A Brief History of Trinity Church

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Trinity Church was established as a mission parish of the Diocese of Mid-America of the Reformed Episcopal Church in November 2000. The Trinity congregation began as a non-denominational church in 1990 and soon recognized a need to work within a larger association of churches. The congregation began an extensive search for a place to affiliate. As the search progressed, the church grew in its appreciation for liturgy, the sacraments, the historic church, the early Church Fathers, and episcopal government. This led them to the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) because of the REC's strong emphasis in these areas. Trinity is now part of the Diocese of the Central States of the REC, which was established in 2008.

As you worship with us, you should know that we are
  • Biblical: We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testament, to be the only place where God speaks to men. He has spoken infallibly through His prophets and Apostles in Holy Scripture. We own no doctrine which cannot be supported by God's Holy Revelation.
  • Episcopal: We are united under the oversight of godly men holding the office of bishop. Our bishops provide caring, pastoral leadership.
  • Liturgical: We worship using the time-tested Book of Common Prayer which traces its lineage through the English Reformation to ancient Christianity. The Book of Common Prayer allows each member of the congregation to take part in the worship service.

Trinity's Staff

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The Rt. Rev. Peter Manto is Rector of Trinity Church and Bishop Suffragan of the REC's Diocese of the Central States. Bp. Manto has been a parish pastor for over 35 years. He was the church-planter for the non-denominational church which became Trinity Church and guided its move into the Reformed Episcopal Church. Bp. Manto has been married to his wife Janice for over 40 years. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.
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Fr. David Truax assists Bp. Manto at Trinity Church and leads most Wednesday Evening Prayer services. In addition to serving at Trinity, Fr. Truax works for Truax Printing, Inc. Fr. Truax and his wife Jennifer have 10 children.
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Deaconess Michelle Caldwell serves Trinity Church in a variety of ways. She is often coordinator of fellowship meals and is instrumental in hosting REC events at Trinity. In addition, Dss. Caldwell teaches at Dominion Academy and serves as Dominion's Headmaster.
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Mr. Tim Giese serves as organist and choirmaster. Mr. Giese teaches fifth grade at Mars Hill Academy. He and his wife Mary have three sons.