Memphis, Tennessee


An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, all are welcome here!
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685 S. Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-320-9376
Church website: www.holytrinitymemphis.org 
Church Office Email:  

Senior Pastor: Robert Van Ess 
Office Hours: Tues. - Thurs. Please call for an appointment as our pastor enjoys a flexible schedule in order to accommodate as many community events and church members requests as possible.

"Wherever you are on your journey, you are most welcomed here"


Holy Trinity Church Council

Ali Langley (Secretary): aliluvs2sing@aol.com

Roderick Cornelius (Vice Moderator): roderickcornelius@gmail.com 
Ed Rachels (At-Large): rdhdednmphs@aol.com  
Patrick Pearson (Moderator): ppearson424@gmail.com

Suzanne Scoggins (Treasurer): scog_suz@yahoo.com


Alison Langley                Roderick Cornelius           Ed Rachels                Patrick Pearson         Suzanne Scoggins

Secretary                             Vice Moderator                 At-Large                        Moderator                    Treasurer



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Welcome to Holy Trinity Community Church!

We are an Open and Affirming congregation of The United Church of Christ. That means that we offer an extravagant welcome to all people. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Our common goal is to offer our members:

·       A spiritual connection

·       A place that affirms them and their families

·       A place that values their questions and 


·       A place that makes a difference in the world

Come and join us in worship, attend one of our bible studies, or contact our new settled pastor, Rev. Rob Van Ess. We want to meet you. ((revrobvaness@gmail.commor call 901-320-9376)..

·       Adult Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30AM in the Chapel.

·       Worship every Sunday at 11AM.

·       Children’s Faith Formation every Sunday during worship.

·       Bible Study every Wednesday at 6:30PM in Hammett Hall, on the lower level.

·       Open to all Voices of Vision choir practice every Tuesday at 6:30PM in the sanctuary.

Meet our new pastor!

Rev. Van Ess has worked as an Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor and a Chaplin for a hospital since his ordination as a minister.  The qualifications that he possesses through life experiences, education, being a co-leader of a congregation, leader of a congregation and being a Chaplin brings a wealth of knowledge to our faith community. After working 25 years as a hairdresser Rob comments on his non-traditional faith journey: “The listening skills I have developed behind the chair have served me well in ministry. I have learned much from the privilege of being able to walk with others through the journey of their lives – the celebrations, the suffering, and the seeking – as an essential part of my ministry. In sharing our stories, I have found that both people and entire communities with a faith in Christ will find themselves reconciled, restored and reborn by the grace of God.” Come share your story with Pastor Rob. He looks forward to meeting you. (revrobvaness@gmail.com or call 901-320-9376)


26 years ago a group of people came together after being excluded from their various faith communities because they were gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. People were getting sick and dying horrible deaths and at the time no one seemed to know why. The most visible spread of the disease was in the gay community. A national panic set in. All around the Memphis-area houses of worship uninvited or excluded queer people because they were afraid of catching “the gay cancer.” This was an especially controversial issue when it came to the serving of Communion. They were afraid that some people were contagious and that they would contaminate the host. Thus they banned many from sharing in the sacrament of Communion. Making them second class citizens in their church homes at best, and modern day leapers who were ostracized and shunned at worst. Today we know that this was one of the public reactions to the initial onset of HIV and AIDS in our community.

Our founders came together from many different faith traditions – Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Church of Christ, among others. They had the shared desire to create a place where they could come together to worship God while being fully respected and accepted as the beautiful children of God that they knew they were. They didn’t want anyone to have the power to tell them that they were not welcome to worship in the house of God.

They came together to start this church so that everyone, without restriction, could experience God’s love and grace and mercy and forgiveness in community without the fear of rejection and ridicule. So that there was a place where people could come to commune with God and each other without having to hide a part of who they were and who they loved.

We are inspired by the experience of our founders being excluded from their various faith communities to always make sure that we are a welcoming people for all people. That our personal relationships with God are informed by our sexual orientation but not defined by our sexual orientation. Our legacy of the Gospel at this church is for all people, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, and every other location on the gender spectrum. It doesn’t matter who you are or how you identify yourself – you are loved by God. That is a significant part of our witness. We believe that together united in our faith we are called to reach out and proclaim God’s unending love for all people. To embrace the beatitudes and work tirelessly for the new heaven and the new Earth that our holy scripture keeps pointing us towards. The dream of God as revealed through Jesus for the love of all the world.

The God of love is calling us forth to believe and to act, to change the world for the better, to save lives for the sake of all that is holy and that what is holy is each and every one of us living today.


Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.

We believe in God's continuing testament.  This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today.  We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.  We prepare our members to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.  Why? Because God is still speaking,




No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

We believe in extravagant welcome.  This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable.  We advocate justice for all.  Our congregation extends hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love.  We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission.  Our perspective is global, not provincial.  We work with — not against — people of other faiths.  Why? Because God is still speaking,





Never place a period where God has placed a comma.

We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally.  We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace.  This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.  Why? Because God is still speaking.  

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and thee fellowshippof the Holy Spirit be with you all.””

(2 Corinthians 13:14, NIV)            


July Events

Adult Sunday School, Sundays at 9:30AM
Choir Practice, Tue. at 6:30PM
Summer break for Wed. night bible study will be in June and July 2018.

Life Group Meetings
Alicia Smith bluidgrl4@gmail.com

Phoenix Rising Sun
Robert Morgan Pearson robertmorgan2126@gmail.com
Ariana Abelli greenfire_814@ayhoo.com

Donna Young donele@hotmail.com
Courtney McDonnell

Facilities Management
If anyone needs to borrow or use church property or facilities, please inform Holy Trinity's facilities coordinator,  Don Morgan to make arrangements to do so.

Monthly Events

Monthly Potluck
Last Sunday of every month


The Food Pantry at the church continues to have steady use by our neighbors in the community hard hit by the economic times we are presently facing. Donations of food from congregants has sustained the pantry. This week our needs included canned meats, soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, pre-packaged ready to eat meals and any other non-perishable product that hungry people might need. Food donations may be dropped off at the church office.

Food Pantry Hours

 Mondays 9AM to 12PM

Not open on national holidays. Inclement weather policy for the food pantry: The Holy Trinity Food Pantry will not be open during inclement weather when the Shelby Co or Memphis City Schools close due to severe weather conditions. Please call to confirm if there is any doubt about the pantry will be open during a severe weather event.

The generosity of our congregation to support this important outreach to our neighborhood has been remarkable. Thank you for caring enough to make a difference.

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Become a Stillspeaking Voice

I go forth today as a Stillspeaking Voice to:
Be attentive to God's voice in the world and in others
Watch for each person God will send my way
Listen for an appropriate moment to share a Stillspeaking word
Share the good news of extravagant welcome
Invite others to join me at church this week
Give thanks for the opportunity to be a Stillspeaking Voice for
Holy Trinity Community Church

WAYS TO TENDER YOUR OFFERING/TITHE: We need your continued and consistent support to meet the financial obligations of Holy Trinity—even on Sundays that you can’t attend! There are several simple ways to contribute to your church. They are:

OFFERING IN CASH: Place the cash in the plate as it is past. If you want your donation recorded for tax purposes, write your name on the envelope provided and enclose your cash.


OFFERING BY CHECK: Fold your check in half and place it in the collection plate. NO NEED FOR AN ENVELOPE since your name is already printed on the check. If you want to designate this check for anything other than General Fund, please indicate that on the Memo Field of your check!

OFFERING BY MAIL: If you are going to be absent and would like to be sure your offering gets to the church timely, please write a check and mail it to the church. Mail to: Holy Trinity Community Church, 685 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111.

AUTO-PAY BY YOUR BANK: If you’d rather not worry about having to write a check or carry cash, feel free to use your bank’s Auto-Pay process. Simply go to your bank’s website, login to your account, create Holy Trinity Community Church as a New Payee in your bank’s Bill Pay System, designate the amount your want to give to Holy Trinity, identify if this is one time, every week, every two weeks, or every month recurrence and then list the name and address of the Payee as: Holy Trinity Community Church, 685 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111 and the date(s) for the donation. That’s it. On the appropriate dates, your bank will debit your account and send a check to Holy Trinity in your name. Bill Pay systems have fields where you can write a memo or note on the check. Examples include: Tithing from John Doe or Offering from Mary Doe. In all cases, the bank identifies you as the person making the payment. This is key to crediting your church tithing/offering account.

PAY PAL: Want to use your credit card to tithe or donate to the church? Please go to our Web Page at: www.holytrinitymemphis.org , or to Holy Trinity Memphis on Facebook and click on the Donate icon on our Webpage or the Donate Tab on Facebook. You will be taken to Pay Pal to securely enter your donation. There’s a small fee to the church (not to you) when this method is used.

Look for Holy Trinity on Facebook and on line at:  http://www.holytrinitymemphis.org . Send email to: and your email will be redirected to the appropriate person.

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