The first service was held in August 1964, in a renovated stock barn on Mistletoe Lane and 39 people joined together to become Trinity Methodist Church. With a vision and an energetic Senior Pastor, Reverend Don M. Pike, the church grew too big for the barn. Services for the 78 were held at C.C. Duff Elementary until Trinity’s members of 350 outgrew that and the new church was built on the corner of Norwood and Park Row. In 1970, Reverend John Ogden was appointed to serve Trinity. The membership had grown to 650. There was a great deal of growth and staff was added as well as additional buildings for Sunday Schools and other Educational needs. In 1976, Reverend Warren Olliff was appointed to Trinity and membership had grown to 1100. Reverend Bob Richmond was appointed to Trinity in 1980 and with the continued growth it became necessary to hold Sunday School classes at both worship services. In August of 1984 Trinity celebrated our 20th Anniversary, which coincided with Methodism’s 200th year and the 2,000 member to join Trinity!
Reverend Richard Jenkins was the Senior Pastor in 1985 and he hosted a Gathering of all the members with charter members, former pastors, special guests, and staff at the Arlington Convention Center. In 1987, Reverend James R. Porter was appointed to Trinity. Under his leadership, Trinity adopted a “Trinity Visions” program to reach out to nurture the church and the unchurched. Trinity also became actively involved in community ministries, including Arlington Charities, Arlington Night Shelter and Arlington Woman’s Shelter. Reverend Porter also developed a radio ministry. A new Sanctuary was built and membership had grown to 3000. In 1992 the properties across Park Row were purchased for Sunday Schools and Youth Ministries. There were great things happening during this time.
In 1994, Reverend Jim Chandler was Trinity’s Senior Pastor. The pipe organ was dedicated in 1998 and the Resurrection Cross was dedicated in memory of Ed Richardson, by his wife, Edna Richardson; a long time member and active in many areas of Trinity.
In 2001, Reverend John Robbins was appointed to Trinity. There was a great dynamic going on at Trinity and this created a need for more space to worship. Trinity was landlocked at Park Row; due to this restriction, a committee was formed to find a more appropriate property.
In 2006, with many prayers and a God intervention, the 29 acres at the corner of West Green Oaks and Pioneer Parkway was purchased. We called our new home The Promise Land. In 2007, Reverend Scott Youngblood was appointed to Trinity and was responsible for overseeing the construction of our present site. He served on the building committee and was a frequent visitor during the many stages of growth of the building. In October 2012, the first services were held at our new location. The new church was amazing and brought in many visitors who had watched it being built.
In July 2013, Dr. Dean Posey was appointed to serve at Trinity. Since then we have seen many changes at Trinity. The growth of our Sunday Schools, the development of the South 15 fields for the Sport’s Ministry and the plans for the NW Quadrant to build a Chapel, a Columbarium, a Labyrinth and an outdoor amphitheater. It continues to be an exciting time at Trinity.
The beautiful stained glassed window in the Sanctuary was given in honor and memory of Orville Niblack by his family.
There is an interesting motivation behind this gift. Orville and Saunda enjoyed visiting churches on their travels and they had a passion for the stained glassed windows in these churches and would look for them in the different locations.
When you look at the window in the Sanctuary it has three circles. This represents God with three bands of light and reminds us that He brought light into the world. Jesus represents the Son who welcomes all to Him and to our church. The Holy Spirit is represented by the ascending Dove and is present in all believers.
This is a custom design and hand painted by Dennis Roberts, at D.H.S. Studios in Fredericksburg, Texas.
“What we believe” sections are usually full of bullet points and read somewhat like an owner’s manual. Unfortunately most of our lives don’t look anything like that. Sure our lives are filled with facts and figures, dates and times; but we have to write all those down to remember them. The important stuff we don’t need to write down. What we love, what we hate, what we fear, our biggest hopes—we don’t keep those in palm pilots or calendars or cool cell phones. We live in stories, not bullet points. At Trinity United Methodist Church we place our hope and belief in the story presented in the Bible; a story into which God invites us to live. If, after reading this story of our beliefs, you would like a more “traditional” list of beliefs, we invite you to read about the historic doctrines of the United Methodist Church.
