What We Believe and our Historical Background

Trinity Friends Church is a part of the Evangelical Friends Eastern Region of Friends churches.
The Friends church does not advance any new teachings or doctrines, but instead seeks to rediscover New Testament teachings and put new applications to these teachings.


    • God is our Father.
    • Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh for us. (John 1:1&14)
    • The Holy Spirit is our comforter, strengthener, and guide. (John 16:7&13)
    • The Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by Him. (2 Timothy 3:16)
    • A person receives forgiveness through repentance of sins and belief in
      Jesus Christ as Savior. (Acts 2:38)
    • The mission of the church is to communicate the good news of salvation to
      all people everywhere. (Matt 28:18-20)
    • All Christians have a spiritual gift that God has given to them, and we are to
      help one another develop and use these gifts. (1 Peter 4:10)
    • All are called to be ministers. The New Testament teaches the priesthood of
      all believers, and teaches that the real church is made up of believers, not
      buildings. (1 Peter 2:5-9)
    • A Christian should seek the filling of the Holy Spirit in his or her life. (Eph

Historical Background

In 17th century England, a number of Christian believers were becoming
dissatisfied with the rigid religious form of the Church of England. Their desire
was to find a more inwardly satisfying outlook, not only on worship, but on life
as well. George Fox was one of these early seekers.

Fox began traveling from home to home and from church to church sharing a
message about how to have a more personal relationship with the Lord. As
his message spread, more and more people became attracted to Fox’s power
words. These early followers were first called “Friends of Jesus.” Their name
was later changed to “The Religious Society of Friends.” In time, the nickname
”Quaker” was attached to the Friends groups.

On the local scene, the roots of Trinity Friends Church date back to 1873
when its members were part of the present day First Friends Church in Van
Wert. At that time, thirty two members met in a small white frame building, then
in a suburb of the city. In 1908 a new stone and brick building was
constructed that remains to this day as First Friends Church.
In December of 1917 several members left First Friends and began meeting
separately. At first they called themselves ”The Society,” but in 1918 they
formalized their group under the name ”Central Mission Friends Church.”

The newly formed Friends congregation continued to grow, and was soon
able to purchase a portion of land within the city limits of Van Wert. They also
purchased a church building northeast of town that had formerly been
occupied by a rural Lutheran congregation. The building was purchased at a
cost of $700 and moved to the city.

Following a long drive to retire their debt, the congregation burned the
mortgage for their building in 1929. Then, in 1954 the name of the church was
changed from Central Mission Friends to its present day name of Trinity
Friends Church.

Continued growth in the body of believers, combined with the aging of the
church facility, forced the congregation to look at the need for expansion. In
February of 1970, a five-acre plot of land was purchased on North Franklin
St. in Van Wert. Four years later, groundbreaking services were held to
celebrate the beginning of the building process for a new facility. The new
building was dedicated in a special service on August 17, 1975.

With a logo that read, ”Come Grow With T.F.C.” and Jeremiah 33:3 as the
church’s vision and mission, amazing things continued to happen at Trinity
Friends. The church sanctuary, built to hold 225, soon became crowded.
Growth continued, and the number of worshippers doubled to 480. For
several months it became necessary to hold two Sunday morning services,
though the evening service and Sunday School classes continued to be
crowded. The answer, once again, was to expand.

In 1983 the decision was made to construct a new addition. Besides building a
sanctuary that would hold 800, the new addition would provide additional
office space, a library, and additional restrooms. The design of the proposed
sanctuary would allow for easy expansion to accommodate 1500 worshippers.
Attendance during the morning services quickly averaged 620. This growth
caused a problem with overcrowding in the educational facilities. To remedy
the situation, a 10,200 square foot, two-story education building was begun in
1987, adding 19 classrooms, restrooms, and a janitor’s closet to the building.

With a vision for evangelism and outreach, Trinity Friends undertook a
stewardship campaign in 1995 to raise funds to build its biggest project to
date, a Family Life Center. Groundbreaking for the 39,000 square foot facility
was held on Easter Sunday of 1998. One year later the new Trinity Friends
Church Family Life Center was completed, featuring an auditorium,
acoustically designed to accommodate dramas, concerts, and recreational
ministries, and seating for 1,000. Other features included a commercial size
kitchen, a Fireside Room for special occasions, a game room, classrooms,
two locker/shower rooms, restrooms and storage.

As we have seen God move in miraculous ways over the past century, we
rejoice in all He has blessed us with. We realize that it is He who has
accomplished all these things, and not ourselves. We are simply His hands
extended. As we look to what the Lord has for us in the future, we pray that
we will strive to use what He has blessed us with to proclaim His message of
grace and forgiveness to those who are hungry to hear.

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On Instagram
March 2019
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
February 24, 2019 February 25, 2019 February 26, 2019 February 27, 2019 February 28, 2019 March 1, 2019 March 2, 2019
March 3, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 5, 2019 March 6, 2019 March 7, 2019

Category: GeneralSenior Luncheon

Senior Luncheon
March 8, 2019 March 9, 2019
March 10, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 12, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 14, 2019

Category: GeneralCouncil Meeting

Council Meeting
March 15, 2019 March 16, 2019
March 17, 2019 March 18, 2019 March 19, 2019 March 20, 2019 March 21, 2019 March 22, 2019 March 23, 2019
March 24, 2019 March 25, 2019 March 26, 2019 March 27, 2019 March 28, 2019 March 29, 2019 March 30, 2019
March 31, 2019 April 1, 2019 April 2, 2019 April 3, 2019 April 4, 2019

Category: GeneralSenior Luncheon

Senior Luncheon
April 5, 2019 April 6, 2019

Weather Forecast

Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
Today is forecast to be Warmer than yesterday.
Partly Cloudy
03/19 0%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 46F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
High 46° / Low 32°
Mostly Cloudy
Tuesday Night
03/19 0%
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies early will become overcast later during the night. Low 32F. Winds light and variable.
High 46° / Low 32°
03/20 80%
Cloudy with occasional rain in the afternoon. High near 45F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
High 45° / Low 34°
Chance of Rain
Wednesday Night
03/20 50%
Chance of Rain
Showers in the evening, then cloudy overnight. Low 34F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
High 45° / Low 34°
Mostly Cloudy
03/21 10%
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High around 45F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
High 45° / Low 33°
Partly Cloudy
Thursday Night
03/21 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. Low 33F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
High 45° / Low 33°
03/22 10%
Sunny skies. High 47F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
High 47° / Low 25°
Friday Night
03/22 10%
Clear. Low around 25F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
High 47° / Low 25°
03/23 0%
Sunny skies. High around 50F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
High 50° / Low 32°
Saturday Night
03/23 0%
Generally fair. Low 32F. Winds light and variable.
High 50° / Low 32°