How the Trinity Project Came to Be
In late 1994, Trinity
Community Church in Portland, Oregon made a hard decision. The church
population was decreasing and had been for several years. Those remaining
were faithful Christians and, wanting to be good stewards, they decided
to sell their church property and use the proceeds to fund three new
In cooperation with the Church
Multiplication Training Center (CMTC) in Colorado Springs,
the first of these "beachead" ministriesthe Trinity Projectwas
born. Ron Hockley, a recent graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary,
was hired as pastor and the church began to take shape.
The First Members
Ron, his wife Suzanne and their
infant son took to the Project with gusto. They found Dave Crocker, Trinity's
first worship leader. They invited Gene Welliver, former pastor of Trinity
Community Church, to join their team. Things were starting to come together.
They began sending out a monthly newsletter and soon scheduled a prayer
service to pray about the future of the church.
Over 30 people from all around
the Portland Metro area showed up at the prayer service. Many of Trinity's
first members were a product of this initial meeting. The church's vision and purpose spoke
to them on a personal level and they decided to get involved.
The rest is history…