Over 40 Years of God's Faithfulness
Trinity Baptist Church was first planted in the early 1970s by two Yale Divinity School students and a Southern Baptist pastor from East Hartford. The goal was to reach out to university students and families in New Haven. The church first met in a motel, and later in a dance studio. The congregation gradually grew, and in 1988, they began meeting in Hamden. They bought a building; however, in 1994, they were unable to pay their mortgage and had to sell the building and begin renting space again in New Haven.
By October 1999, the church had dwindled to 20-30 in attendance on Sunday mornings. The church was intending to close, when the morning of the deciding meeting they received a phone call regarding a pastoral candidate. They soon voted to call Dr. Josh Moody as their Pastor. Under Pastor Josh’s leadership, God granted the church significant growth. Elders and deacons were elected, small group Bible studies were developed, and God's Word was faithfully preached every week. The church began reaching out to university students, homeless people, and families from New Haven and surrounding towns.
By 2005, Sunday morning attendance had grown to 150, but the church was told by their landlord that they needed to find a new meeting place. Again, God's providence prevailed; Trinity purchased the former St. Boniface Church at 630 State St. (which had only recently become available) and by God's grace, paid off the mortgage in full in 2009.
In 2008, Josh Moody left to become the senior pastor at College Church in Wheaton, IL. This began another season of seeking God’s provision and seeing his faithfulness. In 2011, the church elected three co-pastors: Matt Coburn, Nick Lauer, and Greg Hendrickson.
The last six years have been filled with sorrow and joy. Only a week after the co-pastors began serving, Pastor Matt’s wife Brandi was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a 3½ year battle with cancer she went to be with the Lord in 2015. Through this and many other trials, the Lord continues to teach us to trust him amidst suffering, depend on him in prayer, and love one another in truth. At the same time, the Lord has blessed our church with growth and joy. Children’s and youth ministries have steadily expanded. Outreach to the city has broadened, especially through the formation of Bridges of Hope, a local collaborative of Christ-centered churches. In 2015, we commissioned the founding pastor and members of Shoreline Community Bible Church in New London. In October 2016, we celebrated 10 years in our current location on State St. Because of God’s faithful provision for us in the past, we look forward with humility and confidence to what God will do in and through us in the future.