We believe that an imaginative, amazing God created the earth and all of the beauty encompassed by nature and the universe around us. This creative activity occurred through God’s spoken word, revealing the power and holiness of language and communication. We’d rather use that gift of language to enjoy the beauty around us than argue about how exactly it happened. After creating the planet we live on and all that we see around us, including the stars in the heaven, the grass beneath our feet and the animals by our sides, God created humankind. Humanity was created in God’s image, that we might always remember our Creator and model our lives after that love.
Of course, humans being humans, we do not always model that love perfectly. We mess up … we hurt one another and ourselves … and we call this sin. Sin is the betrayal of God – it is the opposite of love. Sin came into the world as soon as did humanity, and it continues to pervade our world today. Surprisingly, though, God did not turn away from humanity. Despite all of the betrayal, hurt and evil caused by humanity, God continued (and still does today) to love us and accept us as we are. This was made most evident through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus lived approximately 2000 years ago in what is now the Middle East. He was a great prophet and teacher of what God was doing in and around the world. But more importantly than that, Jesus was also the son of God. In the face of betrayal by humanity, God chose to come and experience life as a human – to cross the great divide between heaven and earth – so that we might know God more fully and more intimately. Jesus’ message was one of reaching out to the poor, the oppressed, and the abandoned. Being God in the form of humanity, he miraculously cured the sick, fed the hungry, and even overcame death by bringing people who had died back to life.
Because Jesus wanted to protect the oppressed and thereby bring vitality back into the Jewish religion, he upset many people. And people, acting as they do, tortured and killed Jesus by hanging him on a wooden cross. However, the story did not end there. For, on the third day after being hung on the cross and later buried in a tomb, Jesus conquered death once more – this time by becoming resurrected himself. Through this impossible act of love, God overcame evil and forgave humanity once and for all. As a result, we can rest assured that nothing we do is beyond the forgiveness of God.
After he rose from the dead, Jesus appeared to a great number of people and ensured that his teachings would live on. These people who followed him became known as Christians, and we continue in that tradition today. Jesus eventually ascended into heaven, but not before helping his followers to experience how God lives and works through humanity every day. This is through the activity of the Holy Spirit. Thus, God is made known to us in three forms – as God in heaven who creates life, as Jesus who came to teach us about God’s love, and as the Holy Spirit who guides us to model that love today. We call these three forms the Trinity, and it is from this that we take our name for this church.
Because God continues to work through us today, and because we continue in the tradition of the first Christians by gathering together to worship and study about God, we believe the story is not over. It lives on through us, and our lives make sense only as part of that great story. Thus, we do not simply follow a set of rigid beliefs – instead we follow something larger. We follow a movement – the movement of God. And in so doing we help to reveal God’s love to the entire world.
Dr. Dean Posey is Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington, Texas. Dean married his wife Diana in 1977. They have 2 grown children. In the ministry for almost 40 years, Dean has a B.A. in Religion from Baylor University, a Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta and a Doctorate of Ministry from the same school. Dr. Posey is a dynamic leader who continually strives to bring faith into the lives of everyone he meets. At one point, Dean worked directly with ALPHA founder Nicky Gumbel in London, England to organize and facilitate the first ALPHA conference in the state of Texas. Dr. Posey has recently published his first book 12 Gifts We Can’t Afford to Lose. Dr. Posey has long been intrigued with the story of Noah and God’s faithfulness in his trials. Noah’s faithful obedience to God and the great narrative of how God saved Noah and his family from the ensuing flood as detailed in Chapters 6-9 of Genesis, is the story Dr. Posey uses to illustrate the eternal gifts God not only gave Noah, but faithfully supplies each of us with today. The question that Dr. Posey then asks is whether or not we are willing to not just receive the gifts, but to make the sacrifices necessary to put them to work in our lives. “How can we gratefully receive the gifts God offers?” he asks. “How can we embrace and apply those gifts so that our lives will be better for it? What hinders us from doing so? If the story of Noah and the ark teaches us about our Heavenly Father’s faithfulness, how can we apply these lessons to our daily lives?” With the same deep faith and personal anecdotes that have marked his sermons in almost 40 years of ministry, Dr. Posey explores each of the gifts that have come directly from God’s heart, proof that we have been blessed by his faithfulness.
