Who We Are
Trinity Presbyterian Church is instructed by the scriptures as the sole authority in the Church and revelation of Jesus the Christ and guided by the Confessions of the Reformed faith as a link to Christian thought throughout history. The Presbyterian Church's (U.S.A.) Brief Statement of Faith and the 1997 Declaration of the Reformed Faith -- an interpretation of the Confessions adopted by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders concerned about inclusiveness in the Church -- provide pertinent guidance for our congregations in today's world. The congregations believe the Church's mission is three-fold:
- The Kerygma -- proclamation of the Gospel
- Kononia -- building the Christian community
- Diaconia -- serving the world
In harmony with its tradition of inclusiveness dating to its beginnings when it was there for immigrants and their children who settled in its neighborhood, Trinity has declared itself a Welcoming and More Light Congregation in the Presbyterian denomination in which lesbian and gay persons can participate and serve fully as members and leaders.
Trinity Presbyterian Church is located in the historic Clinton or Hell's Kitchen section of New York City, and started as a Sunday School mission over a stable on Tenth Avenue in 1877. Today the 600-member congregation -- although limited by space, membership size and funds -- carries on a diverse ministry that continues to focus on youth and children along with the homeless, older persons, and the theater/arts community.