Service completes 3-church merger


Special to the Advocate

A building that once housed a farm-related business now serves as a home for spiritual cultivation. 

Trinity United Methodist Church near Marks held a consecration service for its new building, which once housed a tractor dealership. The service capped a four-year process in the uniting of three United Methodist churches. 

In June 2002, under the leadership of pastors Eddie and Emma Ward, Henry Chapel in Lambert, Pilgrim Rest Church near Darling and Wesley Chapel in the Birdie community merged. The new congregation had 121 members, but that number has increased to 193. 

The congregation purchased the old Wade, Inc., building in 2004 and hired William Wage, an architect from Holly Springs, to design the new facility. The first service was held in January. 

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward served as guest speaker for the consecration service. Others taking part in the program included Lambert Mayor Reginald Griffin, Board of Trustees Chair Hubert Foster, Senatobia District Superintendent the Rev. Victoria Sizemore-Tandy, the Rev. Lindsey Robinson, the Rev. Patrick Phillips, the Rev. Jeff Pruett and choirs from Trinity UMC and Tupelo First UMC. Tupelo First UMC has worked closely with Trinity through the Delta Mission Partnership mission program. 

A history of Trinity UMC recognized the early leadership of the Rev. K.C. Brown, the Rev. J.T. McGlowan, the Rev. John Miller, the Rev. Marvin Gipson and the Wards, who were appointed church pastors in 1997.   

The congregation of Trinity reaches out to the community not only in worship services, but also with other ministries, including the Delta Mission Partnership, street witnessing, prison ministry, male mentoring, nursing home ministry, S.W.A.T. Team (Servants with a Task), the community food pantry and other activities.