History & Foundations
By the sovereign grace of God, Trinity Baptist Church was constituted as a church in 1967, with the Scriptures as its foundation and The London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 as its doctrinal standard. The church met in various rented facilities for its first 14 years. During these early “nomadic” years, God was pleased to grant a significant increase to the membership by conversions and additions from other places. Through those years, the Lord taught the people of God at Trinity many valuable lessons. One primary lesson was that when they gathered on the Lord’s Days to worship, God’s people were His dwelling-place and God was never embarrassed to draw near to them whether they met in a gymnasium, a Women’s Club, or a school auditorium. By January 1981, the “nomadic” years of Trinity Baptist Church ended when the church was able to purchase its own building in Montville Township.
Through the years, God has enabled Trinity Baptist Church to love and uphold a number of crucial Biblical priorities. Priority number one has been the centrality of God-honoring worship as Peter tells us: “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).
A second biblical priority for Trinity Church has been the primacy of God-centered preaching and teaching as well as the centrality of weekly church prayer meetings. We read of the early church in Acts 2:42 that “these all continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine, in the fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
A third priority which was established in the early years of the life of the church was the need for God-ordained church order and government. During our “nomadic” years, we had no building but we did have a Bible that gave us the blueprints as to how the church should be structured.
Fourthly, the priority of God-directed ministry and service has always been a vital aspect of the life of Trinity Church. In His great commission to His disciples, the Lord Jesus Christ made it plain that the church is to have a world-wide vision of ministry: “Go therefore, make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). By the grace of God, this vision was early implanted in the hearts of the members of Trinity Baptist Church and continues to this day.