We are a church family wholly trusting in God, telling the good news, and serving our community in harmony.
The roots of our congregation began in 1824 with the Freewill Baptist Church. About 1841, the Freewill Baptists merged with the Free Communion Baptists and chose the name, Free Baptists. This name remained in effect until the Free Baptists merged with the Northern Baptist Convention in 1911.
The original church of 1824 grew from a few members, to a congregation of 90 worshippers. They gathered for a time in a barn owned by Jacob Ulsh, but soon built a frame church located at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Ave. and Summit St. When members thought it was too far out of town, it was moved to a lot on S. Vine St donated by Eber Baker, whose son George had returned as pastor.
The church congregation continued to grow as Samuel Bates became pastor in 1857 and formed the first choir. Rev Bates was so enthused by the music of the choir that he urged everyone to join, whether they could sing or not.
In 1880, Rev O.D. Patch became pastor. Under his guidance, the women of the church organized the Ladies Mite Society which was later renamed the Ladies Missionary Society. Needs for improved facilities were recognized as membership and enthusiasm grew. Property on the north side of E Center St was purchased, and the new building was completed and dedicated in the fall of 1867 after construction delays due to the Civil War.
It is noteworthy that on May 6, 1883, Warren G. Harding, at the age of 17, became a member of the Free Baptist Church. He became a trustee and served more than 35 years through the transition of Trinity Baptist Church until 1920.
By 1884, Rev O.W. Waldron was pastor, under whose direction the first youth program was initiated and called Christian Endeavor.
Enthusiasm continued to grow and by 1901 a need for larger facilities developed. In 1901 the lot on South Main St was acquired for $4,250. Although construction of the church had begun in June of 1904, the cornerstone was not laid until August of 1905. Three hundred people attended the groundbreaking service. Contained in the cornerstone is a copper box containing a Bible, a hymnal, history of the church, church roll, church paper (Morning Star), photos of the old church, a Women’s Missionary program, a Christian Endeavor topic card, and local newspapers.
The First Baptist Church located on North State Street was also growing and expanding at this time. Taking note of the new building under construction on South Main, First Baptist made contact with the Free Baptists and an agreement was made that the two congregations would merge.
Trinity Baptist Church was officially organized in April of 1912 when the former Free Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church had agreed to a name change. The two churches had come together in a joint worship service held on September 24, 1911. The two congregations held separate Sunday morning services; then, in the evening, members of the First Baptist Church met at the State Street location and marched as a body to the new Trinity building, where they were welcomed by the Trinity Baptist congregation singing, “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.”
In 1943, the property adjacent to the south side of Trinity was purchased from Miss Clara Kowalke, and it was remodeled in 1945 into a youth center called “Trinity House.”
The former Marion Public Library building, which had opened for public use in 1907, was purchased in 1979 under the leadership of Dr. Robert S. Ginn. The library was remoldeled into our present Chrisitian Center. The Christian Center opened in 1980 housing the church offices, Sunday school classes, and a center for youth activities.
God has been faithful to Trinity Baptist throughout the years it has served the community of Marion, Ohio, and we trust He will continue to be faithful to His people as we seek to serve our community and its changing needs into the future generations.
While some kids dream of growing up to be a doctor or an astronaut, ever since the time Daniel was a young child all he have ever wanted to do is be a pastor. It is a task that is truly his life’s calling and has been the central motivating factor of everything in his life up to this point. Beginning at the age of 19, he was given the tremendous privilege of serving God’s people and serving God’s church. Since that time, Daniel has served in various ministerial roles including Youth Pastor, Staff Pastor, Sunday School teacher, Small Group Leader, and enior Pastor. There is nothing he loves more than ministering to people and building eternal relationships. Starting in 2009, while serving as a youth pastor, Daniel began to realize the tremendous need to better equip himself for the immense task that lay ahead, first pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Church Ministries, and then a Th. M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Throughout his studies and ministry he continues to be amazed at the goodness and greatness of the God we serve! He is excited to see what the future holds and what God is going to do at Trinity Baptist Church.
Daniel’s life’s purpose and personal mission statement is “To reach others with the Gospel message of Christ’s redemptive work for mankind. To disciple and equip new believers to live an effectual and consistent Christian life. To be immersed in a body of believers that strives to pursue the Great Commission and to live a faithful Christian life. And finally to be a part of a ministry that is both relevant and effective.”
Young Adult Pastor
Andrew grew up in Linesville Pennsylvania and graduated from Linesville High School in 2006. With a heart guided to serve in full-time ministry, he attended and graduated from the small bible school located in Johnson City, NY – Davis College where he attained his Bachelors in Religious Education degree and met his beautiful wife Katie. They got married in September of 2013 and now have two daughters, Abigail & Natalie.
Upon graduation, he joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard as an Information Technology Specialist and since completing his Masters in Divinity, he is now currently serving as a chaplain candidate for the Air Force Reserves.
During his deployment in 2016, he received a call to serve with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach). From there, he was matched with Trinity Baptist Church to serve as the Campus Minister for The Ohio State University at Marion & Marion Technical College. He combines this ministry with the young adult ministry from Trinity Baptist.
Director of Children’s Ministry
Wendy was born in Gallipolis, Ohio and is a graduate of North Gallia High School and the University of Findlay. She and her husband, Todd, moved to Marion in 1994. She has a degree in elementary education. Wendy taught in Marion City Schools for 19 years. Wendy has been attending Trinity since 1994. In September of 2016, she began serving as the children’s education director. Todd and Wendy are the parents of a son, Brock and a daughter, Avery.
Amy Washburn has been working with the youth at Trinity Baptist Church since 2011 as a youth leader. In January of 2016, she was asked to take on the role as Youth Director. She gladly accepted the call and is thoroughly enjoying the time she spends ministering to the youth of TBC.
Amy is a Marion native and graduated from River Valley. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Education degree in Middle Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. She has been a teacher at River Valley Middle School since 2008.
Amy is blessed to be called “Mom” by her wonderful son, Dalton. He is the reason she does what she does. She and Dalton share their home with their canine friends, Reagan and Fergie.
Sheryl Simmons has been married to Harry Simmons since 1985 and has three children, Amy, Sarah, and Michael. She is a graduate of Taylor University and has lived in Marion all of her life.