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Trinity Baptist Church Brooklyn
Trinity Baptist Church Brooklyn is a Baptist church in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York located on New York Avenue between Park Place and Prospect Place. The yearly attendance is approx. 2,000 people. The senior pastor is Rev. Dr. Glenmore Bembry Jr.
Trinity Baptist Church was a merger of Sumner Avenue Baptist Church and Bedford Heights Baptist Church.
Sumner Avenue Baptist Church, originally Herkimer Street Baptist Church, was organized in 1872. The name was changed when a new building was built on Sumner Avenue and Decatur Street. On March 21,1886, three Baptist Churches, Washington Avenue, Marcy Avenue and Herkimer Street met to consider a Baptist Mission. From this, Bedford Heights Baptist Church began. For over a year it met in a home at 107 Bergen Street while its building was being constructed the corner of Bergen Street and Rogers Avenue. It has been said that each Sunday morning the Sunday School teachers waited for the trolley that would bring their students. Miss Emily Renz was the first member to be baptized in the new church. She lived long and served the church well.
In April 1922, the merger of Bedford Heights and Sumner Avenue Baptist Churches took place. The name of the new church was TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH. On October 4, 1922, Trinity held its first annual meeting. Both merged churches sold their respective holdings and purchased property on 179 New York Avenue. The existing house facing the street was eventually moved back and turned to its side to become the Parish House. This was done to make room for the new sanctuary. The cornerstone for the new edifice was laid December 18, 1926 and dedicated in the fall of 1927. The year that the cornerstone was laid is used as the demarcation date from which the Church's anniversary is determined.
When Greene Avenue Baptist Church sold its building, a large group of its members joined the Trinity congregation in June 1950.
Trinity had been an all Caucasian church until the early 1950's. Some of the first Black members joined Trinity within that decade. One family who joined the church at that time are still active members. As African American and Caribbean populations increased in the surrounding areas, so did the proportion of these ethnicities in the Trinity congregation. Trinity called its first Black pastor in 1968, the Rev. Richard Boddie, who was unfortunately called home to be with the Lord after a very short time. Our next pastor, the Rev. Osborne E. Scott was appointed the position of Pastor in 1976. He served the congregation for nearly thirty years before he was called home. Rev. Scott was eulogized by Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, a close friend, in November 1997.
During this time Trinity had interim pastors who served the church well until it could find a new Pastor. The Rev. T. Arnold Nance served as the Interim Pastor of the church for three years. In 2001 the church appointed Rev. Dr. Glenmore Bembry Jr. as its next and current Pastor.
|Trinity Baptist Church|
|Location||Brooklyn, New York|
|Senior pastor(s)||Rev. Glenmore Bembry Jr.|
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