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Brenda Beaver was appointed to Trinity in March of 2006. Her current ministry responsibilities include facilitating Trinity’s program of adult Christian education/discipleship and adult mission service opportunities. She is a trained Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader, and she holds a license to practice social work in the state of Texas. Brenda received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education from Louisiana Baptist College in Pineville, Louisiana. She then received a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Brenda completed a series of courses in United Methodist studies from Brite Divinity School at TCU, and was ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the Central Texas Conference in June, 2010. She has considered Trinity to be her “home church” since 1993. Prior to coming on staff at Trinity, Brenda served for 24 years as a social worker in the medical field and as a child abuse/neglect caseworker in both Louisiana and Texas. She has one son, Daniel, who is married to Katie, and has one daughter, Elizabeth. Brenda is looking forward to being a first-time grandmother in November of 2016.
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Scott grew up in Lamont, Oklahoma where he excelled in athletics as well as academics. He received his Bachelors Degree in Physical Education Sports Management from Oklahoma State University and his Masters Degree in Divinity from Perkins School of Theology. Scott worked as a Physical Therapist Technician for the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Padres. He also worked as the Senior High Youth Minister at Boston Avenue UMC. Then he was appointed to Tuttle UMC followed by Aline/Cleo Springs UMC. Scott is married to Buffi Rene and has two children, Payton and Parker.
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Rev. John Han came to Trinity in September, 2013 as a mobile media ministry director. He started Mobile Media Ministry called M3. It is the unique ministry which allows children to learn about God through technology. John became an associate pastor in July, 2014. He provides leadership for and actively participates in worship, pastoral care, education, discipleship, and evangelism. Additionally, John is the minister of Alpha course. A native of South Korea, John completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer at Dankook University, South Korea in 2001. He moved to the United States in 2005 to begin seminary. He studied for Master of Divinity in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX for 3 years and transferred to Brite Divinity School at TCU. John completed his Master of Divinity at Brite in fall, 2011. He is an ordained elder with the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. John Han and his wife, Sunny, have been married since 2002. They have one child: Kristina. John likes watching movies, riding bikes, reading, web-surfing, and praying.
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Rev. Gary F. Turner joined the ministry team at Trinity as Director of Congregational Care in May, coming out of retirement for the third time, having previously served as interim senior pastor at Western Hills UMC in El Paso and First UMC of Corsicana. He took retired status in 2012 after serving six years as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Euless. As the son of a United Methodist Minister he has lived in many towns in Central Texas. He is a 1973 graduate of Comanche High School and was graduated from McMurry College in Abilene with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion in 1977. In April 1975 he was licensed to preach in the United Methodist Church and began serving his first church in Tye, Texas, in June. On May 24, of that same year, he was married to Carol Louise Criswell at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene. They have three children and two grandchildren. Rev. Turner received his Master of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 1981 and was ordained an elder in the Church in 1982. He has served churches throughout Central Texas including ten years as pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Cisco. In 1992 and 1993 he took a leave of absence and was employed as Crusade Coordinator for the Greater Fort Worth Luis Palau Crusade. He then went on to work for Promise Keepers as Conference Director for the first Men’s Conference in Texas on June 11, 1994, in Denton at the University of North Texas. From 1988-1992 Rev. Turner served as Chaplain for the Fort Worth Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He currently serves as an associate chaplain at DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy joining the Chaplaincy in December of 2011 while serving as Senior Pastor of the FUMC, Euless. At the time he volunteered in Terminal D on Sunday evenings. He currently serves on Friday morning in Terminal D with visits to Terminal E and Corporate Aviation. He also conducts a 15 minute Prayer Service. About the position of Director of Congregational Care he says, “I believe that one of the most basic aspects of my preparation for caring ministry came from visiting hospitals and nursing homes with my father when I was very young.” Gary enjoys sports and spending time with his family. He also enjoys flying and is a licensed pilot.
