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What We're About





Our History

For over 200 years this church has been committed to one main thing - pointing people across our region to the life-changing power of Jesus. In 1816, two women were baptized in the Ipswich River. That was the beginning of the First Baptist Church of North Reading. It was a consistent presence in the town for decades seeking to reflect the goodness of God and tell the good news of Jesus. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the church began to grow. In the late 90s, the church’s name was changed to Trinity Evangelical Church. This name change reflects the undying commitment to the ‘evangel,’ which means ‘Good News’ of the Gospel.





Our Beliefs


We believe in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and are committed to living out his teachings in the world. At Trinity Evangelical Church, we feel most closely aligned to the beliefs outlined in The Lausanne Covenant.

THE PURPOSE OF GOD

We affirm our belief in the one eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. He has been calling out from the world a people for himself, and sending his people back into the world to be his servants and his witnesses, for the extension of his kingdom, the building up of Christ’s body, and the glory of his name. We confess with shame that we have often denied our calling and failed in our mission, by becoming conformed to the world or by withdrawing from it. Yet we rejoice that, even when borne by earthen vessels, the gospel is still a precious treasure. To the task of making that treasure known in the power of the Holy Spirit we desire to dedicate ourselves anew.

THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THE BIBLE

We affirm that there is only one Saviour and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches. We recognize that everyone has some knowledge of God through his general revelation in nature. But we deny that this can save, for people suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. We also reject as derogatory to Christ and the gospel every kind of syncretism and dialogue which implies that Christ speaks equally through all religions and ideologies. Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-Man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, is the only mediator between God and people. There is no other name by which we must be saved. All men and women are perishing because of sin, but God loves everyone, not wishing that any should perish but that all should repent. Yet those who reject Christ repudiate the joy of salvation and condemn themselves to eternal separation from God. To proclaim Jesus as ‘the Saviour of the world’ is not to affirm that all people are either automatically or ultimately saved, still less to affirm that all religions offer salvation in Christ. Rather it is to proclaim God’s love for a world of sinners and to invite everyone to respond to him as Saviour and Lord in the wholehearted personal commitment of repentance and faith. Jesus Christ has been exalted above every other name; we long for the day when every knee shall bow to him and every tongue shall confess him Lord.

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that, as the reigning Lord, he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gifts of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. Our Christian presence in the world is indispensable to evangelism, and so is that kind of dialogue whose purpose is to listen sensitively in order to understand. But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, biblical Christ as Saviour and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to him personally and so be reconciled to God. In issuing the gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship. Jesus still calls all who would follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with his new community. The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into his Church and responsible service in the world.

THE NATURE OF EVANGELISM

We affirm that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all men. We therefore should share his concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression. Because men and women are made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, colour, culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity because of which he or she should be respected and served, not exploited. Here too we express penitence both for our neglect and for having sometimes regarded evangelism and social concern as mutually exclusive. Although reconciliation with other people is not reconciliation with God, nor is social action evangelism, nor is political liberation salvation, nevertheless we affirm that evangelism and socio-political involvement are both part of our Christian duty. For both are necessary expressions of our doctrines of God and Man, our love for our neighbour and our obedience to Jesus Christ. The message of salvation implies also a message of judgment upon every form of alienation, oppression and discrimination, and we should not be afraid to denounce evil and injustice wherever they exist. When people receive Christ they are born again into his kingdom and must seek not only to exhibit but also to spread its righteousness in the midst of an unrighteous world. The salvation we claim should be transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities. Faith without works is dead.

THE CHURCH AND EVANGELISM

We affirm that Christ sends his redeemed people into the world as the Father sent him, and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. We need to break out of our ecclesiastical ghettos and permeate non-Christian society. In the Church’s mission of sacrificial service, evangelism is primary. World evangelization requires the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world. The Church is at the very centre of God’s cosmic purpose and is his appointed means of spreading the gospel. But a church which preaches the cross must itself be marked by the cross. It becomes a stumbling block to evangelism when it betrays the gospel or lacks a living faith in God, a genuine love for people, or scrupulous honesty in all things including promotion and finance. The church is the community of God’s people rather than an institution, and must not be identified with any particular culture, social or political system, or human ideology.

