611 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802  |   (260) 423-1693

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Welcome!

On the corner of Broadway and Berry, in downtown Fort Wayne, sits an old stone church. Disciples of Jesus Christ have gathered at Trinity Episcopal Church for more than 175 years. They have served those in need, and each other; they have planted new churches, and they have worked together to help bring to fruition God’s dream for all of God’s children. This old stone church houses a rich and storied history, but our history does not define the present… or our future.

At Trinity, all people are welcomed and encouraged to grow into the full image of God. Regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race, or physical ability we believe that God loves you… no exceptions. We have more questions than answers, but we commit to journeying together on the path of love that is the way of Jesus Christ. We believe, but pray for the strength to overcome our disbelief. We are sinners with pasts, and saints in the making.

Life is made of moments; whether we are 7 months, 17 years, 37 years, or 77 years old, we all need each other to live fully in these moments. We need one another to become peacemakers in a violent world. To become healers, rather than people who bring harm. To become holy listeners, rather than those who judge without compassion.

There are so many ways to get involved at Trinity, and you are welcome to do as much or as little as you wish. Just know that there are book groups, women’s groups, Bible studies…numerous volunteer and outreach opportunities. Some specific opportunities for fellowship, formation, and service include… young adult ministry, trinity laundry ministry, altar guild, children’s chapel and formation, partnerships with local elementary schools, usher’s ministry, lector’s, group spiritual direction, and much more.

To learn more, read our History and Faith, our Statements of Faith. and What Being an Episcopal Church Means.

Worship & Gathering Schedule

Holy Eucharist, Rite I Sundays @ 8am
Holy Eucharist, Rite II Sundays @ 10:15am
Sacred Space @ 5pm (last Sunday of the month ONLY)
Open chapel & nave hours for private prayer

All Sunday services will be held in the Nave unless stated otherwise.

Visit the events page for more information

Worship & Gathering Times

Worship Times

Sundays in the Nave:

Holy Eucharist, Rite I @ 8am
Holy Eucharist, Rite II @ 10:15am

Choral Evensong @ 5pm (2nd Sunday of the month ONLY)

Sacred Space @ 5pm (4th Sunday of the month ONLY)

Open chapel & nave hours for private prayer.

Sacred Space

5:00 pm – Sacred Space with Holy Eucharist (4th Sunday of the month ONLY)

Sacred Space is intentionally patterned with the words of the Psalmist in mind: “Be still, then, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:11).” In this liturgy you are invited to be still, to rest in God, and to let your mind wander towards the Holy. There will be time for lighting candles, silent prayer, and reflection, and for the Spirit to be made manifest among us. Each offering of this liturgy will include simple chants, prayers for light and our community, and the Holy Eucharist.

Christian Formation

Sunday Morning :
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Sunday School for adults, youth, and kids (during the school year)

Tuesday Morning :
9:30 am – 10:30 am – Morning Prayer @ West Central Coffee/Davey’s Delicious Bagels
Join us for an in-person Morning Prayer gathering at our neighborhood coffee shop, West Central Coffee! Parking is available at the church (it’s a 2 block walk from here) or in their lot (off the alley behind the shop). We are excited to gather with you!

Wednesday Evening :
5:00pm-7:15pm – Re-new @ Trinity programming
Join us in the Fall of 2021 as we launch our new mid-week experience, Wednesdays @ Trinity. We’ll kick off with a block party, and follow it up every Wednesday with study, fun, and fellowship for all ages. Program to include rosary, Eucharist, study time, and Compline – and a community dinner the first Wednesday of every month!

Thursday Mid-day:
12:00-1:15pm – Mid-Day Mass & Bible Study

Please check the calendar of events to see our Christian formation schedule.

Rector

T.J. Freeman

T.J. Freeman has served as the 19th Rector (senior pastor) of Trinity Church since July of 2017. Previously he served as Curate and then Associate Rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, PA.


T.J. and his wife Annie are both native Hoosiers and graduates of Hanover College in Madison, IN. They have two school-age children.


T.J. has served the Episcopal Church in various roles both at the local and national levels. He is a lifelong Cubs fan, an unaccomplished artist, and someone who enjoys fall more than any other season.

Curate

Phil Hooper

Fr. Phil joined Trinity as Curate in July 2019 after finishing his seminary studies at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. Prior to entering formation for the priesthood, Phil spent nearly a decade working in the nonprofit sector in Nevada as an administrator and fundraiser; he holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Mary Washington.


As Curate, Phil is involved in the full scope of Trinity’s ministries; he has a particular passion for preaching, Christian formation, and contemplative spirituality.


Outside of church, you will likely find him hanging out in a local coffee shop with his nose in a book or exploring Fort Wayne’s historical and cultural offerings.

Deacon

Gordon Samra

The Reverend Canon Gordon L. Samra is a third-generation member here at Trinity Episcopal Church. He was baptized here in 1944, married here in July of 1967. He helped set up the first computer here in 1986 and was ordained into the diaconate here in November 1995. He currently has served at Trinity Episcopal longer than any other minister in the church’s 175-year history and is the first minister here at Trinity who has been canonized.


Gordon also had a business career with Dana Corporation for forty years and was even a freelance photographer with “Samra’s Camera” back when cameras required film. He never would have thought that someday he would develop into being a Canon; back then, he thought that maybe a Nikon would have been nice.


Gordon's ministry is about pastoral care for those who require spiritual care and support. He volunteers at a local hospital here in Fort Wayne as a chaplain.


He and his wife Patricia have two grown sons and three grandchildren. The goal in his life has been attempting to prevent his obsolescence.

Assisting Priest

Paul Greve

Fr. Paul Greve is a bi-vocational priest with a career in the medical malpractice insurance industry while serving Trinity as a priest. He grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and Capital University School of Law. Paul was employed at major hospitals in Ohio, including the Cleveland Clinic, in administrative and legal positions.


Paul was received into the Episcopal Church at Christ Church, Shaker Heights Ohio in 1974. He was married at St. Peter’s in Lakewood, Ohio to his wife, Lynn, in 1988. They have a daughter, Lauren, who lives in North Carolina. Paul was ordained a priest in 2016.


Paul serves Trinity as Assisting Priest. He presides at Sunday services and preaches. He has mentored new members to Trinity.


Paul enjoys reading theology and provides presentations to parishioners in various settings. He serves other parishes periodically as a supply priest.

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Wayne Peterson

Music Director

Jessica Larimer
Jessica Larimer

Office Administrator

Odie Robles

Head Sexton

Director of Christian Formation
Karla Henderson

Director of Christian Formation