Trinity Presbyterian Church is laying the foundation of faith in the community – literally.
Dozens of Owasso Church worshipers gathered in an empty field off North 76th Street nearly two miles east of Main Street on Sunday afternoon to dedicate a new building.
Trinity, a body of the Presbyterian Church in America, was started in 2011 as a joint church plant of both Christ Presbyterian Church and RiverOaks Presbyterian Church in South Tulsa.
The 230-member church has gathered inside the Owasso Grade 6 Center – and formerly The Presence in Owasso and Bethel Baptist Church – to hold its weekly services, but will soon have a new site to meet. install, founding pastor Blake Altman said.
“We have exceeded our space; we can’t be as hospitable as we would like…we need a place of our own,” Altman said. “The point is basically to give us the ability to lead worship without being constrained by our current owners, who have always been great.”
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Altman and his ministry team formed a long-range planning committee in 2015, which considered more than 20 different potential locations to erect their new building before settling on a large 15-acre lot next to Barnes Elementary.
“It’s equidistant between 169 and 75,” Altman said. “A third of our church is from Tulsa…and we have people driving up to Muskogee and Ochelata, Bartlesville.”
Phase 1 of the project, currently underway, will accommodate a 13,600 square foot space including a sanctuary that can accommodate up to 450 worshipers, as well as a kitchen, multipurpose room, mezzanine and four classrooms. Phase 2, scheduled for a later date, will add an additional 22,000 square feet of space including church offices as well as a youth hall and children’s wing, to name a few.
Trinity initially set a financial goal of raising $3.6 million for the project, but eventually raised nearly $5 million with the help of her congregation and anonymous donors.
“We’re just deeply grateful,” Altman said. “I think it’s a compliment to the power of the gospel to change people’s lives, and a testament to the generosity of God’s people in raising funds from COVID to the extent that we’ve been able to. “
Altman said he expects construction of the new Trinity building to take about 10 months, with a tentative opening in February 2023. He said the schedule for Phase 2 is yet to be determined.
“What we are celebrating today is just one small step in establishing the permanence of Trinity Presbyterian Church – one of many good churches in our community – for the glory of the gospel of grace,” Altman said at Sunday’s dedication ceremony.
For more information on Trinity Presbyterian Church, visit trinityowasso.com.