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Kendall Carter is the Director of Music & Worship at Trinity United Methodist Church, where he directs ensembles and guides the church's traditional music and fine arts ministries. He has held similar positions locally in Frisco, Plano, and Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Hardin-Simmons University with emphases in music education and church music. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas with emphases in choral conducting and music theory. In addition to his role at Trinity, Kendall is currently the Music/Artistic Director of the Frisco Chorale. He is married to Jessica, and they have one daughter, Julia.
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Emma is thrilled to be the Children’s Worship and Choirs Director here at Trinity United Methodist Church. God placed a passion for leading others in worship on Emma’s heart when she was just 14 and she has followed that passion ever since. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2017. In addition to her role at Trinity, Emma teaches courses at Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre in Fort Worth.
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YangSun (Sunny) Yu was raised in a devout Christian family with a Methodist background. Going to church on Sundays and participating in church activities became a primary focus and an integral part of her life. It was this early experience that led her to the decision to become a church musician. She wanted to please God and bring joy and peace to people through her musical talent. She began her church music and organ studies with Dr. Dong Lim Min at Seoul Theological University in South Korea. There she earned a BA in church music and organ performance. After graduating, she came to the United States. She studied with Dr. H. Joseph Butler at Texas Christian University where she completed her Master of Music in organ performance. While she was studying at TCU, she was a chapel assistant, organist, and chorister for the Brite Divinity School. In addition to her organ studies, Sunny also studied choral conducting with Dr. Jerry McCoy at the University of North Texas. Her goal was to bring a greater depth of knowledge and ability to the churches she serves. Currently Sunny is working on a Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of North Texas. She is studying organ with Dr. Jesse Eschbach. Sunny has received numerous competition awards. However, the one she is most proud of winning is the “Best Hymn Playing Award” in the graduate division of the 2007 William C. Hall Organ Competition held in San Antonio, TX. While working on her post graduate studies, she enjoyed being employed as an organist at First United Methodist Church of Azle for 8 years and at Martin United Methodist Church in in Bedford for 3 years. Presently, at Trinity, Sunny is actively performing as an organist and accompanist. In addition, she enjoys directing Trinity’s hand bell ensembles.
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Christina grew up here in Arlington and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in May of 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been a part of the United Methodist Church since she was very young and has been on staff here at Trinity since 2005. She has a passion for working with youth and helping them grow in their relationship with Christ. She feels that God has called her to use her gifts to nurture students as they seek to discover God’s call on their lives. She also loves sharing her desire to serve with her students, taking them on mission trips, and encouraging them to use the gifts they have received to help others.
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Michael heard God's calling to work with youth when he was 19 and has been working in ministry and education ever since. He has held a variety of positions including being a teacher, life coach, tutoring company manager, camp counselor, and youth director. His hobbies include soccer, salt water aquariums, baking delicious desserts, board games and video games.
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Betsy grew up at Trinity UMC and returned with her own family to lead the Children's Ministry. Betsy graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a Masters in Special Education. She has been involved in children's ministry for 13 years and thinks that leading Trinity Kids is a double blessing . . . she can share her faith in a worthwhile ministry and at the same time build a program that her own children can enjoy and grow in.
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Leigh Talley grew up in Dallas, graduated from University of North Texas with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught in the public classroom for 18 years and recently joined the staff at Trinity bringing her classroom experience to the church. Leigh, her husband Bill, and her two children Kamryn & Mitchell moved back to Texas from Georgia and have quickly made Trinity their home.
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Rachel grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated with her BA in Education from The University of the Incarnate Word. Past professional positions include being the Assistant Director and later the Director of Sylvan Learning Center and teaching for 9 years in Aledo ISD. She first came to Trinity in 2013 and immediately knew this would be a great place for her and her children to make their place of worship. She became the Director of Trinity Early Learning Center in August 2014. Working at Trinity has been a blessing that allows her own children to be raised in the Methodist church all while serving families in our community.
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Lisa was born in Naperville, IL but grew up in Woodbury, MN. She moved to Texas in 1986 where she met her husband, John. They have been married for 22 years, and between them, they have two daughters, two sons, four granddaughters and one grandchild on the way!
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