There is Good News
The unloved, the unlovely, the unloving are all greatly loved by the risen Jesus, and he is transforming us and this world to love one another the way he loves us. Trinity is schooling ourselves and our children in his way, his truth, his life, and his loving. And we know that this schooling and transformation can only happen in relationship: with God, with the church, with our neighborhood, and with the poor. All who want to learn and grow in the way of Jesus Christ are welcome!
Trinity began when in 1954 the need for a Presbyterian church between San Mateo and Menlo Park was recognized. In 1955, Trinity was formally chartered with 199 members. The first worship services were held in the American Legion Hall in Redwood City. Groundbreaking at the present site took place in 1956, and in 1958 the ground floor level of the building was dedicated. The Sanctuary level was completed and dedicated in 1965. An education wing was added in 1988. The current campus improvements of adding a new accessible entrance with an elevator were completed in 2009.
Several dedicated pastors have led Trinity's congregation. William Summerscales was Trinity's first installed pastor. He was followed by Robert Clapham in 1961. John Shriver was installed in 1972, and Edward Ewart in 1979. In 1996 Mary Graves was called to lead Trinity.
Over the years Trinity has built a reputation for caring about people of all ages. The church started with mostly families with young children. At that time Trinity Presbyterian Nursery School was founded by Rosemary Smith, who served as Director for 40 years. She retired in 1198 and Jamie Holden took over as the new Director of this co-op nursery school which serves approximately 150 families. Trinity has also built a reputation for having a strong music program with strong choirs for all ages and great instruments like the pipe organ and many octaves of bells. It is led by staff and gifted volunteer leaders, like Craig and Kathy Morey. Worship is a highlight with superb preaching, liturgical art, increased use of electronic media and creative engagement of all ages. Youth programs for elementary, middle and high school age students attract young people throughout the community, especially for the Youth Mexico Mission Trip during Easter week which involves dozens of adults and high students in fund raisers and the trip itself to build houses with Amor. Adults are offered a variety of study experiences, mostly through small groups what were launched with 40 Days of Purpose in 2004.
The majority of the congregation is involved at Trinity in various ways, from serving coffee to preaching in worship. Dedicated Elders, Deacons, Team Leaders, advisors, teachers, and other servants form policy, lead ministry teams, teach our youth, and care for our congregation. Ministry team members are the backbone of all programs and events. Even with our rich history, we are still surprised at what happens when we are willing to be lead by the Spirit in ministry.