COOPERATION IN EVANGELISM

We affirm that the Church’s visible unity in truth is God’s purpose. Evangelism also summons us to unity, because our oneness strengthens our witness, just as our disunity undermines our gospel of reconciliation. We recognize, however, that organizational unity may take many forms and does not necessarily advance evangelism. Yet we who share the same biblical faith should be closely united in fellowship, work and witness. We confess that our testimony has sometimes been marred by a sinful individualism and needless duplication. We pledge ourselves to seek a deeper unity in truth, worship, holiness and mission. We urge the development of regional and functional cooperation for the furtherance of the Church’s mission, for strategic planning, for mutual encouragement, and for the sharing of resources and experience.

CHURCHES IN EVANGELISTIC PARTNERSHIP

We rejoice that a new missionary era has dawned. The dominant role of western missions is fast disappearing. God is raising up from the younger churches a great new resource for world evangelization, and is thus demonstrating that the responsibility to evangelize belongs to the whole body of Christ. All churches should therefore be asking God and themselves what they should be doing both to reach their own area and to send missionaries to other parts of the world. A re-evaluation of our missionary responsibility and role should be continuous. Thus a growing partnership of churches will develop and the universal character of Christ’s Church will be more clearly exhibited. We also thank God for agencies which labor in Bible translation, theological education, the mass media, Christian literature, evangelism, missions, church renewal and other specialist fields. They too should engage in constant self-examination to evaluate their effectiveness as part of the Church’s mission.

THE URGENCY OF THE EVANGELISTIC TASK

More than 2,700 million people, which is more than two-thirds of all humanity, have yet to be evangelized. We are ashamed that so many have been neglected; it is a standing rebuke to us and to the whole Church. There is now, however, in many parts of the world, an unprecedented receptivity to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are convinced that this is the time for churches and para-church agencies to pray earnestly for the salvation of the unreached and to launch new efforts to achieve world evangelization. A reduction of foreign missionaries and money in an evangelized country may sometimes be necessary to facilitate the national church’s growth in self-reliance and to release resources for unevangelized areas. Missionaries should flow ever more freely from and to all six continents in a spirit of humble service. The goal should be, by all available means and at the earliest possible time, that every person will have the opportunity to hear, to understand, and to receive the good news. We cannot hope to attain this goal without sacrifice. All of us are shocked by the poverty of millions and disturbed by the injustices which cause it. Those of us who live in affluent circumstances accept our duty to develop a simple life-style in order to contribute more generously to both relief and evangelism.

EVANGELISM AND CULTURE

The development of strategies for world evangelization calls for imaginative pioneering methods. Under God, the result will be the rise of churches deeply rooted in Christ and closely related to their culture. Culture must always be tested and judged by Scripture. Because men and women are God’s creatures, some of their culture is rich in beauty and goodness. Because they are fallen, all of it is tainted with sin and some of it is demonic. The gospel does not presuppose the superiority of any culture to another, but evaluates all cultures according to its own criteria of truth and righteousness, and insists on moral absolutes in every culture. Missions have, all too frequently, exported with the gospel an alien culture, and churches have sometimes been in bondage to culture rather than to Scripture. Christ’s evangelists must humbly seek to empty themselves of all but their personal authenticity in order to become the servants of others, and churches must seek to transform and enrich culture, all for the glory of God.

EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP

We confess that we have sometimes pursued church growth at the expense of church depth, and divorced evangelism from Christian nurture. We also acknowledge that some of our missions have been too slow to equip and encourage national leaders to assume their rightful responsibilities. Yet we are committed to indigenous principles, and long that every church will have national leaders who manifest a Christian style of leadership in terms not of domination but of service. We recognize that there is a great need to improve theological education, especially for church leaders. In every nation and culture there should be an effective training programme for pastors and laity in doctrine, discipleship, evangelism, nurture and service. Such training programmes should not rely on any stereotyped methodology but should be developed by creative local initiatives according to biblical standards.

SPIRITUAL CONFLICT

We believe that we are engaged in constant spiritual warfare with the principalities and powers of evil, who are seeking to overthrow the Church and frustrate its task of world evangelization. We know our need to equip ourselves with God’s armour and to fight this battle with the spiritual weapons of truth and prayer. For we detect the activity of our enemy, not only in false ideologies outside the Church, but also inside it in false gospels which twist Scripture and put people in the place of God. We need both watchfulness and discernment to safeguard the biblical gospel. We acknowledge that we ourselves are not immune to worldliness of thought and action, that is, to a surrender to secularism. For example, although careful studies of church growth, both numerical and spiritual, are right and valuable, we have sometimes neglected them. At other times, desirous to ensure a response to the gospel, we have compromised our message, manipulated our hearers through pressure techniques, and become unduly preoccupied with statistics or even dishonest in our use of them. All this is worldly. The Church must be in the world; the world must not be in the Church.

