Trinity Fellowship was founded in 1992 by a group of families who had already known each other for several years. After a while these folks, who had known Bob DeGray before he moved to attend seminary, asked him to come back from Illinois to pastor their new church.
We met for a while in a school, and then for several years in a strip shopping center in Clear Lake. In 2002 God allowed us to buy an existing church building in Friendswood. It’s not fancy, but it works. A recent visitor remarked “that’s how church should be – not focused on the facade but instead on the people”
Some Pictures of Trinity’s Early History
Trinity Fellowship is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America, an association of some 1,500 autonomous and interdependent churches and church plants throughout 50 countries of the world.
The word ‘Evangelical’ in the name means that we believe and teach the good news about Jesus – his coming as a man to serve and teach, his death on the cross for our sins, and his resurrection that offers us eternal life.
The word “Free” comes from our European heritage. The Evangelical Free Church of America was formed in 1950 by the merger of the Swedish Free Church and the Norwegian-Danish Free Church. Both ethnic groups had been formed in the American revival movements of the late 19th century, united by their desire to support missions worldwide. But the free church movement had roots much further back: wherever the Reformation birthed a state church, whether in Germany, England, Sweden or Norway, there were some who did not believe the state should have a say in the affairs of the church, so they formed free, independent and self-governing churches. Baptist and congregational churches came from the same ‘free church’ impulse
In America, when the Free Church Swedes and Norwegians, got together after World War II, found they agreed on almost every doctrinal issue. They created a simple statement of faith reflecting that agreement. That statement, revised in 2008, still serves as the bond that unites Evangelical Free Churches across the nation. (efca-statement-of-faith-6-26-08)