Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Newton, Iowa

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1409 South Eighth Avenue East
Newton, Iowa 50208
641-792-1683 (Office)

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church was established on the southeast side of Newton more than 50 years ago. At that time a name was chosen for the congregation that connected the congregation with the fullness of God which is revealed in the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Claiming the fullness of God as the congregation's name has also given Holy Trinity a three-fold mission: worship, service and nurture. As a congregation, we gather to worship the fullness of God. As we have known compassionate care from Jesus, we offer care and service to the world, comunity and one another. Blessed by the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity nurtures faith through Christian education and fellowship. Holy Trinity is connected to the fullness of God. It is who we are; it is what we offer

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Ahntholz was raised in the farming community of Table Rock, NE (80 miles south of Omaha). He received his B.A. degree in Social Work from Wartburg College, Waverly, IA, and his theological education from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA. January 18, 1970, he was ordained into the ministry of The American Lutheran Church. In 1983 he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree (Parish Revitalization) from McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church in the USA, in Chicago, IL. Pastor Ahntholz completed two years of Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Iowa Methodist Center (IMMC), Des Moines. He was granted the status of Board Certified Chaplain from the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2005. Pastor Ahntholz served congregations in Iowa full time for 22 years. He began his ministry as Associate Pastor for the Ridgeway Lutheran Parish (Madison, Orleans and Peace Lutheran Churches), Ridgeway, IA. Following this he was Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Neola, IA; St. John's Lutheran Church, Pomeroy, IA; and Resurrection Lutheran Church, Ankeny IA. An additional six years he served St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bouton, IA, as a part-time contract pastor. Pastor Ahntholz's professional career also includes 17 years as an institutional Chaplain with Luther Care Services, Iowa Health-Des Moines (IMMC, Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Blank Children's Hospital) and Hospice of Central Iowa. He has sought variety in his pastoral experience, not only for personal enrichment, but also for broadening his understanding and perspective of God's working in and through the lives of a variety of people and circumstances. Pastor Ahntholz and his wife, Lois, are parents of three adult children (Julie [Jonathan Kaduce], Lars [Brenda], and David [Tracy Boulian]) and four grandchildren (Natasha, Lea, Lily and Leo). Pastor Ahntholz also sings with the Ankeny Community Chorus. Pastor Ahntholz has been involved with numerous churches through the years as an Interim Pastor, including Holy Trinity for 10 months in 1994-95. He began serving Holy Trinity again in February 2010.