FREEDOM AND PERSECUTION

It is the God-appointed duty of every government to secure conditions of peace, justice and liberty in which the Church may obey God, serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and preach the gospel without interference. We therefore pray for the leaders of nations and call upon them to guarantee freedom of thought and conscience, and freedom to practise and propagate religion in accordance with the will of God and as set out in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We also express our deep concern for all who have been unjustly imprisoned, and especially for those who are suffering for their testimony to the Lord Jesus. We promise to pray and work for their freedom. At the same time we refuse to be intimidated by their fate. God helping us, we too will seek to stand against injustice and to remain faithful to the gospel, whatever the cost. We do not forget the warnings of Jesus that persecution is inevitable.

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth are all his work. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit; thus evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-filled church. A church that is not a missionary church is contradicting itself and quenching the Spirit. Worldwide evangelization will become a realistic possibility only when the Spirit renews the Church in truth and wisdom, faith, holiness, love and power. We therefore call upon all Christians to pray for such a visitation of the sovereign Spirit of God that all his fruit may appear in all his people and that all his gifts may enrich the body of Christ. Only then will the whole Church become a fit instrument in his hands, that the whole earth may hear his voice.

THE RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment. This promise of his coming is a further spur to our evangelism, for we remember his words that the gospel must first be preached to all nations. We believe that the interim period between Christ’s ascension and return is to be filled with the mission of the people of God, who have no liberty to stop before the end. We also remember his warning that false Christs and false prophets will arise as precursors of the final Antichrist. We therefore reject as a proud, self-confident dream the notion that people can ever build a utopia on earth. Our Christian confidence is that God will perfect his kingdom, and we look forward with eager anticipation to that day, and to the new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell and God will reign forever. Meanwhile, we re-dedicate ourselves to the service of Christ and of people in joyful submission to his authority over the whole of our lives.

Step 1: Connection

Sunday Services & Events

Join us for any of our Sunday worship services as we celebrate God’s presence and find encouragement to follow Him with our whole lives. After the service, be sure to stay and mingle over some refreshments. Head to our "I'm New" page for information about service times, locations, children’s programs, and more!

There’s always something going on at Trinity! Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Events

Come to a Newcomer’s Lunch

Whether you’re new or just want to find out more about Trinity, we would love to invite you to an informal meet and greet with our Lead Pastor. He will tell Trinity’s story and share about ways to get connected to our community. It’s also an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about our church. Free lunch is provided!
Please check the bulletin or our church calendar for more information on the next newcomer's lunch

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Step 2: Community

Join a Small Group

Small Groups offer a community for the people who make up our church and are a great first step toward getting to know others. We have small groups for everyone! Each Small Group meets regularly throughout the month.

GROUPS

Join a Ministry

Serving in ministry, both inside and outside our church, is how we engage in God’s purposes for our lives. It’s also one of the best ways to meet new people who might even share common interests and passions. Learn about our ministries and get involved in what God is doing at Trinity!



Step 3: Become a Member

Membership

Becoming an official member means making Trinity your spiritual home and committing to our mission and vision. It means higher commitment, but also deeper fellowship and celebration as we follow Christ together and share in his work. Email info@trinitynr.org for information on the next membership class.

Our Purpose

To be a church rooted in a dynamic relationship with Jesus, growing in relationships with one another, and empowered to serve our community in His love.


What Does That Mean?

We want to be like Jesus. We understand that begins with a relationship with Him (rooted in Jesus). As people rooted in Jesus get together, those relationships naturally encourage one another to grow. We learn to love one another as Jesus loves us. But as the love of God works itself into us, we can’t keep that to ourselves. We have to share it! His love compels us to go beyond our church community to the larger community so all people might know the good news about Jesus.


A LETTER FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR



When we reflect upon our years as the Roe family, the faithfulness of God is what stands out the most. Faithfulness describes someone who is true to his word, reliable, and able to be completely trusted. We have witnessed this truth about God and are confident this is available to all who put their faith in Him.

Though we were both raised in Christian homes, my wife Bethany and I made choices in our teenage and college years to pursue things that resulted in broken relationships, confusion, and destruction. But the kindness of the Lord brought us back to truly knowing Christ and experiencing abundant life found in Him.

