Trinity Baptist Church held a special ceremony Sept. 25, a baptism of fire for the financial note on the building, declaring the church debt free after only five years.
According to church History Committee members Billie Ann Foster and Lisa Womack, the congregation and the church have experienced quite a history. In June 2005, the congregation was meeting in a little farm house, and had been for a year.
“Under the direction of Bro. Jerry Smith, who became our first pastor, we began the process of becoming a church,” Foster wrote. “We chose a name — Trinity — and became a mission of Mt. Elim Baptist Church.”
Many people don’t realize how much paperwork and how many steps are required to become a recognized church in a particular denomination.
“We petitioned the Central Baptist Association for Watch Care until we were accepted into the CBA as a church,” Foster wrote. “In October of 2005 we became a member of CBA. We are also members of Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.”
And the little church that could continued to grow and prosper.
“We were outgrowing our first meeting house and began looking for land to build,” Foster wrote, noting church members were ready and willing to help. “Three members of our congregation offered land and we chose the building site at 1701 John Oliver Road (on land donated by senior deacon Bill Womack). On Jan. 8, 2006 ground was broken.”
And this is where the story of a church literally built through the love of the Lord by the hands of the faithful really began.
“Our first pastor, Bro. Jerry Smith put in a request for help on the SBC website,” Foster reported. “We got offers for more help than we could use! Various people came and within two weeks the building took shape and was under roof. God and his people were faithful.”
Of course, like any building project a fair amount of funding was required, and the church took out a loan to finance the building, but the faithful again came through.
“On Sept. 25, 2011 — exactly six years from the day we were constituted into a church, and with a 5-year-old building, we had a note-burning ceremony at our regular homecoming,” Foster wrote. “We are debt free — at least money-wise. But we will always be indebted to, and thankful for, all the people who helped — physically, spiritually and financially.”
The current pastor at Trinity Baptist Church is Ted Stoffle. Deacons are Clarence Foster and Bill Womack. Trustees are Kenneth Bond, Pat Moore, Ralph Womack and Winfred Preston. The Trinity Motto/Mission Statement is: “Serving Him by serving others.”
The church schedule is Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m., and Sunday night service at 6 p.m. On Wednesday nights Bible study, prayer meeting and children’s church begins at 6 p.m.