Trinity Baptist Church
Contributed by Trish Mathes
Just as most churches, Southside Baptist Mission began after a lot of prayer, God’s guidance, and hard work. It was the desire of the Turner Baptist Association to locate a new church in the southeast section of Ashburn in hopes of bringing several families into church and to give others that were already attending church elsewhere a place to worship in their own area. The Association felt that a church was badly needed in this section.
With God’s help and leadership, workers for God, the support of the Turner Baptist Association, and Bethel Baptist as the mother church, Southside Baptist Mission became a reality.
With permission to use land belonging to Mr. Dave Beatty and Mr. Herman Watson secured, Rev. Elmer Bullington, pastor of Bethel, Mr. Eugene Pirkle, Associational Training Union Director and Mr. W.E. Dunn, a member of Westside Baptist, took it upon themselves to purchase a tent and erect it for use as the place of worship.
Revival plans were in the making and within two weeks after the Turner Assoc. approved a recommendation to establish the mission, the church was ready to begin holding services. The revival began on Sunday, Nov. 11, 1962 and was held for two weeks, ending with 15 members on the church roll.
With the continued support of Bethel Church and its members, a Sunday school and Training Union were quickly organized. With the help of Mr. Willie B. Donahoo, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Pirkle and Rev. and Mrs. Elmer Bullington and other pastors from throughout the Assoc., these services and newly organized programs continued and the mission grew. Worship services were held an hour earlier than at other churches, so the ministers who were bringing the messages would be able to preach at their own churches.
The tent seated around 150. It was floored with sawdust and had benches that were donated by several churches. Various classes were held in different sections of the tent, far enough apart for each class to be in an area of its own although no walls separated them. In winter, the tent was secured around the edges to keep the wind from whipping under the sides and in the summer, the sides were rolled up to allow the air to flow through the tent.
On Nov. 10, 1963, one year after it’s beginning, Southside Mission called Rev. T.O. Morris as its first fulltime pastor. On Dec. 15, 1963, the church was renamed Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.
Trinity purchased a building from C&C Wrecking Company (Albany, Ga) for a total cost of $2500.00. The building was a former barracks building at Turner Field in Albany. Three days later, a lot was purchased from Mr. Robert Davis on Pine Knot Road near where the tent was located for a cost of $1,000.00. The first service in the new building was held on March 1, 1964. On that same day, during the worship service, a small tornado hit, picking up the tent and turning it upside down. This was an indication to those present that God’s plan for the tent had been fulfilled and He no longer needed it. The tent had served its purpose for two years.
On Aug. 3, 1964, Trinity Baptist Church elected its first board of deacons. Those elected to be ordained were: Mr. Warren Hancock, Mr. Jere Jordan and Mr. George Sumner. Almost a year after being constituted, Trinity was accepted into the Association and became the twentieth church in the Turner Baptist Association.
In February of 1965, the building was completed. It was under the leadership of Rev. Sconyers, the membership raised funds and bricked the church building, adding a new roof and steeple. The church was finished in June of 1975. The first Homecoming was held in October 1980. Mr. Frank Doss came to Trinity as Music Director and a music program was started. Mr. and Mrs. Doss also donated all the shrubbery around the building. A new kitchen was also added.
Pastors and Interim pastors of Trinity include Mr. Buck Taylor (Interim), Mr. Elmer Bullington, Mr. Perry Branch (Interim), Mr. Luke Sconyers. Mr. Ray Jordan (Interim), Mr. Bobby Daniels, Mr. Clint Brown (Supply pastor), Mr. Chris Hall, Mr. Carlton Webb, Mr. Ronnie Youngblood, & Mr. James Scarborough. Rev. Rodney Brown currently serves as pastor and has done so since Jan. 2002.
God has truly been working at Trinity Baptist. Since June 1, 2007 Trinity has added 44 new members and since Sept. ’07 has had 21 Baptisms. We offer 5 different Sunday school classes (for all ages), a Youth Ministry, Children’s Church, nursery, and activities for the children on Wed. nights. We also have Ladies’ & Men’s Ministries which meet once a month.
We are very blessed to have Frankie Wiley as our Praise and Worship Leader. Along with him playing the piano, we have two guitarists as well as a Praise Team. The music at Trinity is very powerful and always sets the perfect mood for leading into hearing God’s word. Our services are “blended” and not “quite traditional” and our preacher has a wonderful way of delivering God’s message so that any one and any age can understand it. We are often told how one can truly feel the Holy Spirit present during our services.
We have an awesome church family and the more we can get together, eat, and fellowship, the better we like it! Whether you “dress up” or just dress “comfortably”, it doesn’t matter to us. Everyone is welcome at Trinity Baptist! Our motto is “The Church that Loves”, so if you don’t have a church home, come give us a try! You will definitely find Jesus – and you will definitely be LOVED.
Sunday school - 10:00 a.m.
Churc services - 11:00a.m.
Sunday night services - 6:00 p.m.
Wed. night services - 6:30 p.m.