Trinity Presbyterian Church began in 1984 when several families who had been meeting together for weekly Bible study fellowship began a regular worship service. Each shared a love for the Reformed faith, and distinctive views of the need for Christian education, the need for active involvement in our culture, Creationism, and household Communion.
In the summer of 1986 Pastor Mickey Schneider was called from St Paul Presbyterian in Jackson, Mississippi, in order become Trinity's first pastor. In those days, the pulpit was only a shaky wooden podium in the choral room of Ruckel Jr. High School, where 14 families met for worship on Sunday. As our congregation began to slow by steady growth, we moved to larger facilities the lunch room and later to an annex at Twin Cities Hospital. Here we met for several years of great preaching, wonderful fellowship, and much learning together under Pastor Schneider's capable teaching.
After saving for some years to buy a building of our own, God enabled us to purchase the old Valparaiso City Hall. Since Pastor Schneider's old office formerly belonged to the Chief of Police, we thought perhaps some nice blue lights on top of our pastor's car could give a new meaning to the Bible passage compel them to come in. This historic building has been remodeled extensively over the years to try to accommodate steady church growth. Several years ago we began plans for larger facilities in which we could have adequate room for Sunday School classes, offices, and a fellowship hall. Despite setbacks due to rapidly inflated building prices, in 2006 we built an administration building and a fellowship hall.
In 2012, after 28 years of faithful service, Pastor Schneider retired and Trinity called her current pastor, Ben Rossell, to take his place.
We look back with amazement and gratitude for all the Lord has allowed us to accomplish, and look forward with joyous anticipation to what He has in store for us.