Today’s culture is often referred to as “Post Christian” – meaning people have gotten over Christian teachings. It is a misnomer. We have a plethora of Christians in this country. They have simply forgotten, or were never taught, the true meaning of Christianity. They no longer act as Christians, admit their faith, or practice the faith in public. Our intent is to educate them; and send them into the world as practicing Christians not afraid to admit and consequently share their faith.
Trinity’s mission is to teach what Jesus taught; as well as what God revealed to mankind in the Old Testament. God has not changed. His Will has not changed. Our objective is to remind everyone of God’s revelations. Only that will allow us to live a life full of grace and peace in the world He created.
If you would like to see a real church family working to preserve God’s teachings, give us a try. We work hard to educate our adults so our children will have a good basis on which to enter this culture.
History of the Parish
Trinity was founded on January 6, 1980 with 6 members at a Morning Prayer Service at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at 6425 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Mo. In the early years the church made several moves to accommodate its growing parish. Trinity held services at the YMCA at 4200 W. 79th Street in Prairie Village and at Grace Chapel of the First Lutheran Church at 6400 State Line Road in Mission Hills, where they finally enjoyed an inspirational setting for their services. In June of 1989, Trinity took a leap of faith and decided to buy a building previously owned by the Christian Scientists at 3920 W. 63rd Street in Prairie Village Ks.
Dr. Frederic Speer and Fr. Charles W. Stockton led the church until Fr. Robert Hill Porter was elected the second Rector of Trinity. Fr. James Krehemker joined Trinity as a member of the clerical staff on January 28, 1989. This began a long history of multiple clergy cooperating to provide the needs of the parish.
In June of 1989, Trinity took a leap of faith and decided to buy a building previously owned by the Christian Scientists. A condition of the loan was the requirement that $100,000 had to be guaranteed by members of the Parish. Nine faithful families stepped up to this challenge. There was an extensive effort to convert a stage and theater seats into a facility that could hold an Anglican worship service. A three rank Rogers Organ was purchased to provide the music for hymns and the membership happily settled into their new Church home.
Margaret Jenkins joined Trinity as the organist on March 9, 1992 and remains Music Director to this day. Fr. Gerald L. Claudius joined Trinity as a member of the clerical staff on February 29, 1992. Trinity took their efforts to develop clerical staff seriously. They supported Fr. Forrest Burgett through ordination to the priesthood in 1997 and Dcn. Michael Grear through ordination to the diaconate in 2001.
In 1994, Trinity started a Friday night Evening Prayer Service at the Overland Park Place Retirement Home that continues to this day through the efforts of Ron Furrer. The conversion of the Christian Science building into an Anglican edifice has been a labor of love for the last twenty years. Iron man, R. Holland McIntosh guided those efforts for over twelve years as Junior Warden.
Fr. Robert Hill Porter retired as Rector of Trinity in 1997 and Fr. Forrest W. Burgett was elected as the third Rector of the parish. On May 23, 1999, Trinity celebrated the 450th Anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer by using the 1549 Service for Pentecost. In 2002, Fr. Forrest Burgett was installed as the rural Dean with responsibility of assisting churches in Kansas and Missouri. In 2004, Fr. Larry Wright joined Trinity as a member of the clerical staff until he left to start St. George’s mission in Leavenworth, Ks.
Today, about 110 members attend from Independence, Grain Valley, Raymore & North Kansas City in addition to the cities closer to Prairie Village. We are focused on the spiritual growth of our Parish. We emphasize adult education as the means for preserving the doctrines, faith and liturgies of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer which mirrors the teachings of the mature early church.