Our Story

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Trinity Church has been on Telfair Square in downtown Savannah since 1848. We are the Mother Church of Savannah Methodism in a city that is intimately associated with John Wesley. Our building and people have a rich history that has led Trinity Church to be the radically inclusive United Methodist community it is today.

Brief History
The land where the church is located was part of the original city of Savannah given by the King of England. The trustees of Wesley Chapel bought the land in 1848, in order to erect a sanctuary large enough for their growing congregation. Under the pastorate of A. T. Mann on February 14, 1848, the cornerstone was laid, and in 1850, the membership moved to the new building. Trinity is architecturally in the Greek revival style, similar to the design of Wesley Chapel in London. In 1876, Dr. E. H. Myers, pastor of Trinity, died from yellow fever during an epidemic that hit Savannah. In 1895, Robert McIntire paid for a Sunday school building to be constructed. This building was replaced on February 13, 1927, by a modern, four-story building. In 1967, the sanctuary was renovated, restoring it to the original 1848 design. Trinity has been instrumental in the founding of Wesley Monumental, Epworth, Asbury Memorial, Grace, Aldersgate, Wesley Oak, Robert McIntire, and White Bluff.
In 1991 a fire destroyed the four-story Educational Building. After two years of construction the building was completed in 1993. In 2005 the exterior of the church was restored, winning an Award of Excellence from the Historic Savannah Foundation. In recent years the church hosted various community programs including the Savannah Music Festival and the Savannah Book Festival.

WHere We Are Now

With an active multi generational congregation we have led community efforts and justice initiatives for decades. In October 2018 Trinity Church voted to become an official member of Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). This decision came after over 20 years of radically inclusive beliefs at Trinity. Bearing fruit with the first ever Savannah “Pride Worship Service” in 2019.

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