In 1973, a group of Christian men from various churches and bible studies in the area met in the home of Kirk Triplett with the plan of forming a Christian outreach ministry to St. Tammany Parish. The result was the formation of a corporation called Tammany Christian Fellowship whose members met for prayer, business meetings, and bible studies in an old office building on 10th Street donated by Dr. Pete Hendry. After several years of growth in attendance, the men decided to reorganize Tammany Christian Fellowship as a church with Rudy Adkins as the primary teaching elder on Sunday mornings.
Northlake Christian School (NCS) was started as a K-12 school in the Tammany Christian Fellowship buildings on 10th street in 1978, with trailers used to supplement the main buildings. In 1980, both the church and NCS moved to a new campus on Three Rivers Road across from the Tulane Primate center, and Tammany Christian Fellowship met on Sundays in one of the NCS trailers. The church and school were separate but very closely affiliated at that time. A few years later, Tammany Christian Fellowship built a multi-purpose building on the NCS campus for the use of both groups. It was at this time that the church became an elder-led church and joined the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Rodney Wood served as the first pastor of the renamed Trinity Church (EFCA).
In 1995 the multi-purpose building was sold to NCS and leased back for Sunday services until a new facility was built. Thirteen acres of land were purchased in the fall of 1996, and the new church building was ultimately located about one block down from where they started in 1973. This building, containing the auditorium, classrooms, nursery, and church offices was completed in the summer of 1998. The Family Discipleship Center (FDC), which includes all of our children’s classrooms, was completed in 2005.
Another major milestone in the life of Trinity Church was the creation of ReachGlobal Crisis Response Center, a ministry of the EFCA that is headquartered on church property. Senior Pastor Michael Sprague helped start this ministry in response to the overwhelming needs the church encountered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The ministry now reaches out and responds to catastrophes all over the world.
In 2013, while Trinity was going through some staff turnover, the Trinity elders decided to bring in an Interim Pastor, David McMartin, from the EFCA to help the church refocus her vision and plan for the future. Under his leadership and with the help of a dedicated search committee, a nearly year-long pastor search began. In June 2014, Lance Bourgeois became the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church. In October 2015, we hired a second full-time pastor, Chris Coleman, who serves in the combination role of Student and Worship Pastor.
Through the years, Trinity Church has remained committed to teaching the Scriptures, building relationships, and investing in our community. We are excited about what God has ahead of us as we continue to seek Him and follow His leading.
We invite you to join us and become a part of the story God is writing for Trinity Church!