We found that when we let Him write the story, it was beyond what we could imagine. Our best ideas paled in comparison to God’s magnificent designs. Where long years of infertility should have been marked by depression and loneliness, instead they became years of laughter and joy as our home was filled with people who met Jesus and found life despite histories of addiction, failed marriages, psychiatric problems, and depression. Where family challenges should have produced instability and chaos, we found belonging through the Body of Christ. And where life-threatening illness should have brought great amounts of fear and sadness, we discovered joy and the promise of an eternity without pain and suffering.

We have lived life for ourselves, and we have lived life with Jesus. After experiencing the two, we are ruined for anything but the adventure of a lifetime that is found in Christ. We live as if eternity matters, because we think it does. And our dream is that you will join us for a life that is extraordinary, not because of what we do, but because of who HE is.

Southwest Florida is beautiful, but underneath the outward beauty, people are struggling. They are battling depression, homelessness, broken relationships, and pain. My wife and I don’t have all the answers, but we know Jesus does, and we invite you to join us to discover what those are and the adventure He has for your life.

Lead Pastor

KIRK PATTERSON

Years you have been at Trinity: 5

One thing you are very passionate about: To see the local church become a community of genuine transformation in the way and truth of Jesus!

Hobbies/Activities you enjoy: I have two daughters, Micah and Hadley, and a son, Knox. As a family, we love singing and playing music together, find unexplored places to go hiking, and cheering for the Tennessee Volunteers (whether in a down season or not)!

Fun Fact: We have been in the Boston area since 2010 while I completed my Master of Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, but then we went on to the University of Edinburgh and were in Scotland for a year while I did my Masters in Theology.



Worship Director

SHELBY PATTERSON

Years you have been at Trinity: 5

One thing you are very passionate about: I am passionate about music and am especially passionate about expressing my heart to the Lord THROUGH music!

Hobbies/Activities you enjoy: I LOVE spending time with my husband, Kirk, and our three kids Micah, Hadley and Knox. When I’m not doing that, I love running, songwriting, making creative messes and investing in meaningful friendships! I love life and all (well, most) of its exciting adventures! As a native southerner, one of the greatest adventures of my life so far has been exploring all that New England living has to offer!

Fun Fact: I ran in the Boston Marathon one year!





Associate Pastor of youth and families

MAT GANSENBERG

Years you have been at Trinity: I have been at Trinity for 4 years now!
One thing you are very passionate about: I am passionate about helping people connect with God and learn to think, feel, and act more like Jesus.
Hobbies/Activities you enjoy: I am a people person and love to spend time with my wife, Hannah, and our two daughters, Sadie and Norah, and our extended family and friends. I love watching the Patriots and Celtics. I am known for being pretty intense during sporting events.
Fun Fact: I love Arizona Green Tea.





Children's Director

LIANE RAY

Years you have been at Trinity: Almost 20 years!
One thing you are very passionate about: I am very passionate about marriage and family. I love that spending time with kids is what I get to call "work".
Hobbies/ Activities you enjoy: I really enjoy spending time with my husband, Mark, and our two teenagers. They keep us busy and always on the go.
Fun Fact: I love to dance, and did ballet for most of my life.





Administrative Assistant

Megg Wenzel

Years you have been at Trinity: We have been at Trinity for 11 years!

One thing you are very passionate about: I am very passionate about Hospitality. I love making people feel welcome and comfortable.

Hobbies/Activities you enjoy: I love to read, eat out at new restaurants and travel with my family.

Fun Fact: I have lived in three different countries: England, Switzerland, and the United States.





Derek Fullerton

Chairman of the Elders

Years you have been at Trinity: Almost 20 years!

One thing you are very passionate about: Relationships with people; I love people and connecting and sharing our stories of life and seeing how God was always part of it!

Hobbies/ Activities you enjoy: I love spending time with my wife and two children, traveling, fishing, and leadership speaking engagements. I am passionate in helping people find hope who are in addiction (substance use) through the Hope is Our Goal Foundation. I love to play and watch hockey!

Fun Fact: I love the Acoustic Guitar, but really stink at playing it. I know this because my kids don't ask me to play for them :)





David Anastasi

Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Years you have been at Trinity: Less than one year.

One thing you are very passionate about: I am very passionate about Christians owning their faith by knowing what they believe and why they believe it.

Hobbies/Activities you enjoy: I love physical activity, reading, writing, learning, cooking, spending time with my family and friends.

Fun Fact: I completed a 100 mile trail race and the Spartan Ultra Beast World Championship. I am also petrified of the ocean.

Sunday Services & Locations



9:00 & 10:45 AM


ADDRESS

105 Haverhill St.

North Reading, MA

Ph: 978-664-2416

Email: info@trinitynr.org

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