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.
Throughout her history, Trinity has been blessed with a number of Godly and gifted associate pastors. Since July 2018, Miguel Lopez has faithfully served in the combination role of Student and Worship Pastor.
In June 2014, Lance Bourgeois was called to be the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church. Lance had been an associate pastor at Grace Church in Wichita Falls, Texas for 16 years when he accepted the call. However, four years later, the long-time senior pastor of Grace Church died of a heart attack and in February 2019, Lance accepted a call to return to Grace as their Senior Pastor.
While Trinity searches for a new Senior Pastor, David McMartin serves as Interim Senior Pastor under an arrangement with the EFCA. David and Trinity already have a warm relationship because he served in the same role six years earlier, prior to the arrival of Lance Bourgeois.
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!