of the chancel area.  It meets on the third Monday of the month (May-October) in the Trinity Library.


Part of WELCA, the Martha and Mary Circle began in the early 1980s as young women’s Bible Study group. Today Bible Study remains an important and central part of this Circle. Currently the group meets at 5:30 on the 2nd Monday at Panera in Stow. The official program starts at 6:15.

Martha & Mary
​ Circle

​Part of WELCA, the Rebecca Circle is a group of women who meet during the daytime and have had a long history here at Trinity serving the Church and meeting the needs of its fellow members. The Rebecca Circle meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in March through June and September through December.

Rebecca Circle

Part of WELCA, the Tabitha Circle began in 1994 as a team of women interested in making crafts and quilting.  It meets as needed to tie lap robes, finish quilts and assemble kits for Lutheran World Relief.

Tabitha Circle

Stay connected with your brothers and sisters in faith! Trinitarians is a group of adults age 40 and up who meet monthly for fellowship events. 

Contact Don Poyer to learn more!


Secret Sisters are a way for Trinity's women to share appreciation and connection with one another throughout the year! 

Once per year a luncheon is held to reveal last year's Secret Sisters and to discover your Sister for next year. Gifts and notes are anonymously left in the Sacristy, so you never know when a surprise might be waiting for you! 

Contact Cindy Smith Howard to find out more.

We'd love to have you as our Sister!

Secret Sisters

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Room & Friday evenings at 8:30pm in the Great Hall. 

For more information, please contact:

Akron Area Intergroup: (330) 253-8181 /

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Joy Squad is a way for Trinity members and friends to anonymously spread joy in small ways throughout the congregation and community. 

We send letters, cards, gifts, and collect donations for various causes depending on the need and time of year. There's no commitment, and anyone is welcome!

From one time to once a week, any contribution of your time, money, or ideas is welcome!

Contact Cindy Smith Howard to find out more.

The Joy Squad

Property & Maintenance

​The Pauline Circle a co-ed gardening circle dedicated to keeping the church grounds trimmed, planted, and neatly kept. Anyone who enjoys gardening or landscaping work is invited to join this group at any time. See the pastor or one of the members to ask about upcoming workdays or jobs that need doing!


Social Ministry

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
  — Proverbs 11:25

Help us to serve those in need in our community by volunteering your time and love. 

Kent Hot Meals

​​Trinity is now sponsoring a clothing drop off shed for the community to use as a drop off for clothing. The clothing will be distributed all over the United States and world to those who can use it. Trinity Lutheran Chruch will in turn receive 4 cents for every pound of clothing that is donated.

This program keeps clothing out of the landfill, helps out those in need, and helps Trinity reach out to the community with additional funding.

St. Pauly is a family-owned company based in Upstate NY and is an A-plus rated member of the Better Business Bureau. St. Pauly collects useable clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, linens, blankets and drapes. For the complete list of sheds and more information about St. Pauly, visit

Clothing Donation Shed

The 'Lord's Lunch', a FREE meal open to the public, is served every Saturday from 11:30-12:30 in the Trinity Gathering Room. 

These meals serve around 30 people each week. Trinity provides the space, the kitchen, tableware and drinks. A sponsoring congregation/organization/group or individual provides the meal entree, vegetable and dessert, and cleans up after the meal. 
Want to know how you can help? We're always looking for congregations, groups, campus ministries and organizations that would be willing to take a Saturday on a rotation to feed the hungry. These can be great service hours for your organization! 

If you are interested please contact Ron Craig 330-812-0657- we’d love to have you be a part of this ministry!

Lord's Lunches