Mary Heath will preach on Jul 2

> Our History:


Founding. Our congregation held its first worship service on October 9, 1983, following 24,000 direct mail brochures and 1,000 visits by Pastor/Developer Don Lynn. The congregation met for its first 12 months in what what was known as the Trice Estate, located at 15000 N. Western Avenue. The first worship service was attended by 113 people, 20 of whom signed on as charter members.

Two of those charter members were Melvin and Anna Mae Griffin, who in November 1984 deeded ten acres to build a new church at our present location of 1400 NW 178th Street. The congregation moved its worship services to the cafeteria at Charles Haskell Elementary School in November 1984 and worshiped there until moving into the new church building in September 1985.

The congregation became an officially recognized congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) during Easter Sunday worship services on April 7, 1985. The charter was closed with 103 members. We were the first congregation started under Church Advance Now, a Disciples program to start 100 new congregations. Don Lynn was installed as the first minister on May 19, 1985.

Nearly half of the charter members had not been actively participating in another church. Two small churches from other traditions closed and unofficially united with Edmond Trinity. First Christian Church of Edmond also sent a few members to help the church get started.

Church growth and decline.
Average worship attendance peaked at 123 in 1987. The church lost members in the late 1980s when an economic downturn hit the oil industry and agriculture. When plans were discussed to build a large sanctuary closer to the road on NW 178th Street, conflict arose about funding and retaining the feel of a small church. Average worship attendance fell to 95 in 1990. The congregation continued to experience conflict in the 1990s and average attendance declined to 25 in 2001. The name of the congregation was changed to Lord of the Harvest Christian Church in 1998 and changed back to Edmond Trinity Christian Church in 2005.

Ministers. We have been served by six ministers and four interim ministers:

Don Lynn, 1983-1990.
Joe Samuels (interim), 1991.
Larry Bishop, 1991-1994.
Allen Campbell (interim), 1995-1997.
Paul Fritts, 1997-2001.
Steve Lucas, 2002-2005.
Harold Dowler (interim), 2005-2006.
June Prewitt (interim), 2006-2007.
Don Heath, 2007-
Mary Heath, 2011-

New growth. The congregation remodeled the church building in 2008-2009 to add a pitched roof, brick on the exterior walls, drywall on the interior walls, a steeple and a front porch. A new monument sign with a marquee was built on the road. A dedication ceremony for the remodeled building was held on March 1, 2009. New pews were installed in December 2014 as a gift from First Christian Church of Kaw City.

The congregation voted unanimously on March 25, 2012, to become an Open and Affirming congregation and to adopt an Open and Affirming covenant. We believe that each person is a child of God; we recognize the human body and sexuality as a gift of God, not something to be ashamed of.

Edmond Trinity Preschool/Mother's Day Out was opened in August 2012 for children from ages 2 1/2 through 5. Our co-minister, Mary Heath, is the Director. Classes run from August through May.

A Green Team was formed in summer 2013 to explore practices that the congregation could adopt to become better stewards of the environment. The Green Team adopted the Alverna Covenant during worship on November 3, 2013, and the congregation was recognized by Disciples Home Missions as a Green Chalice congregation. 

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